Hypothyroidism Diet Information Guide
Welcome to our hypothyroidism diet guide.
Is it possible that the fatigue, weight gain, hair and skin problems and all the other crappy symptoms that come from hypothyroidism can be eased simply by eating the correct foods?
While most doctors have mixed opinions with regards to food as a legitimate treatment for hypothyroidism, a number of naturopaths, Chinese herbalists, and natural healers of all sorts know the healing power of our foods to remedy the underactive thyroid gland.
One of the best ways of doing this is simply to avoid the foods that we know make our underactive thyroid worse. These foods sap our thyroid gland and its ability to produce the hormones we need in a variety of ways….
- They inhibit our body from using iodine.
- They prevent our thyroid from producing hormones.
- They stop us from producing the substance that tells the thyroid to produce hormones.
- And of course– in some cases–they just contribute to the painful symptoms of hypothyroidism and so increase our suffering as we try to recover from this terrible condition.
What You Should Never Eat When You Have Hypothyroidism
The following are some of the more prominent foods to be avoided if you have hypothyroidism including some of the myths that have grown up around them.
- Eating Soy. Especially unfermented soy products like soy milk. The isoflavones in soy products aid in suppressing the thyroid hormones according to a number of studies and there are reported at least one case of a child recovering from hypothyroidism symptoms simply by switching from soy milk to cow’s milk.
There are a number of explanations being offered for why this is so. One is that the hormones in soy “trick” the thyroid into believing its’ hormones have already been secreted. Others are that it inhibits the enzymes that help synthesize the thyroid hormones.
Whichever one is true the data to support the fact that an excess of soy is harmful to the sufferer of hypothyroidism is huge. It’s best to avoid the foods with high concentrations of it.
- Eating your Broccoli. What?! I can hear you say. You mean all these years our mothers lied to us about this healthy vegetable. Well yes and no. Broccoli is healthy for you, but in its uncooked form Broccoli has a compound known as Cyagenic Glycosides.
These compounds prevent your body from using the iodine currently in your body that it needs to stimulate thyroid hormones. Anything within this family of foods(Brussels sprouts,kale,cabbage etc.) will have the same result, but there is luck. The substance within these foods can be cooked out of it. So if you want to eat your broccoli like mom told you just cook it first.
- Saturated Fats (cake, chips, cookies etc.) Nothing surprising here. It seems that there is a newly discovered health problem with eating these kinds of foods that pops up every year or so. These foods play havoc with your energies. This is because they stimulate your energy and then cause it to crash.
The foods are also believed to block the production of thyroid hormone and make all the tiredness and weight gain even worse.
- Eating Gluten. This is a special case, but one that may by itself end hypothyroidism for a certain percentage of the population so we thought it was worth mentioning. One of the most undiagnosed allergies in our country is an allergy to gluten ie., wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. The symptoms of a gluten allergy are almost identical to that of hypothyroidism.
If you’ve “tried everything” and can’t seem to get your energy back and find your old self again then try cutting out gluten for a trial period and see how you feel. Your situation might just turn around.
- MSG. Due to research that proves that MSG damages the hypothalamus, baby food companies took msg out of baby food. The hypothalamus send out signals to the pituitary gland which sends out signals to all the organs of the body. MSG therefore literally damages the functioning of every system of the body.
Among these systems is the endocrine system which tell the thyroid gland to produce its hormones. Check your foods labels for monosodium glutamate and don’t eat it if it’s in there.
These are a small sampling of the foods that are shown to have a bad effect on people suffering from hypothyroidism. For a more detailed guide our top recommendation is the hypothyroidism solution by Duncan Capicchiano, ND.
He has a detailed guide of what to eat and what not to eat including recipes. Just recently we received his newsletter which had a wonderful blueberry muffin recipe especially made for sufferers of hypothyroidism. If cutting out gluten, saturated fats, and all of that stuff is difficult because you have some favorite foods you can’t go without then his book and recipes could be a godsend.
But before we leave we shall leave you with one thing that—if you include it in your diet—can make a world of difference to how you feel.
How to Regain Your Health
Antioxidants—vitamin A,vitamin C, Vitamin E,etc. Or you could just drink some green tea a few times a day. It is considered by many to be a potent natural thyroid remedy. If you do it we recommend a good source of green tea as they are not all made equally, preferably one from your health food store.
Green Tea stimulates the metabolism, helps with food digestion, and is an incredibly potent antioxidant. This simple addition is probably better than some of the so-called hypothyroidism supplements on the market.
All in all your diet is one of the most powerful things you can do for your health. These tips only touch the surface of what you can do to help yourself to eat in a way that will ease your symptoms and help you heal.
If you want a complete guide we recommend the hypothyroidism solution. Also if you want a natural supplement that contains a great many hypothyroidism fighting ingredients then we recommend Thyromine-also reviewed on this site.
These suggestions will help you get the most out of yourself as you try to recover from hypothyroidism.
Good luck. We hope you’ve enjoyed our hypothyroidism diet guide.
About the Author
As a women who has hypothyroidism, I would like to share all of my knowledge to all of you about hypothyroidism and how can you make change of your life.