I wrote about my thyroid journey in this post, feel free to check it out also.

It is important to take all the necessary nutrients required by your body in your diet. The proper functioning of the thyroid gland can be otherwise disrupted.

Consuming these essential nutrients is only one side of the equation. The other side involves avoiding certain foods which can inhibit the functioning of thyroid gland.

Which if not implemented, can lead to hypothyroidism.

With that in mind, a well-balanced and nutritious diet is critical to maintaining healthy body and mind as well as your thyroid gland.

What foods are you eating on daily basis that are damaging your thyroid and which foods do you need to be eating instead to help jump-start your thyroid and energy levels

If you’ve done any research on how your diet can influence your thyroid health, you’ve likely stumbled upon some foods that can directly hurt your thyroid.

For a hypothyroidism diet, just as important as knowing what to eat is, also knowing which foods to avoid which could be contributing to your hypothyroidism.

Here are a few dietary tips to follow to help you with hypothyroidism

1. Try to use olive oil that has been cold-pressed and to consume nuts for their vitamin E and B vitamins.

2. Whole grains and nuts are excellent sources of B vitamins and zinc.

3. Foods that are high in tyrosine are a good choice such as almonds and avocados.

4. Try to always cook your food from scratch as often as possible. Vegetables, such as cabbage and cauliflower, brussel sprouts and broccoli, horseradish, cassava root, millet, kale, mustard and mustard greens, radishes, peaches, soybeans, rutabagas, pears, turnips and spinach.

5. Always use iodized table salt.

6. Research has shown that fluoride can cause reduced thyroid function. Switch to purified water for both cooking and drinking to help reduce fluoride consumption. Be aware that both green tea and black tea contain fluoride.

7. Try and add raw culinary herbs such as parsley for vitamin C to your dishes.

8. Winter squash, is rich in beta-carotene and a great addition to your diet.

9. For zinc and vitamin B12 consider meat, and also include dairy, eggs and shellfish.

Although many of the foods listed above, can offer many benefits for most healthy people, they may be considered a problem for at-risk groups.

These groups would include anyone that has a family history of hypothyroidism or those already showing signs of hypothyroidism and also, women who may be close to menopause.

Now the foods that help improve hypothyroidism.  Natural increase of the essential minerals assist the thyroid gland to function it’s best.  Then it is ready to produce the hormones your body needs:

1. Foods that are rich in the amino acid tyrosine. Turkey and chicken breast and fish. Yogurt and low-fat milk, lentils, almonds, sesame seeds. Lima beans, pumpkin seeds, bananas, and avocados.

2. Food that is rich in Selenium. For example whole, unrefined grains, Brazil nuts, dairy products, broccoli, brewer’s yeast, seafood (salmon and tuna). Chicken and other white meats, onions, and garlic.

3. Sunlight stimulates the pineal gland. Even though it is not classified as food, a daily dose of sunlight can positively affect your thyroid and endocrine system in a positive way.