Thyroid Diet

About your thyroid:

The thyroid, a small gland on the front of the neck, secretes hormones that impact weight, metabolism, sleep, and energy levels. If you are suffering from a thyroid disorder, you may want to change your diet to accommodate your condition. Some foods may interfere with absorption of hormones or interfere with thyroid function, thus antagonizing your thyroid condition. Surprisingly, high consumption of certain vegetables may exacerbate your thyroid condition. As with any food choice, moderation is key to health.

If you have Hypothyroidism, follow these dietary guidelines:

  • Limit your intake of cruciferous vegetables, which may block iodine absorption. However, if you want to continue eating cruciferous vegetables, cooking them may reduce the effect they have on thyroid absorption of iodine.
  • Gluten, a protein found in many grains, may upset the small intestine and thereby reduce absorption of thyroid medication.
  • An excess of fatty foods may block absorption of hormones as well as interfere with hormone production.
  • Since hypothyroidism slows down metabolism, avoid sugary foods.
  • Restrict sodium intake
  • High fiber consumption may also interfere with thyroid medication. Consult your doctor if your diet is high in fiber so they can make necessary dosage adjustments.
  • Caffeine also blocks absorption of thyroid medication. If you are a regular coffee drinker, wait thirty minutes or more after taking your medication.
  • Alcohol is toxic to your thyroid. Not only does it suppress your body’s ability to use thyroid hormone, it interferes with thyroid hormone production. For more information, read this article: Impact of alcohol use on thyroid function

Foods that are beneficial for your thyroid:

  • The skin of a medium baked potato contains 40% of the recommended daily intake of iodine
  • One-fourth of an ounce of dried seaweed contains 3000% of the daily value of iodine intake
  • Himalayan crystal salt is an alternative to regular salt because it provides 150% of daily value for iodine intake
  • Eat 5 dried prunes a day for  iodine, boron, Vitamin K and Vitamin A.


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