Originally Posted by psychicriv
Hi there - I was just stopping in to see if anyone else on the site has had experience healing their thyroid issues with plants.
Apparently my thyroid is functioning fine but I have some large nodules that I'd like to shrink or at least prevent from growing any further.
I've lived mostly plant-based for many years but have recently switched to near raw vegan in the hopes of bettering my health.
Would love to hear about any success stories / journeys regarding this mysterious gland!
Welcome to the forum!
Several VeggieBoards contributors have healed / improved their health through properly-planned vegetarian/vegan diets.
If you are looking for authoritative, evidence-based treatments for your thryroid condition, it might be a good idea to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian that specializes in glandular issues and in vegetarian nutrition. They can work with you, and with your physician, to help plan a delicious diet that addresses your health conditions.
In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.eatright.org
. Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.
In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/
In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/
In Australia, you can find a local Accredited Practising Dietitian through the Dietitians Association of Australia: https://daa.asn.au/find-an-apd/
In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx
In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/
Improperly-planned vegan diets (and improperly-planned omnivorous diets) can potentially be deficient in iodine. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the world's largest association of Registered Dietitians), the richest sources of dietary iodine are seaweed, saltwater fish, other seafood, iodized salt, and dairy products: http://www.eatright.org/resource/foo...rtant-nutrient
. Because we vegans omit fish and dairy foods from our diets, and because many of us also avoid salt (iodized or not), our diets can potentially be low in iodine.
Some vegan-specific multi-vitamins include iodine (as well as vitamins B12, D, zinc, and other nutrients-of-focus for vegans).