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5 Must Have Foods For Thyroid Patients

People with thyroid can face symptoms like fatigue, depression, constipation and other serious health problems. Fortunately eating certain foods can help boost the effectiveness of your thyroid.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate mood, metabolism, energy levels, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ that is responsible for body’s work. So next time you are at the grocery store, look for these s five nutrient rich foods.

Fish:

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as wild salmon, trout, tuna or sardines makes this food an excellent choice for dinner and lunch. Uncontrollable hypothyroidism can increase the risk of heart disease as a result of higher levels of low density lipoprotein, the “bad cholesterol”.  Omega 3 fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation, help with immunity and lower the risk of heart disease.  Fish is also a good source of selenium, which is most concentrated in the thyroid. It also helps in decreasing inflammation.

Whole Grains: 
As constipation is a common symptom of hypothyroidism whole grain foods such as cereal, bread, pasta and rice are high in nutrients in addition to fiber which can help with bowel regularity. However some people avoid including whole grains altogether but if you choose to eat them then recommendation is to take your thyroid medication few hours before or after eating foods rich in dietary fiber. 
 
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:
An early symptom of hypothyroidism is weight gain. Low calorie, high density foods such as fresh produce are good for successful weight loss program. Try to include fresh fruits or vegetables in every meal. Foods like blueberries, cherries, sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, nutrients that help to lower risk for heart disease.
Dairy:
Many dairy foods like low fat milk and yoghurt are fortified with vitamin D. Studies suggest that people with hypothyroidism may be deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is also known as sunshine vitamin because your body produces it when exposed to sunlight. It is difficult to get required amount of vitamin D from food. 

Nuts:

Nuts are great source of selenium and also make a handy snack that you can take anywhere. You can include them in salads or stir fries. Nuts particularly hazelnuts are high in selenium which helps in the thyroid function properly. You can have one or two Brazil nuts while handful of other nuts is enough to get your daily nutrients. Be sure to keep an eye on portion size as nuts are high in fats.

However women with hypothyroidism should limit their intake of cruciferous vegetables, such broccoli and cabbage to 5 ounces per day as they can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine essential for normal thyroid function.

 

 

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