Thyroid problems are faced by most women and the problem can increase with age. The thyroid hormones are responsible for the energy, metabolism, and normal development of your body. It is well established that your thyroid hormone status correlates with your body weight and energy expenditure. Thyroid gland controls the metabolic processes of the body. It produces thyroid hormones that regulate many biological functions and ensure proper health is maintained. When the thyroid gland becomes sluggish or overactive, it can lead to many problems. The diet can have a significant impact on the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Some foods may improve symptoms, while others may make them worse or interfere with medication.
Here are list of top foods to take for thyroid issues-
Fruits, Apples, pears, plums and citrus fruits are abundant with pectins, which help with detoxifying the body of mercury – one of the most critical metals that have been connected to thyroid problems. Apples, pears, plums and citrus fruits are abundant with pectins, which help with detoxifying the body of mercury – one of the most critical metals that have been connected to thyroid problems.
Nuts and Seeds Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts are rich sources of zinc. Low levels of Zinc have been associated with thyroid problems. Add to the salads or munch on these as snacks to replenish your body with zinc.
Saffron soaked saffron if consumed on waking up is very good for mood swings in most people who have thyroid issues. It gives relief from abdominal cramps or PMS and is a promising anti-obesity drug as in most cases with thyroid abnormalities, people tend to put on weight. The best way to have it is a homemade Kesari bath with Vegetable Upma in order to get the best amino acids along with good flavour/taste or a glass of saffron milk where you’re getting your calcium and protein too.
Seafood Grains are rich in Iodine, Copper, Magnesium along with the B group vitamins which makes sure that you’ve good energy levels throughout the day. Hence single polished/hand pound rice or whole wheat atta when eaten with traditionally cooked sambar/rasam/dal/sabzi / fresh seafood gives you the best combination of protein- fibre-selenium and carbohydrate giving you a balanced thyroid. So, go local, regional and seasonal. The metabolism increases with the extra fibre as the body has to work harder to break down the whole grains. Try to eat oats, brown rice, sprouts, sprouted grain bread and quinoa to rev up your metabolism and help your thyroid gland.
Broccoli Broccoli is rich in calcium and vitamin C. It helps the body boost metabolism and is rich in fibre. Anything that helps increase metabolism is beneficial for thyroid patients. Broccoli rises the TEF- Thermic Effect of Food, i.e. it increases the body’s metabolism once eaten. Diet and will notice a considerable improvement of your thyroid gland function over a period. Consult your dietician or your doctor before you incorporate the above foods into your diet.