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Thyroid Problems! So What Do We Eat?

Thyroid problems! So what do we eat?

 

While there’s no such thing as a “hypothyroidism diet” that will make anyone instantly well, eating a well designed ketogenic diet will help boost the effectiveness of the thyroid.

MyKetoPal’s ketogenic 180 Food Plan aims to…

  • reduce our excess body fat,
  • stabilize the hormone balance in our body, and
  • boost our overall recovery process.

 


Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as wild salmon, trout, tuna, or sardines make this food an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.

Unmanaged hypothyroidism can increase the risk for heart disease as a result of higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol. Omega-3s are known to decrease inflammation, help with immunity, and lower the risk for heart disease.

 

Fish is also a good source of the essential mineral selenium, which is most concentrated in the thyroid. Selenium also helps decrease inflammation.

 

Nuts

All particularly high in nutrients, nuts are a great source of the essential mineral selenium –it helps the thyroid function properly. Nuts make handy snacks and go well in salads or stir-fries.

We need be sure to keep an eye on portion size as nuts are very high in carbs –something we want to avoid over consuming.

Some of the keto nuts we usually use in our recipes are:

  • Brazil nuts,
  • walnuts,
  • almonds,
  • macadamia nuts,
  • pecans, and
  • hazelnuts

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables

One of the early symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain. Low-carb, high-density foods such as fresh green leaf produce are the cornerstone of every successful weight loss program based on ketogenic diet.

MyKetoPal’s ketogenic 180 Food Plan includes daily –and often at each meal- consumption of adequate amounts of

  • avocados,
  • tomatoes,
  • cucumbers,
  • onions,
  • garlic,
  • parsley,
  • cilantro,
  • asparagus,
  • raw and/or cooked green leaf veggies,
  • micro greens, and
  • fresh green herbs.

In general, we stay away from most fruits, as these contain high amounts of fruit sugar (any form of fructose) which will for sure kick us out of ketosis. We do not want to introduce any sugar into our diet, as getting back into fat burning ketosis mode will typically take three to seven  days once we are fallen off track.

We consume only low sugar fruits such as …

  • raspberries,
  • blackberries,
  • blueberries,
  • cranberries, and
  • boysenberries.

which are also rich in antioxidants, nutrients that are known to lower risk for heart disease.

 

In order to not effect the thyroid‘s ability to absorb iodine for normal thyroid function, we chose to limit our intake of “cooked” cruciferous vegetables to 10 ounces a day max. –such as …

  • zucchini,
  • beet greens,
  • broccoli,
  • Brussels sprouts,
  • cabbage,
  • cauliflower,
  • kale,
  • Swiss chard,
  • turnips, and
  • bok choy.

 

Seaweed

Seaweed provides our thyroid with a high concentration of iodine and offers nutritional benefits of

  • fiber,
  • calcium,
  • vitamin A,
  • vitamin B,
  • vitamin C,
  • vitamin E, and
  • vitamin K.

Iodine is the precursor for the production of thyroid hormone, consequently, it is the most essential nutrient for normal thyroid function.

Packaged as nori, wakame, and dulse, seaweed can be used in sushi, soups, and salads.

A single gram (0.035 ounce) of seaweed can contain anywhere between 16 and 2,984 micrograms of iodine!

 

 

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