Go Gluten Free!
A gluten-free diet is a great way to heal the thyroid and minimize the likelihood of aggravating your condition. One of the most common thyroid problems is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmunethyroid conditions in which the body attacks the thyroid tissues as if it were a foreign invader. Unfortunately, certain foods in our diet can worsen the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as frequent headaches, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, and dizziness.
Gluten protein found in wheat, rye, and barley products, have similar structure to the human thyroid. As a result, a person who’s already afflicted with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis will aggravate his condition if he doesn’t cut back on gluten. Consuming gluten-rich food will result in prolonged or even severe attacks. As such, people living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are recommended to cut back or even eliminate from this nutrient from their diet.
Eating Food Rich in Healthy Fats
Not all fats are created equal. Oils such as Ghee (clarified butter), avocado, extra virgin coconut oil, and full, hormone-free dairy products, not only offers great health benefits, they also help the body repair itself, thereby minimizing the chances of developing thyroid conditions.
At the most basic level, thyroid problems are rooted in abnormal endocrine function. By supplementing your diet with food rich in good fats, you are providing your body with raw materials needed to repair itself and maintain normal bodily functions.
Cutting Back on Goitrogenic Food
Although most nutritionists recommend eating your greens, people suffering from thyroid problems should avoid certain vegetables like kale, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, and Brussels sprouts. Why? Several species of vegetable, particularly cruciferous vegetables, are rich in Goitrogens, a naturally occurring, thyroid-inhibiting compound.
Apart from alleviating abnormal thyroid functions, Goitrogens could also cause goiter – the enlargement of the thyroid glands. Goitrogenic food can also slow down thyroid function, ultimately causing hypothyroidsm or an underactive thyroid.
Did you know that certain vitamins and minerals can help alleviate various thyroid problems? While most thyroid problems are not caused by vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, the absence of such essential compounds in the body could make recovery from thyroid-related diseases extremely hard.
That’s why people afflicted with thyroid problems are encouraged to take supplements, particularly those rich in vitamin D, iron, Omega-3 fatty acids vitamin A and vitamin b12, to heal the thyroid naturally.
Adding Probiotics to Your Diet
Research shows that the digestive system controls 80% of the immune system. There is strong evidence that digestive and thyroid problems are linked together. This is why people with thyroid issues are advised to care for their digestive health, especially those who suffer from autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. A healthy digestive flora helps minimize the chances of the body attacking the thyroid tissues.
One way of ensuring better gut health is by adding more probiotics-rich food to your diet. The good news is that there is no shortage of probiotic-rich snacks in your local grocer. Yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, pickles, and even dark chocolates all contain friendly bacteria that encourage normal digestive function.