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HEALTHY DIET FOR HYPOTHYRIDISM & YOUR WELLNESS

What is Hypothyroidism?hypo

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to secrete sufficient thyroxine and triiodothyronine. When thyroid hormone production is below normal, all body functions slow down leading to a sense of mental and physical sluggishness, weakness, and weight gain. Chronic cases can lead to dull facial expression, drooping eyelids, hoarse speech, thinning or dry, brittle hair, dry skin, myxedema (swelling of the skin and soft tissues), menstrual disorders, bradycardia, pericardial effusion, constipation, depression, paresthesias, ataxia, and anemia. Recent studies also show a link between gluten-intolerance and hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue, lethargy, slower movements
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Puffy eyes
  • Heavy menstrual period

Risk Factors and Causes of Hypothyroidism

  • Gender (occurs four times more in women than men)
  • Age (increases with age, especially women over 50)
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Radiation therapy for cancer

Treatments for Hypothyroidism

For both hyper- and hypothyroidism

  • Use your thumb and fingertips occasionally to press very gently along the front of your neck just below the Adam’s apple to feel for lumps and bumps. If you feel lumps or bumps this may signal thyroid trouble.

For Hypothyroidism

  • Limit the amount of goitrogenic foods. Goitrogens can interfere with iodine absorption into the body and can lead to an enlargement of the thyroid gland, suppressing the thyroid function. Example foods include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, millet, mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, rutabaga, soybeans and soy products (including tofu), spinach, strawberries, and turnips. Cooking the vegetables listed will remove most of the goitrogens found in them.
  • Avoid soy products (miso, tofu, edamame, etc.)
  • Avoid gluten grains and sugars
  • Add iodine-rich food to your diet: try using sea vegetables like nori in your soups or kombu when you cook beans.
  • Use iodized salt found naturally in unrefined Kosher, sea and marsh salts.

Hypothyroid Diet – Nutrition

A diet for hypothyroidism should include whole foods rich in iodine, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, as well as vitamins B6, C, and E. These nutrients naturally support proper thyroid functions as well as overall good health and vitality.

Iodine (Is a major component of thyroid hormone balance and is antimicrobial)

·         Cow’s milk

·         Eggs

·         Salmon

·         Seaweed

·         Tuna

·         Yogurt

High Polyphenols (Acts as an anti-fungal)

·         Apples

·         Blackberries

·         Blueberries

·         Cooked broccoli (Goitrogenic Food – Limit consumption
to 1 or 2 servings a week)

·         Cooked cabbage (Goitrogenic Food – Limit consumption to 1 or 2 servings a week)

·         Cantaloupe

·         Celery

·         Cherries

·         Cranberries

·         Eggplant

·         Extra virgin olive oil

·         Grapes

·         Green tea

·         Legumes

·         Onion

·         Parsley

·         Plums

·         Raspberries

Niacin (Is required for normal manufacture of thyroid hormone)

·         Brown rice

·         Chicken

·         Lamb

·         Pomegranates

·         Tuna

·         Turkey

Riboflavin (Vitamin b2) (Is essential for normal manufacture of thyroid hormone)

·         Avocados

·         Clams

·         Duck

·         Fresh pork

·         Lamb

·         Milk

·         Mushrooms

·         Yogurt

Selenium (Helps to convert T-4 to T-3)

·         Brazil nuts

·         Cod

·         Crimini mushrooms

·         Eggs

·         Garlic

·         Halibut

·         Salmon

·         Shrimp

·         Snapper

·         Sunflower seeds

·         Tuna

·         Turkey

Vitamin B6 (Is required for normal manufacture of thyroid hormone)

·         Avocados

·         Bananas

·         Bok Choy

·         Brown rice

·         Chicken

·         Chickpeas

·         Fresh pork

·         Mangoes

·         Potatoes

·         Salmon

·         Sunflower seeds

·         Sweet potatoes

·         Tuna

·         Turkey

Vitamin C (Boosts thyroid gland function)

·         Cooked cabbage, red (Goitrogenic Food – Limit consumption to 1 or 2 servings a week)

·         Kiwi fruit

·         Oranges

·         Peppers, bell, red

·         Pineapples

·         Potatoes

·         Tangerines and other mandarins

Vitamin E (Works with zinc and vitamin A to produce thyroid hormone)

·         Almonds

·         Avocados

·         Brazil nuts

·         Cooked broccoli (Goitrogenic Food – Limit consumption to 1 or 2 servings a week)

·         Mangoes

·         Peanuts

·         Sunflower seeds

Zinc (Boosts thyroid function)

·         Beef

·         Chicken

·         Crab

·         Lamb

·         Oysters

·         Turkey

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