The Thyroid - more info!

December 1, 2018

The Thyroid!



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

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