Diet Approach to Hypothyroidism

By: Raj Kumar

'Hypo' stands for lower, less, small or little. Hypothyroidism is therefore an under-active thyroid gland. This condition can remain undetected for years. People generally have the symptoms even though their blood tests show that their thyroid functions are normal and the gland is working okay. This is due to standard pathological tests for thyroid function may not detect the 'sub clinical' cases.

The most common symptoms include tiredness, constipation, feeling the cold, dry skin, blurred vision and general numbness all over the body especially in fingers and toes. You are indeed at high risk if hypothyroidism is running into your family. Being the hereditary disease, this can come on to you too.

Preventing it before it occurs and help to treat or to eliminate it when it strikes to you is very important. Diet could be the best way to heal the disease. Diet is harmless and easy to follow as compare to any other therapy. Diet therapy can be considered as natural way to win hypothyroidism.

Some of the foods really help in hypothyroidism. They are listed below:

Tyrosine rich foods: the amino acid tyrosine joins with the iodine to make the hormone thyroxin. This category includes food like meat, fish, turkey and chicken breast. Low fat milk, yogurt, bananas, pumpkin seeds, lentils etc are well known supplements of tyrosine. They are to be taken on empty stomach so that it will not compete with other amino acids.

Iodine rich foods: iodine is an element that is needed to make thyroid hormones. Ideal food that contains the iodine includes Celtic sea salt, salt-water fish, seafood; seaweed etc. iodine has now become mandatory to supple into the salts.

Selenium rich foods: chicken, meat, tuna, whole unrefined grains, Brazil nuts, broccoli, garlic, onions and black strap molasses are the food that contains selenium. Selenium help thyroid to function well and to produce the good quality of thyroxin hormone.

Vitamin B complex rich foods: Vitamin B complexes help in over all health and immunity. It also builds the nerve sheath and therefore, this group helps in numbness and neuropathy.

High quality protein rich foods: all of your body's glands and hormones are made up of proteins. Eating protein rich food will help building the immunity in the body and they will help body to produce good quality hormones. Protein also gives you a power to withstand against the weakness and lethargy.

The body gets nourished by proteins, Vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and many other nutrients. The diet surely affect on the health of an individual especially in diseased condition. The taste, calorie content and nature of food can affect the disease and diseased. For instance, if one has acidity and goes on eating tamarind, he or she will surely increase the symptoms of acidity as tamarind contains acid. This goes same with the condition hypothyroidism. Foods can alter the disease and its conditions. Therefore, it is important to understand the role of diet in health conditions.

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