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levothyroxine

Hi I'm Samantha and have just been told I have an under active thyroid and been put on levothyroxine plus I'm at Slimming world. I would like to know is it better to take Meds in morning or at night plus any foods that I need to avoid.

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morning or at night becomes a matter of preference for some people taking it at night affects sleep

be very sure to get your GP to test

ferritin

folate

b12

vit d3

because all 4 must without exception be at least halfway in their ranges because if low they will prevent your body from utilising the levo and converting it into the t3 that every body cell needs to function

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Thank you. Are there any foods that I need to avoid?

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its well worth going totally gluten free for at least 3 months to see if that resolves any digestive issues ....sometimes dairy can cause trouble for some

be very sure to take at least 2000mg vit c split through the day

hypothyroid causes massive vitamin and mineral losses

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Avoid unfermented soy. Like the plague. And that's difficult, because it's in most processed foods, in one form or another: soy oil, soy flour, soy protein, soy milk, etc. Always read the labels very carefully.

Plus, something you really do need in your diet : fat. Butter, olive oil, animal fat, nuts and nut oils, avocado and avocado oil - always go for the full-fat option, never the low/no-fat. But, avoid seed oils, like sunflower seed, because they are highly processed.

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Welcome to the forum! Glad you have found us. The forum is run by Thyroid Uk and if you look on their website you will find lots of good helpful information starting with the correct way to take your meds. Quite a few do'S and dont's but way to do.

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I find it easier to take mine in the morning but I'm 6 months in and I feel about as good as I did starting which is not good ha :(

All I can say is please take it easy on yourself as I haven't and it's a slow battle not a short one x

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Do teach too many brassicas, I.e. Sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. Can impare levo absorption

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No they can't. That's a myth. Your talking about goitrogens, here. Goitrogens impede the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland. They have no effect on the absorption of levo. :)

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And it's when they are raw that they are an issue, isn't it, greygoose ?

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Unfermented. They can be raw, but also unfermented soy is in the form of soy milk, soy flour, soy protein, tofu, soy oil. All those are bad.

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I meant the greens!

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Oh, sorry! lol No, it doesn't matter if they're raw or cooked. They do not affect levo. And, they will only affect your thyroid if you are still relying on it for some of your hormone. And, even then, they won't all affect you. I know they say you need to cook them, but believe me, if you are particularly sensitive to a particular goitrogen, it will affect you whether it's raw or cooked.

But, goitrogens are not the menace they're made out to be. They don't do secret, hidden damage to your gland. Just abide by the rule of eating what you like and what likes you. If something disagrees with you, don't eat it. Apart from that, eat what you enjoy - as long as it's not processed. :)

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Not eat!

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I have recently changed from taking Levothyroxine at night to taking them upon waking . My sleeping has greatly lmproved.

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Funny how we are all different. I take mine at bedtime and usually sleep like a log. Definitely far better than pre-treatment.

Anyone interested in when people take their thyroid hormones, and comments, could do with looking here:

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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I take 325mg of Levothyroxine a day and have done so for four years. My symptons seem to be returning and so my doctor is in favour of raising the dose. This does seem a lot. Do many others take as much or even larger doses?

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It would be better to start your own thread steveBl then you will get replies specifically geared to your question :-)

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When on levothyroxine, I was instructed to take it in the a.m. at least 1/2 hour before breakfast. Since I was having quite a bit of hair loss, I asked my Doctor to prescribe Armour Thyroid. Doctors rarely prescribe Armour. Why? My guess is that it has to do with Big Pharma.

My Mother was on Armour for over 70 years. When she died at the age of 95 she still had a beautiful head of hair and gorgeous skin. Even the undertaker commented on it.

I am 82 years old and seem to be doing OK with my meds. I have had partial removal of the thyroid because of a goiter which I had for 10 years. During that time, I did not take medication for thyroid. The only other medication I take is for high blood pressure. I do take supplements. My problem is arthritis which holds me back. The mind says "Yes" but the body says "No".

Does anyone have experience with Armour Thyroid?

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You are better asking your own question in a new thread. Or searching in the search box for Armour Thyroid

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