I really prefer to wake up and start the day with a vegetable, protein, and fruit smoothie. I think it’s a fantastic way to pack a lot of nutrients into a really easy meal and it’s a great way to start my day off right away with a lot of anti-inflammatory foods. However, after getting my lab test results and hearing that my thyroid antibodies are out of range, I’m having to switch it up a bit. At this point, all of my other thyroid numbers are optimal, so rather than treat with medication, we’re going to keep an eye on it.
After a bit of research I came across some interesting information. Evidently, there’s a whole list of vegetables that interfere with your thyroid when eaten raw on a regular basis.
These are called Goitrogen foods. “Most goitrogens are naturally-occurring chemicals that are ingested in foods or drugs. These chemicals can interfere with thyroid function in different ways. Some compounds induce antibodies that cross-react with the thyroid gland; others interfere with thyroid peroxidase (TPO), the enzyme responsible for adding iodine during production of thyroid hormones. Either way, the thyroid isn’t able to produce as many of the hormones that are needed for regulating metabolism.” – Marcelle Pick OB GYN/NP
The good news is that you can still enjoy these foods. Dr. Pick says you can steam, cook, or ferment the Goitrogen foods to decrease the compounds. Then, make sure you’re rotating these foods in your diet so you’re not eating a lot of one type daily.
My plan is to steam spinach and kale, puree it, and then freeze it in smoothie portions, being mindful not to add it to my smoothies every day.
Below is a list of Goitrogenic foods from Paleohacks.com, and at the bottom I’ve listed some websites for you for further reading and research.
Top 11 Goitrogenic Foods
Foods with Smaller Amounts of Goitrogens
Thyroid issues are nothing to mess around with. And as you already know, I am a big proponent of helping heal the body naturally whenever possible. If you have thyroid issues, or your antibody numbers are out of whack like mine, it may very well make all the difference simply by changing your diet.
Thyroid Antibody Test -What is it?
Hashimoto’s – Your body is destroying itself
Easing Out Of Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function)
10 Foods To Heal Hypothyroidism
12 Facts On Healing Your Thyroid Every Tired Person Should Know
13 Ways To Treat Hypothyroidism Naturally
It’s amazing what a difference nutrition and food can make. Good info. I’ll check out those links. I switched over to a Paleo based diet eight months ago and it’s helped my overall health tremendously.
Me too Ingrid. Going grain free has made a remarkable difference. 🙂
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More things to worry about.
Never a worry. Information and education is the key to taking charge of your health. It’s always good to be as informed as possible! 🙂
I have Hashimotos. It’s a nuisance but not debilitating in any way as long as I stay on my medication. I would love to heal my body naturally but I’m not sure how to go about it. I’ll take a look at some of your recommended websites xx
My husband and son, along with most of my husband’s family all have Hashimoto’s. I do know that there have been studies done that have proven a link between gluten allergy and Hashimoto’s. It’s unfortunate that food has such an impact!
Thyroid function can be regulated by what we eat, but specific thyroid antibodies do their job and destroy thyroid gland tissue. This can cause initial spike in thyroid hormones release and after that cause their deficiency. Initially hormone levels can be unaffected. Before my diagnosis of Hashimoto, I had a substantial increase in metabolism, without doing anything, lost nearly 10kg and was feeling very energised. All my thyroid test were absolutely normal. It took another year or more for my TSH to sky rocket. Please just be aware, that some autoimmune processes are not reversible.
Thanks for the recipe, look very appetising!
My husband has had great success with dietary changes and only treats his Hashimoto’s with natural medication. His antibodies no longer show up on his bloodwork. Diet doesn’t cure everything of course, but it can do leaps and bounds above and beyond mainstream medications that just treat symptoms of a bigger problem. It’s so important to take on an illness from all sides. I wish the medical community would get up to speed. How much healthier we would all be if the natural community and the medical community worked hand in hand! 🙂
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