Thyroiditis: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Nutrients rich in iodine, selenium, zinc, magnesium and vitamin A are all responsible for the body’s ability to manufacture thyroid hormones.
  • Selenium can be found in Brazil nuts, cod and mustard seeds
  • Pumpkin and sesame seeds are good sources of both magnesium 
  • Vitamin A can be found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and cod liver oil
  • Foods high in antioxidants like blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, squash and bell peppers
  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish like salmon and cod can help to reduce inflammation and support immunity, both important for thyroid disorders.
  • Vitamin B12 rich foods like milk, poultry, fish, beans, cheese, eggs, and nuts
  • Foods that contain some vitamin D include fatty fish, milk, dairy, eggs, and mushrooms
Foods to be avoided
  • Goitrogenic foods which contain substances that block the absorption of key nutrients like iodine and selenium. Vegetables like broccoli, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale, peanuts, strawberries and peaches.

Yoga and Exercise

  • Exercise regularly to improve blood flow. Cardiovascular and aerobics exercises such as walking, jogging and skipping are encouraged.
Few poses in yoga that improve the functioning of the thyroid gland
  • Pranayama (The Yogic Breathing Technique)
  • Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Music and Meditation

Close your eyes and imagine a blue light entering into your thyroid as you breathe in and out. This visual meditation technique is known as color therapy and suggests that imagining the color blue can help soothe and heal certain parts of your body.

Home Remedies

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid stress
  • Avoid caffeine

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