What Is the Best Protein for Thyroid Health?

If I could impart one tidbit of wisdom about thyroid health to my audience, it would be this: If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, the deficiency can wreak havoc on your thyroid function. Made from amino acids, proteins are your body’s building blocks—fueling essential bodily functions and the production of antibodies and hormones, including thyroid hormones.

And the thyroid affects every cell in the body.

Considering how vitally important protein is for proper thyroid functioning, I wanted to spend some time discussing the best proteins for thyroid health. Through my research and personal experimentation with different kinds of proteins, I’ve found that there are two basic types of proteins to consume in order to enhance, improve, and optimize thyroid functioning.

First and foremost, don’t buy the cheapest thing at the local big-box store. Unless you’re confident that the product doesn’t contain questionable ingredients like additives and fillers that could negatively impact your health in other ways, you don’t want to buy your proteins based on price alone.

Grass-Fed Protein

This leads me to the first type of protein to include in your diet: I recommend grass-fed/grass-finished beef protein containing no antibiotics, no hormones, and no other additives as one of the best types of protein for thyroid health. This type of beef protein is available in a protein powder and should be free of common food allergens that are used as fillers, such as corn, soy, and wheat.

Vegan-Source Protein

Vegan protein powders, made from pea protein, are another source of protein I like to use. Because pea protein has a low reactivity for most people, there are generally no issues with sensitivity to it like you would see with, say, soy or whey protein. Indeed, because they’re not dairy-free, certain whey proteins can be highly inflammatory—despite their widespread promotion by fitness professionals. It can trigger blood sugar surges and spike insulin, which are also factors for people dealing with thyroid issues.

Product Recommendations

The following products are those that I personally use and recommend—I’ve done the legwork to identify what works and what doesn’t in terms of thyroid health. Of course, feel free to conduct your own research to find which of these products, or any others, work best for you. Check your nutrition labels to make sure you’re getting high-quality protein with minimal ingredients; if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, that’s a sign of a poor-quality protein.


A beef bone broth protein, PurePaleo comes in unflavored, chocolate, and vanilla. These simple flavor options differ from some of the crazy flavors you might find on store shelves—which likely contain unhealthy additives that can negatively affect your thyroid.

PurePaleo contains no artificial sweeteners, nor anything that’s inflammatory or that can impact you negatively. If you’re looking for a bone-broth protein, start with the ones that are the cleanest possible like PurePaleo. Depending on the flavor you chose, PurePaleo contains between 21 grams and 27 grams of protein per serving.

OptiCleanse GHI

The second option I recommend is OptiCleanse GHI, which, for me, is kind of the full deal. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and support gut health and detoxification.

OptiCleanse GHI comes in convenient single-serve packets of 10, making it easy to grab on the go or portion out your protein. It contains 26 grams of protein per serving—plus, it tastes amazing!

Protein Powders Help You Meet Your Protein Needs

If you’re looking for an easy way to fulfill your daily protein needs, both of the above protein powders are solid options. You can mix and match the two in different flavors, or even mix the two together.

As you’re working toward your daily protein intake, strive to include 4 to 6 ounces of protein at each of your three meals a day, plus a snack with 2 to 3 ounces of protein as needed. Let your body guide the way for you with regard to how much protein to consume at each meal.

And while it’s always best to eat real, whole foods, clean protein powders can be a great way to up your protein, improve blood sugar and stress on the body, and help your thyroid function overall. If you’re purchasing any of these protein powders, be sure to use code ROCK10 at checkout to receive a discount.


Unflavored – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-unflavored

Vanilla – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-natural-vanilla-810-grams

Chocolate – https://rockbottomwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/purepaleo-protein-chocolate-810-grams-per-container

Opticleanse GHI:

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Search for Opticleanse GHI and look for the Chocolate, Vanilla or Chai Flavor.

Ep 07: Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients Deal With and What To Do About It

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Today, we’re talking about the top 5 issues thyroid patients deal with on a day to day basis. It can be so frustrating and feel so daunting and hopeless. I talk to many who have just given up and succumbed to the mindset of “this is my new normal.” We’re told we have a new normal which equates to feeling fatigued, gaining weight, having gut issues and feeling depressed and anxious. And, we’re told it’s fine because there are meds for all of that! And, most of us have tried all of them at one time or another. They rarely work in the long term. 

I’m speaking not only from a professional standpoint here but also from a personal one. My story starts with being undiagnosed for several years and then eventually being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My thyroid was removed and I totally thought the meds would make everything better for me. While I’m grateful they keep me alive, the thyroid meds alone didn’t keep me living.


So, let’s get to the Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients have to deal with in order to function in life and what you can do about it.

1. Fatigue. This is the kind of debilitating  fatigue that only a thyroid patient understands. You can be SO tired that it hurts. I can only compare it to some of the phases of pregnancy…and try dealing with pregnancy fatigue on top of a thyroid condition? Not fun.

2. Weight Gain. Honestly, weight is a major issue people come to me for and something I’ve been frustrated with most of my life. I completely get it. But you may be surprised to learn that most people who come and work with me or join my programs care about this issue but it is typically secondary to wanting to feel good.

3. Poor Gut Health. Most people I work with have major issues with acid reflux, constipation, bloating, diarrhea or fluctuation between all of them. They take OTC meds to mitigate some of these symptoms. What I see a lot of the time is people not even knowing feeling bloated ISN’T normal. They think it’s normal to not go to the bathroom for days at a time just because this has been their experience for years. It is common for thyroid patients to have poor gut health in part because they typically have low stomach acid which makes absorption of their nutrients much less efficient.

4. Depression/Anxiety. I don’t think I’ve worked with or talked to anyone who has a thyroid condition who doesn’t feel some level of anxiety and/or depression. It seems that most live in one or the other but often it can slide between a continuum of anxiety on one side and depression on the other. Now, we all know there are times in life when we have reasons to be more anxious or depressed. What I’m talking about is long term, chronic feelings of depression and anxiety. Like fatigue, it can also be debilitating.

5. Aches & Pains. This is something I’ve only dealt with a handful of times. Unfortunately, this is not the same thing for many thyroid patients. I’m not sure the exact mechanism behind this but it results in pain in the feet, knees, muscles, as well as headaches. What I see clinically and biochemically is a cluster of nutrient deficiencies that stem from some of the other information we’ve talked about today. People with thyroid problems often have so much inflammation that comes from the types of foods we are eating, medications we may be taking, the alcohol we may be drinking – maybe to combat the stress and anxiety we feel, and those deficiencies I just mentioned. This is in addition to our thyroid glands probably not being optimized functionally speaking. This leads me to the action part of this episode…


What you can do about it…


The first thing you can do about dealing with one or all of these issues is to find someone who actually gets what this all means, has maybe actually dealt with these symptoms themselves, and looks for the root causes behind your issues. The term “root cause” probably has gotten so watered down by now that we don’t pay attention to what that really means. It’s basically how I work with people…My background is in Biology and Nutrition and it only makes sense to look at the cellular level for the causes of the issues mentioned above. When I work with people, I maybe don’t explain all the details of what we’re doing to restore their health. What I mean by this is I have a process, a method by which I help people restore their health…they may feel like this looks like eating a certain way (and it can) or taking certain supplements (and it does) but while we’re moving through this process, we’re also dealing with balancing your stress management system, how your body deals with sugar, and decreasing inflammation in your body. Often these things aren’t hard or expensive, but if you don’t know what it is or why it’s important to your overall thyroid function, health and wellness, you probably aren’t dealing with these issues properly. So, before you dive into the next quick fix or fad diet, I’m going to suggest you try these three things first. Start with one, work on it for a bit and move on to the next…It is simple. Sometimes, it’s not easy. My Thyroid Reset Method was designed for people dealing with these issues. But let me break parts of that method down here:


1. Deal with your ability to handle stress. Add mediation to your life in whatever way that looks like for you. Learn to de-stress throughout the day. Plan it into your day like you do eating lunch or scheduling a dental appointment. Make a list of things that bring you joy and pick one each day or week to make a part of your life. And do it. You need to check out from the busyness of life, drama on social media, or things that pop into your inbox you think you NEED to deal with NOW.

2. Move from eating processed foods to whole foods as much as you possibly can. The SAD is truly just sad. It is full of chemicals that wreak havoc on your health and moving towards foods in their whole state is going to be much more restorative to your health and life. Start small by making one meal per day a really good, quality meal. Example, if you eat a drive through breakfast, replace that with something you prepare at home that is made from whole foods like eggs, spinach and other vegetables. Start with where you’re at and start with the meal/snack that could use the most help in terms of moving towards more whole foods composition. This will help you with energy throughout the day and will help your body absorb quality nutrients rather than struggle to get the nutrients from low quality foods.

3. Eat balanced. What I mean by this is that you need to eat macros in balance. Start by making sure you get ample amounts of protein at each meal – 25-30 grams. Add some veggies and healthy fats to your meal and you’re set. By doing this, you’ll be optimizing your nutrient intake that fuels your thyroid and body, you’ll be creating satiety for your body which will help with energy and for making healthy brain chemicals for leveling out mood, and you’ll be balancing blood sugar so you avoid the swings in mood and stress that this causes biochemically and manifests as cravings and irritability in your behavior.

What are the Root Causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid. The condition causes chronic inflammation, and it is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid.

The first things you may notice are symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, and even depression – long before the diagnosis. But what causes Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? In this blog, I want to take a closer look at six of the root causes of this disease.

  • Gut Health 1: Gluten Sensitivity
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Stress
  • Gut Health 2: H. pylori
  • Gut Health 3: SIBO
  • Nutrient Deficiencies

Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity is not the same as celiac disease where your body can’t break down gluten at all, but you may have similar symptoms. Those symptoms can be connected to your thyroid. Reducing your gluten intake allows you to see whether your symptoms clear up as well.

It’s simple: if gluten is causing inflammation in your body, it may also cause an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s to flare up.


Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Most of us remember EBV as the cause of the common childhood illness mononucleosis or mono. It’s a type of herpes virus, and experts estimate that 80% of adults carry the virus in its dormant form.

However, if it is reactivated by food, illness, or another stressor, it can lead to other problems. You may not notice it, but you may be carrying a low-level EBV infection, making you more likely to develop an autoimmune condition.



It’s impossible to talk about thyroid conditions without talking about stress. We have become so used to being stressed that we’re almost considering stress to be normal. But remember stress affects us physiologically, too. Consider rushing through traffic to pick up your kids when you’re already late. Or maybe getting up and speaking in front of people, even if it is remotely like on a Facebook Live. Or a stressful family situation. All of those cause an acute stress reaction. The more time you spend this stressed, the more likely you may be to develop an autoimmune condition.


Gut Health: H. pylori

Have you heard of helicobacter pylori? It’s a bacterial infection that can cause gastric ulcers. Not only are those painful, but they affect the functioning of your stomach. You start struggling to absorb foods and nutrients, so no matter how good your diet is, your body can’t take advantage.

As a bacterial infection, it often needs to be treated with antibiotics. Before they take hold, the infection may have triggered Hashimoto’s.


Gut Health 3: SIBO

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is hard to diagnose. Symptoms include general malaise, constipation, and bloating, among others.

While the condition itself is treatable, it may cause Hashimoto’s or other autoimmune diseases. As you can see, there is a theme here: gut health is closely related to autoimmune conditions and thyroid problems.


Nutrient Deficiencies

The thyroid can’t produce its hormone when you are lacking nutrients. Selenium, zinc, and magnesium are hugely important. I have also seen a connection between deficiencies in asparagine, ferritin, and iodine in people with thyroid conditions.

If you are suffering from Hashimoto’s or you think you may have a thyroid condition, it’s important to understand your nutrient status and perhaps improve it to address your symptoms.

To find out more about the connections between these reasons and autoimmune reactions, keep on reading. Nutrition can go a long way to help resolve your thyroid symptoms.

Ep 06: How does alcohol affect thyroid function?

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Alcohol and thyroid health – I get asked about this quite a bit and people are really concerned whether they can continue drinking alcohol when they are working with me to get their thyroid health in check. We often hear you can have everything in moderation. Sometimes, that’s just not true, when you are not balanced and struggling with some kind of flare as in autoimmune thyroid conditions.


Alcohol directly affects the hypothalamo-pituitary axis – think serotonin and dopamine – in the brain and is the reason why  in some it can cause dependency. This axis directly affects thyroid function through a series of reactions. But one thing you need to understand about your health is that EVERYTHING is connected. Our bodies don’t work in parts. Conventional wisdom and set up of our medical systems, IMO, have forgotten this part. We have a specialist for everything but it’s often forgotten that a dysfunction in thyroid hormone can potentially affect female hormones…but it’s written off that there are different pathways so one doesn’t affect the other. This is just one example. Ok, back to it.

It’s not 100% conclusive but studies show peripheral thyroid hormone levels – T4 and T3 – are lower when there is chronic alcohol consumption. Abstinence of alcohol for a few weeks gets hormone levels back to normal.

Alcohol is known to have a direct toxic effect on the thyroid gland. Ethanol ablation is actually a treatment option for some thyroid cancers – an example of the toxic effect.

Just like any study, there can be conflicting evidence. Moderate alcohol consumption can actually reduce thyroid cancer risk.

But as I’ve mentioned before, when I work with people, I have to look at the whole picture…what are the complaints, what are the symptoms, what are the primary goals, what is going on in the lifestyle? How bad do you feel?


With that in mind, my main concern is how well the thyroid is optimized. Alcohol has to be processed by the liver. So does our thyroid hormones. The liver is involved in the conversion of T4 to T3 hormone and when we consume alcohol, processing our macronutrients and other body processes are put on hold to get that alcohol (a toxin) out of our system. Alcohol becomes the primary fuel for several hours after consumption.


Then, we need to address our stress and rest in order to give the thyroid underlying support. When we consume alcohol – even occasionally – our sleep is regularly interrupted or at minimum, not restorative and is actually pretty poor.


So, what can you do?

1. Remove it completely to get to the root of your thyroid problems and to help resolve them.

2. Work to improve your liver health with healthy, whole foods, filtered water, lots of plant foods that are full of antioxidants, add turmeric to your foods with good black pepper for better absorption.

3. Do a specific liver detoxification/gut health protocol to clean out your body so you can start from scratch.

4. Experiment with alcohol to add it back and pay attention but take note of your sleep and other factors and how it affects you during the day.

5. Try to use better quality alcohol when possible – organic wines

How to Work Out When You Have a Thyroid Problem

Is getting fit on your list of New Year’s resolutions? How is it going so far? When you have a thyroid problem, working out is not easy. If your condition is well controlled, you are likely feeling full of energy and just getting on with your days. However, chances are you’re reading this blog because all is not so well, and you’re experiencing a range of thyroid-related symptoms. Here is my advice on how to incorporate workouts and exercise into your routine.

Choose Your Favorite Type of Movement

First of all, if you’ve decided that this is the year to get in shape, I applaud you. Humans were designed to move. Our bodies work better when we are active.

However, if you are suffering from thyroid problems, you need to consider the type of exercise you choose and how it affects you. Your thyroid issues may have caused you to gain weight, or perhaps your body is resisting weight loss? Conventional wisdom would tell you to exercise more and eat less. However, for thyroid patients, that’s not always the right answer.

Intense exercise stresses your body. Don’t get me wrong – I love high-intensity workouts. Crossfit, anyone? Or how about exercise boot camps? I love the adrenaline rush you get when you’re reaching your workout goals.

The trouble is, by exercising intensely, you may be making your thyroid symptoms worse. Tough exercise causes your body physiological stress. If that stress is prolonged, for example, if you are in the gym doing two or three classes in a row, it can cause your thyroid to regulate down even more. As a result, your metabolism slows further.

Also, if you are on full replacement medication, this hardcore exercise may not work for you. Keeping your heart rate up for this long, stressing muscles and joints may leave you feeling worse.

Remember that slower classes like yoga, stretching, or pilates are just as beneficial.

How About Restorative Exercise?

If you are well optimized and your thyroid condition is under control – go ahead and exercise to your heart’s content. On the other hand, if you struggle with fatigue, sleep quality, or your diet is not that great, it’s worth rethinking your approach.

Restorative types of exercise like Pilates or yoga are great alternatives to get you moving and build up strength. How about going for a walk? Depending on where you live, now may not feel like the best time to head out, but bundle up and try a short walk. Exposing yourself to the cold may help lower your body temperature and contribute to healing. Once you are feeling stronger, take it up a notch with yoga workouts.

Love spin classes? Look at the intensity. If you are in a class, it’s really hard to resist the instructor’s cheers and sit out the intense bit, but perhaps an exercise bike at home is a solution?

Making it Work for You

Avoid getting stuck on prescriptive exercise programs and never be afraid to adjust a training routine. Plus, remember resistance training is at least as beneficial as cardiovascular exercise when it comes to burning calories. High-intensity interval training may work well for you, too.

Most importantly, check-in with yourself. How is your exercise making you feel? If it’s leaving you more fatigued, adjust it to work better for you. No two people are the same, so why should exercise regimes be?