|How would you discover a deficiency in any of the things mentioned in the post? Lab work? An assumption that if your thyroid is out of whack these vitamins/minerals must be too? Or because the American diet is in general pretty crappy - we all need extra vit/minerals?
I went on the assumption that it was true, tried the vit/min route (supplements) and felt a lot better in about 2 weeks. I think testing for some of these isn't particularly mainstream and I don't know if it's possible for them all--I was at the point that I just needed to feel better and was willing to jump in (after doing as much reading as I could stand).
It's not just the typical American diet--though it's good to start asking why and how this could happen. Some people have a lot of gut damage and aren't absorbing the nutrients from their food well, so doing gut healing in conjunction with other stuff would be key. For me, it was a combo of bad diet and the effect of the mercury from my amalgam fillings. Many mercury toxic people have thyroid problems. I'm sure there are other things that could be in play, I just know my little corner of the world.
|Can I make changes to my diet while getting started on traditional meds and then when I feel as though I've pumped up on vit/minerals trial off the meds?
I would say yes, but I'd also say that I was taking doses of these way higher than I could get from food (well, admittedly I wasn't willing to eat oysters (for zinc) every day--I have heard of people doing this with just food, but it's a very challenging way to go). It's a long-term deficiency that's been building and IME it will take a long time to rebuild. If you are on meds (I finally got a prescription just when I'd decided to try the vit/min route so I never filled it--but it was really satisfying to get it
) but you'd need to monitor how you feel closely and be willing to taper down on your dosage. Read about the symptoms of hyperthyroid because you may feel hyper as your thyroid starts working again.