What are the best supplements for hypothyroidism?
There are so many thyroid supplements out there and it can be very confusing. I know when I started on my thyroid journey many years ago, it was overwhelming because there are so many different supplements and so many different recommendations for them.
I wanted to also point out that I am very cautious about throwing people on supplements without knowing if they need them. I do testing with my clients that work with me so we can create a plan of supplements based off of their own individual needs.
I do think testing is a better route to go, but I wanted to give you an idea of some things that I think a lot of people with a slow thyroid could benefit from and what you can do about it.
So, one of the first things that I love to utilize inside of working with someone that has a slow thyroid is potassium. Potassium is so important. One of the reasons is it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. It helps with sensitizing thyroid cells, and it's often overlooked. It's not one that's really tested for.
I test for it inside my thyroid program with the hair tissue mineral analysis testing, and almost everyone that I work with, it's low. Keep in mind, that you need about 4,500 milligrams every single day of potassium, just for normal function so supplementing with it can be very important.
You can get it from foods, obviously, but a lot of times, it's really hard to get 4,500 milligrams a day. So, I love supplementing with it. I love utilizing a chelated form of potassium because it's more absorbable.
Another one of my favs is magnesium. The majority of the women that I am working with are usually pretty stressed out. They are tired of all the back and forth with doctors and not getting answers and by the time they come to me, most of them are deficient in magnesium. And again, we can see that on the hair test.
One of the big things I like magnesium for is it's very calming. It's your calming mineral. I recommend Magnesium that is chelated, glycinated, or buffered.
Let's talk about probiotics. I think, is always essential as well. Wehn talking about your gut flora, you have good bacteria and bad bacteria. When there's a lot of bad bacteria, as opposed to the good bacteria, it can cause something like dysbiosis. Your gut function is going to be off. About 20% of your thyroid hormone conversion happens in your gut, so it's really crucial to make sure you're addressing gut stuff. One of the ways is a probiotic.
There's so many probiotics out there. I am a big proponent of spore-based probiotic. I think they're more diverse. They survive the pH and the temperature of the gut.
I also love tyrosine because it helps with making thyroid hormone. So, a lot of people with hypothyroidism are deficient in it. You can't necessarily test for this one but it is very important one to consider.
I also want to discuss combo products. So, there are so many thyroid combo products out there that have herbs and some of these minerals that I was just talking about. It can be one of those scenarios where it can be a good and bad scenario for you. So, I do like some thyroid combo products, I think they're really good. but I am cautious too. One of the reasons is a lot of these thyroid combo products have a lot of iodine in them.
I work with a lot of people with Hashimoto's, and when you have Hashimoto's, iodine can sometimes cause a flare up. Also a lot of them have copper and I don't recommend that as well when you're struggling with hypothyroidism and trying to get the thyroid more optimal.
Selenium is another important for thyroid function because it helps with thyroid hormone conversion. You can get it in supplement form or by eating a Brazil nut everyday.
Supplementing can be tricky and confusing. If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.
You can also grab my FREE guide on 5 Causes of Hypothyroidism right here.