Bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement therapy provides patients with safe, filler-free alternatives to synthetic thyroid hormones, but no therapy works in a vacuum. You need to eat right to aid your thyroid health.
The good news is that foods that improve your thyroid health are tasty, so you can enjoy your thyroid diet. A thyroid diet can also help you lose weight.
Because your thyroid needs sufficient amounts of iodine for proper functioning, healthy iodine sources are essential. Ordinary table salt contains iodine, but a salty diet creates other health issues.
One of the best ways to ensure you are receiving enough iodine is by consuming a seaweed salad, and you do not need to eat these sea greens more than once or twice weekly to derive the benefits.
Any type of yogurt contains iodine, but Greek yogurt is an especially good source. A cup a day makes up about half of your daily requirements. Other dairy products, including plain, low-fat milk, are good for your thyroid. Cheese lovers, rejoice – a daily slice of cheddar provides you with both vitamin D and iodine.
Have a healthy snack and help your thyroid at the same time. Nuts and berries are full of thyroid-friendly nutrients. Here are some especially useful samples:
Berries are packed with antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body. People with thyroid deficiencies often have more free radicals in their bodies than those with normal thyroid function.
Fish, in general, contain lots of iodine, and that is particularly true of shellfish such as crab, oysters, shrimp, and lobster. Other options include tuna – which contains iodine and selenium – cod, salmon, sardines, and trout.
Eggs are a fine source of iodine and selenium. For best results, consume the entire egg, unless a person experiences other health issues that make eating the yolk unwise.
There are some foods to stay away from to protect your thyroid, and processed and fast foods are the worst culprits. Since these items are bad for your health overall, avoiding them is a no-brainer. Soy can affect thyroid health, so cut out any soy products in your diet.
If you want to know more about thyroid health and bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement therapy, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange for a consultation.