While waiting in the self-checkout line behind someone who isn’t qualified to scan their own groceries, I had plenty of time to browse the covers of a wide selection of magazines. One, though, really caught my attention.
I don’t know a whole lot about Dr. Oz, but a lot of people seem to think he’s a medical genius. And since he was covering a topic near and dear to my heart, I wound up buying the magazine. Why? Because the article is about detoxifying your thyroid.
What does the great and powerful Dr. Oz have to say about that?
1. Take a vitamin D3 supplement. Check. Already been doing that for about 2 1/2 years. I am sorry to see that, like my doctor and pharmacist, he neglected to mention D3 is a fat soluble vitamin, so you need to take it with a little fat in order for it to be properly absorbed. You also need to take it with some calcium – for the same reason.
2. Iodine supplementation. Check. I started an iodine protocol, after much research, six or eight weeks ago. He only recommends using iodized salt, and eating foods like seafood, seaweed (uh-uh!), shellfish, milk and eggs. But I’ve spent months looking into the studies of Dr. David Brownstien and have chosen to go with his recommendations instead.
3. Supplement with selenium. Check. Just got an order of gluten-free selenium after discovering I’d been taking one containing wheat. Oops. I really needed something to help contribute to my never-ending fatigue. Not!
4. Cook cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. He did include Brussels sprouts in the list, but because I consider those to be non-food, taste bud torturing, nasty, awful things, I’m not going to worry about them. Anyway, they’re all goitrogens, and those are bad for your thyroid if they’re not cooked or steamed. Check. I never liked raw broccoli or cauliflower anyway. It does pretty much do away with cole slaw consumption though.
5. Cook with thyroid boosting oils, specifically coconut oil. Check. I’ve been using coconut oil for 2 1/2 years now and would have trouble getting through a day without it. I cook with it, and I take 1-3 tablespoons a day, too. Plain. It’s not as disgusting as you might think – once you get used to it anyway. Your liver processes it immediately, and differently, than it does other fats so it doesn’t turn to fat on your body. It’s a medium-chain fatty acid, which is really good for you and your thyroid.
So, I bought the magazine for one reason…only to find out that I’m already doing everything the good doctor recommends. But you know what? I don’t consider it a waste of money. It’s nice to see that an expert is confirming that I’m on the right track, and that my ongoing research isn’t a waste of time.
I’m a better researcher than I thought I was, too. I was just being a smart aleck and Googling songs about thyroids…and found there actually are a few. While I still have…and fully intend to keep…my thyroid, this song made me laugh.