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The Ideal Diet for Hypothyroidism

May 31, 2008 - 7 comments

The Ideal Diet for Hypothyroidism
By Pam Brown

If you have hypothyroidism is very important to know that the type of diet you follow can help you reduce your symptoms, and at the same time help you control your weight. Weight gain goes hand in hand with hypothyroidism and to some people it gets rather difficult to lose weight with this condition.

There are key nutrients and foods that a diet for hypothyroid should include. On the other hand, there are certain foods that should be avoided.

What Your Diet Should Have

A healthy diet for someone with hypothyroidism would include whole grains, natural foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables and a good supply of seafood and other lean protein. You should cut back on fatty meats. A multivitamin is probably a good idea if you don’t already take one.

An Important Mineral

Selenium may be the most important nutrient in a diet for hypothyroid.


This trace mineral is an antioxidant and is essential for converting the thyroid hormone your body produces, T4, into its active form, T3. Brazil nuts are an incredibly good source of selenium, but you can also get it from some lean meats.

Fiber is Key to Control Your Weight

Another tactic that will be very helpful for you if you’re trying to lose weight is eating more fiber. Fiber makes you feel full and can help you lose weight, in addition to being helpful for constipation, another side effect of hypothyroidism.

You can ingest your fiber in pill form or through one of those over-the-counter fiber concoctions, but it is so much better if you get your fiber from actual foods, like beans, rice and other grains, whole wheat and oatmeal.

Strive for whole grains, also known as complex carbohydrates, over refined grains (things made with white flour or sugar). They’re better for you, help maintain your blood sugar stable and will make you feel fuller.

Alcohol should also be avoided because it can cause blood sugar fluctuations.

A Diet With More Meals

Ideally, a diet for low thyroid function will include small meals spread out through the day rather than three big meals. If you eat five or six small meals it will help balance the slow metabolism that is part of hypothyroidism. Just remember, keep these meals around 300 calories each, and include exercise if you want to lose weight, too.

Some doctors recommend the Zone diet to those with hypothyroid. The why behind the system is somewhat complicated, but it has to do with balancing out your insulin reaction to food, limiting the spikes and crashes you probably feel right now. Carbs are a big part of this diet, particularly those refined grains we were just talking about.

The diet calls for drinking lots of water (a good idea for anyone), eating more fruit and vegetables and less pasta, bread and starches, and a small amount of lean protein through the day. Most of your carbs should come from fruit and vegetables, with other starches used sparingly. You also should not go more than five hours between meals.

Red Light Foods

As we were saying before, your diet should not include certain foods. Some vegetables, fruits and grains can depress the function of your thyroid gland. To learn about these foods visit href="">diet for hypothyroid.

Pam Brown is an editor at To learn more about diet and hypothyroidism visit diet for hypothyroid.
For information on natural health remedies and to obtain a FREE health report that includes Healing Foods for Hypothyroid Conditions visit: alternative safe remedies.

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by ChitChatNine, May 31, 2008
A great idea is to try this (if ok with your Dr., of course) and also start using MedHelp's Weight Tracker!  What a great idea ... I take thyroid meds and after reading this journal may consider trying some of the ideas and see if it makes a difference.

Thanks for the info!  Stop by our Community and feel free to post this info there, too!

Cheryl - Co-CL Thyroid Disorders Community

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by tashan, Jun 26, 2008
a real eyeopener for someone like me (having hypothyroidism).who always indulges in errratic food eating habits and do very little to make inroads into healthy eating habits.again a lot of thanks for this precious piece of journal.

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by robyn2, Oct 04, 2008
I just wanted to ask any of you if your are experiencing the same symptoms as I do. I am #) years old and was diagnosed in 2005 with Hypothyroidism, I have had blood tests numerous times each year and each time my thyroid is normal. However, I feel fatigued/tired, dizzy, spacey, hot flashes, irritable at times, pale skin and it takes me awhile to feel normal and awake in the morning. When I work out or walk in the morning it throws off my whole day? Is this normal? Does anyone else have these symptoms? I just want to feel normal again! Any input would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

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by Umasri, Jul 10, 2009
I had the same kind of symptoms almost for 10 yrs with all the test coming ok. I suffered a lot becos of the same. Hypothyroidism got detected only few months back and now i m under medication. The best solution for u is have proper diet, avoid trigger foods - u need to find out yourself, exercise regularly, pranayam/meditation daily and have a multivitamin having selenium, completely avoid junk food and concentrate more on nutritious food, drink almost 5-6L of water. Hope this will be help to u. Thanks, Uma

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by raja2468, Jul 28, 2009
I crave sugar and breads.  I turned 30 and am putting on the weight. Damn.  I know that I do not drink enough water.  I juice in the mornings: cucumber, spinach, carrots, cilantro, lemon slice, apples and some times I add celery. I thought I was doing good...but spinach is bad for me?  How can I eat raw veggies if most are on the nono list.  Very frustrating and I am discouraged.  I am TIRED of being tired.  There are days, I can not function because of lack of energy.

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by stella5349, Jul 28, 2009
Thanks for the information. It's nice to have the words come out in packs. I have been discussing the Zone diet for about a year here on the thyroid board.

It's great to see the information come up again.

There is alot of information to give on supplements too. Hypothyroidism will deplete Vit B - D - Magnesium  - just to name a few major ones.

A diet - will not control the depletions just with food. Supplementation of certain things is critical to maintain a healthy balance.

I was so happy to read about your selenium thoughts. That is one of the mainstays of thyroid balance.

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by Barb135, Jul 28, 2009
I agree totally with the part about the selenium - I take it daily and swear by it to help control the "Hashi rage".  

My question is: what happens when we follow a diet pretty much as described and still nothing happens??  The 2 main symptoms of hypo/Hashi's that I continue to struggle with are the weight issue and constipation.  Nothing I do seems to help with them........

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