Hypothyroid Diet

Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) can remain undetected for years. People commonly have the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though their blood tests indicate that their thyroid function is ‘normal’. This is because standard pathology tests for thyroid function can have difficulty detecting ‘sub clinical’ cases of hypothyroidism. The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are chronic tiredness, constipation, feeling the cold and dry skin. If you are in a high risk category for thyroid dysfunction - have a family member with a thyroid condition (especially your mother); are at the menopausal age; have experienced lots of stress in the past two-three years; or have hormonal imbalances - then it’s important that you support your thyroid, even if the tests tell that your thyroid is ‘normal’. One of the best ways to support thyroid function is with diet.

Certain foods improve hypothyroidism by supplying the essential minerals that the thyroid needs to function and produce hormones.

These include:

# 1
Tyrosine-rich foods. The amino acid tyrosine combines with iodine to make the hormone thyroxine. These foods include meat, fish, turkey and chicken breast, low fat milk and yogurt, almonds, avocado, bananas, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, lentils. Supplements of tyrosine should be taken on an empty stomach so that it doesn’t have to compete with other amino acids.

# 2
Iodine-rich foods. Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormones. Ideal food sources include Celtic sea salt, seaweed (sushi, nori rolls), salt water fish and sea food. Iodized salt is available but should be used in small amounts once or twice a week along with a good quality Celtic sea salt. Iodine supplements are usually in the form of kelp tablets. Consult your health practitioner before using these, because the wrong dose can unbalance your thyroid.

# 3
High quality protein. All of our body’s glands and hormones are made from protein. Try to eat high quality lean protein at every meal.

# 4
Selenium-rich foods – meat, chicken, salmon, tuna, seafood, whole unrefined grains, brazil nuts, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, dairy products, garlic, onions and black strap molasses.

# 5
Supplements of Vitamin B complex and essential fatty acids because they help to balance the entire hormonal system.

# 6
Sunlight – while not a food, its important to get a daily dose of safe sun. Light stimulates the pineal gland, which in turn positively affects the thyroid as well as all the other endocrine glands.

Certain foods are detrimental for hypothyroidism because they can inhibit the production of thyroid hormones.

# 1
Soy products. Isoflavones are hormone-like substances found in soy products. High consumption of soy products have been found to suppress thyroid function in some people and can even cause or worsen hypothyroidism. In particular, an isoflavone called genistein, appears to reduce thyroid hormone output by blocking the activity of an enzyme called thyroid peroxidase. This enzyme is responsible for adding iodine onto the thyroid hormones.

How much is too much soy? Each person can tolerate a different amount and unfortunately soy is hidden in many processed and refined foods. If you have a family history of thyroid disease or a diet low in the minerals iodine and selenium, you need to be careful of your soy intake. Reduce your consumption of soy products (soy milk, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy sauce) to a maximum of two or three times per week. If you have already been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or you display the common symptoms, then reduce your intake to less than twice in a week.

# 2
Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard, rutabagas, kohlrabi, and turnips. Isothiocyanates are the category of substances in cruciferous vegetables that have been associated with decreased thyroid function. They appear to reduce thyroid function by blocking thyroid peroxidase, and also by disrupting messages that are sent across the membranes of thyroid cells. Cooking these vegetables does make the isothiocyanates less available. Also, because they are so good for us in other ways, only restrict this group if you have been actually diagnosed with hypothyroidism or have strong symptoms.

# 3
Low progesterone goes hand in hand with low thyroid, so avoid foods that promote oestrogen dominance. This includes any animal product that has not been produced organically (chicken, eggs, dairy, beef, lamb, pork, etc.). All of these foods are available organic.

# 4
It is believed by some researchers that chlorine and fluoride (found in most tap water) block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, eventually leading to hypothyroidism.

# 5
Gluten is linked to thyroid dysfunction (both hyper and hypo thyroid) so if you have any digestive problems or any one in your family with a gluten sensitivity, it would be worth dramatically reducing your gluten intake.

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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism over a year ago! Since then I have done a lot of research on the subject to see what causes hypothyroidism, what the symptoms are and what can or can`t be done to treat it.

Today I am on Synthroid 0.150 micrograms and there are not may days when I can actually say that I feel good! I have no appetite, loosing weight, my hair is dry and brittle, no energy, bad headaches, constipated for days at a time, then there are days that i really think i am losing it. I find it very hard to fall asleep and when I do i can sleep for 10-15 hours without waking. I just feel like a little part of me is dieing every day! Yet my doctor says this is normal. Well I am sorry but I do not find anything normal in that!

I asked my doctor about a natural remedy, but we all know how doctors feel about the subject of natural remedies for hypothyroidism! I searched on the internet for natural remedies and I found tons of sites with this info, but does it really work? I have not as yet met or talked with anyone who has tried it, so now I asked myself "Where do i go from here"

Is there something I can do or take that will help me? Is there certain foods that I should not eat? Am I forever stuck with Synthroid?
Synthroid is not natural and the body can and will reject it, it is foreign to our bodies. Synthroid is the first medication I was prescribed for hypothyroidism!
Are there side affects from taking Synthroid? I asked my doctor and he told me not to worry, it was safe! But how can something that is not natural be safe for humans to take?

With all these unanswered questions it makes it even harder to understand what hypothyroidism is. I know that millions of people have hypothyroidism and they take their Synthroid faithfully each day as prescribed and some people feel great.
I just wish i was one of those people because I honestly do not remember the last time I felt great!

Below I have listed the symptoms of hypothyroidism:

Early symptoms:

* Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
* Fatigue
* Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
* Depression
* Muscle cramps and joint pain
* Arthritis
* Goiter
* Thin, brittle fingernails
* Thin, brittle hair
* Paleness
* Dry, itchy skin
* Weight gain and water retention.
* Bradycardia (low heart rate: less than sixty beats per minute)
* Constipation

Late symptoms:

* slow speech and a hoarse, breaking voice.
* Dry puffy skin, especially on the face
* Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows. (Sign of Hertoghe)
* Abnormal menstrual cycles
* Low basal body temperature

Less common symptoms:

* Migraine headache
* Impaired memory
* Anxiety/panic attacks
* Urticaria (hives)
* Impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness
* A slow heart rate with ECG changes including low voltage signals. Diminished cardiac output and decreased contractility.
* Reactive (or post-prandial) hypoglycemia
* Pericardial effusions may occur.
* Sluggish reflexes
* Hair loss
* Early greying of the hair
* Anemia caused by impaired hemoglobin synthesis (decreased EPO levels), impaired intestinal iron and folate absorption or B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia

* Difficulty swallowing
* Shortness of breath with a shallow and slow respiratory pattern.
* Impaired ventilatory responses to hypercapnia and hypoxia.
* Increased need for sleep
* Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
* Irritability and mood instability
* Yellowing of the skin due to impaired conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A
* Impaired renal function with decreased GFR.
* Thin, fragile or absent cuticles
* Elevated serum cholesterol
* Acute psychosis (myxedema madness) is a rare presentation of hypothyroidism
* Decreased libido
* Decreased sense of taste and smell (late, less common symptoms)
* Puffy face, hands and feet (late, less common symptoms)
* Premature wrinkling on the face

So now that I know what the symptoms of hypothyroidism and I can say I have nearly all of the above, what if any hope is there for finding something to help me and probably thousands of others suffering from hypothyroidism?

If you have hypothyrodism, and are taking or doing something that does help,please take the time to leave me a comment and let me know what you are doing an how it has helped you. In doing so you will not only be helping me but perhaps thousands of other hypothyroidism suffers!
At this point I think I would be willing to try anything if it will help!

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