Can your diet cure hypothyroidism? Well… your eating habits can influence just about anything that goes on in your body, so it’s reasonable to believe it can have an impact on your thyroid function as well.
As the saying goes: You are what you eat…
According to Tom Brimeyer – the author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – this certainly holds true if you suffer from an underactive thyroid. He states there are certain thing you can include in your diet which will reinforce proper thyroid function. There are also things you want to stay away from.
In this article we already discussed the importance of nutrition when it comes to improving thyroid functions.
Here are some specific changes you can make to your diet that may help to improve your thyroid health naturally.
Things You Should Include In Your Hypothyroidism Diet
Although they have a been criticized by the weight loss industry, according to Brimeyer, saturated fats may actually have numerous benefits when it comes to restoring thyroid function. Among these are:
They help to cancel out the negative effects of the toxic polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). The problem with these fats is that they oxidize rapidly when they’re exposed to oxygen and heat. This oxidation can lead to the creation of free radicals, oxidative damage and cell death.
Saturated fats may also improve your body’s insulin response. This helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels and reduce stress hormones, which are actually thought to be one of the causes of hypothyroidism.
You should make sure you include only high quality saturated fats in your diet for hypothyroidism. This includes fats from grass fed animals, butter and coconut oil.
Eat Your Fruit
You should also include plenty of fruit in your hypothyroidism diet. Fruit is high in potassium. This helps regulate your blood sugar and keeps your blood sugar level more stable for longer periods of time. It also reduces your stress hormone response.
However, there are also some fruits which are best avoided. One example is avocados, because they contain high levels of unsaturated fat.
Salt/sodium is a very important nutrient. Your body needs it to carry out numerous different functions. For instance, it is necessary for properly regulating blood pressure. But it also has some other important functions when it comes to dealing with hypothyroidism.
One of the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism is edema. This causes your cells to take up more water. By doing this, they lose sodium which is then excreted and lost through your urine.
When your sodium level is low, it actually slows down your metabolism and increases your stress hormones. This can also lead to sleep problems.
You get sodium from salt, making it a necessary component of your hypothyroidism diet.
Shellfish are very beneficial to your thyroid. They are a good source of thyroid hormone, which helps give your thyroid some much needed support.
They are also naturally high in selenium, which is one of the key nutrients required to convert the inactive T4 to the active T3 thyroid hormone in your liver. All the more reason to include shellfish in your hypothyroidism diet.
Bone broth is one of the best sources of protein that you can get. It is high in nutrients as well as being very easy to digest. It also contains a blend of very anti-inflammatory amino acids that are lacking among most sources of meat.
Cook Your Vegetables
Although raw vegetables do contain more nutrients than cooked veggies, they are a lot harder for your body to digest.
Another reason to cook your veggies well is to help break down the fiber and make the nutrients as readily available as possible. Otherwise, the fiber can become food for bad gut bacteria as well as contributing to hypothyroidism.
Drink Your Coffee
Need your cuppa Joe to start your day? You’re in luck. Coffee has some great benefits for your thyroid, as long as you take it in the right way. You should never drink coffee on an empty stomach. It’s also important to add the right ratios of sugar and fat.
Coffee is high in caffeine which works to stimulate your thyroid. It’s also high in magnesium and B vitamins, both of which are necessary for a properly functioning thyroid. According to Tom Brimeyer, studies back up these claims by showing that coffee drinkers have the lowest incidence of thyroid disease.
Things You Should Avoid in Your Hypothyroidism Diet
Some Anti-Thyroid Foods To Avoid
There are certain foods you should avoid eating if you want to restore the natural health of your thyroid.
The first of these are any foods that contain soy. This includes soybeans, soy milk, edamame and tofu. The reason for this is that soy is very estrogenic. Estrogens have been shown to inhibit the thyroid gland from effectively secreting its hormones.
Another thing you should avoid in your hypothyroidism diet, according to Brimeyer, is foods containing high levels of polyunsaturated fats such as fatty fish, flax seeds and safflower oil. Although these fats have been touted for years for their beneficial properties, when it comes to your thyroid, research has proven that these fats suppress its function on three different levels.
- They block the secretion of your thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland.
- Polyunsaturated fats block the transportation of this hormone within your bloodstream.
- They block your cells from properly utilizing the hormone once they get it.
Stay Away From Processed Foods
Processed and packaged foods are loaded with processed grains. These cause numerous problems with your blood sugar. They cause a spike in your insulin levels, which eventually leaves you with low blood sugar. This, in turn, causes a stress hormone response in order to raise your blood sugar levels back to normal.
Processed foods are also full of toxic chemicals like preservatives and flavor enhancers. Among other things, these contribute to liver congestion, which makes it harder for your liver to convert the necessary thyroid hormones into their active form.
Don’t Drink Too Much Water
Hypothyroidism causes water retention. It doesn’t make sense to drink a lot of water when your body has a problem getting rid of it in the first place. Drinking too much water also causes your sodium levels to drop which, as mentioned above, also contributes to hypothyroidism.
How do you ensure you’re not drinking too much water? Well… the best thing to do is to drink when thirsty. Let your body tell you when it needs hydration. How much water you need depends on many variables, but thirst is always the best indicator.
These tips are courtesy of Tom Brimeyer, the developer of Hypothyroidism Revolution, a system that teaches you how to heal your hypothyroidism naturally.