Thyroid disease is one of the most common health problems we face today, about 40% of people are affected by it. Thyroid hormones are used by every cell in your body to regulate metabolism and body weight, controlling fat burning, and generating energy and heat.
Today, in this space, I want to introduce you to three enemies that wreak havoc on your thyroid and that nobody has told you before (until now). Treating symptoms individually is the most common, but the general picture of the problem often goes unnoticed. We need to see it more broadly, understanding the importance of the influence of environmental aggressors who frequently strike the thyroid.
Therefore, in the case of patients with thyroid problems, one should think more broadly than just treating their symptoms with synthetic hormonal medications.
Therefore, it is necessary that you know three enemies of your thyroid (and consequently of your weight loss).
Foods that damage the thyroid
Gluten sensitivity is something very common and that can be the cause of thyroid dysfunction, due to autoimmune responses. About 30% of people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, which is often undervalued.
Unfortunately, soy is not as healthy a food as was imagined and there are already thousands of scientific studies linking it to thyroid impairment. Its phytoestrogens are potent anti-thyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and even thyroid cancer.
Therefore, unfermented soy products such as soy meat, soy milk, soy cheese, are not advisable. If you have access to unprocessed, organic, and fermented foods like natto, miso, and tempeh, they are highly recommended for helping to compose a healthier diet.
3: Iodine Deficiency
You may have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism due to the lack of a simple mineral in your diet: iodine. In the past, the recommendation was to use with iodized salt on the table to avoid this deficiency.
However, since the 1970s, the orientation has changed, advising everyone to avoid salt. However, when cutting salt, most people eliminated their only source of the mineral. A large international study says that more than 13 million people who have this deficiency are undiagnosed in America.
Iodine is essential because:
- Low levels of iodine are linked to obesity, psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia and a variety of cancers.
- It can also trigger cardiac arrhythmias, osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass.
Knowing how important this element is to your health, I want to talk to you about how to replace iodine and come up with a natural solution that can naturally help your thyroid.
In fact, table salt is not highly recommended. The safest way to obtain iodine is to use unrefined iodized sea salt to flavor food. Instead, the best way to absorb iodine is through food, especially with: seaweed, salmon, cod, lobster, scallops, yogurt, and cranberries.
If you have heard about iodine supplementation, I have a message: try to consume it in the form of iodide which is what your thyroid uses. In this case, it is very important that you talk to your doctor, as it is a strategy that needs to be well monitored and should not be done indiscriminately.
I also want to present to you a natural solution to recover your thyroid.
What are the best foods to heal the thyroid?
1: Vitamin C
Vitamin C has an important antioxidant action for the thyroid gland because besides helping it in detoxification, it increases iodine fixation.
Among the dietary sources of vitamin C are:
- Camu Camu (2,700 mg per 100 grams) – 60 times more vitamin C than an orange
- Red and green peppers (242 mg per 100 grams)
- Guava (228 mg per 100 grams).
- Oranges and strawberries (60 mg per 100 grams)
If you choose to supplement, I advise you to supplement between 4 to 8 g per day. In conditions of diseases such as cancer, double these dosages. This generates energy gain and extra disposition.
Your deficiency is more critical to your thyroid than iodine deficiency. Consume at least 2 nuts a day or use a 200 mcg selenium supplement daily, as studies suggest.