healthy eating for Hypothyroidism

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I have recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and put on 50mg of Levothyroxine, I am interested in eating healthy for my thyroid ie what foods can I eat and what ones that I should avoid? Are there recommended books I can read and sites for more information please.

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    Try. The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF)

    Foods to avoid for hypothyroidism 

    People with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy. Cooking the vegetables can reduce the effect that cruciferous vegetables have on the thyroid gland.

    Coffee - Caffeine has been found to block absorption of the Thyroid Hormone Replacement

    Soy - The hormone estrogen can interfere with your body's ability to use thyroid hormone

    Best foods to eat for hypothyroidism 

    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

    Nuts - Another great source of selenium, nuts make a handy snack that you can take anywhere. They also go well in salads or stir-fries. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts are all particularly high in selenium, which helps the thyroid function properly. With Brazil nuts, you only need to eat one or two; with other nuts, a small handful is enough to get your daily nutrients — and be sure to keep an eye on portion size, as nuts are also very high fat.

    Eat Whole Grains

    Fruit & Veg (apart from the ones mentioned above to avoid) 


    Seaweed has a high concentration of iodine, an essential nutrient for thyroid function. "Iodine is the precursor for the production of thyroid hormone," Dr. Dodell explains. Seaweed, packaged as nori, wakame, and dulse, can be used in sushi, soups, and salads. Another plus: Seaweed offers nutritional benefits of fiber, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.

    It is possible to have too much iodine, which can worsen thyroid disease, Dodell cautions. However, according to the American Thyroid Association the likelihood of this is greater if you're taking supplements that contain iodine. Be sure to talk with your physician before increasing your iodine intake.


    Coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk is like medicine for ppl that suffer with thyroid probs 

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      Dr Gregory Dodell


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      'Dr. Dodell specializes in general Endocrinology, including thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, osteoporosis, diabetes, and nutrition. The aspect of this field that captured Dr. Dodell’s interest is that hormones have a wide range of effects on the body and the correct evaluation and management of an Endocrine condition can dramatically improve people’s lives. He enjoys meeting new patients daily who he can hopefully work with over a long period of time to improve their health. His most important goal as a provider is to be thorough and insightful in approaching a clinical question while providing a comfortable environment for his patients.'

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    They also recommend that you try to eliminate dairy when got thyroid probs & is best not to eat spinach.

    myself im happy to stop eat dairy, but am upset that you can't eat the veg that Id already mentioned. 

    All ol the best and like I'v mentioned - go to BTF the British Thyroid Foundation - they will help you no end. Also, if you are on Face Book look them up - I know there are groups that you might be interested in joining - just put in a search for your condition. 

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