A lot of people don’t seem to know that you need to have a look at your diet when you have a low thyroid.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite well recognised with
- Fatigue: it doesn’t matter how much sleep you get, its never enough and you are probably not sleeping properly anyway
- Lack of libido: no desire for sex :(, no energy either
- No Enthusiasm: for anything, life is just a hard and slow chug
- Brain fog: can’t seem to think straight or remember things you should easily know. You may even lose words or worse sentences!
- Weight gain: you can’t seem to lose weight no matter what you do and exercise is out of the question
and most of us rely on the Dr and little pills to put it right. That is of course if the Dr believes you and you fall into the blood test scale’ as hypothyroid.
What we need to do is to start acting on these symptoms before we even get a hypothyroid diagnosis as by then your immune system will be compromised and your metabolism will be hitting rock bottom.
I thought I had a good diet a typical day was
- breakfast of a banana and a cup of hot water with lemon
- snack some nuts
- lunch a meat or tuna salad
- snack, OK, a biscuit or two
- Evening meal meat or fish with vegetables or salad
- Wine was weekends only and coffee was an occasional thing
yet being as healthy as I could and suspecting a low thyroid I was putting weight on and feeling awful.
Some diet tips for you as you need to protect not only your thyroid but also your adrenal glands as without sufficient liothyroxine (more about this important part of your thyroid activity in another blog – My miracle cure) in your body about 5am in the morning then you don’t get the kick start and the energy you need for the day.
My main ones to stay away from are Goitrogenic foods, soy, processed foods and sugar and more here.
|VEGETABLES||African Cassava (used in tapioca)
Cabbage (including Kimchi and Sauerkraut)
Leafy Greens (Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach)
|Although these vegetables are goitrogenic, they contain important fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, and they are too nutritious to completely avoid.
Try to eat them in moderation only.
Eat them cooked if possible – the cooking process deactivates most of the goitrogenic compounds.
|NUTS||Almonds can reduce thyroid activity
|Roasting and cooking reduces the thyroid inhibiting compounds.|
|These grains all contain gluten. New evidence has shown a link between thyroid autoimmune disease and gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Your body recognizes gluten as a foreign invader, sending antibodies to attack, subsequently attacking your thyroid gland as well.
Since gluten can cause a reaction for up to 6 months from ingestion, it is important to eliminate gluten completely from your diet to halt the attack on your thyroid.
99 percent of people who are gluten intolerant don’t know they have this condition so if you have thyroid issues it is a good option to eliminate gluten for a month and see how you feel. Gluten in widely used in processed foods.
Other items may contain gluten – cereals, pasta, bread, processed baked goods, soup mixes, salad dressings and condiments. Even toothpaste and lipstick!
Goitrogenic compounds are activated in millet when it’s cooked.
Oats are fine as long as they are labelled gluten-free. They are often cross contaminated with other gluten containing grains.
|Fruit can be sprayed with fluoride based pesticides. Fluoride is a goitrogen.
Also even fruit sugar can be harmful to you as you get the rush and then the low.
All Soy Products
Soy Bean Oil
|Soy contains isoflavones, it’s effects are goitrogenic and unfortunately it blocks iodine absorption.
People with thyroid issues should seriously reduce or eliminate the amount of soy in their diet, as it’s a major endocrine disruptor.
|JUNK FOOD||Processed Foods
Deep Fried Foods
Foods Containing Sugar
|This group of “so called food” causes inflammation in the body and inhibits the thyroid hormone conversion of T4 to T3.
Citrus Flavored Sodas
|Sodas and reconstituted juices are often manufactured using fluoridated water – fluoride is a goitrogen.
Citrus-flavored sodas and soft drinks – they contain bromine, a goitrogenic toxin.
Bromine and fluoride are two important culprits responsible for such a rapid increase in thyroid disease world wide.
|Black tea and green tea leaves absorb a substantial amount of fluoride from the soil and air.
Fluoride is a very harmful toxin, interfering with fluoride absorption.
|SEAFOOD||Farm Raised Salmon
|Farm raised salmon is really a grey color so it has to be dyed with chemicals to appeal to consumers. Studies have shown farmed salmon (like most farmed fish) contains alarming amounts of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents. Additionally, these fish are crowded with diseased water containing their own waste, chemicals and antibiotics.Shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel should never be eaten as the concentration of mercury is too high, poisoning your thyroid gland. Limit your intake of tuna to once a week – unfortunately there is no such thing as “a safe amount of mercury”.|
|Eliminate dairy for a few months and see if you feel better.
Many people with thyroid disease have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy, and they do see an improvement in their symptoms.
If you think you are intolerant to dairy products, then either avoid them or consume them in limited amounts.
Commercial dairy products contain antibiotics and growth hormones, so its much better to go organic.
Wow a lot of stuff there and thanks to Low thyroid for the info.
What we need is Doctors to give us this information rather than not knowing at all or at best you are willing to search this out.
The only problem is that to protect your adrenals and recover from ME you also have to bend these rules a bit.
My breakfast is one example it’s a vegetable juice with added protein using pea powder and I really have just felt the effects of missing it as I tried an alternative with almond milk for 8 days, it did not work and I would have been better off with rice or coconut milk – I have now been advised (Thanks) . Back on my regular and now updated juice now:
- 2 inch cucumber
- 1 inch courgette
- 1 large carrot
- a handful of spinach (not everyone can take this so trail and error)
- 1 inch slice fresh pineapple (great for sinus and catarrh)
- 1 tomato (again a food that some tolerate and not others, if stomach pain happens try without in future)
- 1 1/4 tablespoons pea protein preferably organic (for the protein to kick start my adrenals)
- 1 small beetroot
- 1 stick celery
- 1 orange
- half teaspoon olive oil as this helps digestion of the carrots
OK it’s not pretty to look at but it packs one heck of a vitamin and iron punch for me and really sets me up for the day.
Are you willing to support your thyroid by checking out your diet? It will be worth it.
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