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Ask the expert: I need a diet for hypothyroidism

With the right food, exercise, supplements and lifestyle changes, you can reverse hypothyroidism

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7 Jun 2016 | 03:32 pm

I’m a 40-year-old with hypothyroidism for past six years. I’m on medication but I’d rather have a healthy diet to regularise my thyroid levels.

With the right food, exercise, supplements and lifestyle changes, you can reverse hypothyroidism. Medication very often does not treat the root cause. Just like any other autoimmune condition, consistent stress inflames the immune system and your cells start to attack healthy cells in your body. In the case of hypothyroidism, there are a lot of underlying imbalances. Managing your stress levels better will help faster recovery.

Two common nutrient deficiencies among hypothyroid patients is selenium and iodine, both of which cause imbalances in production of T3 and T4. Eating high-protein foods like fish, chicken, eggs and nuts will help in increasing absorption of both these nutrients. Eliminate wheat and refined sugar, which are highly inflammatory.

You’ll need to continue the full dose of your medication while you are on this journey. Then after you do a thorough blood work, you can ask your doctor to take a call.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.