How to Boost Your Thyroid in 60-Seconds with a Carrot

By |2020-11-10T07:44:48-08:00November 11th, 2020|Healthy Recipes, Hypothyroidism|77 Comments
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Want to know how a carrot a day can help boost your thyroid health?

All you need is four simple ingredients, five simple steps, and 60 short seconds and I’ll show you how.

This quick and easy thyroid-boosting recipe is so easy you can’t afford not to use it.

And if you suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis then this is even more important for you.

Just don’t take it for granted.

It’s inspired by the work of Dr. Raymond Peat and a special thanks to Danny Roddy for putting this tutorial together.

(Note: this is one of many variations of this recipe.)

How a Carrot Can Boost Your Thyroid…

Believe it or not, a little carrot can have a big impact on your thyroid health.

When used in the recipe I’m about to share with you it can effectively help…

  • Lower Bacterial Endotoxin
  • Lower Estrogen
  • Lower Cortisol
  • Lower Serotonin
  • Lower Prolactin

All of these are well known for driving your body’s stress response.

And with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, all can be (and often are) over-produced.

They are all very thyroid suppressive and can block your Thyroid Hormone Pathway on multiple levels.

(Note: This is covered in more detail with more foods that can help you in this article on “5 Foods That Can Secretly Save Your Thyroid”.)

So addressing these hormones and chemicals are essential to improving your thyroid health and overcoming your thyroid condition.

With that being said, let’s get to it…

All you need is just four simple ingredients…

  1. One Carrot
  2. 1 tsp. Refined Coconut Oil
  3. 1/2 tsp. White Vinegar
  4. Salt to Taste

Step 1: Clean and Peel the Carrot


Clean and peel your carrot the same way you would normally do.

Step 2: Grate the Carrot


Using your carrot peeler, grate the carrot length-wise into long thin strips. Grating the carrot this way helps to maximize the absorption of estrogen within the digestive tract.

Step 3: Add the Coconut Oil


Transfer the grated carrot into a dish, warm the coconut oil if needed, add the coconut oil to the carrot and mix.

Step 4: Salt to Taste


Salt to your taste and mix again.

(Note: Adequate salt intake is very important for regulating thyroid function. Thyroid sufferers waste sodium very rapidly.)

Step 5: Add the Vinegar


Add the vinegar to the carrot and mix again.

(Note: The combination of coconut oil and vinegar increases the anti-bacterial properties of the carrot.)

And there you have it…

Grab a fork and enjoy.


Wasn’t that easy?

This recipe should be used daily for the greatest therapeutic effect.

Use this thyroid-boosting recipe on its own or with a snack. It’s best NOT to use with a full meal.

After you make it a couple of times you can easily whip this together in about a minute’s time.

You might be thinking how could something so easy actually help?

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of this simple recipe. This little recipe can provide some big and serious therapeutic benefits.

Want to watch the complete video on how to make this carrot salad? Special thanks to Danny Roddy:

Did you enjoy this simple and easy thyroid-boosting recipe?

Want even better results?

Use this daily thyroid-boosting recipe together with our 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol for an even greater effect thyroid-boosting effect.

Get more information about the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol here.

If you enjoyed this recipe and want to learn more…

Let us know in the comments section below.

About the Author:

Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.


  1. Tina February 25, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Does it need to be white vinegar? Can apple cider vinegar work as well or balsamic?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Hi Tina, apple cider vinegar should be fine.

    • Rita February 25, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

      I have the same question… Would like to use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar instead. Will this work?

      • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

        Hi Rita, apple cider vinegar should be fine.

  2. Gale February 25, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

    As I am VERY ALLERGIC to nuts, and especially coconut, I guess that I will stick with my pickled carrots.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Hi Gale, pickled carrots won’t have the same effect. We are using the carrot for the fiber so they need to be used raw.

  3. Manu February 25, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

    can I warm the carot salat ?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Hi Manu, since we’re using the carrot fiber here we don’t want to cook the carrot. But light warming shouldn’t be a problem.

  4. Kolleen Dohermann February 25, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Why should I peel the carrot? Why does grating it lengthwise matter?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Hi Kolleen, as mentioned in the article “Grating the carrot this way helps to maximize the absorption of estrogen within the digestive tract.”

  5. Ann Timm February 25, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Hi Tom, great recipe! I just tried it and like it very much, thanks for sharing!! My question, will I start to experience a ‘detox effect’ with some of these healthy thyroid recipes? I tried the salted orange juice, which I like, but noticed I was getting extremely tired after a few days of drinking it. I quit drinking it and quickly gained my energy back. Is this something I need to push through over more time or is it not for me?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Ann, We talk a lot about how hypothyroidism leads to the over-activation of your body’s stress response and the over-production of stress hormones. These stress hormones are generally very excitatory and can give a false sense of energy. Since salted orange juice helps to lower the stress response, it can effectively remove the excitatory effects, making you feel more tired. But it’s important to understand that this is how you actually feel without stress hormones keeping you going. We generally need to use things like thyroid hormone, coffee, etc. to help stimulate oxidative metabolism and increase energy production through the proper pathways.

  6. Jenn February 25, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I’m guessing you mean sea salt? I can’t imagine you recommending regular iodized table salt…

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenn, what I recommend is canning and pickling salt… no iodine, metals, digestive irritants, etc.

  7. Deb February 25, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Can I put this in my NutriBullet and drink it?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Deb, definitely don’t want to do that. We’re using the carrot fiber for the therapeutic effect. Blending it up would null this.

  8. dion February 25, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Why is it refined coconut oil ? I thought it was unrefined that is good for you.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Dion, we use refined (expeller pressed) because it removes all of the coconut particulate that is still found in the unrefined oil which can cause digestive irritation.

  9. Michele Saucier February 25, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Why do I need to use refine coconut oil? Can I use unrefined coconut oil?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Michele, we use refined (expeller pressed) because it removes all of the coconut particulate that is still found in the unrefined oil which can cause digestive irritation.

  10. dion February 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks very much for the reply .

  11. Dawn February 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve been doing this for the last month and a half as a snack between meals, and OMG IT WORKS!

    I had my first period EVER with ZERO PMS symptoms. I had to check the calendar to see when it was coming because I had none of the usual indicators I’ve had most of my life: NO hormonal migraine, NO breast tenderness, NO acne breakout, NO cramping. It was amazing!

    And I feel really good that all that excess estrogen isn’t able to contribute to some unseen cancer down the road too.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn, that’s great to hear and thanks for sharing.

  12. Maggie Sands February 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Does the carrot need to be organic? Also I noticed you did not answer Ann Timm’s question above.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Maggie, organic is probably better but not required.

  13. Sk Loh February 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I tried this for many months but have problem with carrots digestion. Came out in poop and my hands turned very yellow. I tried substituting with purple carrots. But so far didnt feel any difference.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Sk, yellow hands is a sign of liver dysfunction where you liver can’t convert the beta-carotene into vitamin A. This is common with hypothyroidism but if using only one carrot daily it should be a problem. You can also wash the carrot fiber after peeling to help remove more beta-carotene. Or you can use the bamboo shoots as mentioned here:

  14. Ginny February 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    I love the carrot salad but why the switch from apple cider vinegar to white?

    • Tom Brimeyer February 26, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Hi Ginny, it’s not a switch. As mentioned this is one of different variations of the recipe.

  15. Sally Chewter February 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Regarding vinegar, can you use ordinary brown malt vinegar? That’s the only kind I have.

    • Tom Brimeyer February 26, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Hi Sally, I would recommend sticking with white or apple cider vinegar.

  16. Kathy February 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Can canned non organic bamboo shoots be used? How much a day one fourth cup?

  17. Ron February 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I really like this and the idea of a carrot et all. I am a male and have this issue, plus others associated with hashimoto’s. I am teaching my VA doctor a lot about what she did not know, Since i challenged her to step fully into her Hippocratic Oath as much as I took an oath to Serve the United States and not just to push a pill at me.
    Anyway i will be buying carrots, and oil and have this tonight for a snack
    Just wondering how many males have hashimoto’s ?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Ron, it’s much more common with women but doesn’t mean that excludes males. I’ve worked with plenty of men with Hashimoto’s. I’m happy to hear that you’re challenging your doctor. That’s how we learn and grow.

  18. Judith Murphy March 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reply will get started nowwith carrot

  19. Mary Ellen March 6, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Is this recipe for both males and females? I noticed the mention of estrogen in the recipe, and couldn’t help but wonder before I pass this along to my sons.

    • Tom Brimeyer March 7, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

      Hi Mary, yes it applies to both males and females.

  20. Jennifer March 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    What about Himalayan sea salt? I don’t have pickling or canning salt.

    • Tom Brimeyer March 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Jennifer, What I recommend is the canning and pickling salt because it’s pure salt without any additives or harmful ingredients. I don’t recommend pink Himalayan salt because it contains metals that are toxic and other components that can irritate the digestive tract.

  21. Donna Page March 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Would grating a carrot on a box grater work just as well? You’ll still have the pieces to chew so the fiber shouldn’t be affected. I think I would like it better and be more apt to eat it this way.

    Also, unrefined coconut doesn’t seem to cause any digestive issues for me, and I use it most of my cooking. If that is what I have on hand, is it alright to use it?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Donna, as long as you grate it length-wise it shouldn’t be a problem. But we use the recommended ingredients for specific purposes. We don’t recommend unrefined or virgin coconut oil.

  22. Gwen March 17, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I see in your article you say to blend the bamboo shoots and use a few tablespoons a day. What do you put them in?

  23. PuttPutz March 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I tried this this morning & found it to be super de-lish … thank you for sharing this info! (I’m inspired by Dawn’s comment about the improvements she’s seen since doing this for 6 weeks & am going to stick with it to see what happens.) Curious about the importance of grating the carrot though … just thinking since we have to chew everything first anyway, wouldn’t it all be in the same condition (chewed) once it hits the digestive tract, regardless of the shape it started out? Just my $0.02 Happy St. Paddy’s day all (:

    • Tom Brimeyer March 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is chewed, but as mentioned the grating is important because of how it aligns to the fiber for maximum absorption.

  24. Robin Depeal March 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    What about Real salt or Celtic sea salt?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Robin, we recommend using pure salt without any additives which also don’t contains the irritants and toxic metals oftentimes found with sea salts.

  25. Suzanna March 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Is Kosher salt acceptable?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 22, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

      Many still contain anti-caking agents.

  26. nad March 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    In video it’s option coconut or olive oil, should olive oil also be refined? And – is it good for postmenopausal?

  27. Margaret Sands March 31, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I am having trouble finding pure salt. When I googled pure salt , the article was actually very negative as a lot of things like aluminium where left in. I live in Western Australia. Do you have any brand names I could try and find?Maggie

    • Tom Brimeyer April 1, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Hi Margaret, try searching for canning and pickling salts.

  28. Amelia April 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I had my thyroid removed because of cancer. Does you plan work even without a thyroid?

    • Tom Brimeyer April 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Amelia, the short answer is yes, everything we teach still applies 100%. The only difference is that you will need to supplement thyroid hormone to the degree that you cannot produce it. However, it’s important to understand that just because you take thyroid hormone doesn’t mean that the hormone is getting to your cells. Thyroid hormone can get blocked many places along this pathway. For example, most hypothyroid people can’t convert inactive T4 thyroid hormone to active T3 thyroid hormone that your cells need. Thyroid hormone can also get blocked in the bloodstream, at the cell receptor, etc.

      You can supplement all of the thyroid hormone you want but if you can’t get the hormone to your cells then you will still be hypothyroid. We focus on all facets of the thyroid. You can learn a little more about this here:

  29. Megan Karas April 21, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    If we have such a surplus of estrogen and it is beneficial to eat foods that absorb it, would it also be beneficial for women to be on a progesterone only form birth control instead of one that also has estrogen?

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Hi Megan, there are many concerns regarding estrogen-formulated birth control. You can open up the paper that comes in it and see the huge list of issues that they are required by law to list. However there are even more that they don’t. The problem with progesterone-only birth control is that they don’t use real bio-identical progesterone. Instead they use synthetic progestins that are also known to cause a number of issues themselves.

  30. Marge May 6, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

    what thyroid supplement do you reccomend ? Thank you for your wonderful work and research !

  31. Cathy Edwards May 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Far out! I have all this himalayan salt and now after all the hype find out it is no good?! 🙁 Doctor Sircus, Dr Mercola and Dr Brownstein appear to think it is great. Tom, I am looking and I think I will have to import some pickling salt to where I live in Australia. Is plain table salt any good? TIA.

    • Tom Brimeyer May 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Cathy, any canning and pickling salt should work fine. Plain table salt should be avoided.

  32. Jeannie Rush May 19, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    How much benefit would I get just to eat carrots straight up without peeling , grating or mixing with the oil, vinager and salt? I’m in my cat a lot and would like just eat carrots.

    • Tom Brimeyer May 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeannie, it would provide some benefit but not as much.

  33. Diane June 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    As I expected, stirring coconut oil into cold carrots made the oil solidify and I had white lumps mixed with grated carrots. What’s your solution for this? Also, would this salt be okay?

    I’d love to read more about the metals-in-salt problem, if you have any links. I really appreciate how you answer most of the questions here! Not many can keep up like that. 🙂

  34. John June 28, 2016 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Real Salt (see is from a source that’s supposed to be clean and has trace minerals that are supposed to be good for you. Not like other sea salts. It’s available in various places including Whole Foods. Better than canning and pickling salt?

    • Tom Brimeyer June 28, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Hi John, most salts including sea salts contain heavy metals and should be avoided. This especially becomes with the more salt you use.

  35. kristi October 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Would juicing the carrot be just as good or not enough fiber?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 17, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Hi Kristi, no and I highly recommend against carrot juice. We are specifically using the fiber. Carrot juice contains enough beta-carotene to suppress thyroid function.

      • Sarah December 14, 2016 at 5:06 am - Reply

        Hi, i had that question too regarding carrot juice which you gave already answered. could you please advise what foods and juices to taken with thyroid issues? I would be highly grateful to you for that!

  36. margaret October 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I don’t have any top teeth, can’t chew the carrots. But I chopped them into small chunks. They still have fiber that way. I just swallow the chunks. Hope this works OK.

  37. Edie November 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I have had a complete hysterectomy and my doctor prescribed estrogen patches (0.05). If I don’t use the patches, I get irritable and mean. I’m confused about being prescribed estrogen, but using the carrot salad to lower estrogen. My doctor did not prescribe progesterone. Should I be taking progesterone?

  38. Bernice January 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom
    I really enjoy reading your info I will try that carrot recipes. I want to try the Orange juice too is it a special brand I should use? Sorry if you had mention prior cause I didn’t read it
    Appreciated your info


  39. Kim February 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Interesting! Tom what about those of us with Graves? Any ideas or suggestions? Funny thing, my FT 4 always runs low while my FT 3 always runs high. I have high TSI & TPO antibodies.

  40. Stephanie May 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    The book recipe is for two carrots,one tablespoon oil(coconut/olive),and one tablespoon acv. Which should we be doing,the one carrot recipe or two?

  41. Elisabeth August 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this exquisite and tasteful recipe.

  42. Betty Morelli January 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I have no teeth and can’t be fitted with dentures due to bone loss. Any suggestions? Second time for this question.

  43. Patricia September 4, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Hi Tom,
    A million thank you’s for sharing all this information.
    I have been having the 3 food protocol every morning for my breakfast complete with everything that you recommend, and I have been having the carrot recipe each day too. Also, been having the cottage cheese with apple as a snack. All this for about six weeks now…. and I have to say my inflammation pain that was plaguing me has diminished. I also started taking NDT 15mg three times a day and I feel so much better. I am 77 years old and now I feel like I am a 60 year old!
    Thank you again. I will continue to read your excellent information.

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