How to cure thyroid through diet and lifestyle changes?

It is estimated that more than 200 million people are suffering from some kind of thyroid issues!

If we ask people how they start their day, their answer is a thyroid pill. People with thyroid are either overweight or underweight. With many other symptoms also. But except weight problems, the other symptoms are not likely related to thyroid. Those are just side effects of the medications, that people take to cure thyroid.

What is thyroid?

It’s just a gland. But, the disorder you may be having, is related to malfunctioning of this gland.

graphical diagram of thyroid gland

Location of thyroid gland (red colored)

Functions of thyroid gland

  • How we digest
  • How we burn calories
  • Metabolism of fats & carbohydrates
  • Our body weight management

Imbalance in any one of the hormone can result in serious consequences.

Now, if we describe thyroid disorder, it has two common types-
• Hypothyroid
• Hyperthyroid

As clear from the names, one is hypo, other is hyper. Hypo means under, hyper means over. So, hypothyroid means when your thyroid gland is under-active. TSH becomes high due to hypothyroid. Hyperthyroid means your thyroid is overactive. TSH is usually low due to hyperthyroid. Thyroid disorders may not always be preventable, but it’s treatable.

Symptoms

If you have an under-active thyroid, you’ll gain too much weight. Hypothyroid makes your metabolism too slow. As a result, most of the food digested is stored as fat. If you have an overactive thyroid, you’ll burn calories too fast. As a result, you will become underweight. Other symptoms may include hormonal problems, hair fall, migraine etc. Estrogen gets high and progesterone gets low, as a consequence, menses cycle is disturbed. Testosterone levels also get disturbed. See your doctor if you have any of the symptoms.

Talk with your dietitian about making changes in your diet. This helps balance thyroid function. And, will protect your body from effects of thyroid disorder.

written symptoms of hypo and hype thyroid

Symptoms of hypo and hyper thyroid disorders

Reasons

The main reason of thyroid is stress levels, which increase cortisol levels, which in turn interfere with thyroxine production. Then comes the dietary and lifestyle related habits. Lifestyle includes your sleep, stress, exercise, immunity, water intake. Refined oils also block thyroxin working, which in turn can make your cholesterol high. Imbalance in thyroid hormones disturbs fats conversion.

Dietary solutions

Complete change in your diet and lifestyle. Also, dietary changes depend on type of disorder.

For hypothyroid

  • Have iodine rich diet
  • Dairy products
  • Complex carbohydrates like sweet potato and whole grains
  • Fresh fruits
  • Lentils and legumes
  • Eggs and meat if you are non vegetarian
  • Moderate intake of cruciferous family like cauliflower cabbage etc.

For Hyperthyroid

  • Balanced food intake, with low iodine sources
  • Always use non-iodized salt
  • Egg whites and chicken
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Dairy products
  • Whole grains

Lifestyle changes

 

  • Daily exercise with yoga
  • Neck and breathing exercises
  • Proper sleep to give your body repairing time
  • Taking care of stress levels

Add ons

  • Soak coriander seeds in water overnight, boil, sieve and drink in the morning
  • Raw virgin cold press coconut oil (for salads dressings and cooking)
  • For Selenium deficiency, you can take tables or supplements
  • Nuts and seeds can also be helpful.

Conclusion

It’s a mere lifestyle disorder. It can be easily reversed by following a healthy lifestyle & diet. Diet and lifestyle modifications are both necessary, for maintenance of any kind of thyroid disorder.


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Dietitian Lavleen

Dietitian Lavleen

***Winner of Best Dietitian in Chandigarh in 2015 organised by Global lifestyle awards. Most promising Youngest dietitian in 2016 organised by International health care awards. Best innovative class in 2017 organised by Global achievers forum. Weight loss specialist - Chandigarh, diet consultations, online diet plans - 7 years experience in Nutrition and Dietetics - Worked at PGIMER and Inscol hospitals.*** My passion is helping others achieve their health goals through optimal nutrition and diet. "Don't diet, rather eat correct food!" It has always been my dream to create and promote good health and fitness through good food. My aim is to guide, educate and motivate my patients about how healthy eating can contribute in bringing health, wealth and happiness together in their lifestyle.

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4 Responses

  1. Meghana says:

    Which Oil is good for daily use For Thyroid patients

    • Naman Thareja says:

      Cold press virgin coconut oil, desi ghee, seed oils like sesame oil & mustard oil and are all good for thyroid patients. Avoid refined oils.

  2. Neha says:

    What should be taken first…. Thyroid tablet or coriander water and how much time gap between the two

    • Naman Thareja says:

      You have to take thyroid tablet firstly in the morning. After half an hour, have coriander water.

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