Thyroid disorders affect 200 million people worldwide.
This small gland, located at the base of the neck, governs our entire body. When it works in slow motion (hypothyroidism) or when it goes into overdrive (hyperthyroidism), our fitness capital decreases, we suffer from sleep disorders, our weight varies, our transit is modified and our mood
In addition to treatments, diet also plays a crucial role in the regulation of our thyroid.
A diet that may accelerate a slow thyroid function
Naturally rich in iodine as well as trace elements, seaweed has long been considered a food that supports thyroid function. Indeed, indigenous peoples who eat according to their traditional diet have often gone to great lengths to obtain sea vegetables in order to avoid goiter. Iodine is essential
for a healthy and well-functioning thyroid gland. Without enough dietary iodine, your body is unable to make thyroid hormones. Of course, excessive consumption of iodine-rich foods is also implicated in thyroid disease. Remember, the secret is moderation, not excess.
Shellfish, such as seaweed, are naturally rich in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function, as
iodine molecules are used in the production of thyroid hormones.
Coconut oil also supports the proper functioning of the thyroid as it slightly stimulates thyroid hormone production and metabolism. In this way, the judicious incorporation of coconut oil in the diet is supposed to support thyroid health and help people with hypothyroidism to lose weight. Coconut oil can also help reduce cholesterol in patients with hypothyroidism because thyroid suppression itself increases blood cholesterol levels. Coconut oil is largely composed of saturated fat and saturated fat promotes thyroid function.
Foods which might slow speed of thyroid function
Millet, like cruciferous vegetables, contains goiters and interferes with iodine absorption. Cooking millet, as well as nitrogen-rich cruciferous vegetables, may mitigate its antithyroid effects to some extent.
Fermented soy foods
Soy is very goitrogenic. A potent thyroid hormone suppressant, some research indicates that soy may even be more effective in thyroid suppression than antithyroid drugs. Keep in mind that soy is a powerful food, and while people with hyperthyroidism may welcome the thyroid suppressive effects
of soy, be sure to eat soy in a fermented state in foods such as tempeh and miso because soy also contains anti-nutrients such as phytic acid that affect the body’s overall ability to absorb many nutrients.
Raw Cruciferous Vegetables
Raw crucifers also suppress thyroid function. Cruciferous vegetables to include cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts all contain goiters that inhibit iodine absorption and therefore thyroid hormone production (Would you like to include more raw cruciferous vegetables in your diet? Going further in nutrition: special dietary requirements
Coffee is both stimulating and nitrogenous, which is problematic for people suffering from hypo and hyperthyroidism. As a powerful stimulant, it can take its toll on people with hyperthyroidism, as this extra stimulation is the very last thing they need. Besides, for people with hyperthyroidism, coffee also interferes with the absorption of iodine and can, therefore, inhibit the formation of thyroid hormones. Bad news for everyone.
Grains containing gluten
Recent research on autoimmune diseases and autoimmune thyroid disease, in particular, indicates that there is a close link between celiac disease and thyroid disease. Also, some research indicates that after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet, these unfortunate anti-thyroid antibodies virtually disappear. This is a strong argument for eliminating wheat, barley and other cereals containing gluten from your diet if you suffer from any form of autoimmune thyroid disease.
Unfermented soy foods – especially those rich in concentrated isoflavones and genital isoflavones – contribute to autoimmune thyroid disease. Research on soy-based formulas and their effects on babies indicates that babies fed soy-based formulas are more likely to develop autoimmune thyroid disease and that high levels of unfermented soy can affect thyroid function in adults. If you eat soy, limit yourself to small amounts and always choose fermented forms.
Healthy balance and moderation
There is no doubt about the role that our diet plays in the development of diseases. A gluten-free and dairy-free diet seems to be a good starting point for anyone wishing to alleviate the symptoms of an autoimmune disease.
The fact that this diet is alkalinizing also seems to be of paramount importance. For some, the elimination of eggs, animal products or cereals, the switch to organic food or living (raw) food are other avenues to explore, which have proved their worth. However, it is important to remember that a disease does not develop overnight, so it is important to give yourself the time you need.
Be comforted by the natural and healthy beauty of well-composed dishes. Consider how miso(goitrogen) is associated with seaweed and dashi (rich in iodine). Or look at how fresh seafood (rich in iodine) pairs with marinated daikon (goitrogen). Once you have reached a euthyroid status, eat supplementary foods.