#1 There are many “thyroid bombs” and cigarettes are one of them. Smokers have lower serum TSH and higher free T4 and free T3 levels than non-smokers, which makes it look like you don’t have thyroid disease even when you do.
#2 Drive old cars. The new ones are off-gassing all the bromide and that’s competing with iodine in your thyroid gland. You’ll take up the bromine not iodine, and that will make you feel fat, fuzzy in the brain and fussy.
#3 Reduce HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. We all make this compound in our cells as part of cellular metabolism but some of us make too much and it causes pain and fatigue. It’s a free radical. You can reduce it with supplements of Catalase and Glutathione.
#4 Careful in swimming pools and jacuzzis. If you spend a lot of time enjoying these activities, then consider taking an iodine capsule (about 6.25mg) once or twice a week to restore lost iodine. The chlorine in the pool competes with iodine and may suppress iodine uptake to the point where you are hypothyroid.
#5 Change your toothpaste. Use a fluoride-free brand because fluoride is a bully. It competes with iodine in your thyroid gland, which will almost always absorb fluoride over iodine. When this happens it blocks production of thyroid hormone.
#6 Take a break from fermented foods. Foods like tempeh, blue cheese, parmesan, salami, alcohol, kombucha and sauerkraut. These foods are loaded with histamine, a known trigger for autoimmune disorders. These cause loads of digestive problems and fatigue. I wrote a more comprehensive article about this topic, now archived my website.
#7 Stop eating candy and soda. Blood sugar swings cause terrible imbalances with your sugar and insulin levels. You’ll never get well if you’re eating this stuff. Never. It is simply not physiologically possible. High insulin (needed to neutralize the sweets) is a known factor for cancer, diabetes and pain, plus high insulin makes you overweight and tired.
#8 Minimizing eating raw goitrogenic foods which reduce your ability to absorb iodine which reduces thyroid levels and starves the reproductive organs of healthy iodine. Avoid foods that are goitrogenic unless you cook them. For example, juicing raw kale every morning is a no-no in my book. Cooking it daily is fine and incredibly healthy. See the difference? Watch out for superfood green powder drink mixes that contain goitrogens. Some common ones include alfalfa, broccoli, cauliflower powders and if you drink this every day it may backfire and cause fatigue.
#9 Digest your food. I didn’t say eat your food, I said “digest.” You see, the problem is that the food you eat isn’t always broken down completely. This partial digestion is due to years of insult from a bad diet, which reduces secretion of digestive enzymes and increases zonulin. So I suggest you take digestive enzymes to help you completely break down all the food you eat. Pancreatin, pepsin, bromelian and others exist in supplemental form which reduces the amount of ‘circulating immune complexes’ that trigger autoimmune flare-ups.