Apoorva, BoldSky Thyroid Nation
Is it tough for you to loose weight despite controlling your diet and exercising to shed off body mass? If yes, then there are chances that you might be suffering from hypothyroidism.
Low thyroid or hypothyroidism is one of the fast growing disease that is targeting people of all age groups. Hypothyroidism is a condition when your thyroid glands are not producing enough thyroid hormone, thyroxine. This hormone is extremely important in regulating digestion and metabolic Rate of your body. Low thyroid secretion leads to a state of sluggishness, anxiety, insomnia and weight gain.People suffering from hypothyroidism are advised to take iodine rich diet by doctors. However, there are few foods that can help you in overcome the problematic symptoms of hypothyroidism.
1. Green leafy vegetables-
People suffering from low thyroid secretion must include good amount of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. As fruits and vegetable are rich in fibre, they help in giving relief to constipation and digestive problem. Our digestive system gets effected by hypothyroidism. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts and leafy greens must be included in your daily diet, always cooked and not raw because of their goitrogenic properties.
Juicy fruits helps in digestion and keeps you full for a long period of time. So, they are an ideal choice for thyroid patients. Fruits like blueberries, cherries, red plum, kiwis tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash are a ‘must’ in the list of your daily diet.
3. Whole grains- (Not part of Paleo)
Whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, barley have significant amount of vitamin B and nutrients that boost your metabolism. That in turn stimulates your thyroid glands to secrete thyroid hormone. Whole grains are also low-glycemic which means they help in maintaining your blood sugar levels. Maintaining a proper blood sugar level helps in ensuring sustained energy levels that helps you to overcome lethargy. This makes it an essential food for SOME people suffering from hypothyroidism. *Always staying clear of Gluten and GMO’s. (However, most argue that grains and beans of any kind, shouldn’t be consumed if you are working on trying to reverse your autoimmune disease.)
4. Fatty Fish-
Salmon, mackerel, trout are few fish that have high content of omega-3-fatty acids. People with low thyroid are often asked by doctors to increase their intake of omega-3-fatty acids. These fatty acids improves the functioning of immune system and reduces inflammation.
Poultry products such as eggs, chicken, turkey breast are idle diet for people with low thyroid secretion. Poultry is rich in iron, zinc and vitamin D. Iron deficiency may worsen hypothyroidism symptoms. Therefore, people with low thyroid must ensure proper intake of poultry in their diet. Hypothyroid is a condition that is very common these days. However, if you have a well-balanced lifestyle and make a few changes in your food habits then you can overcome the problematic symptoms of hypothyroidism. **This article originally featured at BoldSky.com**