No vinegar in this cart… no because of thyroid issues though, we already have some at home. LOL!
Last week I talked about spinach and the thyroid…
Since thyroid issues are so prevalent, particularly in women over 35, I think it’s important to spend a little more time on this important endocrine gland and how certain foods affect its function.
Here’s a question about vinegar and thyroid from Melissa…
“I was wondering if you can tell me if vinegar is bad for your thyroid. Dr. Doug Graham has stated this in his book – The 80/10/10 Diet. I am disappointed because I love Apple cider vinegar. However, I cannot seem to find any other evidence of this anywhere on the internet. The only person that seems to be saying this is Dr. Graham. Are you aware of any articles or studies that prove this?”
Thanks for your question, Melissa!
Unfortunately, my 80-10-10 book is in an attic in New Jersey right now with the hundreds of others that we have no place to store here in our Berkeley apartment – so I can’t reference this point specifically.
What I can do, is tell you a little about what I know from my own research.
First up, as far as I know, there are no studies that show vinegar is damaging to the thyroid.
Dr. Graham practices a very strict natural hygienic diet that doesn’t include salt, oil or fermented foods, so maybe your understanding of vinegar’s connection to thyroid is mixed up with these diet rules – maybe it’s not.
While I do agree with Doug that excess oil and salt are damaging to the body, I don’t think fermented foods are in the same category – nor do I think vinegar is going to disable your thyroid gland – particularly in the amount that most people take – 1-2 tablespoons a day.
This is a relatively small amount of a fairly benign substance.
On the opposing side, I have found one study that actually could show (loosely) that vinegar would be somewhat helpful to thyroid function – at least for diabetics.
In this study, vinegar was shown to improve insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients. What this means is that the inclusion of vinegar helped regulate their hormones making their energy metabolism better. Since the thyroid is the main driver of metabolism, this could theoretically improve its function by giving it a rest. Like I said, a loose connection, but feasible with our understanding of the endocrine system. (You can read the full text here.)
But honestly, I wouldn’t rely on that study either for thyroid. It’s too much of a stretch. If you’re a diabetic, on the other hand, you might want to see if you get better insulin sensitivity with a little apple cider vinegar daily.
With so much conflicting information out there, how do you know what works for you?
It’s inevitable you’ll find conflicting information on your health journey.
You will find one expert telling you that chocolate is good and another saying it’s bad, some experts will tell you that carrot juice will help heal cancer and another will say the juice causes it, finally other experts will say your blood needs to be red and another will say red is bad.
When it applies to you, none of them.
Your perfect health is determined by factors you can control, like the food you eat, how you exercise, how you manage stress, how you sleep and how you deal with your job and relationships.
Are you healthy if you eat a raw food diet and never sleep, are always stressed out and sit on the coach every day?
Of course not.
So you have to focus (1) on more than the food and (2) you have to know what works for you by experimenting and getting your blood tested.
When you get tested, you determine if what you’re doing is working for YOU. By knowing what is happening in your body, you eliminate the need to rely on the expert babble and hone in on what your body likes and what it doesn’t.
If you happen to drink 2 cups of vinegar a day and your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) goes up, then you have evidence that what Dr. Graham has said is true. If it doesn’t, you’re in the clear. (I wouldn’t recommend that much vinegar a day!)
I can’t express enough how valuable testing your body’s biochemistry is. It gives you freedom to stop wondering if X or Y is true, because now you know for sure – regardless of what the experts say.
(Remember, just because they’re an expert doesn’t always mean they’re right. Do you know someone who’s an expert at something at work and at home they make mistakes? Everyone does. So don’t believe that an expert knows everything – no matter how convincing they sound. Even me, but I don’t consider myself an expert… LOL!)
As for the blood test dissenters (those that disagree)…
Some people will tell you a whole bunch of nonsense about why you shouldn’t get your blood tested.
They’ll say that the numbers aren’t adjusted for healthy people. In this case they’re right, but if you have a healthy person reference guide (How to Read Your Blood Tests), you’ve completely blown up this objection.
They’ll say that blood tests only take a snapshot of how your blood is at that moment and it could change quickly. This is also somewhat true, but if you get your blood tested regularly, you will start to see downward or upward trends which will show you if you need to check something or not. Also, by always testing in the morning before fasting (as most tests require) you will have somewhat of a control based on time frame and blood/nutrient content.
Finally, they’ll say if I eat a healthy diet, why bother. This is completely wrong. Believe me. If you’re interested in going down the path that I did of weak immunity, adrenal burnout, muscle cramps, inability to get out of bed, etc., then please feel free to continue to think this way. If you’d like to avoid this, then go to a health practitioner who can order you some baseline tests. The ones for healthy eaters are generally Methylmalonic acid (MMA) (B12), CBC (Complete Blood Profile with Differential and Lipid Profile), 25-Hydroxy (Vitamin D), and hormone tests (specified by your doctor.)
There are others, but these are a great place to start…
Oh, and if you have a suspicion that your thyroid isn’t working right (vinegar or not), then get your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) tested – this is the first place to start when diagnosing thyroid issues.
Finally, a note on apple cider vinegar…
Apple cider vinegar has dug its way deep into natural health folk lore. I’ve heard people say it does everything from clean floors (which is can) to cure cancer (which I don’t think is true.) So keep in mind, when you’re using the product that it’s likely good, but not as good as you’d want it to be (or the hype has proclaimed it to be.)
The best benefits of this product come from its fermented nature. Fermentation breaks down some of the proteins into amino acids, it creates B vitamins and it helps support healthy flora in the gut. So any issue that could be fixed with a healthier immune system, could show improvement with fermented foods – which is why I think ACV is linked to – either truthfully or theoretically – so many issues.
Bottomline: When you improve your immune system a lot of things get better.
I want to know your thoughts: Do you use apple cider vinegar daily? Fermented foods?
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