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Harmful and Healthy Foods for the Thyroid Gland

Plamena M.Plamena M.
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Problems with the thyroid gland are difficult to detect. Normally, symptoms are weight problems, lack of energy and indigestion. The constant feeling of fatigue is accompanied by bloating.

In order to produce hormones and function right, the thyroid gland has need of iodine. However, it is not the only micronutrient it needs. But everything it does have need of can be obtained from food.

At the same time, there are compounds found in our food that interfere with the metabolic processes and are intricately connected with the production of thyroid hormones and absorption of iodine. Therefore when it comes to problems with the thyroid, the person needs to eat foods that are suitable for improving that condition.

The food taken has a decisive influence over the absorption of medications if the person is suffering from a thyroid disease. In conditions such as hypothyroidism and when undergoing hormone replacement therapy, the prescribed medications need to be taken in the morning, at least 30 min. before breakfast.


Iodine - the most important element, the lack of which is felt in thyroid problems, can most easily be provided to the body with iodized table salt. Iodine is also present in fish and seafood. But be careful - ready-to-eat products contain sodium, not iodized salt.

When taking iodine, one must also be careful with the amount. During overdose, the thyroid gland may become increasingly overactive, which is dangerous if the person already has hypothyroidism.

The products taken need be combined with various vitamin complexes and kelp - a food supplement based on brown seaweed. Here it must also be mentioned that excessive use with iodine is not recommended for people with autoimmune diseases of the thyroid, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

One of the most suitable foods for the thyroid gland are green juices from kale, spinach, cucumbers, ginger and lime. These ingredients, especially if combined, refuel the body with energy.


Numerous doctors, however, advise against eating raw cruciferous vegetables if you have hypothyroidism. At the same time, it is claimed that consuming broccoli, cabbage and spinach help raise the levels of glutathione in order to help restore the function of the thyroid.

The best advice is to consume cruciferous vegetables raw, boiled or in juice form. Ultimately, the number of studies supporting the consumption of cruciferous vegetables for prevention of thyroid cancer is much higher than the number against.

Among the other foods that are good for the thyroid are the Brazil nut, sea vegetables, chlorophyll and maca. Avoid soy protein isolate - especially soy cheese, soy yoghurt, energy bars with soy protein isolate, soy burgers and soy meat. If you are suffering from Hashimoto's thyroiditis, you need to avoid gluten. It stimulates the production of thyroid antibodies.