What Is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?
I wonder how many people, in wanting to improve their thyroid’s condition, have spent their hard earned money on countless supplements that have no real proven value.
People that suffer from hypothyroidism do so in an attempt to rebalance and cleanse the body naturally and thus reduce the number of thyroid related symptoms. If you are one of those people, then you have reached the right place because here we discuss the best diet for hypothyroidism.
Before we enter our discussion, I should point out that there is no silver bullet for the cure of your thyroid condition. You may have heard that foods like Noni juice can cure every known disease, from type 2 diabetes to cancer, however, there is no such magic fruit or vegetable that will suddenly heal your thyroid.
Such food items are not recommended for thyroid patients for several reasons. First of all, almost all of these food are not formally recognized by either the medical community or natural health circles. A food item cannot be considered to be therapeutic unless it has been studied and evaluated as such. It is therefore better not to attempt to use such foods for curative purposes. Second, some of these so-called wonder foods may have a negative impact on the thyroid gland. So, before consuming any of these commercial “cure all” foods, consult with your physician.
Our approach to restoring health to a thyroid patient’s body is quite simple: give the body wholesome food, and it will heal itself. This principle is at the very core of our discussion today, and we are going to talk about several foods that just might help ease the symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland.
1. Canola oil, and other food items with omega 3 fatty acids, are good diet choices. It has been established that omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial to a person’s cardiovascular system. However, did you know that omega 3 fatty acids can also help people with thyroid problems? Several studies have recently pointed out that omega 3 fatty acids have a natural capacity to reduce tissue inflammation in the body. Some thyroid conditions cause arthritis-like symptoms that result in reduced mobility, and generally painful movement. Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce the inflammation and if you regularly have omega 3 in your diet, you can be sure that your natural stores of this nutrient will help keep tissue inflammation at bay.
2. Seafood is another great choice for people with thyroid disorders, especially those who have trouble producing a sufficient amount of hormones like T3 and T4. Seafood (shellfish and fish) contains lots of protein, amino acids, and is also a natural source of iodine. Iodine is needed by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. Now, you might be receiving synthetic hormone right now to treat your condition, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need iodine. Your body still needs a sufficient amount of iodine every day to stay healthy, remember that. I do not recommend purchasing iodine supplements, because eating seafood on a regular basis is usually enough to supply the 150 mcg of iodine needed by adult men and women.