When the body lacks sufficient amount of thyroid hormone such as TSH, it leads to hypothyroidism. It mainly disturbs the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body and automatically the process of metabolism becomes slow. An untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems such as obesity, joint pain, infertility, heart diseases and thyroid problems.
The thyroid gland is mainly responsible for the regulation of your body metabolism and energy expenditure. If you have hypothyroidism symptoms, maintaining a well-balanced diet can limit some mild hypothyroidism symptoms.
Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition.
- Eat Balanced Diet: For Hypothyroidism a healthy balanced diet plan must include grain products, natural meals, lots of fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates are nutritionally superior to their refined counterparts.
- Go for Proteins: Intake of Proteins and minerals also play a major role in the diet plan along with seafood. All of our body’s glands and hormones are made from Proteins. Try to eat high-quality lean Proteins in your meals.
- Iodine rich foods are highly recommended in the diet plan. It includes Iodized Salt, Seaweeds and Seafoods, Salt Water Fish etc. Iodine rich foods can help in alleviating the symptoms that you encounter with your condition.
- Include Tyrosine(amino acid)-rich foods. It also plays an essential role for recovery. Tyrosine (an amino acid) combines with iodine to produce a hormone called thyroxine. It includes foods such as meat, fish and chicken breast, low-fat milk and yogurt, almonds, avocado, bananas, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, lentils.
- Include selenium Rich Foods: The thyroid gland also needs Selenium to enhance the metabolism, if you have an under active thyroid gland you should increase the selenium intake in your diet. The sources include Meat Chicken, Salmon, Tuna, Brazil Nuts, Dairy Products, Garlic Onions, Whole Proteins, molasses, broccoli etc.
- Try to avoid sugar intake i.e. Simple carbohydrates such as pies, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, ice cream, and chips.
- Try to have Organic foods more.
- Intake of fiber is very important in your diet plan. A high-fiber diet can help move things along so to speak while increasing satiety so that you never feel hungry.
- Keep yourself hydrated: Drinking water (about 8-10 cups daily) balances the metabolism in your body.
- Include Spicy Foods: Spicy foods also increase your metabolism (body Temperature automatically rises up), Black Pepper, Ginger, Chili Peppers and Cinnamon increase your circulation and help you burn fat faster.
- Avoid foods like soybeans, raw cabbage, cauliflower, peanuts etc. as they contain harmful substances (goitrogens) for thyroid function.
Exercise and its conditions:
- Do the regular workout(aerobic or cardio exercise), five times per week or daily. Start by picking an aerobic activity you enjoy doing, such as walking, running, jumping rope etc.
- Perform Strength training, it increases your metabolism, which is also suppressed in those who are suffering from hypothyroidism.
- Work more on breathing exercises and try to reduce stress, because stress may increase your cortisol level.
All the best!