The thyroid gland secretes horomones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. When the thyroid is underactive, it doesn't make enough hormones and common symptoms are fatigue, intolerance to cold, slowed heart rate, weight gain, muscle weakness, hair loss, dry skin, cold hands and feet, decreased sexual interest, insomnia, infertility, puffy face, slow speech, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and heavy menstrual periods.
Often times this is a gradual decrease in hormones, so people do not notice the signs, but it can cause issues in more than 5 million people in the US. THis is five to eight times more common in women than men. Often, it's caused by an autoimmune condition called hashimotos thyroditis, where the body begins to attack the thyroid gland. It's important to determine the cause of hypothyroidism because the nutrition supplements are different for hashimotos vs traditional hypothyroidism. If you have hashimotos, do not follow the nutrition recommendations below - please reach out and we'll guide you on the right path.
What should you eat?
A healthy diet, with plenty of seafood, sea vegetables and other rich iodine sources. You will want to avoid raw cabbage, brussels, broccoli, turnip, cauliflower, mustard greens, and spinach. If you cook these tiems, you will want to limit them. A few other foods to limit include almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, millet, tapioca, coffee, tea, and soy products. The thyroxine absorption is affected by these goitrogenic foods, which may also include strawberries and peaches. Don't forget about balanced supplements!
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