Monday, September 17, 2007

For Healthy Thyroids

I have thyroid disease and I stopped taking the medicine a year ago, a decision I made on my own thinking I can cure myself eating naturally. This wasn't a very good decision and now I am back taking the medicine again. However, I am doing a lot of research and found this information from Andrea Beaman. Thyroids are so vital for your energy and overall health. So, check this out. I eat a lot of soy, almost all the cruciferous vegetables (see below for the list) and no yogurt or miso. Instead I should have I wish I knew this before!

"Foods that can contribute to enhanced thyroid health include natural unrefined, non-iodized sea salt.  Sea salt contains an abundance of minerals and trace minerals imperative to overall health.  "Iodized salt" (common table salt) focuses solely on iodine and neglects the balancing minerals and trace minerals, and can disrupt the body's natural process of absorption.

Sea vegetables can benefit the thyroid because they contain high concentrations of calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, magnesium, copper, chromium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, manganese, iodine and more.

The thyroid takes in iodine and combines with tyrosine (amino acid) and is converted to T3 & T4.  A lack of tyrosine can lead to depression.  Natural sources of tyrosine include meat, fish, wheat, oats, almonds, lima beans, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and fermented foods like miso and yogurt.

Some common "healthy" foods can contribute to thyroid dysfunction. For example, goitrogens inhibit the body's ability to use iodine, promote goiter formation and act like anti-thyroid drugs.  Foods from the Brassicacae family (cruciferous vegetables) and others, contain these goitrogenic compounds: broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, cauliflower, watercreass, brussels sprouts, radishes, turnips, bok choy, arugula, daikon and rutabaga.  Goitrogens are deactivated by HEAT.  These specific foods needs to be COOKED (most often). 

Fermented soybean products, a healthy staple (in small quantities) in many Asian cultures, include tempeh, miso, shoyu, natto and tamari.  In America we've mass produced the soybean without properly fermenting it to release the antinutrients contained within, and it has become an unhealthy "health" food.  Improperly processed soy products have been linked with thyroid disease, digestive disorders and many other illnesses."

For more information continue reading on Andrea's site.

3 comments:

Nan said...

Gracias, Ozlem, since I was just diagnosed last week with hypothyroidism, which explains a lot of things. I'm already following a healthy diet for the thyroid & have not yet started the meds. Going to see what I can do not to have to take them. Lotsa research & talking to those who have been successful. Grateful Hugs! Nan PS: Its amazing, but somehow my mind knew to lightly steam the veggies you mentioned that had to be cooked?! ;P

Wendy Wills said...

Hi! I was also having many problems and after seeing a thyroid specialist, found out I have hashimoto's disease, which is an anti-immune disease where my body attacks the thyroid hormones. I have been placed on cytomel, and it has done wonders. :) Finally lost my 10-15 lbs of weight that would NOT bust no matter what. When you have thyroid disorders, it is near impossible to lose weight. I also stopped drinking soy milk and eating soy yogurt, etc. I am now back to organic milk products.

I am anti-medication as well, but I was so frustrated and this doctor was a specialist so I went for it. Glad I did.

Good luck and I miss Organico!!

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