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5 thyroid friendly foods

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1.    Fish

Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which is beneficial for you when you are suffering from hypothyroid or you want to prevent thyroid. It is found mostly in the fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, trout or sardines. Hypothyroidism can increase the possibility of heart disease in patients due to increase in bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of heart disease besides reducing inflammation and increasing immunity. Fish also provides the nutrient selenium, which is present in high concentration in the thyroid. Selenium is also beneficial for you because it decreases inflammation.

2. Whole grains

If you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, constipation may be a very common symptom in your case. Whole grains can help you to get rid of that problem. They can help with your bowel regularity. Wholegrain foods include serial, pasta, rice and bread etc. Besides offering nutrients they also offer fiber. If you eat whole grains, and you are taking your thyroid medicine, you need to take the medicines several hours before or after eating whole grains because they contain lots of fiber. Fiber can interfere with the working of synthetic thyroid hormones.

3. Nuts

Nuts is also a good source of selenium. The advantage in case of nuts is that it is a handy snack and you can take it anywhere you want. It is also possible to add them in salads or stir fries. Nuts can help your thyroid in functioning properly. You can get the necessary daily nutrients by eating a small handful of nuts. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts are specially good for you. However, be careful about the number of nuts you are eating because nuts also contain high fat.

4. Beans

Beans are very good for you even when you are suffering from thyroid. It is an inexpensive food and easily available in different parts of the world. It is a great source of sustained energy. So you when you’re suffering from hypothyroidism and you feel drained, beans can help you to get back the drained energy. Besides offering lots of vitamins and minerals, they also offer routine, complex carbohydrates and antioxidants. They also offer high amount of fiber, which is very beneficial for people suffering from hypothyroidism.

5. Fresh fruits and vegetables

A common and early symptom of the hypothyroidism problem is weight gain. So, when you are gaining weight, you need to check if that is happening because of hypothyroidism. You need to lose weight without causing any interference to your hypothyroidism treatment. Fresh fruits and vegetables can help you to do that. They are good for weight loss because they are low calorie high-density foods. Fruits and vegetables are always included in any weight loss program. They make you feel full while at the same time adding lower calories to your body. If possible, add fruits and vegetables to each meal. What type of fruits and vegetables are good for you? You can eat blueberries, sweet potatoes, cherries and green peppers because they offer high amounts of antioxidants and nutrients. Such antioxidants and nutrients are good for your heart because they reduce the possibility of heart disease.

If you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, however, you need to take care of few things. You need to limit the amount of cruciferous vegetables you eat. Such vegetables include broccoli, cabbage etc. In a day, you can 5 ounces of such vegetables. You need to be careful with them because they can interfere with the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine and iodine is very important for thyroid function.

 

References
1. The Natural Thyroid Diet
2. Hypothyroidism
3. Hypothyroidism

 

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