Can An Alkaline Diet Heal Your Thyroid?

A Guest Article by Dr. Nikolas Hedberg D.C., D.A.B.C.I., Holistic Physician and Author of the book The Thyroid Alternative: Renew Your Thyroid Naturally

Some of you have probably heard of eating an alkaline-diet to prevent cancer but did you know it also helps with thyroid disease as well? Establishing an alkaline pH is the first step to overcoming thyroid disease. Your body basically has either an alkaline or an acidic pH. This is determined by factors such as diet, mineral intake, stress and environmental influences. Your body’s cells will work much better in an alkaline pH vs. an acidic pH.

Your thyroid will work much better when your body is alkaline. These are just a few reasons why being alkaline can help you if you have thyroid disease:

  • Easier detoxification of toxins
  • Naturally raises growth hormone
  • Improves immune system function
  • Creates a more hostile environment for infections
  • Better utilization of vitamins & minerals
  • Enhanced fat-burning
  • Better hormone action in the cell

Alkaline Diet – How To Alkalize Your Body

The first step is to eat a diet rich in alkaline-forming foods. These are foods that have plenty of buffering minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, lentils, sweet potatoes and herbal teas will help to alkalize your system.

Start taking epsom salt baths with 1/2 cup of epsom salt in the tube and soak for 15 minutes every day to help alkalize your body. Participate in deep belly breathing for at least 5 minutes every day to help alkalize.

Reduce acidic food intake such as excessive meat consumption, eggs, beans, dairy and grains. Grains are highly acidic and include wheat, barley and rye. Unrefined Celtic sea salt is very alkalizing because it contains alkaline minerals so use this liberally.

How do you know what your pH is?

This can be done by doing the following:

  • Purchase pH paper also known as Hydrion pH test strips.
  • Measure your first morning urine pH
  • Take measurements for 5 days in a row, discard the high and the low, and average the middle three readings
  • Ideal pH is 6.4-7.5

You can easily see what your pH is using the color-coded chart on the test strip container. It’s that simple. If you find yourself acidic then you should add magnesium glycinate and potassium bicarbonate to your supplement regimen. These will accelerate your journey to becoming more alkaline. It can take a few months depending on how acidic you were to alkalize so don’t get discouraged. Begin to alkalize and you will be on your way to overcoming thyroid disease.

In the following video Dr. Hedberg talks in more details about the Alkaline Diet, how exactly to etablish your pH level and dose of the vitamines to become more alkaline.

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Food Chart and Food Effect on the Acid/Alkaline balance

Developing an Alkaline Body

Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. is a holistic physician seeing patients with thyroid disorders, gluten intolerance and Lyme disease. His truly unique and innovative practice is in Asheville, NC where patients travel from all over the world to seek his services. Dr. Hedberg uses state-of-the-art scientific laboratory diagnostic testing to uncover the underlying causes of disease. He utilizes a variety of natural medicines, nutrition and lifestyle modifications to correct the imbalances found on testing. His goal with each patient is to find the underlying cause, correct it without harmful drugs and teach each patient how to maintain an optimal state of health and well-being. Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book The Thyroid Alternative.

Dr. Hedberg has appeared on television, radio and has been published in many journals, magazines and newspapers distributed all over the world. To find out more visit or call 828-254-4024.


Magnesium glycinate by Pure Encapsulations, 360 veggi caps, 120 mg each is a highly absorbable magnesium chelate combined with 10 mg of vitamin C in form of ascorbyl palmitate. This particular formulation is developed for sensitive individuals and is less likely to cause loose stools than other brands.

Potassium bicarbonate powder alkaline pH balance for saliva by Prescribed for life nutritional supplements, 100% pure, 1 lb bulk pack for easy use and dosage.

pH Test strips by Youthwater, dual color and with .25 increments for most accurate testing. Extra sensitive, 160 Ct.



100% Natural Epsom Salt baths by Rev, 2 lb.  Muscle relief formula with 100% natural magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) and essential oils eucalyptus, spearmint, geranium, rosemary. REV uses only natural Epsom crystals while other brands use acids to synthetically create theirs. No artificial compounds added.

Celtic Sea Salt® by The Grain and Salt Society, 1lb. Light grey, coarse ground Celtic Sea Salt® is absolutely unprocessed, hand harvested and is dried by the sun and the wind that ensure retantion of the ocean’s moisture and vast array of vital trace elements.


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The Thyroid Alternative: Renew Your Thyroid Naturally by Dr. N.R. Hedberg, Renew Your Health, LLC, 2011

Article Source:

The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet: An Innovative Program that Detoxifies Your Body’s Acidic Waste to Prevent Disease and Restore Overall Health by F.D. Kliment, Nutritionist and Alternative Health Consultant, McGraw-Hill, 2010

The Amazing Acid Alkaline Cookbook: Balancing Taste, Nutrition, and Your PH Levels by Bonnie Ross, Square One Publishers, 2010


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