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Foods for Thyroid

Read more about what to avoid, what to have when you've a hypothyroid condition.
Arpit Gupta
Arpit Gupta
Apr 172 min read
Foods for Thyroid

Hypo-Thyroid and Foods

Thyroid gland is one of the most crucial organs of the human body. They regulate metabolism, or the way the body uses energy. If thyroxine levels are low, many of the body’s functions slow down.

The thyroid creates two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These regulate metabolism, and they also affect the functions like brain development, temperature, menstrual cycles, weight and muscle strength.

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid hormone does not produce right amount of hormone required for the functioning of the body. 

Symptoms 

Fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, joint and muscle pain, cramps, and weakness, heavy periods, anaemia and depression.

Friendly foods

Iodine

Essential mineral that’s needed to make thyroid hormones

  • Add iodized salt to your foods, fish, dairy and eggs
  • Gluten-free grains and seeds -rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds, and flax seeds

Selenium

Helps “activate” thyroid hormones so they can be used by the body

  • Brazil nuts, tuna, sardines, eggs, and legumes.

Zinc

Helps “activate” thyroid hormones so that they can be consumed by the body

  • Shellfish, chicken (is the richest food for zinc)

Not-so-friendly foods

Fortunately, you don’t have to avoid many foods if you have hypothyroidism.

Millets

All varieties - mainly soyabean should be avoided

Highly processed foods

Hot dogs, cakes, cookies, etc.

Cruciferous vegetables

Broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, etc.

Caffeine

Coffee, green tea and alcohol

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Reach out to our experts here and help us help you. We will devise a diet plan that will keep in mind all the dos and don’ts of Hypothyroid as well as your body type, allergies, and your likings and suggest foods that will help catalyze the process

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