Having thyroid problems SUCK!!! Like let’s be real here!!! After finding out all the foods and things I do on a daily, I should actually be avoiding, was kind of gut wrenching!
No broccoli, no cauliflower, no strawberries, no peanuts, NO NO NO!!!!
When I hear things that I cannot have, I feel deprived and then I want those things even more, funny how the mindset works… DAMN IT!!!!
However, I am slowly learning (yes it’s a process), to focus on all the goodness I can have, and treat myself with them, a lot!
There are so many good and nutritious food out there that is so helpful to our bodies and our thyroids! And when you have autoimmune disease where your damn thyroids are Ms. Sensitive Sally’s, we gotta do our best to baby those bad boys!
With that said, I wanna share some foods that are like SUPER POWERS for our thyroids, that you should be incorporating in your diet daily!
First, I will start with my favorite….
Asparagus possesses a variety of biological properties, as they are rich in antioxidants, plus they are anti-inflammatory, antihepatotoxic, antibacterial, and antioxytocic!
Asparagus can also protect the liver cells against toxins and might even help to alleviate alcoholic hangovers. (if you drink, stick to GLUTEN FREE beverages, I prefer Ciders :))
Asparagus also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and folic acid, which are all needed to maintain a proper thyroid gland!
2. Avocado (ok so maybe 1 & 2 are tied)
Avocados are one of most nutrient dense foods, and so eating an avocado per day can help to provide many nutrients, and comes with other health benefits as well.
Current research has shown that avocado seeds may improve hypercholesterolemia, and can be useful in the treatment of hypertension, inflammatory conditions and diabetes!
Seeds have also been found to possess insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial activities! Avocado oil consists of 71% monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), 13% polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and 16% saturated fatty acids (SFA), which helps to promote healthy blood lipid profiles and enhance the bioavailability of fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals from the avocado or other fruits and vegetables, naturally low in fat, which are consumed with avocados! YAY FOR HEALTHY FATS!!!!
3. Coconut Oil
Because coconut oil is a saturated fat, many people still try to avoid this oil out of fear that saturated fats can cause heart disease.
Of course this isn’t proven in the latest research, and the evidence actually shows that coconut oil can lower lipid levels in serum and tissues and LDL oxidation by physiological oxidants!
Another study demonstrated that coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic (can reduce fever) properties! The anti-inflammatory properties can be especially beneficial for those with autoimmune thyroid conditions.
Coconut oil is also one of the fats you can safely cook with! WINNING!!!
*There are some sources which demonstrate that coconut oil can speed up the metabolism, and thus benefit people with hypothyroidism. In fact, a few sources claim that coconut oil can cure hypothyroidism. Although coconut oil might have a positive benefit on the metabolism, keep in mind that most cases of hypothyroidism have an autoimmune component, and just taking coconut oil isn’t going to address this. But with that being said, due to some of the other health benefits I mentioned earlier, coconut oil should be consumed by most people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions. I recommend for most people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions to consume at least one tablespoon of coconut oil per day.
Garlic has many different health benefits, and while some people are unable to tolerate garlic, for those who are able to eat garlic I recommend doing so on a frequent basis.
With regards to autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (as well as Graves’ Disease), garlic can help to decrease proinflammatory cytokines and suppress nuclear factor kappa B, which are both factors in autoimmune conditions.
Also, many people are aware of the antimicrobial properties of garlic, as garlic can help to eradicate bacteria such as H. Pylori, and in some cases can even be effective against strains which are antibiotic resistant! Garlic also has antifungal and antiparasitic activities, and of course pathogens can play a role in thyroid autoimmunity!! So add that ISH to everything!
5. Last but not least, Bone Broth. I have not tried this yet and I will be honest, it kind of freaks me out, but I have heard amazing things and a lot of people have actually recommend that I start drinking this… so before I do, I share with you 🙂
Bone broth involves boiling the bones of animals, and it is very nutrient dense. In addition, bone broth includes amino acids which can help to reduce inflammation and heal the gut. This can be essential for someone who has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as many people with this condition have a leaky gut. And some researchers feel that everyone with any type of autoimmune condition has a leaky gut. I’m not sure if this is true, but regardless of whether or not someone has a leaky gut, drinking bone broth can be beneficial. And if someone does in fact have a leaky gut, then drinking a few cups of bone broth can help with the healing process, assuming the trigger which caused the leaky gut in the first place has been removed.
How much bone broth should someone drink on a daily basis? If someone has received a positive test for a leaky gut then drinking at least 2 or 3 cups of bone broth daily would be a good idea. If someone has an autoimmune condition and doesn’t know if they have a leaky gut, I would recommend drinking at least one or two cups per day, although more than this would be fine. Of course the quality of the bone broth is important. For example, if you are drinking beef bone broth then I would make sure the bones are from cows which were 100% grass fed.
Now with that said, focus on the things that you can have, listen to your body, give it rest when it needs rest, and I’ve it exercise when it needs exercise!
And ALWAYS LOVE YOURSELF!!! Even if you feel like crap, you are feeling unmotivated, and sluggish and don’t want to do anything…. STILL LOVE YOURSELF!!!