Therapeutic Juicing for Hypothyroidism

According to the National Institute for Health, ‘Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.’ Located at the front of the neck just below the voice box, the thyroid gland releases the hormones that regulate metabolism. Hypothyroidism is essentially an inflammation of the thyroid gland and is most commonly caused by the immune system attacking the gland.

Though other causes such as birth defects, radiation treatments, surgical removal of the gland, some pharmaceutical drugs, or a virus may cause the disease. And while there is no prevention for hypothyroidism, there are therapies to help the thyroid gland function better. One of those therapies is juicing foods that support healthy thyroid function.

Some of the recommended foods for the thyroid are: alfalfa, all leafy greens such as lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, watercress, apples, apricots, carrots, grapes, kelp, radishes, parsley, rosemary, and wheatgrass. Avoid processed and refined foods and unfiltered water.

The following juices can be therapeutic for the thyroid:

  • Carrot juice
  • Carrot, beet, and cucumber juice
  • Carrot and spinach juice
  • Carrot, parsley, celery, and spinach with ¼ tsp of powdered kelp or dulce.
  • Any combination of fruits and vegetables from the aforementioned recommended foods.

The serving per day for hypothyroid juice therapy is 1 pint in order to see a noticeable change in a person’s health. You can take more juice of course, but remember to get a good dose of daily fiber by adding the pulp to other foods you eat or adding chia seeds to your juice.

You can also add spices to stimulate your metabolism. These include ‘hot’ spices such as cayenne, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, and allspice. Fat burning spices include onion and garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.

If you’re concerned that you might have hypothyroidism, here is a list of some of the early symptoms:

  • Heightened sensitivity to cold
  • Fatigue or feeling ‘slow’
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Heavier menstrual periods
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle hair or fingernails
  • Hair loss
  • Unintentional weight gain

If you’re experiencing 2 or more of these symptoms, visit your health professional to see if you need to be tested for thyroid disease. Thyroid disease is fairly common in the United States due to the typical western diet. Luckily, hypothyroidism can be treated with a combination of Western medicine and more natural therapies including diet and by extension: juicing.  Consider the Omega VRT as a tool to use for juicing.  This is what I use and it is quite versatile.

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  • barbie

    i used to do a lot of juicing, but stopped , i neglected my self, now feel ill, as i have a under active thyroid.
    have started taking supplements, but obviously that is not enough.
    will keep you all posted if interested.

  • michelle

    just saw the documentary by joe cross, “fat, sick and nearly dead.” this is a must see. i’m starting to juice tomorrow. i have every single symptom of hypothyroid and confident juicing is the answer.

    • Andrew

      That was an EXCELLENT documentary. Have you noticed how many documentaries like this are coming out lately? Have you seen Forks Over Knives? I honestly think the health revolution is about to happen on a large scale…

    • Kristy K. James

      Great documentary. I’ve watched it on Hulu twice in the past month. It was after I saw it the first time that I started researching juicing. Not sure I’d want to do a 60 day fast though.

  • Kristy K. James

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a little over a year ago. During that time the doctor hasn’t been able to get my numbers under control so I’ve continued to feel basically awful. Supplementation and coconut oil have all helped some, but not enough so that I actually feel good again…just better than I did. So after MORE research, I bought a juicer yesterday and started this afternoon (juicing radishes just sounded so disgusting I put it off…but it’s not as bad as I’d feared).

    I’m glad to have stumbled on your blog though, because what I know about juicing could fit on the head of a pin. I’m looking forward to learning more. :)

  • Connie

    I have an under active (hypo) throid and was told to avoid spinach, kale, and cabbage

    • Andrew

      Hey Connie! You should definitely consult with your physician, as different people will react differently to treatments and food.

  • Paul

    This is my day two of juicing. I must admit it is harder than I figured it would be but I am already feeling an increase in energy but only for short spurts. My mind is a bit fuzzy but it is a drastic change to go from what I was eating and how often to this. I am told it will get better and with anything the first few days are the hardest. I also quit chewing when I started this haha. I shall keep on keepin on

    • Andrew

      Congrats for starting!!!!! Yes, the first three days are the toughest. If you feel dizzy, fuzzy, etc – just go straight for water. It will really help. Keep going!

  • Denwllrd

    I am going to buy my juicer. very nervous on what will happen w/ my thyroid. I NEEd to lose weight, Any ideas on what 2 juice how are welcome please.

    • Andrew

      Definitely consult your doctor on things to avoid! If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, definitely do that (top right corner is the signup least right now!) as you will get juicing articles/recipes etc.

  • Mangoandpalm

    I’m extremely disturbed the you are recommending juicing kale and spinach for people with hypothyroidism There is a host of literature, on respected sites such as Mayo and Livestrong, suggesting that those vegetables are not healthy for people with hypothyroidism. Where is the data/science to back your claims?

  • Jessica

    I’m new to juicing. I have hypothyroidism and the harder I try to lose weight the more I gain. Any recipes or suggestions are much appreciated!

  • Susan B

    Do you have any findings/research that show juicing spinach is okay for hypothyroidism?

  • Hcalcover

    Why is it stated on so many websites that kale and other foods alike should be avoided?

    • Charlaonebay

      I want to start a juicing fast but today I read that people with Hashmoto Thyroidism/Hypothyroidism and still have their thyroid and on synthroid should NOT should not eat a lot of OR juice any cruciferous vegetables (the good green ones) because of the high quanities of goitrogens found in Cruciferous vegetables which can affect your thryoid and cause goiters to grow. Does anyone know about this?

      • Azrn2000

        You would have to eat foods containing goitrogens in high quantities to have an anti-thyroid effect, so as long as their combined with other fruits/veggies and in reasonable amounts you’ll likely be fine. It is rumored that cooking destroys goitrogens as well, but as we know it kills the enzymes and antioxidants in food as well, so proceed with caution if you’re planning to cook your greens!

  • JuicyGirl

    It is dangerous to recommend many leafy greens to those with thyroid disease especially those with Hashimoto’s. KALE is a #1 NO, NO when it comes to Hashimoto’s disease. Spinach is very questionable as well. Through my research, so far, I have come up with Dandelion, leaf lettuce, except for head lettuce and Parsley as being safe for those with thyroid conditions. I am continuing my research. By the way, soy milk, and soy products in general, are poison to those with thyroid issues. There is a book called ‘Root Cause’ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by Isabella Wentz. Brilliant! It breaks everything down very simply and is written by a Pharmacist who had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Hashimoto’s and cured herself. :)

    • Shannon Timmons

      THANK YOU FOR THIS POST! I have Hashimotos and started juicing 3 days ago……..putting Kale in every juice 4-5 times a day. This morning I woke up and my thyroid is aching. I didn’t even realize that Kale was a NO NO. I am going to try to substitute Swiss Chard for the kale in my recipes. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Malexi McPhee

      Hello Juicy Girl, OMG!! I cannot believe what I am hearing…… :(
      am a professional chef, and today well, after two biopsies this thyroid Dr. told me that I need to have surgery to remove the gland.
      have been juicing for a long time, but didn’t know exactly what kind of fruits and veggies to use until now that I am reading your post.
      I cook a lot with soy (non GMO and organic products), tofu, and all of the stuff made out of soy. I just made a juice with lots of kale, beets, oranges, aloe (fresh), baby Brussels, the leafy greens from atop of the beets, but now I find out that Brussels sprouts is bad for thyroid. :(
      I am not clear in what type of disorder I have but this doctor wants me to have surgery right away
      Thank you for the great info
      Chef Malexi*
      visit me at BocasLocas facebook and you can see all of the great food I offer……

  • JuicyGirl

    Juicing friends with green vegetables that contain Giotrogens Does not remove them from the juice. It may mask the flavor but the Giotrogens are still very present. Giving the wrong advice to those with chronic illness could be detrimental to them. Please do your research.

  • JuicyGirl

    Juicing FRUITS with Green Leafy vegetables that contain Giotrogens does NOT magically neutralize the juice. It may mask the flavor but the Giotrogens are still very present. Giving the wrong advice to those with chronic illness could be detrimental to them. Please do your research.
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