Originally Posted by desertpenguin
yeah. i'm certain i have plenty of deficiencies. i didn't want to get pregnant the 2nd time before i had a chance to get that all straightened out. but apparently i lacked the proper self-control.
i have that site bookmarked for a long time now. i just need to sit down one day and look everything up and find out the food sources of those things. i cannot afford a lot of supplements.
FWIW, Jon's site (the ithyroid.com site, I mean) is really thorough, in the sense of how all the vitamins and minerals affect each other and can get really out-of-balance (not so much on why all these deficiencies would exist though), but the list of things to take is longer than it needs to be to start feeling better. I've seen shorter lists, heck, there are supplements at Whole Foods that say Thyroid Support or whatever, and are vitamins and minerals (if you wanted to see what they had and compare to his list, for example). To me, it seems like zinc, selenium, iodine, A, D, a B complex and bowel tolerance C (maybe this even more for adrenals, but since they're so often both affected) are the most important. But I am just one voice.
Getting enough to make a difference from food for some would be hard (like zinc) and a supplement may actually be more cost effective, but I haven't looked into the whole list (and obviously good nutrition and food sources have a whole list of their own benefits). When I started, I was just desperate to feel better and I hadn't really bought into the whole nutrition being the cornerstone of good health idea yet.
Oh, and this is one of the reasons I'm not stressing about the fact that my luteal phase is 7 or 8 days long right now, so I _can't_ get pregnant. Part of my health being messed up, but really quite a blessing at the moment. Anyway, I hope you start feeling better soon, and enjoy your new little one!