Can You Balance Your Thyroid With Diet?

The thyroid is a gland in the neck that helps regulate your metabolism. According to the Cleveland Clinic, over 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Thyroid disease can affect people of all ages and races, though “women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.” There are two kinds: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The Cleveland Clinic states “when the thyroid produces too much hormone, the body uses energy faster than it should. This condition is called hyperthyroidism. When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormone, the body uses energy slower than it should. This condition is called hypothyroidism.” It is true that many different things could be the cause of an imbalanced thyroid. However, you can maintain and balance your thyroid with diet.

 

Symptoms of Thyroid Disease:

Moreover, at Complete Care Health Centers, we recommend getting your thyroid levels checked if you have the following symptoms:
Hypothyroidism:
-Fatigue
-Hair Loss
-Frequently Feeling Cold
-Weight Gain

Hyperthyroidism:
-Heat sensitivity
-Irritability or nervousness
-Weight Loss
-Problems Sleeping
-Muscle Weakness or Tremors

 

Help Balance Your Thyroid With Diet

Once you have tested your thyroid, you can start working on a plan to help put you body back in balance. Many health experts such as Harvard Health recommend “adopting a nutritious diet for your thyroid.” This can help maintain healthy thyroid levels.

Foods to include in your diet:
-Seaweed
-Fermented products
-Wild caught Fish
-Coconut oil
-Bone broth

Foods to avoid:
-Dairy products
-Soy
-Highly processed foods
-Gluten
-Foods high in sugar

In general, if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you may have an issue with your thyroid. You should consider seeing a provider to get your levels checked. Talk to them about how you can help naturally balance your thyroid by maintaining a healthy diet.