Can we keep our thyroid levels in check by following a certain diet?
It would help if you can mention whether you are suffering from hyperthyroidism (in which the body makes too much thyroxine hormone) or hypothyroidism (the condition with the body does not make enough thyroid hormone). So let us tell you about both, one by one.
Hypothyroidism is one of the commonest thyroid problems, and it can have severe long-term impacts. While medication may be necessary, this condition definitely needs management through dietary changes as well:
- Talk to your doctor about iodine supplements, if needed, and what is the right dosage.
- Foods rich in zinc, selenium, vitamin B and amino acids
- Leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, peas, lentils chickpeas, beans, spinach, tuna, sweet potato, olive oil, apple, clove and green tea.
- Choose slow carbohydrates, which means cut down on rice and bread.
- Low iodine foods, like non-iodized salt, oats, potatoes, unsalted nuts and butter
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Iron, selenium, zinc, calcium, Vitamin D
- Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, flaxseed, coconut oil
- Spices like turmeric and black pepper
- Avoid, or rather completely cut down on nitrate-rich foods like processed meats
Remember there is no ONE perfect diet for thyroid problems or any other such hormonal problems. You need to understand and map your health, what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse, and then come up with a diet plan accordingly. We will soon be starting free workshops around the same. Be sure to watch this space!
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