EFFECTIVE THYROID MANAGEMENT WITH HEALTHY FOOD & LIFESTYLE
If you have been diagnosed with thyroid, this article would help you in making necessary diet and lifestyle changes for effective management of your thyroid. Also, we suggest you safe medication to regularize functioning of your thyroid hormones. Nevertheless, fortunately, if you haven’t been diagnosed with it, I would still recommend you to read on, because most women fail to recognize the early symptoms of thyroid. In fact, up to 60 per cent of those who suffer from thyroid disorders are unaware of their condition. So, before I start with diet and lifestyle tips for effective thyroid management, let me tell you what are the signs and symptoms you can look out for to take up a thyroid test.
When should you take up a thyroid test?
Both overactive and underactive thyroid produces numerous symptoms. Take up a thyroid test if you have following symptoms.
- Sudden weight gain
- Extreme tiredness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Joint pain
- Inability to conceive
- Ear problems
- Memory problems
- Hair loss
- Dry skin, brittle nails.
Following are few suggestions for diet and lifestyle changes that you can make for effective thyroid management.
Diet for better thyroid management
Iodine is crucial for the production of thyroid hormones. Even a small quantity of iodine is sufficient for normal production of thyroid hormones, and iodized salt is usually enough for providing the amount required. However, if you have iodine deficiency, seaweeds are the numero uno food for you. Also, remember that excess iodine can cause goiter. So, prevent iodine deficiency by choosing to eat the right amounts of iodine rich foods such as seaweeds, iodised salt and seafood.
Include eggs, nuts, seeds, fish and legumes in your diet, as they are all rich in proteins. Protein transports the thyroid hormone to all your tissues and thus helps your thyroid function effectively. Did you know that 20 per cent of thyroid function depends on good gut ecology? It is therefore recommended to take probiotic or home-made dahi or yoghurt regularly. You should also eat lots of garlic, which kills yeast and helps in better thyroid management.
Now that you know what to eat, you should also know what not to eat, as there are foods that block iodine uptake (goitrogens) and can nullify the benefits of iodized salt in your body. Thus, we need to know the categories of food products that might block our iodine intake. Dietary vegetable oils, polyunsaturated oils and hydrogenated fats above a certain quantity are believed to be the cause behind the increased incidence of thyroid. Peanuts, peanut butter and soy products can also be the reason behind abnormal thyroid functioning.
It has been estimated that nearly one third of teenagers with autoimmune thyroid problem were more likely to have been fed on soy formula as infants. The most common source of hydrogenated fats and polyunsaturated oils are soybeans. Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli can also inhibit production of thyroid hormones.
Strong tea, coffee and tobacco should be avoided when suffering from hyperthyroidism. Cigarette smoke has various toxins (thiocyanate in particular) that are especially dangerous to the thyroid, and can trigger thyroid disease in susceptible people. Cigarette smokers also are more likely to develop thyroid eye complications of Graves' disease, and treatments for those eye problems are less effective in smokers. So, in addition to all the other health problems related to smoking, you can add increased risk and worsening of thyroid disease.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to thyroid as well. Experts suggest that adequate bone-building nutrients, such as vitamin D, are particularly important during and after treatment. Foods that contain some Vitamin D include fatty fish, milk, dairy, eggs, and mushrooms. Sunlight also is a potential source, but the amount of vitamin production depends on the season and latitude. Supplements having vitamins and nutrients such as riboflavin, lecithin and thiamin may help.
Follow healthy lifestyle & take safe medication
Healthy nutritious food and low stress levels can minimize the chance of developing thyroid problems. A low glycemic index diet (a diet based on controlling blood sugar) helps in controlling thyroid. Regular exercise is crucial. Exercise not only enables weight-loss but also releases ‘happy hormones’ in the body reducing stress and helping you cope with low moods and depression. An under-active thyroid can respond to natural remedies such as yoga. You can also benefit from taking flaxseed oil, zinc and multi-vitamins.
Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid is a safe & effective way to treat thyroid without any side-effects. Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid stimulates better functioning of the thyroid gland so that it can produce the hormones on its own.
In Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, we provide constitutional treatment, which focuses on improving the function of the thyroid gland by natural means. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body to reactivate thyroid secretions. Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid helps to boost immunity; improves thyroid circulation and thereby helps in balancing hypo or hyper thyroid functions. It may be also used as a supportive treatment to help regulate both hypo and hyper thyroid functions.
Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid can also reduce the dependency on external supplementation of the hormones and ensure good health in general.
The bottom line is that a sensible diet and lifestyle can help prevent or control thyroid malfunction. So club it with homeopathic treatment for better thyroid management.