5 Superfoods That Fight Hypothyroidism

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I recently heard the story of a woman whom, for twelve years, went from one doctor to another. Sometimes, the doctor could determine what was wrong but couldn’t help, and sometimes, the doctor just gave her and her husband some unattainable threshold to achieve, before they could commence treatment. Thresholds that if they could achieve on their own, they would not need any help with having a baby.

Until they met a doctor, who not only diagnosed the condition, he also had a solution that worked. He placed the woman on some supplements and with the help of a nutritionist, they drew up  a diet plan filled with lots of the super foods that the doctor advised that she load up on for the next foreseeable future.

In less than six months, there were clear changes in her hormonal investigation results. Her case of hypothyroidism was restoring itself and the gland was secreting hormones on a normal level. And before the year ran out, she actually got pregnant naturally. That was a woman in her late 30s.

Although the thyroid is a small gland in the body, it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue and organ in the body, including those for reproduction. The thyroid determines the rate in which your body produces the energy from nutrients and oxygen.

Deficiency in the essential hormones produced by the thyroid leads to feelings of fatigue, depression, obesity, pain in joints, muscle weakness, deterioration of hair, skin, and nails, heart disease, poor memory and focus, and intolerance to cold and infertility.

For those who don’t know, hypothyroidism is the term used when the thyroid gland in the body produces too little hormone. It’s also referred to as an underactive or sluggish thyroid.  It is often the most common case of thyroid gland issues. According to a study, worldwide, approximately 430 million people are estimated to have a thyroid disorder and hypothyroidism is a leading cause of difficulty in achieving and maintaining pregnancy. There might be no symptoms initially but without treatment or diagnosis, the symptoms tend to worsen as time goes by.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism for women include female infertility, issues with the menstrual cycle, hyperprolactenimia (elevated prolactin hormone) and galactorrhea (flow of milk in the absence of pregnancy or childbirth). If left untreated or even undiagnosed, the symptoms become perpetual abnormal menstrual cycles and low basal body temperature (BBT).

Many people with hypothyroidism are deficient in Magnesium, B-12, Zinc, Iodine, B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin D and Vitamin A, with the foods listed below, you can remedy the situation.

 

  • Beans

 

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It is the magical food! White beans, red beans, green beans are loaded with nutrients that someone with hypothyroidism needs.  Eating foods that make you gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. Beans are full of nutrients, including protein, fiber, slow-burning carbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Healthy individuals can have up to 18 incidents of flatulence per day, and be perfectly normal, said a gastroenterologist, that’s a doctor dedicated to treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.  You should however tread carefully with soya beans.

 

 

  • Nuts:

 

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Nuts generally are good sources of the some of the nutrients that are often absent in a patient with hypothyroidism. However, some nuts are more loaded than the other. Brazil nuts are a very good source of vitamin-E, Vitamin B, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folates, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

Just two brazil nuts per day can give you the recommended daily allowance of selenium. Most hypothyroidism patients are selenium deficient.

Cashews nuts are also another source of nutrients. The kernel inside is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals beneficial to your thyroid health.

 

  • Dark chocolate 

 

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Cacao and cocoa are two different kinds of chocolate. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it’s raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars.

Cacao is taken as the highest form of antioxidants of all foods and it is the highest source of magnesium of all foods. It has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can eat. It is raw and much less processed than store bought cocoa powder. It’s full of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese. 

Dark chocolates are a close substitute for this food powerhouse.

 

  • Red bell peppers

 

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This is your tatashe, and it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, antioxidant-rich, six different carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin); all nutrients lacking in a patient with hypothyroidism. Now you have more reasons to add it to your pepper sauce, if you haven’t been doing that.

 

  • Coconut Oil 

 

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You are probably sighing, coconut oil again! I was like that too, when I stumbled on it as a super food for thyroid health. The oil is just into every and any human health issue sha, from hair to thyroid. Well, the oil from the coconut helps to increase the body’s metabolism and excellent for most people with hypothyroidism to increase energy levels. It converts to fuel instantly; you do not need bile acid to break down the oil. The glycerol molecule in the fat splits with your saliva and goes right through your system immediately, giving your body less work to do.

There’s more, a recent study showed that underweight women were 72% more likely to miscarry and usage of coconut oil has been shown to support adequate fat stores, even in underweight women.

On the other side, women who are overweight may have problems conceiving due estrogen dominance, which may cause menstrual cycle irregularities, anovulation, inadequate building of the lining of the uterus. Eating coconut oil has been shown to help women to lose weight by supporting a healthy metabolism, while balancing hormones.

So, whether you are at a healthy weight, low body weight or overweight, coconut oil has been shown to support a healthy metabolism by nourishing the thyroid gland.

There you have the super foods right within your reach that can help women with hypothyroidism. And if you are not sure, but have some of some of the symptoms listed above, it will be a good idea to have your doctor investigate you and commence appropriate treatment.

Protect your thyroid and enhance your fertility.

 

 

 

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  1. Thanks for this vital information. Pls.I need help with hypothyroidism and goiter. I need help with mentrual irregularity. Thanks in anticipation of your quick response.

    • Hi Franca, what treatment are you on to deal with the goitre? Once that is dealt with, your period should be come regular once more. This article also provides you with some details of foods and lifestyle changes that can help.

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