Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Different types of thyroid disorders affect either its structure or function, according to medicinenet.com.
“A stint on anti-thyroid medications under the ever-looming threat of radioactive ablation of my thyroid gland, proved relatively effective, but what truly reversed the illness was better care placed on the foods that nourished my body,” says Jenny, who is the author of nourished kitchen.com and was being diagnosed with Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disease characterized by hyperthyroidism in the spring of 2004.
She adds on, “Nevertheless, the little thyroid scare caused me to revisit the importance of good nutrition and thyroid health. Here’s a hint: what you avoid is just as important as what you eat…”
Below is the quick food list for thyroid balancing.
Foods that May Speed Up a Slow Thyroid
1. Sea Weed
Naturally rich in iodine as well as trace minerals, sea weed has long been considered a food that supports thyroid function. Indeed, native peoples subsisting on their traditional diets often went to very great lengths to obtain sea vegetables in effort to avoid goiter. Iodine is critical to thyroid health and function. Without adequate dietary iodine, your body is unable to manufacture the thyroid hormones. Remember: moderation is the key, not excess.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil also supports proper thyroid function as it slightly stimulates thyroid hormone production and the metabolism. In this way, wise incorporation of coconut oil into the the diet is thought to support thyroid health and help sufferers of hypothyroidism to lose weight. Coconut oil may also help to reduce cholesterol in hypothyroid patients as thyroid suppression in and of itself raises blood cholesterol levels. Coconut oil is largely comprised of saturate fat and saturated fat promotes thyroid function.
Shellfish, like sea vegetables, are naturally rich in iodine – the nutrient that is critically important to thyroid function as iodine molecules are used inthe production of thyroid hormones.
Foods that May Slow Down a Speedy Thyroid
1. Fermented Soy Foods
Soy is very goitrogenic. A strong suppressor of thyroid hormones, some research indicates that soy may even be more effective in thyroid suppression than anti-thyroid drugs. Don’t forget that soy is a potent food, and that while sufferers of hyperthyroidism might welcome soy’s thyroid-suppressing effects, take care to eat soy in its fermented state in foods like tempeh and miso as soy also contains antinutrients like phytic acid which impair the body’s overall ability to absorb many nutrients.
2. Raw Cruciferous Vegetables
Raw cruciferous vegetables also suppress thyroid function. Cruciferous vegetables like kohlrabi, cabbage, cauliflour, rapini, turnips and brussels sprouts contain goitrogens that interfere with iodine uptake and, in that way, also interfere with production of thyroid hormones.
Millet, like cruciferous vegetables, contains goitrogens and interferes with iodine uptake. Cooking millet, as well as goitrogen-rich cruciferous vegetables, may mitigate its antithyroid effects to some degree.
Foods that Aren’t Doing Anyone’s Thyroid a Favor
Recent research into autoimmune diseases and autoimmune thyroid disease in particular indicates that there’s a strong connection between celiac disease and thyroid disease. In fact, study published in Digestive Diseases & Science indicates that sufferers of autoimmune thyroid disease have roughly a 400% greater chance of also suffering from celiac disease than control groups. Moreover, some research indicates that after 3-6 months on a gluten-free diet, those pesky anti-thyroid antibodies virtually disappear. That’s a powerful case to remove wheat, barley and other gluten-containing grains from your diet if you suffer from any form of autoimmune thyroid disease.
Looking for more of the food list? You may visit Jenny’s blog post here. Now, let’s heat up the wok and enjoy cooking!
Thyroid Balancing Stir-Fry Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 350g quality grass-fed beef, thin sliced
- 2 cloves garlic , peeled and finely sliced
- 1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger , peeled and finely sliced
- 1-2 large fresh red chillies , finely sliced
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
- ½ lime , juice of
- Chop up the peppers and onions.
- Heat a large wok or a heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Add a splash of coconut oil, then stir-fry the grass-fed beef slices with the sliced garlic, ginger and chillies until just cooked.
- Add a good splash of soy sauce and sesame oil and the lime juice for the last 30 seconds of cooking.
- Tip the contents of the wok into a large bowl, including all the lovely juices. Divide the beef into 2 portion (one to enjoy eating now, the other to keep in freezer later once it’s been cooled down for next time!)
- Put the wok back on the heat, add a splash more coconut oil and all the vegetables.
- Saute veggies until softened or stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, but not over-cooked.
- Add 1 clove of garlic if preferred.
- Crack in organic eggs and stir until solid.
- Sprinkle in Celtic sea salt to taste.
- Return 1 portion of the beef and juices to the wok and stir-fry until heated through. Just a few seconds 😉
- Turn off the stove & enjoy!
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