How to Control Hypothyroidism and Improve Metabolism

By Laura Greaney

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. It is a common medical condition found in a lot of bariatric patients, mostly women. It is also referred to as an underactive thyroid.

The thyroid hormone is responsible for that every important metabolism! When your body doesn’t get enough of the thyroid hormone, it will cause your metabolism to slow down. This is likely to lead to weight gain.

If you are battling this condition, you can correct it by taking thyroid medication. You should be prescribed a medication with a dosage that works for your body to secrete the correct amount of hormones.

Important guidelines for those taking thyroid medication

Thyroid medication helps restore your thyroxine balance by replacing thyroid hormones that the body naturally makes. If you were never told how to take thyroid medication properly, you will not reap the benefits you are supposed to.

To ensure you are taking your medication properly, do the following:

Always take your medication once a day, at the same time everyday. The best time to take your medication is right when your rise up in the morning. When you eat or drink anything, you may affect the absorption of the medication.

Next, and most importantly, take your medication on an empty stomach. DO NOT eat or drink anything for 1 hour after.

Avoid ingesting some cholesterol medications, calcium and iron supplements for at least 4 hours after taking your medication. This is due to possible absorption issues. For instance, if you take your thyroid medication at 7 am, do not take an iron or calcium supplement until 11am.

You should also avoid antacids, ulcer medication, dietary fiber, soy and walnuts. As far as your cholesterol mediation is concerned, you should check with your provider.

What else can you do to improve thyroid function?

Regardless of being on medication for your thyroid, there are other things to help with speeding up your metabolism.

  1. Make sure you are getting in enough protein throughout the day. You should be aiming for at least 50-60g of protein per day.
  2. Do not skip your meals.
  3. Avoid going too long without eating.

By practicing those techniques as well as taking your thyroid medication as directed, you can ensure you are doing everything you can for a faster metabolism.


Laura Greaney

Laura Greaney

MSN, Nutritionist
Laura is a recent addition to Tri State Bariatrics who brings much passion and energy in helping our patient’s reach their personal goals through her several years of experience in bariatrics. Her Bachelors Degree in Psychology which was obtained from SUNY Cortland in 2007 gives her a special touch with being compassionate towards her patients and is always giving positive reinforcements. Laura also has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science which was received in 2010 from Montclair State University making her a professional in helping our patient’s understand food, nutrition and their body. She is an enthusiastic staff member who is looking forward to helping you get where you