How the Thyroid Diet May Kick Start Your Weight Loss
Posted: October 13, 2015
The thyroid is responsible for regulating many aspects of the body. If there is a problem concerning hormone production, then it can affect heart rate, cholesterol, energy levels, muscle function, skin, hair, bowel movements, fertility, menstrual cycles, memory function, mood, and weight loss. So it makes sense that if your thyroid’s hormone production begins to slow down, you would definitely feel the side effects.
One indication of a thyroid imbalance is the inability to lose weight no matter how much you restrict your diet or how hard you exercise. Sometimes you may even begin to gain weight as a result of thyroid disease, even though you are following a healthy diet and exercise program. To make matters more complicated, this inability to lose weight is often accompanied by an extreme feeling of tiredness throughout the majority of the day.
This slowing down of the bodily systems is usually caused by hypothyroidism. Because there isn’t an adequate amount of thyroid hormone pumping throughout your body, then you may begin to notice the weight gain and fatigue, as well as a change in your skin quality, hair loss, and inability to focus on tasks.
There are different tests that can be done on the thyroid gland to make sure that it is functioning properly. If your tests come back positive for hypothyroidism, even moderately, there are some easy changes that you can make to your diet that will help get rid of anything disrupting your thyroid and kick start it back into a healthier state.
The first step is to stop eating any foods that may be contributing to the hormone imbalance. For two weeks, you should avoid soy or flaxseed oil, raw cruciferous vegetables, peanuts, and fish high in mercury. All of these foods can trigger the thyroid to produce abnormal hormone levels.
It is also necessary to get rid of any dairy products, gluten, corn, all oil except for olive oil, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, citrus, and red meat. By avoiding these foods your body will be able to detox and allow the beneficial foods to do their job at kick-starting your thyroid.
For the next two weeks, eat the following anti-inflammatory foods:
- Sweet potatoes
- Sea vegetables, such as seawood
- Egg whites
- Brazil nuts
- Sheep or goat dairy products
- Vegetables and non-citrus fruits
- Nuts (except peanuts) and seeds
- Oat, almond, or rice milk
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