I’m not lazy, my thyroid is.

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No more (Thy)ROID RAGE... I want my thyroid to be as happy as its butterfly shape.

No more (Thy)ROID RAGE… I want my thyroid to be as happy as its butterfly shape.

I have been exceptionally tired lately. Admittedly, attempting to hold my new schedule hasn’t gone smoothly & I have an all-you-can-eat stress buffet at work, but I still feel that I have been especially lethargic. I suspect it may be my thyroid.

Like a pandemically large number of people (27 million Americans + another estimated 10%undiagnosed), I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism & prescribed the synthetic & generic levothyroxin, which I have just discovered uses gluten as a filler!?!?!? & has a normal variance of +/- 10% in potency from one pill to the next, which seems dangerous. After extensive research & 3 recent blood tests, I have permanently switched to the natural porcine Armour Thyroid.

After further research, as of this morning, I have also switched from the typical doctor recommendation of taking thyroid medication in the morning to taking thyroid medication at night.

a 2007 study published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, and a follow-up larger randomized trial reported in the December 2010 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine – have found that taking the same dose of levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid) at bedtime, as compared to first thing in the morning, may be better.

The researchers suggested several explanations for the results:

  • Even when waiting at least 30 minutes to eat, breakfast may be interfering with the intestinal absorption of levothyroxine thyroxine.
  • “Bowel motility is slower at night,” which means that it takes longer for the levothyroxine tablet to transit through the intestinal system, resulting in longer exposure to the intestinal wall, and therefore, better uptake of the medication.
  • The conversion process of T4 to T3 may be more effective in the evening.
A new study from the journal Thyroid, presented evidence that those who consume coffee at the time of taking their thyroid medication, see a 25-57 percent drop in T4, one of the thyroid hormones, compared to non-coffee drinkers. This adverse effect persists for up to one hour.
 Studies showing about a 20% drop in absorption if Synthroid is taken with food within 1 hour, compared to an empty stomach.
If I am eating late, I am going to eat my last bit of food by 2.5 hours before bed (8:30pm), which gives my body ample time to digest all food so I will go to bed on an empty stomach. I will take my Thyroid Medication on an empty stomach 90 minutes or 1 hour before bed (9:30-10pm) & begin my nighttime ritual to trigger my body’s associative principle. I will read in bed & take my night supplements just before turning off the light (10:30 – 11pm)
Adult typical safe range of iodine is above 150mcg & below 1100 mcg. I am making sure to eat seaweed as a snack from now on — it is very low in calories,  exceptionally high in nutrients; to include iodine, which the thyroid needs to produce thyroid hormone.

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