Healthy and unhealthy foods in cases of hypothyroidism
- 14/09/2015 00:23
Hypothyroidism occurs at levels of two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroid hormone (T4), despite the fact that changing your diet alone is not enough to restore the normal ratio of thyroid hormone levels, but avoiding certain foods and eating other foods more can help improve the body's absorption of hormones.
Food that should be avoided
Many common foods and supplements contain compounds that interfere with thyroid gland function. In general, it is best to avoid the following foods and dietary supplements:
- Studies indicate that there is a substance in soy and in foods containing soy that may inhibit the activity of the enzyme which forms thyroid hormones. One study found that women who had soy supplements are three times more likely to have a lack of thyroid hormone.
- Iodine-rich foods: some forms of thyroid occur due to iodine deficiency. In such cases, using iodized salt or iodine enriched foods can be helpful. But taking too much iodine can have adverse effect on the suppression of the thyroid gland. Consult your doctor before taking supplements.
- Iron and calcium: calcium or iron supplements also work on changing the effectiveness of many thyroid medications.
- High-fiber foods: Although it is usually advised to follow high-fiber diet, eating a large quantity of fibers may interfere with the absorption of thyroid medications.
- Some vegetables: vegetables that are rich in fibers such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach and turnip can prevent the absorption of thyroid medications.
- Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol can also influence the effectiveness of thyroid medication. Ask your doctor for tips on how to organize or reduce your consumption.
Food that can eat safely:
Nutrient-rich foods that improve your health also benefit your thyroid, including:
- Antioxidant fruits and vegetables: blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, and other foods rich in antioxidants can work on improving the overall health and will benefit the thyroid gland. Eating foods high in vitamins B, such as whole grains, may also help.
- Selenium: There is a need for small quantities of selenium for the enzymes that make thyroid hormones work properly. Eating foods rich in selenium, such as sunflower seeds or Brazil nuts, can be useful.
- Tyrosine: This amino acid from the thyroid to is used produce T3 and T4. Taking supplements may help, but ask your doctor first.
Diet and herbal supplements
The thyroid gland does not prevent or hinder from following a certain pattern of healthy life. People with hypothyroidism can choose to be a vegetable as they wish or vice versa, and eat foods rich in protein, or avoid the allergen components.
You may also decide to use alternative medicines or herbs such as some plant extracts, for example Ashwagandha (WITHANIA SOMNIFERA), Coleus (forskohlii), and guggul (Commiphora) but you always need to talk with your doctor before making any significant changes in your eating habits or before taking any dietary supplements.