Food and NutritionFoods to be taken
- Goitrogenic foods include cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts; dark green leafy vegetables like spinach; and root vegetables like turnips and rutabagas interferes with our body use of iodine and thus reduces the impact of hyperthyroidism.
- Zinc levels get depleted during hyperthyroidism and hence foods rich in zinc like brown rice, whole grain cereals, millet, seeds and nuts are to be taken.
- Consume calcium rich foods which include dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Grapes, berries, fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be consumed daily.
- Consume flaxseed oil and ground flaxseeds, as they are ideal sources for Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D from eggs, fish and mushrooms.
- Soybeans and soy products can help an over-stimulated thyroid.
- Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco tea, coffee, colas, and chocolates
- Avoid foods high in iodine, such as seafood, iodised salt, eggs, curd, and milk.
Yoga and Exercise
- Exercise only moderately, like walking 20 minutes a day. Since thyroid imbalance can affect heart function, it is important not to overdo it. After the hormone levels have normalized, you can continue with your normal physical activity.
- Aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking and cycling are healthful exercises.
- Quit smoking
- Avoid stress
- Avoid caffeine