An underactive thyroid condition occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism.
Symptoms can include weight gain, tiredness, depression, poor concentration, dry skin and constipation. Hypothyroidism, if untreated, will cause difficulty in losing weight but once treated adequately this should improve.
When a person takes thyroid medication it is still important to include the nutritional guidelines to improve the medication’s effect and improve any hypothyroid symptoms. Very often, people are taking the medication but are still experiencing many of the symptoms, although their blood tests are normal. With combined treatment, dietary & lifestyle changes these symptoms can be a thing of the past!
With combined treatment, dietary & lifestyle changes these symptoms can be a thing of the past!
In most cases hypothyroidism is caused by an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s disease. This has a strong genetic component where the immune system is attacking the thyroid gland so this is where vegetables and fruits can pack a punch in improving your immune system.
In order for a proper functioning of the thyroid gland to take place, sufficient amount of Iodine is needed. Iodine is a trace mineral which the body needs for the synthesis of thyroid hormones.
Iodine is present in foods like seaweeds, pineapple, spinach, lettuce, marine fish, iodized sea salt, etc. Furthermore, avoid excessive consumption of raw goitrogens and unfermented soy products. It is important to know that stress has an enormous negative influence on your thyroid functionand it can inflame the auto-immune activity.
Focusing on stress managing techniques like yoga, meditation, warm baths, exercising, reading, etc. can help you restore the thyroid’s proper functioning. Additionally, excessive fluoride and bromide exposure can obstruct the thyroid’s healthy. They can be taken into the thyroid gland instead of iodine.
Moreover, if you are gluten-intolerant, then avoid consuming gluten products. An abundance of research point out that some auto-immune diseases, especially Hashimotos’ disease might be closely related to gluten intolerance or celiac disease. In addition, if you want to improve the functioning of the gland, avoid consuming sugar, processed foods, caffeine, preservatives, additives, and synthetic colors.
Further on, coconut oil has shown potential for stimulation of an inactive thyroid gland in several studies.