I’VE HAD A few questions about Thyroid Disease ….
Since this is something I have experienced in my family, I thought I share some FAQS and tips here on the blog.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones help control growth, cell repair, and metabolism. As a result, people with hypothyroidism may experience tiredness, hair loss, weight gain, feeling cold, and feeling down, among many other symptoms .
Ok, now that we have all of the “fun” stuff listed…..
Hypothyroidism affects 1–2% of people worldwide and is ten times more likely to affect women than men. Soooo unfair!
Although food alone cannot heal Thyroid, a physician supervised program of real foods and medication CAN make the disease much more comfortable.
Based on research there are some foods that are better for Thyroid than others…
Iodine is an essential mineral that’s needed to make thyroid hormones. People with iodine deficiency might be at risk of hypothyroidism.
If you have an iodine deficiency, consider adding iodized table salt to your meals or eating more iodine-rich foods like seaweed, fish, dairy, and eggs.
Selenium helps “activate” thyroid hormones so they can be used by the body.
Adding selenium-rich foods to your diet is a great way to boost your selenium levels. This includes Brazil nuts, tuna, sardines, eggs, and legumes.
Like selenium, zinc helps the body “activate” thyroid hormones (18).
Studies also show that zinc may help the body regulate TSH, the hormone that tells the thyroid gland to release thyroid hormones.
Nonetheless, if you have hypothyroidism, you should aim to eat more zinc-rich foods like oysters and other shellfish, beef, and chicken.
ARE THERE HARMFUL NUTRIENTS?
Several nutrients may BE HARMFUL of those with hypothyroidism.
I WAS surprised to learn how many common foods contain goitrogens, including : (This is where the yes/no line becomes a bit blurred…research does say that if eaten in small amounts, some of these foods are ok. So, pay attention to your body and discontinue any food that makes you feel badly).
- soy foods: tofu, tempeh, edamame, etc.
- certain vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach, etc.
- fruits and starchy plants: sweet potatoes, cassava, peaches, strawberries, etc.
- nuts and seeds: millet, pine nuts, peanuts, etc.
FOODS TO EAT:
Food options for people with hypothyroidism, including:
- eggs: whole eggs are best, as much of their iodine and selenium are found in the yolk, while the whites are full of protein
- meat: all meats, including lamb, beef, chicken, etc.
- fish: all seafood, including salmon, tuna, halibut, shrimp, etc.
- vegetables: all vegetables — cruciferous vegetables are fine to eat in moderate amounts, especially when cooked
- fruits: all other fruits, including berries, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
- gluten-free grains and seeds: rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds, and flax seeds
- dairy: all dairy products, including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
- beverages: water and other non-caffeinated beverages
People with hypothyroidism should eat a diet based around vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. They are low in calories and very filling, which may help prevent weight gain.
TRANSLATION…a basic high protein / low carb type of eating plan is most likely to help you stay healthy and feel your best.
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Stay healthy and Take Care of Yourself! You cannot take care of others without being rested and well-fed.