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You are what you eat! Whoever invented that phrase is a genius. Diet is
pivotal in creating lasting, changing and reversing
hypothyroidism. That’s why this post is dedicated to what a proper diet
for hypothyroidism should entail. In fact, I am going to give you 6
foods needed, for let say a thyroid diet. Each one has their merits and
are essential components for a balanced diet for hypothyroidism.
So let’s begin:
I wrote about Coffee before in a previous post (coffee can save your
life). Its benefits are definitely worth repeating. Coffee is fantastic FOR
A THYROID DIET. If you don’t drink it on an empty stomach and you
properly eat the right ratios of fat and sugar. Coffee is packed with high
concentrations of magnesium and large amounts of B vitamins. Both of
these elements are necessary for proper thyroid function. Studies also
show that coffee drinkers have the lowest incidence of cancer and
thyroid disease. So have a cup or three.
You can never go wrong eating fruit and it’s a girl or gals best friend on
adiet for hypothyroidism. Apples, Oranges and Bananas are some great
fruits that come to mind. There is the exception of avocado, most fruits
are high in potassium which plays a pivotal role in regulating your blood
sugar. The potassium in fruit helps to decrease the need for insulin
which keeps your blood sugar levels stable for longer periods of
time. So definitely eat your fruit.
3. Have Some Salt
Sounds weird, huh? Believe me I know, there is a lot of information out
there against salt and sodium. Some is true, but a lot of the information
are myths. For instance the myths never address the fact that sodium is
actually an important nutrient to carry out a multitude of functions. On
top of the list is properly regulating blood pressure. You may not know
this, but one of the more common hypothyroidism symptoms is
edema. Edema is a condition which your cells take up too much
water. As the cells take up water, they lose sodium which is then lost
when you go to the bathroom and urinate.
This leads to low sodium levels which actually slows your
metabolism. We all know what a slow metabolism does. It causes you
to get fat! Lack of sodium also increases your stress hormones and leads
to sleep problems. So you need salt in order to get sodium. And as
shown in the above sentences, Sodium is necessary. So increase your
salt intake, but do it responsibly.
4. Have Some Bone Broth
What the heck is bone broth? My thoughts exactly! But let me tell
you I have done some research and it is one of the best sources of
protein you can muster. In fact, it was a common part of a large
number of diets over a 100 years ago. It’s nearly forgotten, but is
excellent for a hypothyroidism diet. From the research I have done,
bone broth is packed with nutrients, anti-inflammatory amino acids, and
easy to digest. Full disclosure, I have not tried it yet.
5. Eat Crabs, Lobster and Shrimp
Shell fish is one of my favorite foods to eat, particularly Lobster. I love lobster,
and I was so happy to hear how beneficial shellfish are good for your
thyroid. Shellfish is a huge source to the thyroid hormone, which is rarely
gotten in a standard meat diet. Shell fish is high in selenium, and one of the key
ingredients to getting inactive T4 hormones to become active. T3 thyroid
hormones in your liver. I should have listed it as number 1, because of its
importance in a diet for hypothyroidism.
6. Drink Less Water
What? I know this one sounds crazy, but for hypothyroidism suffers, the
standard 8 glasses of water a day is actually counterproductive. Unless
you’re out all day in the heat, or work in the sun you don’t need as much water.
Your body already retains it. It’s no secret that water retention is a common
problem for individuals with thyroid deficiency. I already mentioned the loss of
sodium in the previous paragraphs. And that’s what you are doing when you
drink that much water. A simple rule of thumb, drink when you are
thirsty. This is the best thing when it comes to the water debate.