So you're not feeling well, and you have low energy and a host of other symptoms of thyroid deficiency. Perhaps you even visit your doctor, who tests you and verifies that your thyroid hormone levels are low.
For daily thyroid support, Ocean Plant Extract is a robust source of minerals, essential sugars, and alginates. 40 pounds of mineral-rich seaweed are used to make 1 pound of the extract.
Substitute B.E.D. for Media-Hyped Foods
You and your doctor might automatically decide you need to be on a synthetic thyroid, when in fact a diet change is all that is needed!
- Have you been recently influenced by the media and the powerful soy industry and are currently eating unfermented soy foods (tofu, soy milk, tofu ice cream, soy nutrition bars, and soy baby formula)?
- Do you eat raw vegetables that are members of the cabbage family — including raw kale, collards, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower?
- Are you on the typical raw foods/vegan diet practiced in the U.S. for the last several decades?
Both unfermented soy products and unfermented cruciferous vegetables, as well as a strict raw foods diet, can suppress or "chill" your thyroid and cause your energy to plummet.
At Body Ecology, we offer a vegetarian, vegan, and/or raw foods version of The Diet. All of the oils on the Body Ecology Diet are medicinal because we recommend only organic, cold-pressed, and unrefined oils. These raw foods can be healing when used in conjunction with the Body Ecology Principles. However, it is our focus on fermented foods that allows us to make these popular diets safer and even better for you.
The only soy foods allowed on The Diet are fermented.
Natto, miso, tempeh, and wheat-free tamari can be enjoyed on The Body Ecology Diet. Since all soy foods are high in copper, we recommend taking 50 mg of zinc to keep the body at a good zinc/copper balance when eating fermented soy. Excess copper may suppresses the thyroid, and usually when someone is suffering from a fungal infection (Candida), they will also be suffering from a low thyroid condition called hypothyroidism. Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are good natural sources of zinc, which we recommend enjoying moderately since these foods are higher in oxalates.
It's important to note that miso soup does not feed Candida. It is free of oxalates, and when made with sea vegetables, miso can be especially nourishing to the thyroid. Mineral-rich sea vegetables, with a high raw concentration found in our Ocean Plant Extract, are an essential supporter of thyroid health. Rich in humic, fulvic, micro and macro minerals and amino acids, Body Ecology Ancient Earth Minerals was also designed to nourish the thyroid, the adrenals, and the immune system, while aiding in detoxification.
Still, we never recommend any soy foods to a person whose blood type is B. Bs seem to do poorly on soy, and most have intuitively learned to avoid it.
When to Try Body Ecology RAW
Body Ecology RAW is recommended when a person has a viral outbreak. It is best for anyone diagnosed with cancer and for someone wanting to cleanse their liver. It is the ideal diet for the hot summer months and for people living near the equator or in hot climates like Hawaii. B.E.D. RAW means that as much as 60 to 80 percent of your daily food intake will ideally be fermented.
Fortunately, we have a lot of fermented foods for BEDers to enjoy:
- Our friends in Australia provide us with the probiotic liquids CocoBiotic, InnergyBiotic, and Passion Fruit Biotic, as well as our fermented superfoods like Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus.
- We teach you to ferment the water of the young green coconut to make young coconut kefir.
- When and if the person is able to digest dairy foods, we recommend the use of fermented dairy kefir.
- Fermented coconut spoonmeat is an excellent source of raw protein for vegetarians and vegans, and it is rich in fatty acids that control viral and fungal infections (lauric and caprylic acid).
- We ferment our veggies from the land and ocean to make a wide variety of cultured veggies. (You can start fermenting with our Delicious Cultured Veggies Recipe or check out the full collection in our Body Ecology Living Cookbook.)
Cabbage, kale, or collards, if fermented (as included in cultured veggies), will not suppress your thyroid. In fact, they will nourish your thyroid.
They are rich in the vitamins and minerals that your thyroid requires. Ferment your veggies instead of eating them raw, and you will also digest these nutrients easily because they are predigested during the fermentation process. Besides increasing the nutrients hundreds of times, they also become immediately bio-available. You might like to know that cooking these veggies also eliminates their thyroid-suppressing effect.
A Word of Caution When You're Struggling with Thyroid Deficiency
If you still choose to eat the mineral-depleting foods mentioned above, please make sure to create balance by also eating very large amounts of mineral-rich foods in the same meal. This is what the Japanese do.
Yes, they do have cubes of tofu garnishing their miso soup in Japan, but the tofu is floating in a stock made from the ocean vegetable kombu. The kombu is usually simmered with fish flakes (which are strained off), then high-protein miso paste (fermented soy) is added, and the finished product is a high-protein, mineral-rich stock with a few chunks of soft, creamy tofu.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
If you are suffering from a thyroid deficiency, you may notice it immediately — you probably don’t feel well, and your doctor may confirm that your thyroid hormone levels are low. While doctors may be quick to recommend the use of a synthetic thyroid, trying a diet change first to bring the thyroid back into balance can help.
- Nourishing the thyroid with mineral-rich sea vegetables, found in a high raw concentration in our Ocean Plant Extract, or supporting the thyroid, the adrenals, and the immune system with Ancient Earth Minerals.
- Keeping the gut healthy and the thyroid regulated with our favorite fermented superfoods, like Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus, and revitalizing probiotic beverages, like CocoBiotic, InnergyBiotic, and Passion Fruit Biotic.
- Fermenting and enjoying young coconut kefir daily (and fermented dairy kefir, when you can tolerate dairy).
- Fermenting and enjoying cultured veggies daily — start by sampling our full collection of fermented vegetable recipes in our Body Ecology Living Cookbook.
The real key here is in nourishing the thyroid through diet, and some mineral or fermented supplements, rich in the vitamins and minerals your thyroid needs to function each day. Fermenting vegetables instead of eating them raw will make the nutrients easier for your body to digest; these foods are essentially “predigested” in the fermentation process. Eating nutritious, fermented foods that your body can use may restore balance and provide noticeable relief for a wide range of symptoms of thyroid deficiency.
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