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The hypothyroidism diet and goitrogens

Posted Jun 30 2013 2:17pm

The problem with the interference of the abovementioned and other foods and the hormonal treatment received for hypothyroidism is that they contain goitrogens, which naturally occur in some otherwise healthy foods, and interfere with the production of the thyroid hormones. Other such foods containing goitrogens include: cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, kale, peaches.  These foods, although otherwise considered healthy, must probably be avoided by women who are approaching menopause, especially those with a family history of thyroid problems.
Even though soy isoflavones are known to actually decrease the hot flashes in menopause, they can trigger a problem with the production of thyroidal hormones as well.  Some experts though believe that when cooked these foods become safe for the thyroid function.
Fluorides, such as those found in unpurified water are also known to have a bad effect on the thyroid function.

So, which foods and supplements to choose for a good hypothyroidism diet

There are certain vitamins and minerals in foods and supplements, which should be taken in order to improve the thyroid function and prevent hypothyroidism.  Iodine is one of the most important ones. It naturally occurs in earth and sea foods and iodized salt. Another important mineral is tyrosine, which is found in dairy, oats, fish, almonds, avocados and bananas.
Other important vitamins and minerals which should be taken in order to prevent hypothyroidism or prevent it include: Zinc, Vitamins B, C, A and E, which naturally occur in dairy, eggs, shellfish and seafood.

So, the conclusion is that, in order to prevent hypothyroidism, you should use iodized salt (in moderation, because it may actually trigger the Hashimoto’s thyroid dysfunction) and cook the foods which include goitrogens (spinach, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, millet, cauliflower, soybeans, turnips, etc. Cook and season with cold pressed olive oil to get the Vitamins E and B, and eat whole grains and whole wheat products for zinc and vitamin B.  Increase the intake of foods with large amounts of Vitamin C, such as lemons and citrus fruits, strawberries, parsley, etc.  People with hypothyroidism should drink purified water, and if possible use it for cooking too.

Even though hypothyroidism is often associated with fatigue and lack of energy, people affected should stay away from caffeine and sugars, as well as refined flour products, all of which lead to an imbalance of the blood sugar and further harm the thyroid gland production. A proper hypothyroidism diet requires an increase in the intake of proteins, included in sea food, legumes, eggs, meat and other animal products.

To properly manage and treat hypothyroidism, the person affected should eat healthy unsaturated fats, including: olive oil, salmon and other fish, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. Salmon, along with sardines and other seafood is great for omega-3 fatty acids, which also help keep the hormones in balance.   Also, in order to follow a healthy and beneficial hypothyroidism diet, people diagnosed must ensure that they maintain a healthy intake of Vitamin D – from the sun light and from foods and supplements which contain it.

Another important part of a good hypothyroidism diet is to make sure that the micro flora of the gut has a good balance and, if necessary taking the proper probiotics will help improve it. It is a fact that about 1/5th of the thyroid function will depend on this good balance.

More importantly, people with hypothyroidism need to try to stay away from and manage the stress levels, because they too affect the thyroid hormone production, and by reducing stress they will help the hypothyroidism diet to work better with the organism and reduce the symptoms of this medical condition.  .

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