Thyroiditis most often is a chronic autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland that occurs in case of wrong signals to the immune system, causing an increased cycle of antibody production against the glandular tissue of this organ.
It is noticed that in human communities where animal food is excluded, proteins and fats are only vegetable /nuts, seeds/ and water is drunk from copper vessels, the disease doesn’t exist.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is not equivalent to reduced function of the thyroid although this is the most common manifestation. About 5% of the cases pass with increased (hyperfunction) of the thyroid.
Nutrition in thyroid hypofunction:
The diet is very important for the disease, as well as maintaining a regular rhythm of eating and bowel release. Bowel cleaning from the accumulated toxins is believed to have protective effect against worsening of the condition.
Sardines and salmon are rich in the necessary in this case omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel and trout are also useful. You should avoid seafood with a shell, because of the high content of saturated fats in them. Omega-3 may be obtained with the consumption of flaxseed and sesame. The consumption of green leafy vegetables and wholegrain foods is quite beneficial as they are rich in folic acid and fibers.
- Gluten – it is believed that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs more frequently in people with coeliac disease /gluten enteropathy/. Gluten molecule is similar to that of the thyroid tissue and the autoimmune reaction is similar to that in gluten intolerance;
- Aspartame – not only because of its known toxicity aspartame is contraindicated in thyroid problems;
- Iodized salt – although the production of thyroid hormones depends on iodine, first it is not possible to consume enough salt in order to reach the recommended daily dose of iodine /150 mcg/. Furthermore, it is known that in the production of most commercial salt packages, aluminum and dextrose are added. Sea or Himalayan salt are a far better choice.
- Unsaturated fats – they don’t lead to hypothyroidism but the omega-6 fatty acids may maintain the smoldering of the inflammatory response;
- Soya – also is not recommended in this endocrine problem because of the high concentration of isoflavonoids. Even small amounts of soya could cause impairment of the already compromised function of the thyroid hormones. The fermented soy products are an exception.
- Proteins – the advice is to take 15-20 g of protein with each meal. Fish is a good source, beef and pork as well. You can add a protein shake for a middle course.
- Antioxidant-rich foods – necessary for the fight against free radicals, a product of inflammation. Choose foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and E, iodine, zinc and selenium.
- Vitamin A and beta-carotenoids-rich foods: carrots, foie gras, eggs, spinach/lightly cooked/, squash, peppers, apricots, melon, sweet potato;
- Vitamin C-rich foods: peppers, broccoli, citrus, goji berry, chokeberry;
- Vitamin E-rich foods: sunflower seeds, almonds, avocado;
- Iodine-rich foods: walnuts, seafood, kelp, algae, marine phytoplankton;
- Zinc-rich foods: mussels, crustaceans, shrimps, beef, sesame and pumpkin seeds;
- Selenium-rich foods: Brazil nuts, mushrooms, shrimps, oatmeal, sunflower oil, brown rice.
- 4-6 tablespoons healthy fats daily /avocado, seeds – pumpkin, chia, flax seeds/, ghee oil, olive oil, coconut oil are essential for thyroid health.
- 4 portions of vegetables daily, slightly cooked or raw. Avoid only the cabbage family /cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli/.
- Water – at least 8 glasses pure filtered water daily. Avoid water containing chlorine, fluorine. Prefer glass bottles.
- Functional foods: algae, seaweed, fibers such as pectin and flaxseed, goji berry, aloe vera, probiotics such as kombucha.
- Diet trick: to reduce the calorie intake with at least 30%. The caloric restriction, as it is also called, usually acts well on the immune and thyroid function.
Since difficulties in digestion are observed most often in this problem, it is not a bad idea to support the act of digestion with enzymes, hydrochloric acid and probiotics /Mezym forte, Enzy-Mill – one tablet or capsule during the meal/.
- Antioxidant complex – cat’s claw;
- Essential fatty acids – omega-3 complex by choice;
- Vitamin B complex – as an additive or in the form of brewer’s yeast;
- Calcium – 250-300 mg before going to bed. The only remark is to take it two hours before or after meal in order to absorb it properly;
- Magnesium – 200 mg twice a day;
- Selenium – 200 mcg for three months lead to reduced antibody production according to the literature and significantly improve thyroid health;
- Iodine – may be obtained from kelp – 2-3 g daily or iodine supplement – 200 mcg per day;
- Vitamin D3 – its frequent absence leads to hypofunction. 1000-5000 E daily in order to maintain good levels especially in the seasons with less sun.
Many herbs are known in medicine for this problem, namely:
- Cat’s claw;
- Maca root /not raw as it belongs to the cabbage family/
Fucus vesiculoris, also known as seaweed is a rich source of iodine. The whole plant is used in the preparation of this homeopathic remedy and is available in forms with different dilutions, including tincture, tablets, capsules, powder, infusions and bath salts.
It stimulates thyroid hormone production and is also a herb used in the treatment of goiter. That’s why it may be used in the treatment of hypothyroidism and any associated complication of this thyroid disease.
This homeopathic drug is proven to be efficacious as a food additive for slimming. This is due to its capability to increase T3 and T4 production, thus speeding up metabolism.
Other ingredients of this drug include the anti-oxidants phenols as well as polysaccharides which are immunostimulants and protect the organism from toxins.
- Acupuncture – quite effective in similar problems
- Lymph drainage massage or yoga for glandular stimulation
- Stress reduction
- Good sleep