Tips for Thyroid Health

Earlier this week I was talking about the thyroid, its importance to everyone’s health and wellbeing and how common it is to have undiagnosed thyroid issues. To recap these are the symptoms:

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • weight gain

  • fatigue

  • cold hands and/feet

  • brain fog

  • constipation

  • thinning hair

  • dry skin

Not so Common Symptoms

  • high cholesterol

  • infertility

  • heart palpitations

  • fluid retention

  • heavy periods

You can read more information about your thyroid here. In this post we will focus on foods that to start eliminating to start healing your thyroid and foods to start incorporating into your diet. Remember to make 1/2 your plate at lunch and dinner green vegetables and other veggies. *If you are on thyroid medication, please consult with your doctor and confirm that these dietary changes won’t interfere with your medication.

Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid Gluten - it is a protein that is found in some grains that causes inflammation in the body, interferes with digestion and disrupts hormones. Gluten is found in these grains: wheat, all varieties (breads, cereals or pasta), spelt, kamut, triticale, durum, rye, and barley.

  • Avoid Food Additives, Preservatives, Chemicals, Pesticides, Fungicides, Hormones, Antibiotics, Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) - the amount of chemicals, of all sorts, in our food supply is scary and dangerous to our health. They can often be found where we least expect them, so be sure to read ALL your ingredients labels! If your great-grandmother would not recognize it as food neither does your body!

  • Avoid Soy Products - they contain compounds called phytoestrogens and goitrogens, which make it difficult for your thyroid to function properly. Studies have shown that eating soy increases the chances of having thyroid problems. Most soy is also genetically modified - all the more reason to stay away from soy.

  • Avoid excess sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners - an excess amount of all of these interfere with a healthy hormone balance and contribute to diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation and a host of other illnesses.

Foods to Eat

  1. Foods that Aid Glutathione Production - glutathione is a master antioxidant and has powerful healing properties for the thyroid. Start including asparagus, garlic, avocados, organic cage-free and pastured raised eggs and red meat, turmeric, bananas, tomatoes and some cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage.

  2. Cook your Goitrogens - goirogens are compounds that inhibit thyroid function. The thing is that the foods that contain these compounds are actually healthy and good for you. You just have to cook them - steam, boil or sautee. They are primarily found in cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, kale, turnips, collards, watercress and pears, and millet.

  3. Foods Rich in Healthy Fats - healthy fats may seem like an oxymoron but they are absolutely necessary for a healthy body, as they help build thyroid hormones. Eat avocados, nuts and seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, wild salmon, sardines and other cold water fatty fish.

  4. Foods Rich in Protein - are essential to building hormones and maintaining a healthy body. Plant-based protein sources are more easily digested by your body - choose black beans, aduki, lentils or kidney beans. Broccoli, spinach and kale (cooked) have good amounts of protein too! If you’re going animal sources of protein make sure they are wild-caught, grass/pasture-fed and organic - choose more cold-water fatty fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut and mackerel, followed by pasture-raised organic chicken, turkey and other poultry and grass-fed, organic beef and cattle.

By avoiding (or starting to eliminate) the foods that compromise thyroid health and loading up on foods that will protect and maintain your thyroid you will experience the benefits of a functional thyroid. Say goodbye to fatigue, brain fog, skin issues and your inability to maintain a healthy weight! Your health and wellbeing are in your hands. Choose to be healthy and fit. Choose to enjoy your all aspects of your life!

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Heal Your Thyroid Starting in 5 Steps

Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck that regulates practically all your metabolic processes. It’s possible for the thyroid to be underactive (hypothyroid) or overactive (hyperthyroid). One can be diagnosed with primary hypothyroidism, when your hormone isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormone or have hypothyroidism due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. Two things that trouble me about thyroid disease is that an estimated 30-50 million Americans have hypothyroidism and aren’t even aware of it and most of them are women. I myself have had slight thyroid issues, my mother has them, so I am very careful of what I put into my body and seek out foods that help support a healthy thyroid.

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • weight gain

  • fatigue

  • cold hands and/feet

  • brain fog

  • constipation

  • thinning hair

  • dry skin

Not so Common Symptoms

  • high cholesterol

  • infertility

  • heart palpitations

  • fluid retention

  • heavy periods

Why is your thyroid so important??

It impacts not only your metabolism, but also your brain function/cognition, body temperature, cardiovascular function, fat/cholesterol metabolism, female hormone balance and fertility.

What can you do heal and maintain thyroid health??

Turns out there’s quite a bit you can do to maintain optimum thyroid health and reap the benefits of a healthy body and mind.

  1. Eat foods high in Selenium, an important mineral that’s essential for the conversion to the active thyroid hormone, like brazil nuts, fish, shellfish and liver.

  2. Eat foods rich in Zinc, which also aid in the conversion of inactive to active thyroid hormone, like oysters and shellfish, grass-fed beef, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cacao.

  3. Eat foods rich in protein and Omega 3s, that aid in transporting the thyroid hormone and reducing inflammation in the body, like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds.

  4. Eat (and cook with) Coconut Oil, a medium-chain fatty acid that aids in boosting your metabolism and as a healthy fat it helps your body build hormones. Start with 1 tbsp of coconut oil first thing in the morning.

  5. Add Turmeric to your routine! It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidants and helps boost liver function. A well functioning liver is crucial for thyroid hormone conversion. Use it as a spice in your cooking, add it to your juices or smoothies.

Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup organic coconut milk (Flax/Almond/Hemp milk are good substitutes)

½ cup pineapple chunks, frozen or fresh

½ banana

½ tbsp coconut oil (can use 1 tbsp for added detoxification)

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp raw maca powder

½ tsp turmeric (can use 1 tsp for added detoxification)

½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon

1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)

=>Blend and enjoy! It is best to drink this first thing in the morning to start your day off with its great detoxifying effects and nutrients. **(It definitely cleansed me - so if you haven’t done a cleanse, start with Flax/Almond/Hemp milk)

If you found this post helpful, feel free to share it with your friends and share your progress too! & if you’re up for it - schedule a Self-discovery Session with me at https://www.timetrade.com/book/B6X4N