What does it take to have a healthy thyroid diet that will help you on your journey to thyroid healing?
I’ve discovered there are 10 main aspects of a healthy thyroid diet.
- Gluten Free- In order for you to have a healthy thyroid diet, it must be gluten free. Gluten attacks your thyroid and is really not healthy for any autoimmune disorder and not just celiac. You may or may not hear this from your doctor unless you are working with a functional medicine doctor. However, there are lots of books written and research done on gluten and autoimmunity. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers is one of the best. It also focuses on the connection with gluten and gut and brain health.
- Dairy Free- While some people may be able to have small amounts of dairy after their thyroid condition is in remission, most people will have to avoid it for at least a year while on a healthy thyroid diet and many won’t be able to have it at all. Dairy creates mucus and inflammation in a lot of people and if you have a thyroid disorder, you are more prone to this than others.
- Customize your diet needs to your thyroid numbers and to what your functional medicine doctor says you need to do. This is the most important, since every body is different and no 2 people with thyroid disorders will be exactly alike. I personally have been told not to eat gluten, dairy, beef, pork, nuts, avocados, coconut and processed foods at least for now.
- Avoid processed foods. These aren’t good for anyone but they are especially bad for anyone with thyroid issues.
- Limit sugar as much as possible. Again another thing that isn’t good for anyone but is worse for your thyroid.
- Consider an elimination diet to determine what foods bother you. This can be a good strategy since some things such as eggs and nightshade vegetables can bother some people but not everyone.
- Experiment with not eating nuts. Nuts can cause inflammation and digestive issues in a lot of people.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. This is just common sense for anyone who wants good health and if you are trying to follow a healthy thyroid diet, then this is even more true.
- Limit or avoid lectins and use a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker can remove lectins from many foods including beans and some gluten free grains. To learn more about lectins and why they can cause problems read the book: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
- Avoid too many raw foods. This is especially true with greens as these can disrupt your thyroid. Raw food is also really hard on your digestive system.
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