Do I need salt, iodine, or something natural like kelp?

I've got non autoimmune hypo. I was just wondering how I can best support my condition naturally? Do I need salt, or iodine, or something like kelp?

If the benefits to be had are just about increasing iodine level, I think I'd rather go for something "cleaner and synthetic", as opposed to sea/mountain salt or kelp. Thanks a lot.

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  • Never take kelp unless you are deficit. I have hashimos and a few years ago I went to a dietician and they did some bloods and TSH was high end to normal. I felt fine just had weight gain issue. They told me take kelp and within a few months my TSH had came down. My GP told me to take thyroxine and do not take kelp and said that any changes in TSH level would be temporary. She told me kelp is a herb and we don't know the full affects of herbs, we know all about vitamins but not herbs. The dieticians were saying don't take thyroxine, we treat people all the time use the natural method kelp.

    I stayed on kelp for about a year. They told me I did not need to take it permanently. Within 18 months of stopping I felt dreadful, weight gain etc. Gp by this time had adopted a lets watch and see approach and would not give thyroxine. Its borderline underactive thyroid.

    Referred to a useless Endo but one thing he said is you should never take herbs. We don't know the full affect on the body. I was referred to another Endo at different hospital and I was diagnosed with Hashimos and underactive thyroid. He said the same should never ever take herbs. You should have had iodine levels tested and if deficit then been put on it. His theory was because I had taken kelp when I had not needed it I was overmedicating on kelp and the results were definitely the hashimos.

    Nobody in my family has thyroid problems. We have gone back a few generations nobody has had it. I would have iodine levels checked first to see if you are deficit. I wish I had.

  • Are thyroid problems hereditary then?

    After I was diagnosed a few years ago we went to visit my late fathers youngest sister, during conversations it turned out that she was hypo too but was on a much higher dose of levo than me.

    She must be almost 90 now, I don't know of anyone else in the family having this. Mind you, they are all dead now anyway and there wouldn't be any way of finding out.

  • It can be genetic. All the ladies in my family on my mothers side have it. Great grandma, grandma, mother. Aunts and cousins! Thankfully due to the family history I knew to request testing when I started to feel unwell

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