Hypothyroidism is a common problem in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid glands (found in the lower front area of your neck) becomes underactive if you have hypothyroidism. It is a common problem faced by many women all over the world.
The thyroid regulates metabolism, the process by which cells in your body convert food into energy. Your metabolism influences body function, including how well you burn calories, heart rate, and body temperature.
Your body’s metabolic functions slow down if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone. As a result, your body produces less energy, your metabolism slows down, and you gain unwanted weight or fat.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Thyroid gland swelling, face puffiness or swelling
- Menstrual cycle changes
- Dry skin, Dry hair, and hair loss
- Tiredness or Fatigue, constipation
- Increased level of cholesterol
- Higher sensitivity to cold
- change in voice (harshness)
- Pain in Joints, stiffness, and swelling
- Muscle weakness, aches, and stiffness
- Heart rate becomes slow
- Memory problems, depression
Diet for Thyroid Patient for Weight Loss
Here are your new favorite hypothyroidism weight loss foods:
- You should eat lean proteins such as beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and seafood (especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish)
- Fruits- Banana, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, dates & prunes
- Non-dairy fermented foods: Apple cider vinegar, Kombucha
- Veggies- Spinach, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Sweet potatoes, Garlic, coffee, black pepper
- Green tea, Arrowroot starch
- Garlic and onions that are rich in sulfur
- Herbs – turmeric and rosemary
- kale and brussels sprouts
- Honey, maple syrup, fruits, and monk fruit in small amounts
Food to be avoided
- Vegetables- cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip, and all other cruciferous vegetables
- Burgers, Pizza, Donut, Cakes, and other highly processed foods
- Gluten – Bread, pasta, semolina, refined flour, etc.
- Soy food- tofu, soy milk, soya products
- Coffee, alcohol, etc.
- Supplements containing iodine and selenium should be taken under proper supervision.
Hypothyroidism – Cause and Risk
The most frequent cause of hypothyroidism in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is
(thyroid gland inflammation). A viral infection might also lead to thyroiditis. Inadequate dietary iodine, pregnancy, issues with the thyroid during birth, and injury to or dysfunction of the pituitary gland are some additional causes of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism impacts almost every organ in your body, including your heart, brain, muscles, and skin. It can create various complications in the body like infertility, obesity, joint pain, mental health issues, heart diseases, and many other issues.
To manage hypothyroidism balanced Ayurvedic Diet and lifestyle changes should be considered. Take proper sleep and rest, stress management, maintain good eating habits, do yoga, exercise, or any other physical activity. Keep an eye on your weight and avoid starving yourself to lose weight.
To help your body make synthetic thyroid hormone, you may also need proper dosages of synthetic thyroid hormone.
The Vedique Diet programme by Dr. Shikha sharma gives you a personalized Thyroid Diet for Weight Loss. With the help of Ayurvedic diet, appropriate treatment, and proper guidance, it is manageable, and you can lead a regular life even if you have it.