πŸ’Š Loads of people are taking their thyroid medication WRONG - Issue 154 - Thyroid Family Newsletter


"Loads of people are taking their thyroid medication WRONG."

ISSUE 154, 6th June 2024

Welcome to all members of our thyroid family, new and old. It's lovely to have you here and a part of our thyroid family. πŸ€—

This free email newsletter goes out every two weeks on a Thursday.

I hope you'll find this issue inspiring, reassuring and useful in your own thyroid journey.

My aim is to share the information you need to live well with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, as well as keep you up-to-date with what I'm doing in the thyroidsphere!

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Thursday Thoughts

I was handed my first prescription of Levothyroxine and sent on my way without any further information. Neither the GP or pharmacist gave me any specific instructions on taking this medication properly

πŸ’Š We should be taking our thyroid medication on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours after food) and leaving at least 1 hour before eating or drinking anything (besides water) as it can affect the absorption and effectiveness.

Studies show that grapefruit juice and caffeine can also affect absorption, so it is advised to leave a few hours between grapefruit and thyroid meds, and 1 hour between caffeine.

πŸ’Š It is also explained on thyroid med packaging that we should be leaving at least four hours between taking thyroid medication and any pills containing iron, calcium, oestrogen and magnesium. This includes the contraceptive pill and antacids

I started off taking my thyroid meds with my iron supplement (for anaemia) and contraceptive pill, which included oestrogen. This definitely didn’t help me get the most out of my thyroid medication at first!

πŸ’ŠYou may also benefit from taking your thyroid medication at a different time of day e.g. T4 medication can be taken at night instead of in the morning, and NDT and T3 meds are often dosed a couple of times a day instead of all in one go.

πŸ’Š A recent study showed that taking your thyroid med with just 1 or 2 sips to water improved absorption and stability for all participants, so this may also help.

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Read more about this in my bestselling thyroid patient book "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate."

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Thursday Health Check-in

I went on holiday for a week, which was lovely, and I also coped way better with the less sleep (due to kids) and more physical activity than I usually do. However, I did have a cold the entire time and caught another while there. I currently have very angry tonsils!

My iron levels are due to be retested soon.

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​This newsletter includes thyroid research, events, news, articles, discounts, tips, advice, and links to popular social media posts from the last fortnight. Enjoy reading!

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- Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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An Open Letter to Fathers with Hypothyroidism on Father’s Day

Father's Day is coming up. I wrote an open letter for the dads with hypothyroidism!

​Read it here.​


Here are some of my newest or recently updated articles!

Feeling Hungry All the Time Since Starting Thyroid Medication

The purpose of treatment for hypothyroidism is to replace those missing hormones and top us back up to normal amounts. This is done via thyroid medication. When we have been hypothyroid for some time before starting thyroid medication, our metabolism may experience a bit of a kick (and depending on just how hypothyroid you were, this may be more or less subtle) when we start thyroid medication.

​Read this here.​

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Why Am I Always Cold With Hypothyroidism?

Cold intolerance is described as feeling very sensitive to cold temperatures. It is more severe than the normal feeling most people get when they are feeling cold. If you have cold intolerance, you probably feel too cold when everyone else feels β€˜just right’ or warm.

​Read it here.​


The Most Popular Post From My Instagram page in The Last Fortnight:

Most Popular Reels From My Social Media in The Last Fortnight:


This is where I share my favourite thyroid health supporting tools and resources every fortnight. 😊

πŸ“– Book: The Hormone Healing Cookbook by Dr Alan Christianson

I loved going through this cookbook and folding down the pages of any recipes I wanted to try, and really appreciated the colourful, clear images of most of the recipes, too. Overall, it is a very high quality and enjoyable cookbook and I’ve liked the recipes I’ve made so far!

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πŸ‘‚ Podcast Episode: Girls Gone Wellness​

A new podcast launched by Victoria of @fedupthyroid on Instagram. Mixing mainstream and naturopathic medicine.

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πŸ₯˜ Recipe: Lemon Dill Chicken​

This quick and easy Lemon Dill Chicken is light and great for summer.

You can read more on my approach to diet / dietary changes with thyroid disease here.

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This at-home finger prick blood test checks your TSH level, free T3 (FT3) and free T4 (FT4), as well as thyroid antibodies, for an in-depth picture of your thyroid health. Looking at thyroid hormone levels as well as markers for Hashimoto's.

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πŸ’™ Self-Care Nugget: Gentle Iron Supplements​

I have recently started these (a months or so ago) for low iron levels and am pleased they are non-constipating.

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🌟 Other things I'm loving at the moment:

  • ​CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - I changed my cleanser recently and really shouldn't have. I went back to this one and my skin has calmed down now. The other was just too harsh for my skin!
  • Being in nature / walking in nature. I did a lot of walking on holiday, exploring many beautiful places. It's good for the mind, body and soul.

That's all for this issue of The Thyroid Family Newsletter, but you can find more information and support:

⭐ In my website articles​

⭐ In my books​

⭐ On my Facebook | Instagram | Threads | Twitter

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Keep an eye out for the next issue in two weeks time!

Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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Please Note: None of the statements in this publication should be taken as an official endorsement of any particular product, including any sponsored content. I strongly suggest consulting your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle or health regimen. The information included in this publication is not meant to substitute the clinical guidance provided by a healthcare professional. Rachel Hill / The Invisible Hypothyroidism is not medically qualified and does not offer medical advice. Read the full disclaimer here. By reading this newsletter, you agree to understanding this information.

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