Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. That little butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your throat makes the hormones that helps to regulate our metabolism. You know the hormones that control the way our bodies uses energy? Basically, that butterfly-shaped gland tells all the cells in our bodies how busy they should be.
Every Cell in your body responds to the foods we eat, the products that we put on our body to the house hold chemicals that we purchase for our homes. All of these things have a direct impact on our hormones and in return our hormones have a direct impact on every major system in our body. Not to mention that our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body. The foods that we consume, oh, the foods we consume.
Food is medicine. I really can’t say it any more simple than that. There is a major disconnect between what YOU believe to be healthy foods and what research tells us is healthy. In fact, many of the health foods today that people go out of their way to eat daily are extremely thyroid suppressive.
The 5 Most Important Nutrients to Start Healing Your Hypothyroidism
We have 5 that we must start eating everyday but 3 that need to go.
- Avoid heavy metals
Through environmental exposure from:
- Water from copper pipes
- Copper cookware
- Fungicide- and pesticide-laden foods
- Copper IUDs (ParaGard)
Natural metal detoxers are: A pretty easy fix to start including.
- Chlorella: considered to be one of the best detoxifiers and is able to remove heavy metals, pesticides, and PCBs from body tissues
- Chlorophyll: good at binding to heavy metals and removing; it’s because of its high level of chlorophyll that chlorella got its name
- Garlic: widely, historically used to remove metals; 3-5 fresh, raw cloves daily is beneficial; wait 10 min. after cutting or crushing garlic to cook or eat raw to allow the allicin (organosulfur compound) to develop
- The rinds of grapefruit, lemons and limes: pectin from the rinds has lead to dramatic detoxing in clinical trials
1.High Iodine foods
Every cell in your body needs iodine and you thyroid alone uses 60% of it. Your body cannot make iodine, so it a necessity that you include it in your everyday diet. Bottom line is if you do not have enough iodine in your body, your won’t be able to make enough thyroid hormone.
Seaweed- Is one of the richest sources of iodine. Also includes Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame.
Eggs- Whole eggs contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral our bodies need to function properly, including iodine. Eggs are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D, which helps keep bones healthy by encouraging calcium absorption.
Himalayan sea salt- This Sea salt contains traces of minerals like magnesium, calcium and traces of other minerals
Cod – 3-ounce serving of cod will cover two-thirds of your daily needs.
Shrimp, Tuna, Prunes, Cheddar Cheese, Lima bean, pea’s, banana’s, organic navy beans, pineapple, onion and artichokes.
Selenium works together with iodine and along with vitamin E to help prevent oxidative damage in your body. It also helps iodine regulate your metabolism and improves overall cellular protection by helping recycle vitamin C in the body. This powerful anti-oxidant is needed to create glutathione in your bodd which is the master of all antioxidanst. This mineral not only works as a detox but it helps support a healthy liver and thyroid.
Brazil nuts. 1 oz (6-8 nuts)
Halibut, cooked. 3 oz:
Sardines, canned. 3 oz
Grass-fed beef. 3 oz, Turkey, boneless. 3 oz,Beef liver, organic Chicken, eggs, Spinach , Shell fish, garlic, mushrooms
3. Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can help “decrease inflammation and help with immunity” and support your thyroid. In addition, some studies have indicated that omega-3 fatty acids can increase thyroid hormone. Never ever eat farmed fish they usually contains high concentrations of antibiotics, pesticides and metals.
Flax-seed oil, fish oil, Chia seeds, walnuts, caviar, smoked salmon, mackerel, oysters, Spinach, eggs , anchovies, fermented cod liver oil , leafy greens
Copper is an essential trace mineral for bone health, connective tissue health, cardiovascular health, lipid metabolism, neurological health, and skin health according to Dr. Amy Myers.
Stress causes overproduction of two adrenal hormones – adrenaline and cortisol. And excess cortisol can deplete copper.
Healthy adrenals produce a copper-binding protein. But if the adrenals are dysregulated/fatigued/weakened, this binding protein wanes, in which case the adrenals are unable to bind copper, leading to copper excess.
Spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, kale, asparagus, sea vegetables, mushrooms, oysters, clams, crab, shrimp, clams, lobster, tempeh, natto, peanuts, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, kidney beans, lentils, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut and cabbage, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds,brown rice, hazelnuts, walnuts, gluten free oats, garlic, chili powder, blackstrap molasses, olives, sweet potatoes, peas, Brussels sprouts, beets, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, broccoli, eggplant, fennel, leeks, parsley, basil, pineapple, raspberries, kiwi, and dark chocolate (!).
5. High Iron Foods
Iron plays an essential role in your body. Its seems to be a very common deficiency when you have hypothyroidism. Iron produces a key antioxidant in your body called catalase which protects your cells from free radicals and it breaks down the hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen that is produced by different reactions in our bodies. If your body has a toxic build up of hydrogen peroxide it can kill you. Read more about iron and your thyroid when you click on this link.
beef or chicken liver, black beans, clams, mollusks, mussels, oysters, cooked beef, canned sardines, canned in oil, halibut, haddock, perch, salmon, tuna, chicken, turkey, halibut, haddock, perch, salmon, tuna, veal, ham, lima beans, red kidney beans, chickpeas, dried apricots, split peas, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, roasted almonds, roasted cashews, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach, brown rice, dried seedless raisins, peaches, or prunes
Salmon Patties Recipe
- 1 can Pink Alaskan Wild salmon
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1/4 box of Van’s, The perfect 10 gluten free crackers, crumbled
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Form into patties. Cook five minutes on each side.
Savory Baked Fish Recipe
- 6 white fish fillets, such as mahi mahi, grouper or snapper
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 cup finely minced onion
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 (8 ounce can) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons parsley
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons grated raw cheese
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sauté the onions and garlic in coconut oil in small skillet over medium low heat until onion is transparent and soft.
- Purée fire-roasted tomatoes in blender. Add garlic/onion mix to blender with tomatoes and other herbs.
- Place fish in baking pan that has been coated with coconut oil. Generously brush fish with tomato sauce mixture.
- In a small bowl, mix flour and cheese together. Sprinkle cheese mixture over fish and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
Oatmeal with Chia Seeds
- 2/3 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Heat the oats and coconut milk in medium-sized pot to boil.
- Turn down to simmer and add pumpkin and chia.
- Simmer for 5–7 min.
- Add remaining spices, stirring regularly.
- Simmer for additional 5–7 mins.
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