Hypothyroid Diet–Where We Examine The Things We Cannot Eat And Bless The Things We Can
Let’s balance the Hypothyroid diet by avoiding foods that are toxic and blessing those that contribute to health.
So, let’s look at what you can include!
In order to properly function, your body needs a balanced mineral
intake. Selenium is contained in the enzyme, which converts thyroxine
(T4) to the hormone triiodothyronine (T3). Deficiency of this trace
mineral can encourage Hypothyroidism. However, excess selenium can
decrease T3 levels.
Consider consulting with your doctor concerning how much/how little selenium is right for you.
Tomatoes, onions, garlic, salmon, tuna, chicken, Brazil nuts and dairy products are top choices to include in your eating plan.
Brewer’s yeast would make a marvelous addition to your nutritional
arsenal. It provides all essential amino acids, B-complex vitamins and
more. Sprinkle brewers yeast in your smoothies, soups, stews or add it to your favorite meatloaf recipe.
Although Tyrosine is considered a non-essential amino acid, when
combined with iodine, it produces the thyroxine hormone. In combination
with the essential amino acid Phenylalanine, Tyrosine reduces hunger,
improves mental alertness and alleviates depression.
The best sources of Tyrosine are: almonds, avocado, sesame seeds,
pumpkin seeds, lima beans, turkey, low fat dairy products and bananas.
Try to limit total carb intake to 45-50% of your total calorie
intake. Your daily meals should consist of about 20% healthy fats and 30%
Complex carbohydrates such as fresh veggies and fruit; legumes, and brown rice are outstanding when compared with refined carbs.
Items to Avoid
Soy acts like hormones in the body. Eating excessive soy products will
suppress thyroid function and could exacerbate Hypothyroidism.
Cruciferous Vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and turnips contain components
that apparently decrease thyroid function. Because of their powerful
cancer-fighting abilities, you might cook them occasionally, just don’t
eat them raw.
Gluten is not always tolerated with Hypothyroidism. If you
have problems with digestion, ask your doctor to test you for gluten
intolerance or just avoid gluten-containing foods.
Sugar or simple carbohydrates, such as processed pastries, pies, potato chips etc. fire-up insulin.
Glycemic Index (GI) Diet
The GI diet is easily tweaked for your Hypothyroid diet needs. Based on the premise that high glycemic index foods create erratic
glucose levels, which enhance production of cortisol and adrenaline
(stress hormones), the plan stabilizes blood sugar.
Surplus cortisol slows metabolism, which translates to weight gain,
especially in the tummy area. Additionally, high levels of cortisol have
been clinically proven to decrease T4 conversion to T3.