A hypothyroidism diet is a dietary approach that focuses on optimizing thyroid function and managing the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It typically includes the following principles:
1. Adequate iodine intake: Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production. Including iodine-rich foods like seaweed, iodized salt, fish, and dairy products can support thyroid health.
2. Balanced macronutrients: A diet that provides a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats is recommended. Include whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats like avocados and nuts.
3. Sufficient selenium: Selenium plays a crucial role in thyroid function. Foods rich in selenium include Brazil nuts, seafood, poultry, and eggs.
4. Gluten avoidance (if necessary): Some people with hypothyroidism may have an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In such cases, eliminating gluten from the diet may be beneficial.
5. Goitrogenic food moderation: Goitrogens are compounds that can interfere with thyroid function. Cooking or steaming cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower can reduce their goitrogenic effect.
The benefits of a hypothyroidism diet may include:
1. Improved thyroid function: A well-balanced diet can provide essential nutrients for optimal thyroid hormone production and support overall thyroid health.
2. Reduction in symptoms: Following a hypothyroidism diet may help alleviate symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and constipation.
3. Enhanced energy levels: Consuming nutrient-dense foods and maintaining stable blood sugar levels can help combat fatigue and improve energy levels.
4. Weight management: A healthy diet can support weight management efforts, as hypothyroidism can often lead to weight gain or difficulty in losing weight.
5. Better overall health: A hypothyroidism diet emphasizes whole, nutrient-rich foods, which can contribute to improved overall health and well-being.
It’s important to note that a hypothyroidism diet should be tailored to individual needs and should be discussed with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to ensure it aligns with your specific health requirements.
While people who are regularly physically active will almost always be healthier in mind and body than sedentary individuals, we know now that nutrition is just as important, if not more important, for your health and wellness.
Nutritionists now believe the foods and beverages you put into your body are responsible for as much as 65% to 75% of your fitness and wellness.
This means if you have an under-active thyroid, eating certain foods and avoiding others could help alleviate the problem. It bears noting that if you have a thyroid disease or an inflamed thyroid that is not treated for some time, the inability of this gland to create healthy levels of hormones may require a daily and lifelong hormone supplementation.
However, in many cases, following the dietary advice below has worked wonders for reducing the symptoms attached to hypothyroidism, preventing it from occurring in the first place, and in some cases removes the problem entirely.
What foods should I avoid with hypothyroidism? Stop Eating Junk
Avoid the caffeine, flour, salt, refined sugars and simple carbohydrates in your diet. This means eating more natural foods like foods, vegetables, nuts and berries, and less processed food. Eat out less and cook for yourself more. If the food you predominantly eat comes in a can, wrapper, box or bag, it is highly processed and can lead to thyroid problems.
Eat Protein at Every Meal
Did you know protein is the vehicle which transports thyroid hormones to all the tissues and cells in your body? Skip the soy products, fake meats and energy bars, and opt instead for wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, and pasture-raised, organic eggs and poultry.
Get More Fat Into Your Body
The lie spread by the sugar industry for decades that fat will make you fat and sugar is better for you has been exposed time and again. Dietary fat is not bodyfat. It is silly to think that eating healthy fats will make you fat.
The last time you ate a slice of pie, did you turn into a pie? Does eating a ham sandwich turn you into a ham sandwich? Eating sugar is what makes you fat, not eating the essential fats your body requires.
When you don’t have healthy levels of fat and cholesterol in your body you can disrupt your healthy hormonal balance, and this includes negatively affecting your thyroid hormones. Extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, wild-caught fish, nuts and nut butters, flax seeds and coconut milk products all carry healthy fats that help your thyroid do its job properly.
The following nutritional deficiencies are common in many modern Americans. They are also seen regularly in others that live in modern, westernized countries.
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins
As modern diets are often woefully inadequate in these nutrients, daily supplementation can help ensure you get these and other nutrients in your body, supporting a healthy thyroid and endocrine system.
Cut Out The Wheat
The gluten found in wheat bears a strikingly similar molecular composition to that of thyroid tissue. This means that if you have Hashimoto’s disease, every time you eat gluten you increase the autoimmune attack response on your thyroid. Wheat, white flour and other processed grains are also often accompanied by preservatives, additives and unhealthy chemicals and compounds that lead to an unhealthy thyroid.
Get Probiotics Into Your Body
Did you know a full 20% of how your thyroid functions depends on a healthy gut? The “good bacteria” in your gut includes probiotics. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are full of healthy probiotics, and there are yogurts and supplements you can take to increase the level of probiotics in your gut as well.
Cut Back on the Carbs
As mentioned earlier, too much sugar is never a good thing, refined sugar especially. Cut back on the simple carbohydrates in your diet, as well as grains and other high-carb foods, which can negatively impact your thyroid. When women eat too many carbs they increase their estrogen level, which can cause their thyroid to work improperly.
Cut Out the A1 Casein
Dairy foods can cause a leaky gut, which in turn promotes inflammation that directly affects thyroid function. Avoiding dairy products which contain A1 casein could be a simple move that returns your hypothyroid to a normally functioning gland once again.
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