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Old 10-23-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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How does soy & coffee affect hypothyroidism~? Can you drink decaf coffee~? I'm vegetarian and soy is my main source of protein, so what do I do~?
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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Are you taking synthetic hormone for your hypothyroid condition?
Soy is thought to interfere with the absorption of the medication ... that's when soy in counter-indicated.
Otherwise, it's not an issue.
I don't know about coffee although over stimulating the body with caffeine isn't the best thing to do for anyone and with an imbalance of the thyroid, i would think it would be even more problematic.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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I've been drinking coffee for over 30 years. I'm trying the lite coffees that they have out, but I really like it stronger than what those are. Should I drink my coffee later in the day~?
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Not sure about coffee but there are reports that soy does. I used to depend heavily on soy (mostly soy milk) for my protein too and moved away from that. The vegetarians from the vegetarian forum that I used to frequent always downplayed the risk whenever a member reported health issues they were experiencing with thyroid and soy consumption and used the China study and Asian countries as examples to show regular soy consumption was fine. I'm Asian myself, lived in an Asian country before emigrating here and nobody I know consumes soy the way I was doing as a vegetarian. I think, on average, they consume it maybe once a day or few times a week for people who consumes it frequently.

Use almond, rice or oat milk in cooking and just plain drinking to replace the soymilk. Add more beans to your diet to replace the soy used in cooking. For fake meat, make seitan. Eat more nut butter. You don't have to replace all of the soy but cut back to maybe once or twice a week should be okay.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Not sure about coffee but there are reports that soy does. I used to depend heavily on soy (mostly soy milk) for my protein too and moved away from that. The vegetarians from the vegetarian forum that I used to frequent always downplayed the risk whenever a member reported health issues they were experiencing with thyroid and soy consumption and used the China study and Asian countries as examples to show regular soy consumption was fine. I'm Asian myself, lived in an Asian country before emigrating here and nobody I know consumes soy the way I was doing as a vegetarian. I think, on average, they consume it maybe once a day or few times a week for people who consumes it frequently.

Use almond, rice or oat milk in cooking and just plain drinking to replace the soymilk. Add more beans to your diet to replace the soy used in cooking. For fake meat, make seitan. Eat more nut butter. You don't have to replace all of the soy but cut back to maybe once or twice a week should be okay.
I just found an interesting website relating to vegetarian and hypothyroidism. Apparently these fake meats, such as seitain really isn't all that great to eat. I thought maybe after reading your reply I'd check into getting some since I have used it in the past, but not often. Read this Naturopathic Doctor website:

Hypothyroidism diet, goitrogens, protein, salt, iodine, thyroid treatment, naturopathic doctor New York
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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I talked to my Doctor recently about me drinking coffee and soy products. She thinks I can drink and drink whatever I want. I just need to take the med on an empty stomach like an hour before my meal. Have your all's Doctor told you to avoid certain drinks or foods since your on thyroid meds~?
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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No, just the same advice about 1 hr/empty stomach, glass of water.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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Same here. I've been on levo for a few years. Still gradually adjusting the dosage up. I've been to a family doc plus an endo. Take on empty stomach. Do not eat for one-half to one hour after taking. No dietary concerns. Never a mention of coffee, caffeine or soy.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Same. Large quantities of soy might be a problem, but my doctor's never brought it up. I usually eat one serving of soy every day. It does have other benefits.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Have been on thyroid meds for more than 20 years. I eat what ever I want and also drink coffee. No concerns.
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