Your thyroid is a gland located in your neck that regulates various functions in your body including the production of T4 hormones and T3 hormones, which help regulate metabolism and affect the other systems in your body. When the thyroid is functioning properly you don’t have to watch your diet, but you should always be aware of conditions in which your thyroid either produces more hormones than necessary (hyperthyroidism) or not enough (hypothyroidism). Below we’ll list certain foods that help regulate the thyroid naturally.
The lack of iodine is a direct cause of thyroid disfunction and many people worldwide suffer from it. When a thyroid disfunction occurs it is necessary to follow a diet that helps regulate it. The following paragraphs will give you some basic advice in dealing with thyroid disfunction.
Diet recommendations for hyperthyroidism
As we mentioned before, hyperthyroidism is the condition during which the thyroid is stimulated and produces too many hormones. When an excess of hormones occurs in the body, you may experience weight loss and loss of muscle mass. A balanced diet which contains high energy foods is always recommended.
Dairy (yogurt, cheese and milk)
- Drink dairy products whenever possible.
- Enrich your yogurt with condensed milk and powdered whole milk; use it to prepare shakes, sweets, soups, purees and to eat cereal.
- Add cheese to your salad and other foods.
Proteins (fish, red meats and eggs)
- Chop up a hard-boiled egg and add it to salads or soups. Do the same with meats and fish.
- Beat eggs and add to purees, soups, creams, salsas and shakes.
- Stuff your favorite savory dishes with meats or fish.
Sugars, bread, honey and crackers
- Eat crackers and bread for breakfast, we also recommend during lunch and dinner.
- Add fried bread or croutons to your soups and purees.
Diet for hypothyroidism
And on the opposite scale, when we speak of thyroid disorders we must also take into consideration hypothyroidism where the thyroid produces inadequate amounts of hormones. Hypothyroidism appears as fatigue, tiredness, hair loss and can also cause a person to gain weight. These cases are much more complex and should be seen by a doctor. Your diet should be balanced and varied.
Avoid fats, sugars and calories
- Processed food and red meats contain too much fat.
- Margarine, butter and lard.
- Sugars, both white and brown; and sweets with sugars.
- Alcoholic drinks and sugary drinks.
- Eat 4 to 5 times day in small portions and avoid snacking in-between meals; avoid experimenting with foods.
- Increase your daily exercise activity. Walk and avoid distractions such as escalators. Try going for a hike.
- Stick to foods rich in fiber, like raw vegetables and steamed vegetables and fruits.
General thyroid care
Some other general foods can help you regulate your thyroid, including fresh-water fish, salmon, and tuna. Vegetables and fruits with a bright color can stimulate the thyroid and drop blood pressure. We recommend using powdered algae instead of salt.