Limit goitrogens, foods known to reduce thyroid activity. These include the cruciferous plants such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, mustard, turnip, rape, horseradish and Brussels sprouts, and foods such as soya, cassava, maize, millet, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, carnitine and quercitin.
Include nutrients required as building blocks for thyroid hormone production. These include tyrosine, an amino acid that can be found in avocados, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, bananas and dairy products, and iodine, a mineral abundant in all products from the sea, especially algae (kelp), marine iodised salt, shellfish and sea fish (sardines), but also found in foods such as radishes, onions, mushrooms, turnips, pineapple and egg whites.
Include the co-factors needed for the enzyme 5’-deiodinase to form the active thyroid hormone T3 from T4. These are:
- Zinc, found in red meat, liver, fish, egg yolks, oysters
- Selenium, found in Brazil nuts, garlic, onions, egg yolks, wheat germ, tuna, kale, tomato, broccoli, shellfish Copper, found in shellfish (shrimps), seafood (oysters), plums, liver, nuts, avocado, mushrooms, potatoes, green leafy vegetables and cocoa
- Vitamin E, found in unrefined oils (cold pressed), whole grains, wheat germ, milk, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, lettuce, avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter.
Ensure adequate intake of nutrients required for healthy thyroid function.
- Iron: Lean meats, liver, apricots, eggs, kidneys, whole grains, molasses, eggs, shellfish, dried fruits
- Manganese: Whole grains, wheat germ, seeds, leafy vegetables, brewer’s yeast, egg, liver, onions, green beans, parsley, strawberries, bananas, apples, pineapple, cherries
- Vitamin A: Milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, egg yolk, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, fatty fish, fish liver oil
- Vitamin B1: Whole grains, nuts, dried beans, peas, lentils, liver, kidney, pork, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, eggs.
- Vitamin C: Fruit and vegetables, sprouts, watercress.
Assess whether the following factors are inhibiting thyroid function:
Toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury
Stress, infection (fever), chronic illness, severe dieting, a low-protein diet, carbohydrate withdrawal.
Numerous causes including lifestyle, psychological factors, stress, environmental factors, poor diet and lack of nutrients, pregnancy, immunity, and poor detoxification should all be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of any reader presenting with symptoms of hypothyroidism.
WILSON’S TEMPERATURE SYNDROME (WTS)
This condition is often misdiagnosed as it shares the same symptoms as classic low thyroid symptoms. WTS is characterised by a sub-normal body temperature and patients usually have normal thyroid levels. It can be treated with herbal combinations or cycles of slow-release hormone T3. Refer to the article Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome by Dr David Nye in, click here: https://natmedworld.com/wilsons-temperature-syndrome/
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