Note: This article was originally published in July 2010 and was updated in May 2018 to include the latest research. My original discussion of the research on iodine and selenium still stands, but I have updated my recommendations for iodine testing in light of new evidence and added a section with practical steps for correcting iodine status.
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When lab results for thyroid function come back as “normal,” it’s easy to assume that everything is functioning well. However, there are several different reasons these results can be misleading. Today we answer a listener question and discuss the various reasons why a “normal” lab result may not always mean optimal thyroid function.
The green smoothie fad has taken the world by storm, with everyone from staunch vegans to Paleo people hopping on the kale-and-spinach-laden beverage bandwagon. While green smoothies have gained a reputation for being extremely healthy, these drinks have a dark side that few people are aware of. Read on to learn about the health problems associated with the “over-enthusiastic” consumption of green smoothies and why drinking these beverages regularly may not be conducive to optimal health.
Do you have high cholesterol? Are you concerned about your heart health? You might want to get your thyroid checked out. Thyroid hormones play a major role in lipid metabolism and are one of the major causes of high cholesterol. Read on to learn more.
While there are many factors that influence thyroid function, recent research suggests that gut health may be a key player. The trillions of microbes that reside in your gut have a profound influence on the production of hormones in the body—including thyroid hormones. Read on to find out if a disrupted gut microbiota might be contributing to your thyroid problem, and learn how healing your gut could improve your thyroid function.
According to recent statistics, subclinical hypothyroidism may be more common than type 2 diabetes. In this podcast Dr. Amy Nett and I will discuss the thyroid physiology behind subclinical hypothyroidism and its clinical consequences.