3 Forgotten Essential Thyroid Diet Principles

Iodine: dried seaweed, yogurt, turkey breast, navy beans, and eggs. Dried seaweed is the best source, providing 4500 micrograms in just 1/4 ounce, again, more than 100% of your daily need.

Zinc: oysters, beef, wheat germ, spinach and pumpkin seeds. Oysters are the best source, giving you 33 mg of zinc in just 6 oysters. That’s 220% of your daily needs.

B vitamins (all of them): B1-whole grain and leafy greens; B2-chicken, fish and leafy greens; B3-chicken, fish, and legumes; folic acid-leafy greens, liver, and legumes; B12-chicken, fish, and eggs; biotin-salmon, pork, and avocado; Pantothenic acid-yogurt, avocado, and legumes.

Antioxidants: Goji berries (both delicious and extremely high in antioxidants), dark chocolate, pecans, and artichokes.

You will notice that many of these important nutrients are present in meat and fish. This is just one of the reasons that vegans can have as much trouble keeping up their thyroid health as low-carb dieters, which leads to our next important principle.

Support the Detoxification Process (Without Pushing It)

You need a very balanced diet to support the detoxification process. Simply trying to do a detox while continuously adding new stressors will not get you the results you want. Any diet on the extreme edge of the spectrum is unhealthy and can throw your liver and thyroid out of balance.

Low Carb diets promote hypothyroidism by denying your body glycogen, which is the storage form of glucose. Glycogen is needed to produce glucuronic acid, which detoxifies thyroid suppressive hormones such as estrogen. On the other extreme, purely vegan diets deny our thyroids the 70 to 100 grams of high-quality protein our thyroid needs to function at its best.

A thyroid-healthy diet will contain all the nutrients that you need in the right proportions to avoid taxing your system. This gives your liver and thyroid a more gentle and effective way to recover while allowing you to detoxify thyroid suppressing hormones naturally.

The method listed above may feel slower and take more effort than a quick detox or fad diet, but it’s actually much more effective in the long run. When coupled with alcohol moderation, smoking cessation and daily physical activity, the long-term results will be a healthier, happier you.

Edited by: Jessa (Feb. 28, 2019)