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unclefester67
unclefester67

Good afternoon.

First of all I would like to thank @seaside sue @shawls and @greygoose for pointing me in the right direction. Just a quick question. I was on 250mcg levothyroxine. Because of developing Hashimotos my gp increased to 275. I now take 250 levothyroxine along with 12.5 Tiromel. I now also take selenium, vitamin d and vitamin b complex. Had a b12 injection. Not due for next blood test til end of June. I now have a puffy face and swollen shins due to water retention. Never had before. Should I worry or just wait til my next blood test?

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If they're not painful, it might be best to just wait for your next blood test. However, you could try taking Turmeric (curcuma), in tablet form or as powder added to your food. It works very well for me. :)

jgelliss
jgelliss in reply to greygoose

greygoose ,

Thank you for your Great advise . I would love to know if Turmeric interferes with our thyroid meds ?

greygoose
greygoose in reply to jgelliss

Not that I know of. But, take them well away from each other, just in case. :)

jgelliss
jgelliss in reply to greygoose

greygoose

Thank You So Much . One never knows what can interfere with our thyroid meds . I like to go on the cautious side . Your advice as always are Very Valuable and Very Appreciated .

greygoose
greygoose in reply to jgelliss

You're welcome. :)

jgelliss
jgelliss in reply to greygoose

greygoose

If you don't mind me asking you do you take Turmeric in spice form sprinkled on your meals or in a capsule/tablet form ?

greygoose
greygoose in reply to jgelliss

In the winter, I took it in a drink, with lemon, honey and ginger. Now, I take it like this :

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

But, of course, if I have an Indian meal, that will have turmeric in it. :)

jgelliss
jgelliss in reply to greygoose

greygoose

That sounds Yummy .Thank You for the thread . It's so much healthier then Big Pharma's Great Ideas .

Thank You !!!

greygoose
greygoose in reply to jgelliss

You're welcome. :)

Thanks greygoose. I have a bag of turmeric sitting in the cupboard. I might try making turmeric gummies. I remember someone posting the recipe here and they look yummy.

Yes, that was me. :)

rosserk
rosserk in reply to greygoose

GreyGoose what dose of turmeric would you take of the powder? I don’t fancy the gummies 🤢

greygoose
greygoose in reply to rosserk

As much as you can tolerate the taste of. It does have an acquired taste. Not so noticeable if you add it to food, though. But, if you can, half a teaspoon a day.

Is it the gummy bit itself you don't fancy? Or the ingredients? I made some a while ago - made too much and still finishing it up! - but I'm experimenting with ways of making it tastier. So, instead of just water, I used and infusion of lemon and ginger. It's a great taste - for me, anyway. But, you could experiment with other things. :)

rosserk
rosserk in reply to greygoose

GreyGoose, it’s the honey 🍯. I only have to think of honey and my face goes all distorted! Lol I can tolerate half a teaspoon a day, without any probs. Thanks 💐

greygoose
greygoose in reply to rosserk

OK! I understand. lol I'm not too keen on honey, myself. But, I use acacia honey, which is very mild, and with the other ingredients, you don't taste it.

You do need a little sweetness, though, but you could use sugar - if it doesn't go against your principles. Or orange juice instead of water. The possibilities are endless! :)

rosserk
rosserk in reply to greygoose

They are indeed! I can’t use sugar I’m pre-diabetic. Xx

greygoose
greygoose in reply to rosserk

OK, so it does look like the gummies are out. But, you could still put it in soups and stews, or whatever you eat that's savoury. Or, take it in tablet form. :)

Hidden
Hidden in reply to greygoose

Hi GG. How much turmeric do you take a day? And do you take supplements, the spice, or buy the root and microplane it into food? I have been using 1/2 to 3/4ths tsp daily of the organic spice added to various foods.(homemade guacamole, chicken, egg,tuna salad, soups) Is this enough to help lower inflammation? And does it help reduce lower leg swelling? None of my docs seem able to resolve my lower leg and foot swelling and it's very uncomfortable. Their opinions include lymphedema, hypothyroid, possible adrenal problems, peripheral neuropathy, cellulits, and restless leg syndrome. My research and trial and error approach say none of the above except for hypo causes.. It is also unrelated to a-fib or CHF (congestive heart failure) as both are well controlled. I am tired of most of my doctors at this point. Even my new endo I was initially excited about has lost some of his appeal. Thanks.😊 irina

greygoose
greygoose in reply to Hidden

Oh, I know! These doctors with their fixed ideas! No-one could accuse them of having an open mind! Pretty certain it's the hypo causing the lower-leg swelling - I really don't think restless leg syndrome causes it! lol I have both but they are independant of each other in their comings and goings. But, yes, the turmeric has helped enormously.

I buy the powder and make turmeric gummies. So, I've no idea how much is in each gummy. But half a teaspoon is the usual recommendation. But if you can tolerate more, use more. I don't think there's an upper limit. I do use it in food if I make a curry, but I don't put it in other food, because of the taste. In a curry, it just blends in with the other spices. :)

Hidden
Hidden in reply to greygoose

Thanks GG. Idon't mind the taste as I usually add other ingredients to bulk up portions a little-onion, celer, bell pepper, etc. The turmeric taste gets lost easier. Thanks again. 😊

greygoose
greygoose in reply to Hidden

You're welcome. :)

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