For your thyroid to work the way it should, you need to eat a healthy diet. Below is the list of foods that can have a positive or negative effect on your thyroid:
Iodine is vital for your thyroid to function properly. Iodine deficiency is rare; most Americans consume enough iodine with foods such as fish and dairy products. It’s also recommended to add iodized table salt to your meals. It can be found in almost any store; just study the label and make sure it says the salt is iodized.
2. Leafy greens
Leafy greens, such as spinach and lettuce, are rich in magnesium, a mineral essential for many processes in your body. Magnesium deficiency can lead to symptoms such as extreme tiredness, muscle cramps, and irregular heartbeat.
Nuts that are rich in iron include cashews and almonds; pumpkin seed are also a good source of this element. Another nut on this list is Brazil nut: not only is it rich in iron, but it also contains selenium, an element that your thyroid needs. A few Brazil nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium.
Fish, shrimp, and seaweed are rich in iodine. As it was mentioned above, your thyroid needs iodine, but too much iodine can actually hurt the gland, especially if you experience thyroid issues. Kelp (a type of seaweed) should be consumed in moderate amounts, if you don’t want to make your thyroid problem worse.
Kale is so popular these days, but can it actually be bad for you? It happens very rarely, but kale can prevent your thyroid from getting enough iodine. This plant will not cause problems if you consume enough iodine and eat kale in moderate amounts. The same is true for cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
Some soy products, such as soy milk and edamame, can negatively affect your thyroid function. But it happens if you have iodine deficiency and consume soy products in excessive amounts.
7. Organ meats
Organ meats, e.g. liver, kidneys, or heart, contain plenty of lipoic acid. Lipoic acid is also available in a form of supplements. But if you consume too much of it, lipoic acid can have a negative effect on your thyroid function and interfere with your thyroid medicines.
If you don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, gluten is safe for you. But if you suffer from gluten-related disorder, you should avoid gluten in any form and eat 100% gluten-free diet. In these cases, gluten consumption may lead to hypothyroidism of hyperthyroidism.
Some foods can interfere with your thyroid medicine. Here’s what you can do:
- it’s best to take your thyroid medicine in the morning, on an empty stomach;
- certain vitamins and antacids can interfere with thyroid medicine, talk to your doctor about it;
- if you have any other concerns, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
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