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9 Thyroid Supplements Every Hypothyroid Patient Should Consider – The Complete Guide

Would it surprise you to know that it takes at least 13 different nutrients to properly create and convert thyroid hormone to its active form?

Or that by replacing these nutrient deficiencies with thyroid supplements you may be able to REDUCE your symptoms of hypothyroidism?

You're not alone...

If you are considering taking supplements to boost your thyroid function to help you feel better there are some things you need to know FIRST.

​Not all supplements are created equal and everyone out there claims to have the "best product". 

Which is why I created this guide...

​I've been treating hypothyroid patients for years and I've found certain supplements help thyroid patients feel better and I want to share these with you. 

In this article I'm going to go over the top 9 Thyroid Supplements that you should consider using if you have hypothyroidism to help you feel better and get your life back: ​

More...

Do Supplements actually Help Thyroid Function?

​Let's get this out of the way:

YES supplements can definitely help boost your thyroid function, but not how you think...

Many run of the mill Thyroid Supplements contain all of the nutrients that MIGHT help thyroid function, but that's the wrong approach.

A better one is to find what your body is deficient in and then give back what it needs.

And it just makes sense, right?

If your body lacks Zinc, for instance, then your immune system will function less optimally until you restore those nutrients back to normal levels. ​

​And, this isn't made up guys - there are many studies showing how common even basic nutrient deficiencies are and what kind of symptoms to expect with those deficiencies. 

But unfortunately you have articles like these floating around: ​

why you need thyroid supplements

​These types of articles would have you believe that taking supplements isn't helpful and in fact might be harmful. 

And I would agree with that if you take the wrong approach - but if you target supplements to the needs of your body adding supplements to your routine can greatly impact your thyroid function. ​

9 Thyroid Supplements to Help Reduce your Thyroid Symptoms​

Remember when I said it takes at least 13 different nutrients for proper thyroid hormone production and conversion?

I wasn't kidding:​

Nutrients required for thyroid function

The following nutrients are required for proper thyroid hormone production:

  • Tyrosine
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

The following nutrients re required for proper thyroid conversion:

  • Zinc
  • Selenium

A deficiency in ANY of these may cause limited thyroid function leading to the symptoms of hypothyroidism. 

Does that mean you should just blindly take these nutrients? 

The answer to that is obviously no, and taking that approach may lead to problems...

Instead use this guide below to help identify if you are low on certain nutrients and find out how to replace them. 

I've picked these 9 Supplements and nutrients because they either directly change thyroid function or because a deficiency in their symptoms may mimic hypothyroidism symptoms. 

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Vitamin B12

B12 is #1 for good reason:

Based on studies as many as 40% of patients with hypothyroidism are ALSO vitamin B12 deficient. ​

Vitamin b12 deficiency is common in hypothyroid patients

And that's very concerning when you consider the symptoms of B12 deficiency:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Anemia
  • Neurological changes which can mimic dementia
  • Difficulty with concentration or brain fog

​Do you see the problem here?

Many of these symptoms are also symptoms of hypothyroidism, so you may be walking around with both issues contributing to your mental status. ​

How to tell if you need it:

How to Supplement with Vitamin B12

Why I like it

May Boost Energy

Up to 40% of Hypothyroid patients are deficient

Helps reduce brain fog and mental fogginess

Generally works very quickly

How to tell if you Need it

I recommend checking the following lab tests:

  • Serum B12 - Should be > 1,000
  • Homocysteine levels - Should be < 9
  • MCV - Should be < 92
Low serum B12 levels
How to Use

  • 1,000-5,000 mcg per day preferably taken in Sublingual form
  • If you are severely deficient in Vitamin B12 you may need to use Methylcobalamin injections once per week
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Adrenal Support

Your adrenal function is intricately linked to your thyroid function. 

As your TSH increases (hypothyroidism) your cortisol levels will rise as well leading to adrenal fatigue. 

​Aside from that I've never met a hypothyroid patient who also didn't have adrenal problems!

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue in Hypothyroid patients:

  • Constant fatigue despite sleeping 8 hours at night
  • Feeling "wired but tired"
  • Experiencing a crash around 2-3pm each day
  • Getting your "second wind" at night around 10pm
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Racing mind and thoughts
  • Inability to tolerate stressful events
  • Cravings for salty/sugary foods
  • Always getting sick or having a weakened immune system

Adrenal fatigue and its treatment deserves an entire blog post but for now I will distill it down to this:

There are two ways to approach fixing adrenal problems with supplements. You can use adrenal glandulars or adrenal adaptogens.

Generally for more advanced cases of adrenal fatigue I will recommend adrenal glandulars + adrenal adaptogens.

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For less severe cases I will recommend adrenal adaptogens. ​

If you have HIGH levels of cortisol (serum Cortisol levels > 22 first thing in the morning) then I recommend using supplements like phosphatidylserine to help bring down those levels. ​

How to Supplement with Adrenal Support
Why I like it

May boost energy and well being

Almost ALL hypothyroid patients have adrenal problems

May help boost immune function

Most patients experience improvement in 1-2 months

How to tell if you Need it

I don't always recommend testing for cortisol levels prior to treatment in every patient but if you do I recommend checking the following:

  • Serum Cortisol - AM cortisol should be between 14-16, anything less may be a problem (note: normal serum level doesn't rule out adrenal fatigue)
  • Urinary cortisol and cortisone x4 - I recommend using DUTCH testing (you can see an example of the report below)
Increased cortisol causes weight gain
How to Use

  • 1-2 Tablets per day if using Glandulars (preferably taken in the am and at noon)
  • If using supplements designed to lower cortisol like phosphatidylserine then use at night
My Recommended Brand and Product:

Adrenal Glandulars (for more severe cases of Adrenal Fatigue)

Adrenal Adaptogens​ (for less severe cases of Adrenal fatigue)

Phophatidylserine - Soy Free (for cases of ELEVATED cortisol)

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Zinc

Not only is zinc required in proper T4 to T3 conversion, it is also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies that I see in my office. 

Because zinc is required for proper thyroid conversion low levels of zinc may predispose you to developing higher levels of reverse T3 and limiting thyroid function.

But that's not all zinc does...

Benefits of Zinc:

  • Boosts immune function
  • Increases T4 to T3 conversion
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Plays a role in reducing oxidative stress

​If you are going to supplement with Zinc I recommend using Zinc bound to picolinic acid as this form of zinc is shown to have superior absorption over other forms. 

How to Supplement with Zinc

Why I like it

May help boost immune function (especially in Hashimoto's patients)

Helps boost T4 to T3 conversion

Helpful in patients with hypothyroidism + skin conditions

Helpful in patients with elevated ESR + CRP

How to tell if you Need it

In individuals who have Hashimoto's, impaired immunity (multiple autoimmune diseases), multiple skin issues (eczema or psoriasis) or high levels of inflammation I generally recommend treatment without blood tests. If you don't fall into these categories then check the following tests:

  • Check serum copper:zinc ratio
How to Use

  • 20-60mg of Zinc Picolinate per day (Do not exceed 60mg per day)
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Iron

I know I sound like a broken record here but Iron is another HUGE player in thyroid function. 

It's so important I've dedicated an entire post to it that you can read here, which outlines how hypothyroidism is WORSE with iron deficiency. 

​Iron is involved in the production of thyroid hormone (so low iron = low thyroid) and not only that but hypothyroidism promotes iron deficiency. 

Do you see the vicious cycle here?

Low thyroid = Low iron = Worse thyroid function

​What makes matters worse is that most Doctors don't treat just iron deficiency unless you are ALSO anemic. 

Because they interact with each other I rarely ever check thyroid labs without also checking iron studies.

So how do you know if you have iron deficiency?

Check your symptoms (and your labs of course!)...​

List of symptoms associated with Iron deficiency:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Shortness of breath (worse with exertion or exercise)
  • Pale skin (especially in the creases of the hands)
  • Dizziness or a sensation of lightheadedness
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Cold hands and cold feet
  • Brittle nails and hair loss (Iron deficiency is a VERY common cause of hair loss)

​Again, notice the similarities between iron deficiency symptoms and symptoms of hypothyroidism. 

Often times it's difficult to differentiate between these nutrient deficiency syndromes and hypothyroid symptoms unless you know to CHECK the labs - and most Doctors won't do this unless you ask. ​

How to Supplement with Iron

Why I like it

If deficient replacement helps stop hair loss

Helps increase energy

Improves exercise tolerance

Required for Thyroid hormone production

How to tell if you Need it

Do NOT supplement with Iron unless you are deficient based on your labs. Supplementing with too much iron may cause problems due to iron overload. This is definitely a "goldilocks" nutrient where you need just the "right" amount. 

  • Serum Iron - Middle of the reference range
  • Ferritin - 70-80 is the "optimal" range
  • Percent Saturation - 35-38%
  • TIBC - Middle of the reference range
Low iron levels in hypothyroid patients

(Examples of sub optimal iron/ferritin levels)

How to Use

If you have hypothyroidism then I recommend using Liquid iron over tablet forms of iron due to absorption issues. Liquid iron contains the cofactors required for absorption (vitamin C). 

​Take liquid iron away from food and other supplements. Take your iron with Vitamin C or or a glass of lemon water. Do NOT take your iron with your Thyroid hormone supplement. 

  • 1-2 tsp of Liquid iron per day titrated based on Laboratory results - do NOT supplement without checking your labs
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Magnesium

Magnesium is another big player for hypothyroid patients because hypothyroidism causes dysregulation of magnesium metabolism. 

Hypothyroid patients may actually have normal serum and RBC magnesium levels but studies have shown decreased intracellular amounts of magnesium in these patients.

​That means you can't always trust our limited laboratory tests when evaluating if you are deficient! (The same can be true of other serum 'nutrient' tests, which is why I don't always rely on them). 

​These studies also show that both magnesium and zinc appear to be lower in hypothyroid patients due to increased clearance of both nutrients in the kidneys

​One thing is for sure: 

You really don't want to be deficient in this nutrient - because deficiency can cause a number of symptoms ranging from heart problems (arrhythmia) to nervous system disorders.

​What's more concerning is that MANY patients have suboptimal levels of this nutrient, even in the USA: 

Prevalence of magnesium deficiency

​So how do you know if you should supplement with Magnesium or if you are deficient?

Follow the signs...

List of Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Muscle cramps or eye twitches
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to REM disturbances
  • Poor nail growth
  • See the full list here

​Magnesium is one of those nutrients I will also recommend that many patients take even if their labs show they have "normal" levels. 

So let me explain how to take it:​

How to Supplement with Magnesium

Why I like it

May help with Depression

May help improve nail growth

Helps reduce muscle pain and cramps

Helps if patients ALSO have constipation

How to tell if you Need it

Magnesium comes in several different forms. Depending on your symptoms you can identify which magnesium works best for you: If you suffer from constipation I recommend using magnesium citrate. If you have low serum levels and hypothyroidism I recommend using Magnesium glycinate. If you have Depression or anxiety I recommend using Magnesium threonate. Again - I don't always recommend basing magnesium supplementation off of labs, but if you do you can use these numbers:

  • Serum Magnesium - Should be > 2.2
  • RBC magnesium - Should be in upper 50% of reference range
Magnesium citrate table
How to Use

  • Start with 100-200mg per day taken at night, continually increase dose until symptoms subside (you may need up to 2,000mg per day in some cases) - stop if you experience loose stools
My Recommended Brand and Product:

Magnesium Glycinate - Use if you have low serum levels of magnesium or if you are hypothyroid

Magnesium Citrate - Use this form if you have GI issues or problems with constipation

Magnesium Threonate - Use this form if you have issues with depression, anxiety or agitation

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Selenium

I'm sure you've heard about Selenium if you have hypothyroidism and especially if you Hashimoto's. 

Why?

Because not only is Selenium involved in the T4 to T3 conversion process, there are some studies that show that supplementing with Selenium can help reduce TPO antibodies.

Selenium helps boost t4 to t3 conversion and reduces autoimmunity

​Sound pretty good right?

And, that's not all...

​Selenium is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and using this nutrient can help reduce inflammation (and autoimmunity) in patients. 

​You can find more information about symptoms of Selenium deficiency and an in depth analysis here

How to Supplement with Selenium

Why I like it

May reduce antibodies in patients with Hashimoto's

Also acts as an anti-inflammatory

Many thyroid patients are deficient in Selenium

Helps boost T4 to T3 conversion (helpful in those with high Reverse T3)

How to tell if you Need it

Selenium can be tricky to dose and use. I've found that certain patients do well with higher doses of Selenium and others who do not. If you have Reverse T3 issues or Hashimoto's I do recommend a trial of this nutrient even if your serum levels are "normal" (some people just need supraphysiologic doses). 

If you decide to supplement with Selenium I recommend no more than 400mcg per day and to start out in the 100-200mcg range. 

How to Use

  • 200-400mcg per day (do not exceed 400mcg per day)
My Recommended Brand and Product:
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Probiotics

What do Probiotics and Thyroid function have in common?

A lot, it turns out.

For starters about 20% of T4 to T3 conversion occurs in the gut.

​In addition inflammatory conditions in the gut predispose the body to developing autoimmune diseases and worsening thyroid function. 

​So how do thyroid function and the gut play together?

It turns out that thyroid hormone helps the body produce stomach acid (which helps with digestion) as well as promoting peristalsis - the slow movement of the GI tract.

Low thyroid hormone promotes low stomach acid which promotes intestinal issues.

Low thyroid hormone also promotes a slower GI tract which predisposes the body to developing SIBO and yeast overgrowth.

Both syndromes cause inflammation which can promote autoimmunity.

Do you see the cycle here?

Hypothyroidism causing gut imbalances like SIBO

This is exactly why it's so critical to evaluate and treat any GI related issues that you may have because they are either caused by hypothyroidism and/or they are making your thyroid function WORSE.

​I'd be lying if I said that taking probiotics will cure your GI problems, but they are certainly a good place to start...

How to Supplement with Probiotics

Why I like it

High microbial diversity

Clinical studies showing effectiveness

Helpful if patients have SIBO or yeast overgrowth

Contains soil based organisms

How to tell if you Need it

If you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's there is a high chance (up to 50% in some studies) that you have SIBO and or yeast overgrowth.

Patients with these conditions tend to tolerate soil based organisms more than other probiotics - in fact lactose based probiotics can cause bloating and worsening constipation in some patients. 

If you have GI issues then I recommend switching up your probiotic regimen, pulse the doses that you take and never stick to the same probiotic for longer than 2-3 months. 

How to Use

  • Take 1-2 capsules per day up to multiple times per day with meals and in between meals (vary up your dosing)
  • If using Bifidobacteria try to shoot for up to 30 billion CFU's 
My Recommended Brand and Product:

Soil based organisms - For patients with SIBO/yeast overgrowth, chronic constipation or gas/bloating. 

Beneficial yeast - For those with Diarrhea or resistant yeast overgrowth syndromes

Lactobacilli + Bifidobacteria (70 billion CFU) to add to your probiotic regimen:

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Proteolytic Enzymes

Enzymes make there way into the list because of how important they can be in helping your body break down nutrients but also medications. 

As you already know, low thyroid = low stomach acid = poor digestion.

But what you might not be away of is how difficult it can be to break down certain medications (even thyroid hormone) when you have low stomach acid.

For this reason, in patients who have BOTH hypothyroidism (or Hashimoto's) plus GI related issues, I recommend that they also take enzymes to help with digestion.

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In fact ​I have seen some patients with Hashimoto's who start taking NDT cause a temporary spike in antibodies as a result of this poor digestion. 

Remember:

The inability to break down food products completely results in abnormal absorption of particles that your body isn't used to seeing which may influence autoimmunity. ​

How to Supplement with Enzymes

Why I like it

May help reduce acid reflux or GERD

Helps break down food particles

May help promote normal bowel movements

Helps promote proper nutrient absorption

How to tell if you Need it

I generally recommend a trial of enzymes with every meal (and in between meals) if you have Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's PLUS gut issues (GERD, IBS, IBD, chronic constipation, SIBO or yeast overgrowth). 

It's also worth mentioning that taking enzymes in between meals can help promote the breakdown of immune complexes in the blood stream. 

So take enzymes WITH food and WITHOUT. 

How to Use

  • 1-2 Capsules taken with meals and in between meals
My Recommended Brand and Product:
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Iodine

Iodine is another nutrient that deserves its own blog post - but I do want to give it some well deserved attention here. 

Stating that iodine is involved in thyroid hormone production is an understatement.

The iodine moiety is what MAKES thyroid hormone active.

In fact 4 iodine molecules help create T4 and the removal of 1 iodine moiety by deiodinase is what makes thyroid hormone active.

So iodine deficiency = low thyroid by definition.

Iodine involved in thyroid hormone production

​The problem doesn't come with knowing its importance but with supplementing it correctly. 

Iodine is another nutrient you don't want to have too much of, just like you don't want to have too little.

Finding that balance can be difficult.

​Another problem with Iodine supplementation is that it can displace other halides which stick on to thyroid hormone molecules but inactivate the thyroid hormone. 

I'm talking about fluoride, bromide and chloride.

Periodic table of elements and iodine

​You can see from the image above that Iodine, Fluoride, Chloride and Bromide all share a similar structure in terms of their electron outer shell. 

What that means to you is that these other chemicals can displace iodine on thyroid hormone and cause a cellular hypothyroidism with "normal" thyroid labs.

And, when you give a patient who has this issue iodine - it may displace the other chemicals and cause a detox reaction. 

The detox reaction shares the symptoms of bromoderma and bromism (but usually not as severe).

​The detox reaction can present as worsening thyroid symptoms, acne, pustules in the face, nausea/vomiting, irritability, etc. 

These symptoms are often confused with a negative reaction to the iodine itself when in fact the symptoms are due to the detoxification of the other halides in the body. ​

How to Supplement with Iodine

Why I like it

May improve thyroid function

May help detox harmful halides

If deficient will improve other systemic symptoms

Generally works very quickly in deficient patients

How to tell if you Need it

Supplementing with Iodine can be difficult. I have only had 2 documented scenarios in which patients truly reacted negatively to Iodine supplementation and many more patients who have done quite well on Iodine. 

If possible I recommend testing your urinary excretion of iodine prior to supplementation. If you decide not to test yourself then start out at very low doses (~200-300mcg/day) and slowly increase the dose based on your symptoms. 

If you experience the side effects of bromism or bromoderma, then cut your dose and try again after several days. 

How to Use

  • Start at 200-300mcg per day and slowly titrate dose based off of symptoms - discontinue if you experience negative side effects and seek professional help
My Recommended Brand and Product:

For low doses start at 200-300mcg per day:

For higher doses I recommend these:

Thyroid Supplements are only PART of regaining your Health

As I've mentioned above, these supplements can definitely offer therapeutic benefits to many patients...

But they shouldn't be used alone.

Thyroid supplements should be used as a part of treatment plan that attempts to remove all negative stressors from the life and put back in the things which your body lacks.

That means proper diet, stress reduction techniques, the right amount of sleep and exercise are all JUST as (if not more important) than replacing these lost nutrients. ​

For more info on where to start adding in these other areas please see my post here.

To wrap it up:

These 9 Thyroid supplements, if used in the right scenario, can help boost thyroid function and help reduce your symptoms:

  • Vitamin B12 (Remember you need either sublingual or injections)
  • Adrenal Support (Thyroid function and adrenal function are linked)
  • Zinc
  • Iron (You need just the RIGHT amount - not too much and not too little)
  • Magnesium (Magnesium citrate for constipation, glycinate for hypothyroidism and threonate for anxiety/depression)
  • Selenium (Very helpful in patients with Hashimoto's)
  • Probiotics (Preference on soil based organisms if you have SIBO/yeast overgrowth) 
  • Proteolytic enzymes (Helpful in digesting food and breaking down immune complexes)
  • Iodine (Use cautiously) 

Now it's your turn

I want to hear from you!

What supplements have worked for you? Which ones haven't?

Leave a comment below and I will respond. ​

Dr. Westin Childs
 

I'm Dr. Childs and I write these posts. I'm a physician that specializes helping patients lose weight, have more energy and FEEL better. My practice focuses on hormone imbalances, thyroid issues and weight loss resistance. My goal is to provide the BEST information out there on the internet that is both actionable and trustworthy. Get my free ebook: Hashimoto's Diet Guide here. You can also find more about my personal journey back to health here.

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Rhonda - August 22, 2016

Hello Dr.Child’s. I have been reading your articles the one I just got done reading regarding the thyroid and weight loss. I had thyroid cancer a couple years ago but I am all good cancer free now. I am having major issues with my weight now. I am doing everything I can to try to get the weight off butt it’s not working. I’m eating steamed veggies, fruit and salads every day and going to the gym and nothing’s working. I’m still gaining weight. My bones are very weak so my doctor said the weight is why I’m in horrible pain all the time. I’m taking pain meds every day now and they said I’m doing everything right and they are telling me that nothing else can be done to help me.
Dr. Child’s I’m 42 and in such bad shape I can’t work and I’m on disability. I need my help. I need my life back. I honestly don’t know what to do! Can you please help me. Please Dr. Child’s I don’t know what to do anymore and I’m really trying to get my health back on track.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this and any help you offer me I would appreciate it.
Sincerely,
Rhonda Robison

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 22, 2016

    Hey Rhonda,

    Thanks for the comment and I’m sorry to hear about your situation! If you haven’t already I would check out this video which explains in detail the hormone imbalances that lead to weight loss resistance and many of the symptoms you are experiencing: https://youtu.be/Cy5ep4BhT5Q

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G - August 22, 2016

Hi,
I stumbled upon u on Facebook and luv how u explain things. Can 1 multi vit take care of most symptoms? Within range for thyroid w small normal thyroid nodules and horrible weight issues.
Thanku

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 22, 2016

    Hey G,

    I generally don’t recommend taking multivitamins because it’s a spray and pray approach. I’ve found that a more targeted approach based off of documented deficiencies to be more effective.

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Joyce - August 22, 2016

should I take valentus slimroast coffee with nature-throi 65 mg?

I love the coffee, want to lose weight as naturally as possible but don’t want to mess up my thryroid or body.

Joyce

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 22, 2016

    Hey Joyce,

    I generally wouldn’t recommend taking anything near your thyroid dose as you don’t want it to impede absorption. Coffee can be ok depending on adrenal status.

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Jennnifer - August 22, 2016

Dr. Westin Childs,
I see you recommend taking probiotics– which is something I’ve read quite a bit about. But I’ve also read that most probiotics are destroyed by stomach acid, and so they’re completely useless. How can I know that the probiotic is actually making it to my intestines, and isn’t being destroyed in my stomach?
Thanks so much!
Jennifer

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 22, 2016

    Hey Jennifer,

    Soil based organisms are more hearty than lactose based probiotics and are not only heat stable but can withstand gastric acid as well which is what I recommend above.

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Tonya - August 22, 2016

Dr.Childs I was diagosised with hashimoto and for about a month I felt better. I was exercising eating better loosing weight and taking mist of the recommendation of vitimins except zinc and selenium. I had not got those yet. When suddenly I started not to be ablessed to sleep at night. I was not even sleepy during the day. This thru me off and I had to try taking sleeping aid. Which u cud then imagine I became completely exhausted regaining g weight and not having enough energy to move. I thought it was the supplements so I stop everything. What cud or should I have done, or ideas how to get back up again???

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 22, 2016

    Hey Tonya,

    I couldn’t say for sure with that limited history, it could be adrenal related, thyroid related or some other imbalance.

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Ashley - August 22, 2016

What type of Calcium do you recommend?

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 23, 2016

    Hey Ashley,

    I generally don’t recommend taking calcium, most people with calcium issues have vitamin K2 and vitamin D issues – not calcium issues.

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Emily - August 23, 2016

Dr. Westin, I have been debating back and forth over buying your consult program. I have been let down by so many doctors. My main question for you is, do you walk your patients through the process. Do you give steps and exact instructions (exp dosing for adrenal fatigue)

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 23, 2016

    Hey Emily,

    I don’t recommend purchasing the program unless you are 100% sure that I can help you. I would keep reading my resources and videos and sign up if you feel that way in the future. I expect a lot out of my patients and that’s part of the reason why they get great results.

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Amy - August 23, 2016

Hi Dr. I was dx with Hashimotos a number of years ago which I have concurrently been supplementing with levothyroxine 137 mg… with no improvement of sx. I take it appropriately at roughly the same time daily on an empty stomach so on and so on. I also take selenium which made c a world of difference initially. I am curious about these other nutrients u have mentioned but am not great at taking pills. Is there any options for combined items? I tend to say forget it if I have to take 15 pills lol. But I’m tired of being tired… I have issues with my bowels… difficulty sleeping… restless leg… nails are crap… can’t lose weight… brain fog… irritation… anger… depression.. and prob more.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 23, 2016

    Hey Amy,

    I’ve found that if patients are ready to feel better they are willing to take the time to take the supplements.

    I generally recommend against taking multivitamins due to dosage issues and quality issues.

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Carol - August 23, 2016

I am taking 250 of thyroxine a day and used to take 400 a day I cannot lose any weight can you help .

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Emily - August 24, 2016

I am starting treatment for adrenal fatigue. Hydrocortisone. I also have hashimotos. I have been doing the HIIT workouts 2-3x/wk but now am wondering if I should stop those until my adrenals are healed. Could you give some insight on that?
Also how long does it normally take to heal adrenals if I am following the protocal to the t?

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Michele - August 25, 2016

Dr. Childs, I took the iodine 3 years ago because I was diagnosed with Graves disease. I did OK until 1 year ago when I went hypo all at once. Unfortunately I didn’t have the best endocrinologist .. I’m now suffering from many different problems, overweight (can’t lose a pound) constipation, horrible bloating, swelling depression and now the newest diabetes. Although it’s borderline I can see this becoming an issue if I don’t lose the weight! Please help!

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Mary Jane - August 30, 2016

In Feb. 2016 my TPO Ab was 179, TSH was 0.057, free T4 was 1.38, free T3 was 2.5. I take 600 of selenium a day but I wonder if probiotics will do me any good. I take Natural Calm (magnesium) for constipation too. I take 100mcg. of synthroid a day along with vitamin D3, selenium, magnesium, multivitamin. Should I be concerned with a 179 TPO Ab?

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 30, 2016

    Hey Mary,

    I would be concerned if you were coming to see me, but I guess it depends on your outlook 🙂 It’s something I wouldn’t leave untreated…

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Kim - August 30, 2016

Thankyou so much for your information that was so easy and informative. There is so much out there to read but is was all beginning to look and sound the same. I am a hypothyroid which was finally diagnosed after years off illness and operations to find my symptoms would not go away. Even though I am taking Orixine (9 months) I have not noticed much of an improvement , feel worse at times, and am still putting on weight even though I follow diet and exercise regularly. What can you suggest that I can or could do

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 30, 2016

    Hey Kim,

    The biggest secret, if there was a secret, to treating hypothyroidism is that every patient is different and requires their own treatment plan. You can spend hundreds of hours reading everything there is to know and still not feel better – the best advice I can give you is to find someone to help. I can’t give you any advice here because there could be 100 things preventing you from feeling better and it takes a while to figure out the primary case.

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Pamela Quayson - September 9, 2016

I have Hashimoto’s and plan to try the following supplements- B-12, D, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium. Based on my symptoms, I may also need an adrenal supplement. Shortly after I was diagnosed, I became gluten free. Eliminating gluten helped me a lot for a while (so much so that I went off my levothyroxine twice, but then discovered that it was the combination of the two that was working for me). I am now beginning to have symptoms again and feel that maybe the supplements may help. My question – is there an optimal way or time of day to take these supplements? I know not to take iron with my levothyroxine. I also take Atorvastatin for my cholesterol which is recommended to be taken at night.

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Zully Romanuik - September 11, 2016

What a wonderful way to openly share you knowledge with, thank you so much for this incredible information, I was diagnose with hypothyroidism last month and I was prescribe with Synthroid my colon, I feel so sick every time I eat and very disturb in my colon, its any chance that this med is creating this condition, knowing that has lots of chemicals, what it will be the best natural hormone if there is any best that you suggest ? perhaps Armour Thyroid. Thanks again!!!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - September 11, 2016

    Hey Zully,

    Thank you, I hope you find it helpful!

    If you are experiencing side effects with levothyroxine you could try the 50mcg tablet which has less fillers or dyes or switch to armour/naturethroid/wp thyroid. It’s worth pointing out that WP thyroid has the fewest inactive ingredients.

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Patty - September 12, 2016

Hi,

I’ve been taking a multi vitamin along with a thyroid complex, biotin, omega 3,and a probiotic. From the looks of it, I should take out the multi but are the others ok? And what times do I take them seeing that some of them interfere with the levothyroxin absorbsion.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - September 12, 2016

    Hey Patty,

    It really just depends on what your labs look like, you might actually need the multivitamin – I just don’t typically recommend them. When in doubt take supplements at the opposite time of day as you take your thyroid medication.

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Hadassah - September 12, 2016

Can a thyroid patient T.T. have sea salt ? And if yes how far apart from dosing with thyroid meds ? Also how can one raise basal body temperature and what is the optimum temperature to have ? One always hears and reads different variations .

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    Dr. Westin Childs - September 12, 2016

    Hey Hadassah,

    Yes, you can have sea salt. When in doubt take it as far away from your thyroid medication as possible 🙂

    Raising body temp is not as simple as doing 1 or 2 things, you need to find the reason for your low body temperature and then treat that.

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Emily Bentz - September 12, 2016

What’s your thoughts LDN?

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Barb - September 21, 2016

I am taking many of the nutrients you list except iodine, adaptogens, enzymes, and iron. I will buy enzymes since I’ve had digestive/gut issues, though I am nervous to order iodine and iron without proper testing. My osteopath does not discuss any nutrients except vitamin D and B’s. I’ve learned on my own through you and others what I need to take.
It’s confusing as I hear we should not take zinc for an extended period (I’m currently taking 30mg/day with C. My immune system is down since I just caught a cold virus from someone. What else can I do at this point? Keep taking the zinc, or supplement with copper as well as I’ve read that if one takes zinc they should also take copper. Since I have Hashimoto’s, this is a key nutrient, correct?

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Emily Martin - September 23, 2016

Dr.

As a doctor would you find it offensive for a patient to come in and request the labs you’ve outlined to test levels for supplementation? I have had so many test done but I have a hard time figuring out if they are looking at the right indicators.

Do they have to indicate each item for the lab or is there a “Thyroid” specific one I can mention that will cover all the right ones that need to be tested?

thanks,
Emily

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    Dr. Westin Childs - September 23, 2016

    Hey Emily,

    I wouldn’t find it offensive but I know there are other Doctors who would. If you wanted all of these tests you would have to specifically ask for them which is why most Doctors might decline (it would add probably 20-30 minutes to their day).

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Emily Bentz - September 24, 2016

What do you recmd for optimal folate levels?
Thanks for your time!

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Jan - September 24, 2016

My magnesium RBC tested at 5.6 mg/dl with a reference range of 3.5-7.1. Do you think I would benefit from taking mag. glycinate?

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Janneeka D. - October 13, 2016

Hi Dr. Childs! You invited me to your page via Fb. I am so glad you did! After watching a couple of your videos, I couldn’t help but to comment and put a little of my background out. I’ve had hypothyroidism for almost 15 years now and I have not felt better since I’ve been getting treated. I was hyper and had the RAI treatment. Since then I’ve been on a level dose of Levothyroxine 100mcg. After no improvement of symptoms, I’ve basically been demanding my GP to try another treatment plan by switching to a natural dessicated hormone replacement but he refused. After 13 years of horrible treatment, terrible symptoms and “normal” labs, I decided to try a Naturopathic approach with a ND. She ordered a full thyroid panel test, tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and a couple more panel test. This is what stood out to her. I was in the normal range at a 4.8 tsh, fT3 was 2.3, vitamin d was at a “9.3” b12 was at the lower normal range, and my testosterone was abnormal. She started treating me with natural supplements then out of the blue she started canceling all of my follow up appointments. I was so lost because I was paying out of pocket to get disappointed. Since then I’ve been taking my T4 every so often because of the terrible symptoms. I don’t know where I stand as of now. I’m always fatigued regardless of whether or not I take my meds, depressed, anxious, and at sometimes feel depersonalized. I’m so sorry to get on here ranting but I’m 29 and I know there’s more to life than this. I’d just like to feel normal and do things that I see others do. Please, help! Any kind of guidance or comments will greatly be appreciated. Thanks!

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debby - October 30, 2016

it is okey the patient with hypothyroidism do the ketogenic diet??
thanks

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    Dr. Westin Childs - October 30, 2016

    Hey Debby,

    It depends on the patient, some do well and some do not. I have a system for evaluating who will do well on it and who won’t that I use, but even then it isn’t always 100% accurate.

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Misty - November 9, 2016

Hi…..I am tired all the time,can’t lose weight no matter how hard I try and when I had my TSH drawn it was 4.08. What can I take over the counter to make myself feel better since a doctor will not treat me for hypothyroid because my number is considered to be ‘normal’???

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    Dr. Westin Childs - November 9, 2016

    Hey Misty,

    This post is all about taking supplements to help improve thyroid function but realize there’s only so much you can do to improve thyroid function without the use of medication (depending on the cause of hypothyroidism).

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mazzie - November 9, 2016

Hi, I’m wondering about using these nutrients if someone is already on Thyroid hormones? Specifically Iodine and tyrosine. Are they contraindicated?
Thanks! 🙂

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    Dr. Westin Childs - November 9, 2016

    Hey Mazzie,

    Not necessarily but it depends on the situation, I would seek out further recommendations from your integrative physician prior to using them.

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      mazzie - November 10, 2016

      Thanks! Its for a friend, he is on a high dose of levothyroxine and has normal and stable labs. I was going to suggest for him to start on a very low dose to see if it might help. You mention in your blog to start low and watch for any changes or symptoms?

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        Dr. Westin Childs - November 10, 2016

        Starting those supplements can occasionally make some patients worse, so I don’t recommend doing it without some understanding of how to dose/titrate supplements.

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Aleasha - December 26, 2016

Does this also apply to those who have had a thyroidectomy?

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Claire Gibbs - January 9, 2017

Hello Dr, I’m in the uk, had a total thyroidectomy in 2001 and have been on levo since then, after an awful battle and some private blood tests my endo has agreed that I can trial NDT at my own cost. I had low Vit d, low ferate, low iron so I started supplementing these before I changed to NDT. I purchased Thyroid-s recently and changed over 3 days ago. I am trying to manage this myself, however the NHS will not test for T3 so I am struggling.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - January 9, 2017

    Hey Claire,

    I think many patients (even some providers) think that it’s as easy as just switching medications and then you get significant improvement. For some patients it takes some time to figure out the correct dose of T3 necessary for optimal results. In doing this you need to take into account absorption of the thyroid medication, T4 to T3 conversion (means you need to check both free T3 & reverse T3) and reactions to inactive ingredients, etc. I will say that most of my patients need more T3 relative to the static dose of T3 that comes in NDT.

    That process of managing the T3 is what takes time and some degree of trial and error.

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      Claire - January 9, 2017

      Hello Dr Childs, well they wont issue NDT or T3 in the uk, and I wish there was someone like you in the Uk as I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle all of the time, for the last 3 years I’ve been told I’m depressed and pre menopausal and its all in my mind, I kept saying I wasn’t getting on with Levothyroxine, but they think that cures all thyroid problems, but do not stop to look at those who do not have a thyroid. I will have to privately test for T3 to try and keep an eye on this, Just want to start to feel normal again!

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        Dr. Westin Childs - January 9, 2017

        I know you can get NDT in the UK because I have a few patients who are there currently getting it. I don’t think it’s easy to get, but somehow it is available.

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Colleen - January 16, 2017

Dr. Childs,
I recently relocated to the Las Vegas area and I am at a loss as to how to connect with a Dr. willing to work
with me. Asking around doesn’t help due to the many nuances of my condition. My thyroid was radiated in 2003 after years of struggling with Hashimotos. I’m 58, basically healthy but I feel my health and life quality is subpar due to many horomone imbalances. My Dr. (located in another state) won’t consider looking at T3 supplementation. Is there a network or organization to assist in locating a qualified physician? Thanks.

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Ruby - January 30, 2017

Hi Dr

I’m writing to you from Italy where I have been to over 10 Endocrinologists in the last year to help me but still I am not happy. Since starting on Levo in 2012, I have put on 50 kgs and when I tell the specialists that they think I am just lazy. T3 is out of the question over here and when I did mention them to the Drs they said that here in Italy ‘we don’t advise using them’!!! I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto and I am Hypo.
My question is, can I take the supplements while on Levo or must I wean off them while taking the supplements?

Please can you help me. I am desperate to get my energy levels up and weight down.

Many thanks for the interesting articles you write.

Ruby

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Kathy - January 30, 2017

Dr. Childs, I was diagnosed in 2002 with auto immune hypothyroidism. I have been on various doses of L-throxine since then. My previous doctor left the practice so I was forced to find a new physician. While discussing consistent increasing THS numbers, my doctor indicated that Armour thyroid might be a better fit for me. I have only been on it for two weeks so far. I was looking for info about conversion from one medicine to another when I found your blog. I did watch the video about this. I also watched the video about 9 Supplements for thyroid. I would like to share this with my doctor, but could not find where I could actually print off a copy of your blog. Is this possible?

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JENNY - February 6, 2017

Hi Dr. Childs,
Can you take all 9 supplements + berberine + alpha lipoic acid all at the same time (all the “with meals” ones together 2-3x/day and “without meals” ones in between meals) ? Thanks!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - February 6, 2017

    Hey Jenny,

    I probably wouldn’t recommend taking all of them like that, instead I would space them out and rotate through them to avoid reactions/binding/absorption issues, etc.

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