Thyroid imbalances both hyperactive (hyperthyroidism) and under-active (hypothyroidism), are common in the adult population and women are particularly susceptible. Food and nutritional supplements and stress management play an important part in thyroid health, promoting natural hormone balancing
Nutrition and the Thyroid Gland
Foods that may assist in the management of hyperthyroidism:
- Food that suppress thyroid gland are; broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soy, beans, flaxseed, sweet potatos, beans and pulses .
- Avoid refined foods, dairy products, wheat, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Include Essential fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory and important for hormone production. Consume foods high in these:salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds.
Consider a detox program as people with thyroid imbalances also have some gastro intestinal disturbances.
Foods that may assist in the management of hypothyroidism
- Avoid foods that suppress thyroid function – e.g., broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soy, beans, and mustard greens. These vegetables contain isothiocyanates which may block iodine utilisation.
- Avoid refined foods, sugar, dairy products, wheat, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and necessary for hormone production. Consume foods high in in essential fatty acids are: salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds.
Tips for thyroid health
- Soak your nuts, seeds to make them more digestible as these foods contain phytic acid and oxalic acid, which blocks zinc and other minerals absorption. Avoid unfermented soy products (such as soy protein isolate) as they are also high in phytic acid. If you eating soy eat like tempeh, miso, fermented tofu and tamari.
- Have breakfast everyday
- Make sure vitamin D levels is in a healthy range
- Keep sweets and starches to a minimum and have protein with each meal.
- Too much carbohydrates and too little protein can interfere with T4 into T3
- Get enough sleep
- Have time for relaxation, contemplation, reflexology, energy healing, etc.
Hair Mineral Analysis and Thyroid Activity
As thyroid hormone production requires a good mineral balance and other micronutrients Lia Mills recommends hair mineral analysis as it can be helpful to detect physiological imbalances that may be affecting the thyroid gland.
Thyroid gland is also very susceptible to toxins, especially toxic metals so reduce exposure to these and manage existing heavy metal toxicity as it can block hormone synthesis and hair mineral will screen for heavy metal as well.
Every woman is unique and the path to thyroid health will be unique as well. If you have thyroid issues call the clinic on 96506520 to make an appointment with Lia Mills, Naturopath, to design a personalised thyroid health support program.
Please, consult your general practitioner if you have been told that you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism before beginning a personalised program for thyroid health.