Issue #168 January 9, 2014
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope your new year is off to a great start, and if not don’t give up. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, it seems some days just don’t go very well and other days are pretty good. My goal is to help you have a lot more good days than bad. As we all know, that can be a challenge.
Last year I started to focus more on my diet. I found it helped to increase the number of good days and made the bad days better.
So, today I am going to share the diet guidelines I follow. I started with Louise O’Connor’s 4 diet recommendations and continued with The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4 recommendations are listed below.
4 Diet Recommendations For Thyroid Health
By Louise O’Connor
To get the most out of every day it is more important than ever to educate yourself about the value of optimal nutrition and eating for health. The Natural Thyroid Diet advocates a variety of fresh, natural foods that supply a wide range of nutrients to help you reach your full health potential. Here are 4 diet recommendations:
1. Eliminate thyroid damaging foods. It may surprise you to learn that everyday foods may be sabotaging your thyroid. For my money, the most damaging are: artificial sweeteners, Canola oil, soy oil, hidden soy and corn (maize) ingredients and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Soy and Canola oil are often labeled deceptively as ‘vegetable oil’.
2. Avoid gluten. It’s common to experience significant improvements in symptoms when you eliminate gluten from the diet. Gluten is the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, triticale and oats. Gluten irritates the lining of the digestive system and can trigger systemic inflammation. Take care when selecting ‘gluten-free’ foods as food manufacturers often use corn (maize) and soy ingredients as substitutes for gluten containing grains.
3. Choose organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible. Conventional produce can harbor multiple pesticide residues. Organic food = less thyroid disrupting pesticides and herbicides. Organic farmers also take a firm stance on biotechnology that modifies the genetic make-up of a plant by saying ‘NO to GM foods’. If possible visit a local farmers market to stock up on a healthy organic produce for the week.
4. Don’t go raw! Sure, there are good reasons to enjoy some raw food in your diet however I don’t agree with embracing a 100% raw food diet. When you have a thyroid issue it’s best to emphasis foods that are warming and nourishing. In short, stay away from hyped-up and restrictive diet recommendations. Choose foods that suit your environment and foods that have the greatest potential to nourish your thyroid.
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