Diets to Control Thyroid Problems

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Adjusting your diet may help control thyroid issues. (Photo: Jeffrey Hamilton/Lifesize/Getty Images)

If you are struggling with thyroid issues, you should look at your diet as a means to help control thyroid problems. Alternative medicine practitioners have suggestions for foods that can support thyroid function and help you feel better, in conjunction with more traditional treatments.

Protein Sources

Fish and other lean meats can be an excellent source of protein. (Photo: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Protein's important for normal body function, and most of us get our protein from meat, poultry, and fish. Try to avoid beef that has been given hormones. Organic beef, pork, and chicken are hormone-free.
Fish is another excellent source of protein and some, like salmon, also supply vital omega-3 fatty acids. Some species (such as tuna and swordfish) may have elevated levels of mercury, and should be eaten in moderation.

Surprise! Protein can also be obtained from seeds (flax and pumpkin, especially), seaweeds, and nuts. Peanut and almond butter are both good sources of protein, a bonus if you are trying to reduce your meat intake.

Salt and Sweetener Questions

Salt and artificial sweeteners can cause problems in your body. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Salt, too, is important for the body, although too much can lead to other problems. Many Americans use iodized table salt, but you may want to switch to a non-iodized salt, such as sea salt or kosher salt.

Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is the subject of controversy. Although it is considered safe, some people suspect that it can lead to thyroid problems. Among them is Janet Starr Hull, who was diagnosed with the thyroid ailment Graves' disease; in her book "Sweet Poison," she discusses her ailment, which she feels resulted from the use of aspartame.

Soy

Soy is in many food products and may not be good for you if you're a thyroid patient! (Photo: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Although you might think that soy is always beneficial, it's not the case for thyroid patients. Soy can interfere with the absorption of thyroid regulating medication. Patients have experienced sudden weight gain, general ill feeling, and loss of energy while taking soy.

Soy is in a lot of our food products, so read the labels to see if the food contains soy. If it does, either don't purchase it or eat it sparingly.

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