What is Hypothyroidism?
It’s a condition where the thyroid gland does not work properly and produces less thyroid hormones than the body requires. According to the National Health & Nutrition Examination survey, about 5% of the world’s population has hypothyroidism. A further 5% go un-diagnosed.
We should all maintain a healthy diet and overall lifestyle. However, it’s especially important for people who suffer from an under active thyroid. The reason why it’s so important for those who have this condition is because diet plays a key role in normalising factors including hormone production and regulation.
However, according to health experts, not all food items and groups are suitable for consumption if you are a hypothyroid patient. There are even certain foods that can increase the severity of the hypothyroidism.
Specifically, for those who suffer from Hashimoto’s, studies have shown that gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, and autoimmune elimination diets are the better patterns to follow
In this article, we cover the various foods you should incorporate into your diet, as well as the foods to avoid. Finally, we discuss the most important nutrients for hormone regulation.
I O D I N E
Iodine is an essential mineral vital for our health. Unfortunately, the human body is unable to produce iodine. Therefore, we must rely on a diet that includes iodine-rich foods, saltwater & sodium chloride to ensure we get the recommended daily amount. A human body can store about 70% - 80% of iodine in the thyroid gland.
According to studies, the daily recommended amount of iodine for adults is 150 mcg. It's vital that we get the daily recommended amount of iodine because it plays a huge part in regulating various bodily functions. The major function of the mineral is to regulate thyroid hormones. It is also important during pregnancy because it helps in fetal development.
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That usually, by the time you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral, you are already showing symptoms. Whether the symptom is joint pain, backache, sleeplessness, or low libido, a deficiency is contributing to these.
A deficiency in vitamin A will cause visual and skin changes. A deficiency in vitamin B12 or iron can cause Anemia. Vitamin D; bone abnormalities.
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