Go off all processed junk food and most importantly white sugar which really plays havoc with your hormones. l-glutamine, a key amino acid is vital in helping you cope up with the cravings.
Avoid vegetables that contain goitrogens. These include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and kale greens. Best is to steam them for 30 minutes before eating.
What thyroid gland needs?
Thyroid gland needs both selenium and iodine to produce optimum levels of the hormones. Even small amounts of iodine can cause an improvement in thyroid function. Consume fish, sea vegetables, eggs, raw dairy, kelp, nori and dulse.
Selenium as a supplement helps balance thyroid hormones particularly in pregnant women. Selenium lowers the risk for post-par tum thyroid.
Probiotics help create a healthy gut environment by balancing microflora. It reduces nutrient deficiencies, inflammation and autoimmune reactions.
Consume kefir, organic goat’s milk yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, natto, sauerkraut.
Often sensitivity to certain foods can cause an increase of autoimmune activity in the body. Gluten is found in all wheat, rye and barley products. Going gluten free helps reduce inflammation in the thyroid. For dairy allergy shun conventional cow’s milk, inorganic dairy products that are pasteurized. Use raw goat milk or organic cow milk.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA are essential for thyroid balance. Wild fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are some of the best sources of omega-3s.
DHA and EPA omega-3s found in fish oil like Cod liver help in decreasing many thyroid symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, weakened immune system.
Other Supplements Include:
Another dietary support for the thyroid are sprouted seeds. ALA is a type of omega-3 fat that supports thyroid function and balance. Flax, hemp and chia seeds are rich in this fat. Eating butter is also considered good for the hormonal system.
A supplement of L-tyrosine can help overcome the fatigue. Amino acid helps in the production of thyroid hormone. Vitamin B12 also fights the symptom of fatigue.
A host of natural supplements that contain Iodine, Vitamin B12, Selenium etc. are available to manage your thyroid conditions. You can discuss with your doctor to know further.
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