You don’t need to follow a special diet while on thyroid hormone medication, with a couple of exceptions. Limit foods high in soy protein, because large amounts of soy might interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormone. Also avoid excessive amounts of iodine, either in medications or supplements, as this could potentially alter your thyroid hormone level. Most iodine-rich foods, such as iodized products or fish, are acceptable. Aside from these restrictions, you are free to eat whatever you want, but aim for a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Adopting a nutritious diet for your thyroid not only keeps you feeling good once your thyroid levels are normal, but it helps your digestive system function smoothly and your heart pump efficiently—both of which support healthy metabolism. If you still don’t feel well despite your medication, improving your diet and starting an exercise program may help.
I had not thought of it being a combined issue. The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body burns at rest. I only recommend supplementing if your labs show you are deficient and your practitioner recommends it. The pituitary gland itself may cause issues as well. I’m glad you found me! Avoid Fried Foods. Yoga poses for thyroid conditions.
What does your thyroid do? In short, everything. Every cell and gland in your body depends on thyroid hormones to regulate its metabolism. Your diet can affect the way your thyroid functions. To learn the best and worst foods for a healthy thyroid diet, we tapped Paula Simpson and three more wellness experts including a naturopathic doctor and Thumbtack personal trainers and wellness coaches. Ahead, they share the five best foods to consume—and seven worst—for a healthy thyroid.