Hashimoto Thyroiditis Diet

Eating well is very important for a natural treatment plan, and a Hashimoto Thyroiditis Diet will definitely aid in healing the thyroid. The following are some of the foods to eat or avoid for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

NOTE:  Because every case is individual, it is best to consult with your doctor about a diet. The following lists are suggestions to discuss with your doctor.

What Foods to Eat:
  • Organics: Organic means no additives such as steroids, antibiotics, meats, pesticides, synthetic ingredients, etc., that cause harm to an already compromised thyroid.
  • Selenium-based foods such as mushrooms, Brazil nuts, eggs, tuna and seafood, chicken, celery and cucumbers. Selenium aids the immune system and metabolism.
  • Purified water: There are chemicals in tap waters that aggravate autoimmune diseases such as Graves' and Hashimoto’s diseases.
  • Fiber alleviates constipation that almost always goes with hypothyroidism, and vegetables are rich in fiber. It has been recommended to wait at least an hour after taking a thyroid medicine before consuming fiber.
  • Antioxidant-rich foods such as sea vegetables, blueberries, seaweed, tomatoes, squash, beans and bell peppers.
  • Omega-3 fats found in seafood are beneficial. Antioxidants help lower the risk of damage to the cells of the malfunctioning thyroid gland.

What Foods to Avoid:
  • Refined sugars found in soda, canned fruits and vegetable, candy, sweetened breakfast foods, ice cream, etc. High usage of these foods and drinks risk damaging the adrenal and thyroid glands. These glands become overworked as they aid the body in processing excess sugar.
  • Gluten such as wheat, oats, rye and barley. Not everybody needs to avoid gluten, but if you are sensitive to it you will most likely still experience thyroid problems symptoms no matter what dose of medication you are on.
  • Soy: Researchers have stated that soy and soy-based products can interfere with the thyroid’s iodine absorption.
  • Goitrogenic foods.

Goitrogenic Foods:

The chemicals found in these foods interfere with thyroid function in a variety of ways. For example, some chemicals stimulate antibodies that clash with the thyroid while others hinder the enzyme that adds iodine during thyroid hormone production. When this happens, the thyroid cannot produce enough hormones required for regulating metabolism.

When the thyroid is already compromised, more cells are created to make up for inadequate hormone production. This eventually forms a goiter, which is an enlargement of the thyroid. People with hypothyroidism should avoid eating goitrogenic foods for this reason, or at least eat them in moderation. Cooking or steaming these foods is a good way to remove almost all of the goitrogens.

Here is a list of the most common goitrogenic foods:

  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Mustard Greens
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Radishes
  • Peaches
  • Lima beans
  • Radishes

By working with your doctor and sticking to a good diet, your thyroid will have a chance to heal and you will begin to feel better. Along with a healthy diet, there are supplements that aid in healing the thyroid. Read on to find out more.

Thyroid Diet Tips

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