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Eat To Beat Hyperthyroidism!

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❝Would love to see more on eating vegan. I am allergic to soy in any form which seems to be in everything❞

There is a lot of it about, isn’t there? Happily, these days, a lot of meat and dairy alternatives are also made from other sources, for example pea protein is getting used a lot more nowadays in meat substitutes, and there are many kinds of alternatives to dairy (e.g. nut milks, oat milk, hemp milk, and—which is a branding nightmare but very healthy—pea milk).

You might like these previous main features of ours:

Also, if doing a whole foods plant-based diet, lentils (especially brown lentils) can be used as a great substitute for minced beef/lamb in recipes that call for such.

Boil the lentils (a liter of water to a cup of lentils is great; use a rice cooker if you have one!) along with the seasonings you will use (herbs appropriate to your dish, and then: black pepper is always good; you shouldn’t need to add salt; a teaspoon of low-sodium yeast extract is great though, or to really get the best nutritional benefits, nooch).

When it is done, you shouldn’t have excess water now, so just use as is, or if you want a slightly fatty kick, fry briefly in a little extra virgin olive oil, before using it however you were planning to use it.


❝What foods should I eat for hyperthyroidism? My doctor tells me what foods to avoid, but not what to eat❞

Great question! We’ll have to do a main feature on hyperthyroidism one of these days, as so far we’ve only done features on hypothyroidism:

As for hyperthyroidism…

Depending on your medications, your doctor might recommend a low iodine diet. If so, then you might want to check out:

American Thyroid Association | Low Iodine Diet Plan

…for recommendations.

But in a way, that’s still a manner of “what to avoid” (iodine) and then the foods to eat to avoid that.

You may be wondering: is there any food that actively helps against hyperthyroidism, as opposed to merely does not cause problems?

And the answer is: yes!

Cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc) contain goitrin, which in immoderate quantities can cause problems for people with hypothyroidism because it can reduce thyroid hormone synthesis. If you have hyperthyroidism, however, this can work in your favor.

Read more: The role of micronutrients in thyroid dysfunction

The above paper focuses on children, but it was the paper we found that explains it most clearly while showing good science. However, the same holds true for adults:

Read more: Concentrations of thiocyanate and goitrin in human plasma, their precursor concentrations in brassica vegetables, and associated potential risk for hypothyroidism

Notwithstanding that the title comes from the angle of examining hypothyroidism, the mechanism of action makes clear its beneficence in the case of hyperthyroidism.

Selenium is also a great nutrient in the case of autoimmune hyperthyroidism, because it is needed to metabolize thyroid hormone (if you don’t metabolize it, it’ll just build up):

Selenium and Thyroid Disease: From Pathophysiology to Treatment

The absolute top best dietary source of selenium is Brazil nuts, to the point that people without hyperthyroidism have to take care to not eat more than a few per day (because too much selenium could then cause problems):

NIH | Selenium Fact Sheet for Health Professionals

(this contains information on the recommended amount, the upper limit amount, how much is in Brazil nuts and other foods, and what happens if you get too much or too little)

Note: after Brazil nuts (which are about 5 times more rich in selenium than the next highest source), the other “good” sources of selenium—mostly various kinds of fish—are also “good” source of iodine, so you might want to skip those.

Want more ideas?

You might like this from LivHealth:

Hyperthyroidism Diet: 9 Foods To Ease Symptoms


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