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If you’ve been recently diagnosed with an underactive Thyroid, you probably noticed that doctors tend to be quick to prescribe medication. However, it takes some trial and error to find the correct dosage for your personal Hashimoto’s Disease treatment. Moreover, there are severe side-effects that come with some prescription medications or incorrect doses.
Underactive Thyroid specialists often argue that prescription medication should be used alongside natural treatment methods rather than as a principal treatment plan. So it’s important to consider all your options before you choose to rely solely on medication to restore your Thyroid function. Let’s look at some dietary changes that can help with your Hashimoto’s Disease treatment. Fatigue and exhaustion are common symptoms of Hypothyroidism. While this might tempt you to reach for caffeine or sugar, DON’T. Consuming non-nutritious forms of food can further decrease the function of your Thyroid.
So replace caffeine, sugar and grain-based carbohydrates with non-starchy vegetables and grains. It will satiate your cravings, while supporting your Thyroid function. Omega-3 plays a vital role in keeping Thyroid levels balanced. Incorporating Omega-3 rich food into your diet, particularly wild-caught fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, is essential to your Thyroid health. It is one of my common Hashimotos Disease treatment recommendations to clients, and helps restore their hormonal balance and Thyroid function.
Increasing your protein intake can also help with achieving balanced Thyroid hormone levels. Some healthy proteins you should incorporate into your diet are organic meat, eggs, fish, nuts, nut butters, quinoa and legumes. Constantly feeling exhausted is a common sign of Hypothyroidism. Coconut oil supports healthy metabolism, fights fatigue and increases energy. This healthy oil contains antimicrobial antioxidants, nourishes the digestive system and prevents inflammation.
Goitrogens are substances that interfere with your Thyroid production. Goitrogens include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, millet, kale, peaches, peanuts and spinach. Therefore, you should be mindful of these foods and consume them in moderation. Did you know that your gut microbiota plays an important role in Thyroid function? To maintain great Thyroid health, it’s important to consume a probiotic-rich diet. Eating organic yogurt (if you tolerate dairy), kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables will help to create a balanced and healthy microflora.
A healthy gut reduces inflammation and autoimmune reactions.
ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is crucial for proper Thyroid function. It is found in plant oils such as flaxseed, and seeds such as flax, hemp and chia. The fatty acid found in these oils promotes positive mood and brain function, while lowering inflammation. Since weight gain is one of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism, consuming healthy fats stabilises blood sugar levels and, in turn, helps you maintain a healthy weight. Coconut oil, avocado, and grass fed meats (ideally organic) are ideal for this, and help with feelings of satiety too.
Constipation and other digestive issues are one of the common symptoms of having an underactive Thyroid. Introducing foods high in fibre will improve your digestive health. Taking 30 to 40 grams of fibre everyday will make you feel fuller and assist with digestion. Thyroid issues have also been linked to gluten sensitivity or coeliac disease, as it can flare up autoimmune reactions in Hashimoto’s Disease. Wheat, barley and rye are common grains that contain gluten. A gluten-free diet may be able to reduce hormonal imbalance and inflammation, and is one of my most common Hashimoto’s Disease treatment techniques.
A healthy diet by no means equates to a fat-free diet. Insufficient healthy fats and cholesterol can lead to hormonal imbalances. Your diet should include natural and healthy fats such as ghee, olive oil, avocados, fish, nut butters, yogurt and cottage cheese (if you tolerate dairy).Staying hydrated also prevents mood swings and fatigue. Therefore, it is best to drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Staying hydrated can also prevent digestive issues, sugar cravings, and assist with symptoms of ‘brain fog’.
Stress is a major trigger for Thyroid gland dysfunction. Keeping your stress levels in check is vital to restoring Thyroid production. Practising yoga, meditation, or taking walks in nature are great ways to help you relax, and can even improve blood flow to the Thyroid gland. While you should consider conventional methods for Hashimoto’s Disease treatment, get in touch with an Underactive Thyroid Healer to experience the full benefits of a personalized natural healing treatment plan.