Hypothyroidism involves the body not having enough of the thyroid’s hormones. Treatment usually involves taking a synthetic version, in the form of a daily tablet.
Changing the diet cannot cure hypothyroidism, but the diet plays three main roles in managing the condition:
- Foods that contain certain nutrients, such as iodine, selenium, and zinc, can help maintain healthy thyroid function.
- Some foods may negatively impact thyroid function and worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism.
- Some foods and supplements can interfere with how well the body absorbs thyroid replacement medicine, so limiting these foods can also help.
Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain because it can slow down the metabolism. Having a healthy diet and staying active can help a person manage their weight and increase their energy levels.
Here are some thyroid healing foods to consider including in your diet:
- Selenium-rich foods
- Brazil nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish (especially orange roughy, light canned tuna, cod)
- Iron-rich foods
- Nuts & seeds
- Red meat (lamb, beef, goat)
- Dried fruits (especially turkish apricots)
- Iodine-rich foods
- *start with 2x/week and stop if there is any adverse reaction
- Sea vegetables (a super-dose of iodine. discontinue if there is an adverse reaction)
- Potatoes (organic, skin-on)
- Dried prunes
- Iodized salt, or for a natural alternative – pink himalayan salt
- Magnesium-rich foods
- Nuts & Seeds
- Dark Chocolate (extreme dark chocolate cravings often indicate a deficiency in magnesium)
Keep an eye on this little butterfly-shaped gland that regulates so many functions in your body. With healthy-gut habits in place and a diet rich in thyroid-supporting foods, you will go a long way toward preventing and even reversing thyroid disease!
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