I am seeing so many Thyroid issues in office lately - underfunctioning, removals, cancers etc. I wanted to elaborate on a previous newsletter that highlighted the symptoms to look for and the bloodwork to look into.
It seems to be such a confusing gland since the symptoms can be so misleading. Here is a list of foods that I have put together for my patients in order to support and optimize the Thyroid's function.
Foods to Avoid:
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy – high consumption can block the Thyroid’s ability to bind iodine
Gluten – linked to Hashimoto’s disease and aggravating the thyroid’s proper functioning
Soy – can interfere with body’s ability to utilize thyroid hormone
High sugar containing foods – interfere with metabolism capabilities
Fatty foods – impair the thyroids ability to process hormones
Caffeine – can block body’s utilization of thyroid replacement medications and supplements
Alcohol – negatively affects the liver and hormone conversion
Processed foods – high in salt and can aggravate hypothyroid symptoms
Foods to Consume:
Sea based Iodine containing foods such as seaweed, Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame
Fish – stick to the “SMASH” rule (Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Herring) since they contain the least heavy metals and contaminants
Fibre – this can help with many symptoms associated with Hypothyroidism like constipation
Nuts – high in selenium which help the thyroid function properly
Cranberries – high in iodine and rich in antioxidants
Goat cheese and yogurt – high in calcium and vitamin D – important stabilizing nutrients for the Thyroid
Potatoes – highest vegetable source of Iodine
Antioxidant rich foods – help decrease toxic burden on the body and aid in better hormone conversion
If you are at all curious about your Thyroid function, book in and we can do a full check up!
Cheers to a healthy Holiday Season to you all!
Dr. Kate Hunter, ND