Nutrient deficiencies that ALL thyroid patients struggle with

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There are certain deficiencies that almost EVERY thyroid patients struggles with.

And these nutrient deficiencies negatively impact both the thyroid gland itself AND other areas of your body.

Leading to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and depression.

Why are they so common?

Because if you have low thyroid function it sets your body up for other nutrient deficiencies due to its physiology.

If you have ANY of these nutrient deficiencies then you need to make sure you take care of them ASAP.

#1. Vitamin B12.

B12 is probably one of the most common (and most important) deficiencies that thyroid patients face.

Why? Because B12 is a wimpy nutrient in the sense that so many things disrupt it from getting into your body.

Not only that but it’s also hard for the body to utilize if it’s not in the right form or if you have an MTHFR defect in your body.

These two things make it so that even if you are taking B12 it may not be getting into your body or being used by your body.

B12 deficiency also leads to symptoms such as low energy, decreased concentration, and a decreased metabolism which all mimic the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

#2. Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also incredibly important for thyroid patients! Not only does vitamin D play a role in regulating thyroid function but low vitamin D increases your risk for developing thyroid cancer and thyroid autoimmune disease.

Taking Vitamin D can potentially boost your immune system and actually reduce inflammation and autoimmunity.

#3. Zinc + Selenium.

I’ve included both zinc and selenium together for this section (even though they are each very important on their own) because they do help do one very important thing.

And that thing is help your thyroid convert T4 to T3. This conversion process is the thing that helps your thyroid actually work. And both zinc and selenium are involved in this process.

They also help improve the immune system and reduce inflammation and damage inside of the thyroid gland.

Combine this with the fact that many people are zinc deficient (and most likely minorly selenium deficient) and you can see why these nutrients are important.

#4. Iodine.

There is so much confusion out there about iodine that we simply can’t skip over it.

No matter how you look at it, iodine is an ESSENTIAL nutrient for your thyroid.

If you don’t have enough iodine then you won’t be able to produce thyroid hormone.

Iodine forms the backbone of thyroid hormone and it’s what your thyroid gland uses to put thyroid hormone together.

Low levels of iodine will lead to low levels of thyroid hormone.

Many people know this and yet they are still afraid of iodine.

#5. Magnesium.

Magnesium plays a role in some 300+ processes in the body. And we are interested in it here because of how thyroid issues impact magnesium metabolism.

Both low and high thyroid hormone levels can disrupt your magnesium levels and cause issues for many cells in your body.

#6. Iron.

Last but certainly not least is iron. Healthy iron levels are required for your thyroid to work correctly.

What makes matters worse is that low thyroid leads to low iron. And then low iron leads to even lower thyroid hormone function and so on.

Get your iron levels checked if you have thyroid problems!

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This video is not intended to be used as medical advice. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician or primary care provider. Dr. Westin Childs goes to great lengths to produce high-quality content but this is NOT a substitute for medical care.

25 thoughts on “Nutrient deficiencies that ALL thyroid patients struggle with

  1. Great information. Thanks for sharing. I wish I would have known all of this years ago, but it's never too late to start. I do use those supplements except for iron but try to get that in my food. One other supplement that I have found that is so important to go with D3 is Vitamin K2. There isn't much talk about it but it really helps D3 do it's job. I just watched a really good YouTube called Everything You Need To Know About Vitamin K2. it covered it the best of what I have discovered so far. It would be good the hear what you think. Thanks again, I really appreciate all your great information.

  2. I had a TT feb 2019 and on levothyroxine 125mcg. my t3 and t4 are normal but my tsh has been high ever since my endo has no idea what the problem is. We tried to up dose to 137mcg and 150mcg but my T4 sky rocketed high in the hyper. I wonder if anyone is going through what i am and has some idea what might be the problem.

  3. Healthy male, 46 years old, 180lbs, 6 feet tall, high energy, very active…fasting 4-5 times a week for 14 hrs, sauna 5 times a week…blood work came back with normal/optimal for all but, THS of 4.8…getting new blood work to test T3/T4…any feedback welcomed.

  4. Thank you Dr. Childs! Since i started replacing these 7 nutrients + essential amino acids I instantly felt a huge difference. if only my doctors had told me this years ago. Not even thyroid specialists seem to know or care or bother to tell you.

  5. Dr. Child's, your presentations are amazing and very informative. My only complaint is, we can't see your white board or what you are writing. You can see it because it's in your lap, however your listeners can't. Writing larger and maybe using a black marker might help. Thank you

  6. I needed the reminder today… have taken natural thyroid for 20 years but in the last 3-4 years , serious low ferritin, IBS, leaky gut, chronic leg/foot pains , aching legs, weak muscles, weight gain (40 pounds with no change in diet) I also just turned 50.
    So awful …. I have everything you just talked about and going to be faithful and up my doses… especially iron with vitamin c and my Iodoral 12.5mg iodine.
    Thank you!!!
    I would love this with dose recommendations…
    Thank you so much!!

  7. I was supplementing with Iodoral for Iodine- Im Hypo Thyroid and do not convert my T4 to T3. But every time I have taken Iodine, my weight would go up. Then I switched to getting my Iodine through Sea Kelp Supplements and again came the weight gain. Can you explain any of this? Im so afraid of taking Iodine because of the weight gain.

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