Hypothyroidism is the condition when the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone. There are a number of possible reasons for this including iodine deficiency (a common cause in developing countries) Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by T cells postpartum thyroiditis a condition women who have recently given birth and genetics. While treatment hypothyroidism depends on the severity of the condition there is much debate that a specific diet can help improve the function of the thyroid gland.
Mary Shomon’s “Thyroid Diet”
One of the most famous voices in the United States on the specific topic of thyroid health hypothyroidism especially not a doctor but author and patient advocate Mary Shomon. Ms. Shomon has written numerous books on the subject including the New York Times bestseller “The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss and has long fought the idea that information and advice given to patients with metabolism by doctors is typically misleading and often flat out wrong. In 1995 Ms. Shomon was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and got what she feels was useless and damaging information by her doctors in treating her condition. Over the years she developed a plan that led to how she manages to control her condition and gives advice to all different kinds of thyroid conditions.
She describes her “Thyroid Diet” as a low-glycemic (low sugar) good fats and good-carb. Vegetables and fruits high in fiber such as broccoli cabbage Brussels sprouts apples bananas and pears are an important element in the diet for hypothyroidism but warns against eating vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage raw because they are goitrogenic (which is a quality that may aggravate hypothyroidism by enlarging the thyroid gland but can be diffused by cooking foods that have this property). As for good carbs she recommends one or two servings a day of starchy carbohydrates like cereals with high fiber or bran muffin. Good fats include those found in fish oils fatty acids olive oil and avocado. Trans fats and saturated fats should be avoided altogether. The diet is designed to be complemented by exercise and a variety of supplements including thyromine iodine vitamin B and vitamin C.
Hypothyroidism Diet Myth
Dr. Todd Nippoldt an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic is symbolic of the experts that Mary Shomon have targeted.
According to Dr. Nippoldt there is no diet that can help improve the function of the thyroid gland. Dr. Nippoldt also believe that avoiding certain foods will not help to improve the function of the thyroid gland. But says Dr. Nippoldt the absorption of synthetic thyroid hormone taken as a treatment for hypothyroidism can be affected by the consumption of too much fiber. He also believes that other foods and supplements can have the same negative impact on synthetic thyroid hormone absorption including cottonseed meal walnuts soybean flour calcium supplements antacids preparations containing magnesium or aluminum and iron supplements. In addition he also believes that certain medications such as sucralfate used to treat ulcers and cholestyramine and colestipol used to treat high cholesterol can have the same negative effect.”