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Old 11-30-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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Is Green Tea healthy for Thyroid/Adrenal conditions?

Hi all! Well in my quest to feel better I have given up coffee because no doubt about it everything I read says coffee is the biggest stressor for people with thyroid/adrenal conditions (esp. adrenal). So, now I am drinking green tea (caffeinated) instead. I have read different schools of thought on Green Tea. 1st they say caffeinated is the better green tea to drink, that decaf green tea does not have the same health proponents. 2. Even in Dr. K's book he is a HUGE advocate of Green Tea stating that even though there is caffeine if you have thyroid/adrenal it can benefit you. 3. I have read studies that say there are pollutants or toxins in many green teas that hamper the Thyroid oy!!!! Why must everything be a puzzle? I am enjoying the Green Tea and getting that jolt from it, but would love to hear from you guys your thoughts/experiences.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #2
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You might want to google green tea & fluoride & thyroid. Just happened to hear something on this a week or so back in the news.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:33 AM   #3
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Kat- This may all depend on your specific condition. I can only share my own experience. I have Hashimoto's but my adrenals are fine (recently tested). A couple of years ago, my endo actually suggested that I increase my caffeine intake because I was trying to lose weight with a severely compromised metabolism. He recommended caffeine and exercise--but I was already exercising.

For the past two years, I've been drinking coffee all morning (black) and green tea (also plain) all afternoon. I haven't felt any negatives, and my thyroid, checked every 4 months, does not seem to have been affected in any way.
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Thanx guys! : )
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:21 PM   #5
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And I'm fine with strawberries and raw cauliflower yet anything with lots of fluoride (green tea, black tea, tap water in some communities) just knocks me out. Depends on the person.

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:00 AM   #6
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Oh no now I have to worry about Strawberries lol never heard them mentioned before. I know they say avoid raw cruciferous but I suppose it is all individual.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #7
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My endo's advice on all these food issues is anything is OK so long as it's not the basis of your diet--i.e., you eat it only occasionally. So I always cook my broccoli, spinach, etc. because I do eat those veggies regularly, but something like strawberries would be exceptional for me (I usually don't eat any fruit). I would say that if it's something you eat less than once a week, it probably is OK.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:55 AM   #8
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Yes, I didn't agree with everything MY endo said either. At one time he wanted me to eat soy, and take benadryl to curb the hives. Cuz it was healthy. In HIS country.

I think we need to just be aware of what affects US. The study for soy (phytoestrogens and immune) and fluoride studies have been ongoing since 1978...and we see the 'damage' to the thyroids on film....from fluoride treatments and when they first started putting it in water in some cities (WAY too much!)..so there's no 'question' about what it 'can' do.

I don't cook my broc, nor my cauli, nor my ...anything...if I don't want to. Why? Well, because I eat it all week..not just 'once in a while' it's an everyday excursion for me to eat those and eat those UNcooked. And I'm optimally treated....and that's probably WHY I don't have any 'fallout' from it.

We know I'm not 'allergic' to strawberries (I've been tested). But I know I feel like a truck ran me over if I eat them. Same for COOKED cabbage..OMG...it hates me and stalks me for days, lol.

I don't ask my endo, nor my doctor (well, one I do, I work with a dietician on his staff...inservice) for nutrition advice. I look up studies, how long, how many people in it, etc. And most important..I go by how I feel. Myself.

I've got a really good doc who medicates me to 'normal human being'or as close as I can get to that. Meaning I don't really try and 'outsmart goitrogens.

I don't eat much fruit either...maybe that's WHY the berries get me, lol.

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Old 12-05-2010, 06:20 AM   #9
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It's funny that I keep reading stories about how green tea gives ppl a burst of energy or how it can raise your pulse and possibly blood pressure. It's the exact opposite for me.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:36 PM   #10
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BTW I found a flouride free green tea called Matcha you can usually find it in Asian markets and some health markets as well.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:25 PM   #11
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Never heard of it! Interesting.

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Old 12-06-2010, 10:14 PM   #12
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Matcha Tea is awesome. It's a powder and has to be whipped with whisk. Traditionally a small bamboo whisk. It can be drank cold or hot, with milk (latte style), plain or sweetened. It has a vegetal taste but I think all green teas do. The more expensive brands have a slightly sweet hint to them. Hard to explain. I love it mixed with orange juice but for those that go low carb, not such a great idea. Next time you're near a good tea shop try some.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:06 AM   #13
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Ok, I searched. And it says it has 'less' fluoride than other green tea. Not none. So...I'm not having any, lol. I guess I'm not much of a 'tea drinker'...I seem to only like the fruit teas and the herbals.

Kimberli, your idea of mixing it with orange juice...I get a sugar free orange mix (like crystal lite only walmart brand)...that might be good for those who are lowcarbers.

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Old 12-07-2010, 06:21 PM   #14
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I am hypo. My TSH level has already been controlled. My endo didn't give any special diet nor limit on what food not to take. It really depends on each one's condition.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:33 AM   #15
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It's easy to control a TSH level. Just wait a few minutes...cuz it goes up and down by three whole points in any given day in any given human.

I shudder to think that a doctor would use my pituitary level (TSH) as an indicator of my real thyroid hormone levels (T4, T3). That's what held me back from energy, from losing weight well, from being 'me' again.

Horror movies don't scare me. But that does!

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:42 AM   #16
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Pam im like you, dont care for 'real' tea but the fruity kind. Never thought to add a wee bit of swtner.

Magical, that is true if one is optimized but like Pam said, TSH isnt the way to optimization.. I'd never have gotten treated by tsh as mine was in normal range. thank goodness for positive antibodies!
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