Published on July 3, 2020 by Cori Grămescu
Hypothyroidism, or the functioning of the thyroid gland under optimal parameters, is an illness that must be treated by an endocrinologist. If you suffer from hypothyroidism or from Hashimoto Autoimmune Thyroiditis, if you underwent thyroid removal surgery or you were left with a hormonal imbalance after your pregnancy, the first step is to go to an endocrinologic exam and to follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Even if you have hypothyroidism, there are various lifestyle choices that can help you feel better, control your weight and lead a normal life. So read on to find out what’s good for you if you suffer from hypothyroidism.
Freshly caught oceanic fish contains essential fatty acids that help reduce cholesterol and inflammation, and ensure that the cardiovascular and nervous system operate properly. Hypothyroidism causes an increase of LDL cholesterol, so a diet rich in Omega3 essential fatty acids helps maintain good health. However, knowing the fishing source is essential. Farm fish does not have the same health benefits as freshly caught fish. Choose salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and sea wolf.
Organic coconut oil is an excellent source of medium-length chain triglycerides, which activate the metabolism. Caprylic, capric and lauric acids contribute to a better metabolism, and prevent fatigue that hypothyroidism patients face; they also have antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial effects, which help reduce body inflammation.
Algae are a natural source of minerals and iodine, and they help balance the organism for hypothyroidism patients. Whether as supplements or in your daily diet, try to consume kelp, nori, wakame or kombu on a regular basis. You can use them in Asian dishes, salads and soups.
Probiotic-rich foods, such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi or vegetables pickled in brine, help maintain a balanced gut flora, which is instrumental in reducing inflammation and also beneficial in autoimmune illnesses.
Germinated flax, hemp, and chia seeds are a natural source of alpha-lipoic acid, or ALA, which helps balance the metabolism, reduces fatigue and stabilizes body weight. ALA is also found in the form of nutritional supplements.
Fiber-rich foods – Hypothyroidism patients should eat 30-40 grams of fiber per day in order to regulate intestinal transit, reduce bloating and regulate sugar levels in the blood. The daily diet of Hypothyroidism patients should include forest fruit, vegetables and leguminous produce.
Fresh fruits and veggies – Hypothyroidism patients must focus on a diet rich in antioxidants and fiber – of which fruits and vegetables are an excellent source. However, they must avoid eating large quantities of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or kale, because cruciferous vegetables contain substances that negatively impact the thyroid function.
It is important for people suffering from hypothyroidism to engage in physical exercise and to give up processed food, rich in simple sugars, (trans)saturated fats and gluten.
The hypothyroidism diet goal must be to reduce inflammation in the body, to rebalance the antioxidant and mineral intake and to activate the metabolism. Therefore, disciplined, healthy choices may successfully compensate your genetic misfortune.
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