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Hypothyroid Diet: 7 Foods You Need

By    |   Friday, 29 April 2016 03:01 PM

A hypothyroid diet contains a healthy dose of fresh, whole foods to deal with the loss of energy from an underactive thyroid.

Hypothyroidism interferes with metabolism throughout the body because the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone. Digestion and appetite are affected. Weight gain may occur because many patients need to eat more food for energy.

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Here are seven foods for a hypothyroid diet to benefit an underactive thyroid:

1. Fish with omega-3 fatty acids are important for thyroid function and hormonal balance, according to best-selling author Dr. Josh Axe, a doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist. Fish with omega-3s include mackerel, salmon, and sardines.

2. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants to improve the function of the thyroid gland and for overall health. Blueberries, bell peppers, and tomatoes are among the beneficial additions to a hypothyroid diet, according to Healthline.

3. Nuts are abundant in selenium, which helps enzymes that enable thyroid hormones to function properly. Nuts high in selenium include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts.

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4. Whole-grain foods provide fiber to avoid constipation that may come with an underactive thyroid. However, Everyday Health cautions patients to take thyroid medication several hours before and after eating high-fiber foods because fiber may interfere with synthetic hormones. Whole-grain foods include whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, whole-grain cereal, and brown rice.

5. Beans
help restore the energy often lost because of an underactive thyroid. They contain healthy carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Beans also have fiber, so people on medication will likely need to avoid excess amounts and take their medication well before and after consuming the fiber food. Talk to a doctor about what's best for you.

6. Dairy foods with probiotics, such as yogurt, improve the digestive system. The vitamin D in fortified milk may help with the vitamin D deficiency in Hashimoto’s disease, which is associated with underactive thyroid problems, Everyday Health reports. Try low-fat yogurt if heartburn is a problem. Kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha also contain probiotics.

7. Coconut oil
contains properties to boost a healthy metabolism in a hypothyroid diet, Axe says. The oil has antioxidants and antibacterial substances that help to suppress inflammation. Coconut oil is also easy on the digestive system.

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