Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone.
The thyroid gland has a number of important roles such as, regulating the body’s metabolic rate and the heart and digestive function.
Here are 5 tips for people with hypothyroidism
- Iodine, is required by the body to synthesize the thyroid hormone. Sources of iodine can be found in oysters, seaweed and bread (with iodized salt)
- Selenium, is required by the liver and kidney to make the thyroid hormone (T3 active form). Sources of selenium can be found in Brazil nuts, fish and seafood.
- Avoid excessive consummation of cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli and cassava. Especially for people with low iodine intake and for people who have a goiter.A recommendation for patients is to cook cruciferous vegetables to help reduce its negative impact. Cooking these vegetables will reduce the potency of the goiterogenic substances they contain.
- Avoid gluten, as it can be an issue for some hypothyroidism patients. The immune system, can sometimes confuse components of gluten with thyroid tissue and attack the thyroid tissue instead. A recommendation for patients with an underactive thyroid is to get tested for celiac disease.
- Limit your intake of soy foods, as they affect the absorption of the hormones that you might be taking.
This article is written as a source of general information only and is not a substitute for thorough assessment and management by a medical practitioner. If you have concerns regarding thyroid disease make an appointment to see your local doctor.
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This article was written by our dietitian and nutritionist Juhi Bhambhaney.