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Nutrition for Thyroid Health

woman looking at vegetables on a forkAdopting a balanced thyroid diet not only keeps you feeling healthy once your thyroid levels are optimal, but it also allows your heart and digestive system to work efficiently, both of which promote a healthy metabolism. If, despite your medication, you still don’t feel well, starting an exercise program and improving your diet may help. The following are some tips for healthy eating.

Foods to Eat

Your thyroid gland may benefit from nutrient-rich foods. Some compounds and supplements may also be beneficial. These include the following:

  • Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables – Bell peppers, blueberries, tomatoes, and other antioxidant-rich foods can improve the overall health of the thyroid gland. Multiple studies have proven that regular consumption of foods high in B vitamins, such as whole grains, may also help.
  • Selenium – The enzymes that make thyroid hormones work properly need small amounts of selenium. It may be helpful to eat foods high in selenium, such as sunflower seeds or Brazil nuts.
  • Tyrosine – The thyroid gland uses tyrosine (an amino acid) to produce T3 and T4. Legumes, dairy, and meat are healthy sources of tyrosine. Getting a supplement may be helpful, but first, ask your doctor.

Foods to Avoid

There are many common foods and supplements with certain compounds that interfere with thyroid function. It is best to avoid the following, especially when you are on thyroid medication:

  • Soy – Studies suggest that soybean and soy-rich food can inhibit an enzyme’s activity involved in producing thyroid hormones. Statistical data shows that women who consumed soy supplements were two times more likely to develop thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism.
  • Iodine-rich foods – A lack of sufficient iodine triggers certain types of hypothyroidism. In such situations, it may be necessary to use iodized salt or foods enriched with iodine. But consuming too much iodine in the diet can have the opposite effect that can suppress the activity of the thyroid gland.
  • Iron and calcium supplements – Taking iron or calcium in supplemental form can alter the efficacy of many thyroid drugs.
  • High-fiber foods – Although a diet high in fiber is generally advised, eating too much fiber can reduce the absorption of thyroid medicine. Ideally, it would be best if you wait two hours before eating a high-fiber meal to let your gut absorb the medicine.
  • Certain vegetables – Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, Brussels, broccoli, cabbage, and spinach, may inhibit the absorption of thyroid medication.

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