Foods for Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)

Foods for Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)

November 8, 2019 4 By Jose Scott


A list of healthy foods for hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition where
you have a underactive thyroid gland. This condition means that the thyroid gland is not making enough hormones to meet the
needs of the body. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is having too much estrogen in the body, which
causes the thyroid gland to slow down. In today’s video we share with you a list of healthy foods for hypothyroidism. Eating these foods will strengthen the gland
and help to reverse this condition. 1. Sea Kelp Sea kelp is one of nature’s best sources of
iodine, the most important mineral used to make thyroid hormones. Many people are deficient
in iodine due to over farming of the soils, so take sea kelp to boost this. 2. Brazil Nuts
An underactive thyroid needs more selenium in the diet. Brazil nuts are wonderful source
of selenium which Is used when the thyroid converts the T4 hormone (thyroxine) into it’s
active form called T3 (triiodothyronine) 3. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
in a glass of water with each meal. This can help to improve the health of the gallbladder,
which works with the thyroid to convert hormones. This takes the strain off the thyroid, from
having to do all the work. 4. Sauerkraut This is a form of fermented cabbage which
helps to colonise the gut with probiotics, also known as friendly bacteria. These help
to regulate the immune system and stop it from attacking the thyroid. They also remove
toxins from the liver which aids in hormone balance. 5. Kale
Many dieticians give the wrong advice and suggest that thyroid patients avoid leafy
green, cruciferous vegetables. These are actually very important for restoring thyroid function
and healing underlying problems. Kale is one of the richest sources of nutrients on the
planet which we recommend eating lightly steamed. 6. Mushrooms When the body has too much estrogen, the thyroid
gland shuts down and becomes underactive. Eating shiitake, crimini, Portobello and baby
button mushrooms can prevent high estrogen levels in the body. These help to balance
hormones and restore thyroid function. 7. DIM You can purchase a supplement of DIM. This
is a concentrated form of cruciferous vegetables which helps to boost thyroid and hormonal
health. It is recommended to take these capsules alongside sea kelp for the fastest possible
healing. 8. Salmon Wild caught salmon is a nutrient dense food
which is high in omega 3 fatty acids. These help to lower inflammation in the body and
support the immune system. Salmon is also a great source of iodine and selenium for
making thyroid hormones. 9. Nori This is another delicious seafood which is
rich in iodine to support the thyroid gland. It also contains a great range of trace minerals.
We recommend eating sea vegetables no more than 3 times per week to boost iodine. 10. Chicken
Selenium is the second most important nutrient which is essential for thyroid metabolism.
Eating meat such as chicken, turkey, or beef can boost selenium levels. Eat fattier cuts
such as the dark meat, as this contains the fat-soluble nutrients the body needs. 11. Shrimp
These small shellfish are also known as prawns in Europe are wonderful for your thyroid.
They are rich in selenium for making thyroid hormones. They are also high in omega 3 which
lowers inflammation to improve the endocrine system. 12. Blueberries
Those who have thyroid problems usually have oxidative stress caused by free radicals in
the body. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants which fights free radicals and
can protect the gland against further damage. 13. Stinging Nettle Root This is a calming herb which you can get fresh,
dried or in capsules. This helps to calm the body and reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
Long term stress can lead to thyroid problems, so take action now to calm your mind and body. 14. Coconut Oil
Deep fried foods cause a high amount of damage to the liver, which can also affect the thyroid.
Switch from your usual cooking oils to extra virgin coconut oil. This contains MCT’s which
take the stress off the liver, allowing it to help the thyroid with hormone conversion. 15. Parsley
The body absorbs many dangerous toxins from the environment, like pesticides, heavy metals
and pollutants. These are called endocrine disrupters which puts the hormones out of
balance, and are very dangerous for your health. Parsley helps to detoxify these chemicals
from your liver, therefore helping to balance your hormones. 16. Pumpkin Seeds
Those who have hypothyroidism often have a zinc deficiency, as thyroid hormones help
the body to absorb this important mineral. Pumpkin seeds can help to put zinc back into
the body whilst healing your thyroid with other foods. As you can see there are many foods that you
can eat to heal hypothyroidism naturally. Remember that the main cause of an underactive thyroid is having too much estrogen in the
body, especially if you are a woman experiencing heavy periods, cramps, or breast tenderness. Stop eating pre-packaged foods, especially
from diet companies. These are enriched with soy protein, a low-quality ingredient that
a main cause of many thyroid problems. Low calorie diets starves the metabolism which can slow the thyroid down even more. Instead
eat whole foods regularly and get plenty of natural fats. Just cut out the sugary foods
and you will soon begin to feel better. Consume sea food and sea vegetables rich in iodine three times per week to boost your
intake of this important mineral for thyroid health. These will also help to cleanse the
liver and balance estrogen levels. To learn more about nutrition and healthy foods, please see our other videos. ` Thank you very much for listening, a like is always appreciated and remember to subscribe
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