Thyroid And Diet

While no diet works for everyone particularly in thyroid complaints, a thyroid-supportive diet can be prescribed in general. Dietary modifications can be advised for a Simple Iodine deficiency, Hypothyroid status, Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid swellings.

Diet For Iodine Deficient Simple Goitre​​

Iodine is needed for the normal thyroid function, and for the production of thyroid hormones. Iodine deficiency would cause simple swelling of the thyroid gland. This is endemic in some areas like kerala and mountains, where the soil is free from iodine. Many of the living suffer from Goitre, who needs adequate Iodine intake. Sea food is a good source for Iodine, Bread and Diary products also rich in iodine. Iodized table salt is highly recommended for them. The vegetables also rich in iodine content, particularly plants grown in iodine-rich soil.

​Diet for Hypothyroid, Obese Insulin Resistant Patients​

Hypothyroidism is highly associated with insulin resistance, so that a low carbohydrate diet with high protein diet can be outlined to the patients. This diet could fit the obese, Poly Cystic ovarian Disease patients additionally because the insulin resistance and Hyperlipaedeamia are the sequel of the under active thyroid function.​

Low Glycemic Foods

High Glycemic Foods




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Sweet potato



  • Restricting the High Glycemic foods would help to manage Obesity, PCOD and also High cholesterol levels.
  • High protein sources are fish, legumes and egg whites.
  • High fibre food is found in beans, apples, pears, green leafy vegetables, grains, oats and almonds.
  • Patients with hypothyroidism should avoid the intake of iodine containing foods such as food dyes, metabolic boosters and processed foods are not advisable.

Diet for Thyroid lumps, Nodes and Hyperthyroidism

​Dietary modifications require the restricted intake of goitrogens, which are the substances, inherent in food. They oppose or obstruct with the functioning of the gland and secretion of the hormone. Cruciferous vegetables like mustard, cabbage, turnips, peanut, and strawberries are suspected to promote thyroid cell proliferation.


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