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Hypothyroidism Revoltuion Diet

Hypothyroidism and diet, diet can be a major contributing factor in the onset of Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a hormonal disparity caused when your thyroid is not producing sufficient thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland produces and discharges two thyroid hormones.

Your Diet

Hypothyroidism diet , Pcture of healthy food in basket.

Your diet,can be a major contributing factor in the onset of Hypothyroidism.  especially as it’s a hormonal disparity caused when your thyroid is not producing sufficient thyroid hormone. The gland produces and discharges two hormones.

 

 

 

  1. 1.      Thyroxine (T4).
  2. 2.      Triiodothyronine (T3).

 Diet and Hormones

 

Thyroid hormones affect every cell and all the organs of the body. Too much thyroid hormone speeds things up and too little thyroid hormone slows things down.

Thyroid Hormones:-

  • Regulate the degree at which your body uses calories (your metabolism). Affecting weight loss or gain.
  • Affects your heart rate.
  • Affects your body temperature.
  • Modifies how quickly food travels through your digestive tract.
  • Affects muscle strength.
  • Regulates the speed your body replenishes dying cells.

What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

The most common are:

1)     Fatigue.

2)     Intolerance to cold.

3)     Weight gain.

4)     Constipation.

5)     Aches.

6)     Dry skin.

7)     Lifeless hair.

8)     Mental instability or depression.

9)     Muscle weakness.

10)  Poor memory,

11)  Lethargy and headaches.

12)  Deep slow speech

13)  Loss of hair

14)  Cold hands and feet.

15)  Pale thick skin.

16)  Brittle nails.

17)  Swelling of the face and eyelids.

18)  Excessive and painful menstrual flow.

19)  Nervousness and palpitations.

 

How to confirm you have Hypothyroidism?

A doctor can perform a thyroid test. You can also conduct the following simple self-test at home:

 Hypothyroidism Test, Sleeping Woman

  1.  Sleep through a full night. (This test won’t work if you have been up or have been to the toilet.)    
  2. When you are awake but still in bed, take your temperature in your armpit. Do this and record the temperatures 3 days in a row. A normal reading in between, 97.8 – 98.2 F (36.5 – 36.7 C).      
  3. A reading below 97.8 F (36.6 C) would indicate hypothyroid activity. (Above 98.2 would indicate hyperthyroid activity (an overactive Thyroid)).     
  4. If you are menstruating, take your temperature on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of the period.

 Hypothyroidism and Diet, Pic of Thermometer

 

 

Contributory Effects

Effects that contribute to Hypothyroidism are undernourishment, and thyroid and pituitary fatigue due to excessive caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other stimulants. Undernourishment does not necessarily mean shortage of nourishment, but a poor diet of processed and unhealthy foods which are not nutritious. Other environmental factors include the ingestion of fluoridated water, and pesticides and radiation.

 

A note for Women

Generally about one in eight women will be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The problem often shows between 30 and 50, during the hormonal changes. When you enter this age bracket, it is advantageous to beware of this issue and look out for the symptoms. By “nipping it in the bud’ you can spare yourself unnecessary suffering.

 

Its Treatment.

Hormone Replacement Medication.

The medical profession generally proscribes a thyroid hormone replacement medicine, which is taken daily. Once the correct dosage is found it works by bringing your thyroid hormone levels up to the correct level.  This is not a cure you will need to take this treatment for the rest of your life and it will have to be monitored to ensure the dosage remains correct.

Diet

It is well known that alternative treatments can work well in treating hypothyroidism, especially when the approach involves nutrition. With hypothyroidism and Diet, recovery from low thyroid function using a dietary option has been used has been very successful.

Natural treatments try to resolve the underlying causes of poor health rather than simply treat the symptoms. Experience has shown that hypothyroidism diet treatments can reverse low levels thyroid function, well before the development of permanent thyroid disease. Success in this hangs on how early we intervene and on the extent to which autoimmune antibodies are present.

The truth is that there is so much more that you can do to treat hypothyroidism than what your doctor may or may not recommend. In some circumstances medical treatment is the necessary option but in the majority of circumstances there is a natural and healthy treatment option available, which you owe it to yourself to try. Not only can it improve your health and reduce or eradicate the symptoms but it can enhance your lifestyle and increase your life expectancy.

Tom Brimeyer (Hypothyroidism Revolution) explains how following his hypothyroidism diet plan is by far the biggest factor in overcoming hypothyroidism.  Even if you are doing everything correctly, using the best available supplements or medicine, if your diet is wrong, then you will be fighting your battle against Hypothyroidism for the rest of your life.

To find out more and start your journey to a healthier and more proactive life, free from the constraints of Hypothyroidism, watch Toms video CLICK HERE where he explains about Hypothyroidism Diet and his own journey and how it empowered him to a healthier and happy lifestyles.

Hypothyroidism Revolution Diet

tom-brimeyerTom Brimeyer explains how  following the hypothyroidism diet plan is by far the biggest factor in overcoming hypothyroidism.  Even if you are doing everything correctly,  using the best available supplements or medicine, if your diet is wrong, then you will be fighting your battle  against Hypothyroidism for the rest of your life.

Then there’s the problem of actually finding the “right” hypothyroidism diet to follow. Most diets for hypothyroidism are completely outdated and based on poor research, if any research at all. But there’s also a lot of great research out there that is just now starting to connect a lot of the dots with hypothyroidism.

But unfortunately, it will take years or even decades for the general public, or even the medical community, to accept the fact that many of the dietary beliefs that exist today are completely false. And there’s a good chance that they never will.

Until that time comes, I plan to share all kinds of hypothyroidism diet tips with you, starting with these 10 below.

10 Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

1. Avoid Anti-Thyroid Foods

SOYAThe first hypothyroidism diet tip that I want to share with you is one that is very important. And this is because it’s a controversial topic because there are some highly touted “health foods” that you are eating which are actually contributing to your hypothyroidism.

Some of the first foods that come to mind are any food that contains soy. This includes soybeans, edamame, soy milk, tofu, etc. Soy is very estrogenic and estrogens have been shown to inhibit the thyroid gland from secreting its thyroid hormones.

And this is disturbing because I have seen more than one, very well respected hypothyroidism diet and hypothyroidism treatment program that actually recommend soy without ever discussing this very important link.

Another very controversial food that directly contributes to hypothyroidism is the polyunsaturated fats in your diet. And one reason this is such a big problem is that these fats have been touted for years for their beneficial properties while ignoring the research that clearly show the dangers.

But when it comes to your thyroid, these fats suppress its function on just about every level. First of all, they block the secretion of your thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland itself. Then they also block the transportation of the thyroid hormone within your bloodstream. And lastly, they block your cells from properly utilizing the hormone once they get it.

The research against these fats simply can’t be ignored. And the best hypothyroidism diet should exclude these fats at all costs. Or else you’re only setting yourself up for failure.

2. Increase Your Saturated Fats

Saturated fats on the other hand carry a lot of unfounded negative criticism. Critisizers of saturated fats still continue to cite outdated and poorly executed research studies from more than 50 years ago while ignoring the enormous amount of research showing their benefits.

One of the major benefits of the saturated fats being part of your hypothyroidism diet is that they help to cancel out the negative effects of the toxic polyunsaturated fats.

They also help by improving your body’s insulin response which helps you to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and reduce stress hormones. Elevated stress hormones are also one of the many hypothyroidism causes.

But you do have to be careful with many animal fats because they might not be quite what they seem on the outside. For example, all conventionally raised cattle are fattened with corn, soy, and other foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats. And because of this, their body fat becomes very unsaturated in the process.

So it’s important to include only high quality saturated fats in your diet for hypothyroidism. This includes fats from grass fed and grass finished animals, butter, and coconut oil.

3. Eat Your Fruit

Fruit can actually be one of your best friends when it comes to your hypothyroidism diet.Woman Hugging and bundle of fruit

For starters, most fruit is very high in potassium which plays an important role in regulating your blood sugar. This helps to decrease the need of insulin which helps keeps your blood sugar more stable for longer periods of time.

And by regulating your blood sugar, you automatically reduce your stress hormone response which, as I mentioned above, is a common problem with hypothyroidism.

However, there are some fruits which are best avoided. Avocados are a good example because of their high unsaturated fat content.

So, the key is to focus you hypothyroidism diet on the right fruits and avoid those that are working against you.

4. Increase Your Salt Intake

SALTThere are a lot of myths out there regarding salt and sodium. But it’s more important than most people realize, especially when it comes to your hypothyroidism diet.

Sodium is actually a very important nutrient that your body needs to carry out a multitude of functions. For example, sodium is necessary for properly regulating blood pressure. But it also has some other important functions in dealing with hypothyroidism.

One of the more common hypothyroidism symptoms is edema. And edema is a problem with your cells that causes them to take up more water. But when your cells take up water, they lose sodium which is then excreted and lost through your urine.

And when your sodium level is low, it actually slows your metabolism and increases your stress hormones which can also lead to sleep problem. And elevated stress hormones end up making you even more hypothyroid.

And because you get sodium from salt, it should make sense that salt is a necessary component of your hypothyroidism diet in order to help keep your stress hormones to a minimum and reverse hypothyroidism.

And most people need a lot more than they think.

 5. Get Plenty of Bone Broth

 

Bone with meatMost people don’t even know what bone broth is, let alone that it’s one of the best sources of protein that you can get. Bone broth was actually a common part of most people’s diets more than a century ago. But now, it’s become an almost entirely forgotten component of almost every hypothyroidism diet.

Bone broth is best known for being high in nutrients and very easy to digest. But it’s unique because it contains a blend of very anti-inflammatory amino acids that are lacking among most sources of meat.

6. Eat Some Shellfish

Living close to water definitely has its perks, especially when it comes to seafood. But shellfish in general are actually very beneficial to your thyroid and can play a crucial role in your hypothyroidism diet.Shell

For starters, they are a good source of thyroid hormone which we rarely get in our standard meat based diet these days. So eating shellfish alone can help give your thyroid some much needed support.

Another amazing benefit of shellfish is that they are naturally high in selenium. And selenium is one of the key nutrients that are required to convert the inactive T4 to the active T3 thyroid hormone in your liver.

 

7. Cut the Processed Foods

If it’s one thing that almost every hypothyroidism diet can agree with, it’s that processed foods have no place whatsoever in your diet.

Processed and/or packaged foods are loaded with processed grains that cause lots of problems with your blood sugar. And this causes a spike in your insulin levels which eventually leaves you with low blood sugar. And this creates yet another stress hormone response in order to raise your blood sugar levels back to normal.

There’s also the issue of these processed foods being full of toxic chemicals like flavour enhancers and preservatives. These chemicals are toxic and contribute to liver congestion which makes it even more difficult for your liver to convert the necessary thyroid hormones into their active form.

 

8. Cook Your Veggies

This is another one of the more controversial topics when it comes to your hypothyroid diet. And that’s because there’s a lot of misconceptions out there regarding raw vs. cooked veggies.

Yes, raw veggies do contain more nutrients than cooked veggies. But it’s not about what you eat; it’s about what you digest.

Because raw veggies are very difficult to digest, you actually extract fewer nutrients from them raw than you do from cooked veggies.

You also want to really cook your veggies well in order to help break down the fiber and make the nutrients as readily available as possible. Otherwise, the fiber can become food for bad gut bacteria which is problematic and also contributes to hypothyroidism.

 

9. Don’t Overdo the Water

Bottles of waterContinuing in our long list of controversial hypothyroidism diet topics, let’s discuss water.

Most people are led to believe that they need 8 glasses of water a day or even more. But what we already know about hypothyroidism is that is
causes water retention. So why does it make sense to drink even more water when your body has a problem getting rid of it in the first place?

It doesn’t.

And this can cause your sodium levels to drop even more which as I mentioned above, also contributes to hypothyroidism.

The best recommendation for water while on your hypothyroidism diet is to drink when thirsty. If you work outside in the sun then odds are you’ll need more water than me while I’m sitting here indoors moving only my fingers on the keyboard.

The amount of water you really need depends on many variables. And your thirst is the best indicator of how much you need.

 

10. Drink Your Coffee

I thought I would round out the 10 hypothyroidism diet tips with… coffee.Woman Drinking Coffe

Believe it or not, but coffee has some amazing benefits for your thyroid. But keep in mind that it has to be taken right or else it can have some negative effects. You should never drink coffee on an empty stomach. And it’s important to add the right ratios of fat and sugar.

Coffee is high in caffeine which works to stimulate your thyroid. It’s also high in magnesium and B vitamins which are both necessary for proper thyroid function.

Studies also back up these claims showing that coffee drinkers have the lowest incidence of thyroid disease, including cancer.

I know that many of the tips that I just gave you are controversial. But they are all based on research even though the research might not have made it into the public eye for one reason or another. That’s a topic for another article. But I hope that you’ve learned some very useful tips that you can immediately put into action and incorporate into your hypothyroidism diet today to start seeing some results.

The author of  The Hypothyroidism Revolution Tom Brimeyer has created a video where he explains his own journey and how it empowered him to a healthier and happy lifestyles.

Click here to watch Tom’s video

and start your journey to a healthier and more proactive life, free from the constraints of Hypothyroidism