Having said that, here is a list of the main foods to avoid and increase in hypothyroidism.
Foods/liquids to avoid:
* Goitrogens (aka isothiocynates) – Turnips, mustard, cassava root, soybean, peanuts, pine nuts, millet, Brassica family.
* Brassica Family: Cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, bok choy, etc.
* Linseed (aka flaxseeds)
* Soy milk excess – though Tempeh, Miso are OK in moderation
* Dairy: except unsalted, organic butter.
* Avoid – Coffee, Smoking, Tap water (use only filtered)
* Avoid excess saturated fats (e.g. red meat, pastries, chocolate)
* Fenugreek seeds – Found in curries, and spice mixes
* Keep to a MINIMUM – Flour & Gluten containing products. Avoid if you have Hashimoto’s disease.
Foods/liquids to increase:
* Zinc: Fish, seafood, oysters, oatmeal, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, muesli, dhal, wheat germ, tomato sauce and paste
* Selenium: Brazil nuts, poultry, wholegrains, fish, seafood, molasses, cashews, eggs, organic onion
* Copper: Tomato paste, chestnuts, almonds, cashews, olives, shellfish and oysters
* Tyrosine: Fish, almonds, eggs, and chicken
* Iodine: Kelp, iodised salt (70mcg I/gm salt. Normal sea salt has little Iodine), sea vegetables: dulse, arame, hijiki, nori, wakame, kombu, clams, lobsters, oysters, sardines, sunflower seeds
Considering that your TSH is 16, I would also strongly advise that you take herbal medicines as part of your treatment plan as well. From my experience a diet on its own is never enough boost thyroid function. Diet is crucial, and lays the foundations of healing, but you need the two together for real change.
I would suggest Ashwagandha (aka Withania) and Bacopa (aka Brahmi), these have both been scientifically validated to boost thyroid function. These are pretty safe to take nonetheless it is always best to have some form of supervision.
And yes all three can be a side-effect of having an underactive thyroid – dandruff, itching scalp, and swelling of the ankles.
I hope this helps, and I wish you much health Celine.