Now that you have been clinically diagnosed as suffering from hypothyroidism, you may be wondering: What foods should I eat – and – what foods should I avoid? Foods rich in iodine, magnesium, selenium, and zinc are highly recommended by Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of two thyroid hormones – Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland is a small organ at the base of the throat that regulates your metabolism.
Foods alone won’t cure hypothyroidism – hormone replacement therapy is necessary to control the disease and its unpleasant symptoms. Many foods can help your thyroid’s function and minimize your unpleasant symptoms of hypothyroidism.
NOTE: Any nutritional supplements for your symptoms of hypothyroidism must be approved by your doctor.
Great Nutrients for Your Thyroid.
Iiodine-rich foods can improve your thyroid’s function. Insufficient iodine intake impairs the production of thyroid hormones, leading to hypothyroidism. Selenium-rich and zinc-rich foods are also beneficial.
Dr. Hugh Melnick recommends an iodine intake of 150 mcg of iodine per day for adult women trying to conceive. Non-pregnant women in their prime reproductive years who are considering pregnancy may consider a daily consumption of 250 mcg. To ensure adequate thyroid hormone production and iodine supply to the embryo and fetus, always consult with your doctor.
Foods to Avoid
Giotrogens are compounds in certain foods that may interfere with normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Soy Foods – tofu, tempeh, edamame
- Cruciferous Vegetables – cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach
- Some Fruits/Starchy Plants – peaches, strawberries, sweet potatoes, cassava
- Nuts/Seeds – millet, pine nuts, peanuts
- Highly Processed Foods – hot dogs, cookies, cakes, chips, etc.
- Beverages – coffee, green tea, and alcohol can irritate your thyroid gland
Foods to Eat
There are plenty of food options for patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism to enjoy.
- Whole eggs contain iodine and selenium in the yolk and are full of protein in the whites
- All meats including beef, chicken, lamb – no processed meats
- All seafood including salmon, tuna, halibut, shrimp
- All vegetables with limitations on cruciferous ones
- All fruits – bananas, oranges, tomatoes – with limitations on strawberries and peaches
- Gluten-free grains and seeds, rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds
- All dairy including milk, cheese, yogurt
- Water and non-caffeinated beverages are best
Hyperthyroidism Diet Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC – has decades of research and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating subclinical hypothyroidism. Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
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