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THYROID >> Diet recommendations to manage thyroid disorders

Goitrogens are naturally-occurring substances in food that can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland. There are two general categories of foods that have been associated with disrupted thyroid hormone production in humans: soybean-related foods and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, mustard etc. Other foods not included in these categories — such as peaches, strawberries, peach, peanuts, radish, tofu, spinach and millet — also contain goitrogens. Patients with hypothyroidism should avoid the intake of iodine containing foods such as red food dyes, iodine in multivitamins and metabolic boosters, dairy products, shellfish, and processed foods that can block iodine absorption.

Low Thyroid Diet
If you have a “low thyroid” condition, a specific diet could help support thyroid function and even help you lose weight.
  • Iodine – necessary mineral for thyroid support. We usually get enough through iodized salt (normal salt table) but added sources of iodine like through sea foods and a dietary supplement could be necessary.

  • Low glycemic foods – low glycemic foods are foods that will help control the production of insulin by our bodies. A “sugar rush” is not only produced by ice cream and candy. Here are some example of high glycemic foods : carrots, corn, bread, white rice, potatoes

  • Lean protein – such as seafoods, white meat poultry, eggs.

  • Fiber - high fiber foods are not just All-Brans and cereals. Include also in your low thyroid diet foods like lentils, apples, kidney beans, broccoli, green leafy vegetables.

  • Vitamins and minerals – a high quality multi-vitamin is usually recommended for anyone who is reducing calories to lose weight and for someone with a low thyroid condition. Look for one with Zinc and Selenium.
Calcium for Hyperthyroidism
A diet high in calcium is vital for anyone with hyperthyroidism because the disease also causes bone loss. Include enough calcium in your diet in the form of dairy products and green leafy vegetables to prevent osteoporosis. Calcium supplements can fill any voids if you cannot eat enough foods that contain calcium. Adults over the age of 50 need about 1,200 mg of calcium per day and younger adults should take in about 1,000 mg. Vitamin D is also necessary as part of your regimen to assist with calcium absorption.








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