Nutrition Guidance Specialist in Orlando, FL
Practicing good nutrition can benefit every aspect of an individual’s health including helping with thyroid issues. Nutrition guidance by Dr. Ruben Valdes is available at The Thyroid Place. For more information and guidance contact us now or book an appointment today. We are located at 3101 Maguire Blvd Suite 101, Orlando FL 32803.
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Nutritional diets are important for everyone, they impact every aspect of an individual’s overall health and are essential for living a long, happy, and healthy life. But certain dietary interventions can have specific benefits for patients with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body does not produce enough thyroid hormones. There is an estimate that 0.5-5% of the US population suffers from this disease.
Many bodily functions are controlled by thyroid hormones, such as growth, cell repair, and metabolism. There are many symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, including fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, cold intolerance, mood changes, and constipation.
Hypothyroidism is treated with medication, but a healthy diet and lifestyle can also improve thyroid function and symptoms.
Hashimoto’s disease is a leading cause of hypothyroidism, and the benefits of dietary changes for people with Hashimoto’s disease include improved thyroid function, promotion of healthy body weight, and reduction of hypothyroid symptoms.
A gluten-free diet, an elimination diet for autoimmune conditions, and an anti-inflammatory diet are some of the dietary patterns that have been shown to be helpful for people with Hashimoto’s disease.
A gluten-free diet may help improve thyroid function, while a diet high in vegetables and fruits may protect against cellular damage and maintain a healthy weight.
Further, some studies suggest that elimination diets, like a modified paleo diet that eliminates grains and dairy, can improve the quality of life and reduce fatigue in Hashimoto’s patients.
People with hypothyroidism often struggle with weight loss, which can be promoted through a nutritious, calorie-controlled diet.
Additionally, deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamin D, zinc, thiamine, B6, iodine, magnesium, and selenium can exacerbate hypothyroid symptoms, so ensuring your diet is well-rounded and contains adequate amounts of both macronutrients and micronutrients is extremely important.
Most people with hypothyroidism can benefit from a diet rich in nutrients and low in pro-inflammatory foods.
The thyroid requires a variety of nutrients to be healthy. Hypothyroidism patients are also more likely to develop certain nutrient deficiencies than the general population.
Hypothyroidism can be caused by a deficiency in iodine, an essential mineral for making thyroid hormones. Around the world, hypothyroidism is mainly caused by insufficient iodine intake.
The mineral selenium is also essential for thyroid health. In addition to producing thyroid hormones, it also protects the thyroid from oxidative damage. Your selenium levels can be boosted by adding selenium-rich foods to your diet. Brazil nuts, tuna, sardines, eggs, and legumes fall into this category.
The thyroid hormone and thyroid function are dependent on zinc, just as selenium is. Your thyroid function and many other aspects of your health can be negatively impacted if you don’t consume enough zinc.
Individuals with hypothyroidism should also try to ensure they get enough B12, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Iron.
There aren’t many foods you should avoid if you have hypothyroidism. Some foods, however, can cause issues for people with hypothyroidism.
Proteins found in wheat, barley, triticale, and rye are called gluten. Researchers are still unsure whether a gluten-free diet is necessary for everyone with Hashimoto’s disease, although some studies suggest it may benefit people with the disease.
The health of people with hypothyroidism is also promoted by limiting certain foods. Foods high in added sugars, ultra-processed foods, and fried foods may cause oxidative stress and inflammation in people with hypothyroidism. Cutting back on these products might also help you maintain a healthy weight, as eating more of these foods contributes to oxidative stress. Staff at The Thyroid Place work with patients to determine a nutrition guide tailored to each patient to help promote their overall health and manage their condition. For more information and guidance contact us now or book an appointment today. We are located at 3101 Maguire Blvd Suite 101, Orlando FL 32803. We are serving clients from Orlando, FL, Winter Park FL, Fairview Shores FL, Edgewood FL, and surrounding areas!