Hypothyroidism refers to a decrease in the function of the thyroid gland resulting in the production of low levels of thyroid hormones in the body. Hypothyroidism (or underactive thyroid gland) is a common thyroid gland disorder and is more prevalent in women.
What Is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits near the base of your neck. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
While the estimates vary, approximately 10 million Americans are likely to have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as 10% of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency.
- Your diet should always include foods that are high in iodine content such as seafood like sushi, seaweed, and saltwater fish. Iodine can also be found in bananas and parsley. Try to use iodized salt instead of plain rock salt in cooking.
- You need to drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses a day. Remember when you are dehydrated, your body stores fatter and making you gain more weight.
- Eating more fruit and vegetables help prevent hypothyroidism.
- A consumption of coconut oil stimulates the production of thyroid hormone. It increases your metabolism and is considered as an energy booster but should be taken in moderation, appropriate to your age and body structure.
- Green tea helps you lose weight by raising your metabolism and also through fat oxidation.
- Increase your intake of lean meats, fish, lentils, and low-fat milk as these are rich in tyrosine, which is required for thyroid hormone production.
- Diets high in fibre will not only help you lose weight but also promote regularity in your bowel movement and can help lower your cholesterol. You should get your fibre from actual foods, like beans, rice, and other grains, whole wheat and oatmeal.
- Exercise raises tissue sensitivity toward the thyroid hormone and encourages its secretion from the thyroid gland.
- Alcohol should also be avoided because it can cause blood sugar fluctuations.