Glossary On Living with Hypothyroidism

At Dr. Batra's, based on our experience of treating patients of Hypothyroidism for more than 35 years, we have found a few dietary and lifestyle changes can make significant difference to the patients and help them be in better control of their illness. These tips have been clinically verified time and again by our physicians and nutritionists and have been summarized here:

  • Regular exercise: Exercising for at least 30 minutes (four to five times a week) can boost the metabolism thus promoting good health.
  • Regular blood tests to monitor the thyroid levels: Your physician will advise you on how and when you must get the tests done.
  • Take control of stress: Stress has been known to worsen cases of hypothyroidism especially if left uncontrolled. Take charge of your life and find effective ways to get rid of your stress. Try meditation and deep-breathing exercises for the same.

In addition, there are certain foods that are known to stimulate the thyroid and the same can be included in the diet. These largely include foods rich in iodine, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E:

  • Seaweeds (but avoid if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
  • Strawberries
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Whole grains
  • Prunes
  • Apricots
  • Potatoes
  • Dates
  • Bananas
  • Parsley
  • Extra-virgin olive oil