Sunday, April 1, 2012

0 Hypothyroidism – underactive, sluggish or slow thyroid...

If you're feeling sluggish, maybe you've unexpectedly gained/lost weight, or your extremities are cold, or your hair is thinning for no reason, it may be that your thyroid is running slow. You should have your thyroid tested. If you have tested low-normal for hypothyroidism and the doctor doesn't think that you need medicine, consider eating some of the foods listed below for a low-thyroid diet. Not only will these foods help your thyroid, but they have other health benefits as well. Foods high in tyrosine, iodine, selenium, Omega-3's, zinc, copper, iron and protein are good for your thyroid. Eat and enjoy!

Vegetables, such as Avocado, Artichokes, Asparagus, Sea Vegetables (such as kelp, kombu, wakame, arame and dulse), Potatoes, Beets, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Leaf Lettuce, Watercress, Radishes, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Squash (including pumpkin and zucchini).

Beans like, Black Beans, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto, Kidney, Lentils and Split-Peas.

Herbs including, Black Pepper, Chilies, Garlic, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cilantro and Rosemary.

Fruits like, Apples, Apricots, Cranberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Cherries, Dates, Papaya, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Pineapple and Raspberries. AVOID - fruit juices, they're high in sugar and low in fiber.

Grains such as, Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Brown Rice and Wild Rice.

Oils, especially coconut oil, olive oil and raw butter.

Nuts like, Brazil, Macadamia, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds and Coconut meat.

Oily fish – Salmon, Tuna and Sardines. Eat Salmon and Tuna only once or twice a week because of mercury and other contaminants.

Meats and eggs – Organic Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Lamb and farm fresh/free range eggs. AVOID – Processed and smoked meats containing nitrates/nitrites. Commercial meat contains high quantities of antibiotics, so they are best avoided too.

Artichokes and Cilantro help to naturally detoxify your body. Herbs like Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Cinnamon and Chilies/Pepper naturally warm your body and increase your metabolism. Avocados, Potatoes, Turkey and Chicken are high in tyrosine. Sea Vegetables, Beans and Cranberries are high in iodine. Brazil nuts are very high in selenium, but don't eat too many. Coconut oil has a naturally stimulating effect on the thyroid.

If you do have thyroid disease you should limit or avoid eating: Raw - Broccoli, Soybeans, Kale and Peanuts because they limit your bodies ability to use iodine, if they are cooked their effect on the body is offset. Other foods that you should limit: Raw - Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Spinach, Pears, Peaches and Strawberries.

Finally, make sure that you eat breakfast, don't eat less than 1,000 calories a day, eat small meals throughout the day, eat the majority of your food early in the day – meaning have a light dinner, don't eat after 8 pm and get enough aerobic exercise (and exercise early in the day).

I'm seeing a nice big healthy salad here. Maybe start with some Romaine, add some Asparagus tips, Avocado, Beets, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Radishes, a little Wakame, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Black Beans, Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, topped with a chopped hard boiled Egg, Tuna and Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.  Yum!

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