If you have Hashimoto’s disease, it is worth switching to a diet rich in high quality proteins and fats, with lots of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and other foods rich in nutrients. You should also eat three courses and two to three snacks a day to maintain energy levels throughout the day.
It is recommended to eat about 20 grams of protein in each meal. You can also include fish in the diet because they contain omega-3 fatty acids. Whey protein is also a good source of protein. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, good sources of vegetable protein will be tempeh, spirulina, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flax or hemp.
Eat 4-6 tablespoons of good fats every day with avocados, nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin, chia and flax), organic butter, virgin olive oil, coconut milk and meat. Coconut is very good for the thyroid, thanks to the lauric acid contained in it, which has a soothing effect on the endocrine system.
FOOD ALREADY IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Concentrate on providing your body with rich antioxidant foods necessary to fight damage caused by free radicals. Put special emphasis on foods containing vitamin A, which is particularly useful. Other nutrients (which provide antioxidant properties), which are too few people suffering from Hashimoto, include vitamins C and E, iodine, zinc and selenium.
FOOD ALREADY VITAMIN A/ BETA-KAROTEN
Include such products in your menu as carrots, boiled liver, cod liver oil, eggs, Greek yoghurt, lightly cooked spinach, chard, winter pumpkin, red pepper, apricots and sweet potatoes.
FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN C
Red pepper, parsley, broccoli, citrus fruit, romaine lettuce.
FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN E
Beets, sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados.
FOOD ALSO RICH IN ZINC
Oysters, crabs, beef (organic), sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
FOOD IN RICH IN SELENIUM
Brazil nuts, crimini mushrooms, cod, shrimp, halibut, alfalfa, oats, sunflower seeds, brown rice.
Eat at least 4 cups a day and choose a variety of colorful vegetables. Eat them lightly cooked or raw. Avoid eating vegetables from the brassica family because they inhibit the functioning of the thyroid. Brassicas include broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, etc.
Eat fruit, grains and starchy vegetables. Eat 1/2 cup of fruit per day, plus 1/2 to 1 cup full of beans or starchy vegetables.
Drink at least 8 cups of clean, filtered water daily. Avoid chlorine and fluoride water that may interfere with normal thyroid function. Also remember that you should not buy water in plastic bottles!
What should be avoided if we have Hashimoto’s disease?
Some people have to be careful about gluten, but it is worth discussing this with a dietitian and not exclude gluten on their own. Among other products to be avoided, mention is made of soy, omega-6 fats, rapeseed oil and cruciferous vegetables – cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower important
Thyroid gland uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods, to produce thyroid hormones. However, people with Hashimoto’s disease or other types of autoimmune thyroid disorder may be susceptible to adverse iodine side effects. Eating foods that have large amounts of iodine, such as seaweed, can cause hypothyroidism. The use of iodine supplements may have the same effect.
Talk to your doctor about what products should be restricted or categorically avoided. Let him know if you take iodine supplements. In addition, share with him information about all cough syrups, because they may contain iodine.
Women need a little more iodine when they are pregnant, because the child receives iodine from the mother’s diet. However, too much iodine can cause problems, such as the goiter in infants. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about how much iodine you need.
The right diet is essential in the fight against Hashimoto’s disease. If you have doubts about what you should eat, consult a nutritionist who will help you determine your personal nutrition plan.