Diet hacks to manage an underactive thyroid
- Healthy proteins - Fish, nuts and lean meats are key sources of protein which transports thyroid hormones to body cells and tissues - thus helping to normalise thyroid function.
- Healthy fats - Getting insufficient fat is thought to make hormone imbalance worse, so eat plenty of seeds, yoghurt, cottage cheese and coconut milk.
- Foods that boost Glutathione - This is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system and protects thyroid tissue. Eat plenty of avocados, peaches, spinach, garlic and grapefruit to help your body produce Gluthathione.
- Cruciferous vegetables - You may want to limit your consumption of broccoli, kale, brussels and cabbage as they can affect the production of the thyroid hormone. During the digestive process, these veggies block the absorption of iodine which is considered essential for normal thyroid function.
- Gluten - Known to irritate the small intestine, gluten can affect the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medication.
- Fatty and sugary foods - These foods interfere with the body's use of thyroid medication, while preventing the production of the thyroid hormone. Eliminating fatty and sugary foods will also help prevent weight-gain, which is more likely when your metabolism is slow (a key symptom of an underactive thyroid).
- Caffeine - Studies have shown caffeine blocks the absorption of thyroid medication.
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