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The Top 5 Ways to Support the Thyroid Through Diet_Final

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>> Hello there. Are you ready to learn more about the connection between the thyroid and the gut? Well, thyroid disorders are medical conditions that must be evaluated and treated by a doctor. A person's diet can play an important role in supporting thyroid health. There are certain foods that are known to support the thyroid. And overall, eating a diet that supports gut health will in turn support thyroid health. You've learned about how the thyroid and the gut communicate and affect one another. This is useful information for helping clients understand the connection between the two systems. But the question remains, how can you help your clients eat better to support their thyroid? This is a question that many of your clients will wonder about. To help support them with their thyroid from within your scope of practice as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, we're going to share with you the five best ways to help clients support their thyroid health through diet. Ready? Let's jump in. One, choose the right type and amount of carbohydrates. One of the most important factors in maintaining healthy thyroid levels is eating the right amount of carbohydrates for your body. Too many carbs can overfeed the gut bacteria and worsen dysbiosis. On the other hand, for some people, a low-carb diet can trigger or worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism. This is because insulin can affect the conversion of T4 into T3. Insulin is typically low when a person is on a low-carb diet. And generally speaking, a good amount of carbohydrates for thyroid health is about 20% to 25% of a person's diet. These carbs should come from whole foods. Encourage your clients to crowd out processed flours and sugar with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Remember though, an individual's carbohydrate needs may be impacted by other bio-individual factors as well. So the key is to experiment and have your clients fine-tune what feels right for them. Two, eat a diet rich in minerals. You'll also want to make sure your clients are getting enough minerals in their diet. The thyroid is dependent on iodine and selenium. Their doctor will be able to assess if their iodine levels are too low. While there's iodine in iodized salt, it isn't the best source of iodine for the body to use for the production of thyroid hormone, instead sea vegetables are one of the best ways to get iodine along with a variety of other minerals from your diet. Seaweed salads and nori are popular staples in Japanese food. For the more adventurous, mixed bags of sea vegetables are available at health food stores and Asian markets. These need to be soaked for a little while before eating to remove some of the salt. Sea vegetables are great when served in salad, in soups, or in one-pot dishes like stews. Sea vegetables are also available in dried form such as dulse, which can be bought in granule form in a shaker and used to season your food. Kombu can be added to soups, stews, or beans while they cook. You can teach your clients to add a two to four-inch piece in the pot along with the food. When it's done cooking, the kombu should be removed, chopped into tiny pieces, and returned to the pot before serving. This way your clients can supercharge whatever dish they're making with natural iodine and minerals. You can recommend that your clients eat sea vegetables one to two times per week. Help them experiment with the types and preparations that they like best. Another great source of natural iodine is wild-caught fish, especially salmon. Sushi, anyone? Now let's talk about selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral that the body needs to convert T4 to T3. It's better to get selenium in the diet rather than from supplements. Great sources of selenium include Brazil nuts, mushrooms, chia seeds, red meat, and fish. Just two Brazil nuts per day can give a person the daily recommended amount of selenium. It's possible to have too much selenium even from the diet. So educate your clients about not overdoing it. When the gut is inflamed, nutrient absorption is compromised. So a person may have a diet rich in minerals but if absorption compromised, the thyroid may not be getting the nutrients it needs. This is yet another reason of why good gut health is so crucial. Three, eat your veggies. You may have heard that cruciferous vegetables are bad for thyroid health. But these vegetables are actually beneficial despite their poor reputation. Cruciferous vegetables are considered goitrogens, which are foods that cause the thyroid to enlarge and sometimes malfunction. But as long as iodine levels in the body are adequate, the benefits far outweigh the harm. That being said, it's still better to eat them cooked rather than raw. Popular cruciferous veggies include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. Your clients can eat these lightly steamed for the best benefits. Although roasted or boiled are also excellent ways to enjoy them. Four, support the gut with fermented foods. Generally speaking, a healthy gut will help support a healthy thyroid. Fresh fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi can help shift the intestinal flora from the bad bacteria that can negatively affect the thyroid to the beneficial bacteria that keep the gut in good shape. Remember, prepared yogurts tend to have a lot of sugar and very little bacteria. You can suggest that your clients try adding a tablespoon or two of sauerkraut or kimchi to their meals each day. These foods may take a little getting used to, but the benefits are worth it. You can even encourage your clients to make their own fermented vegetables which can be empowering and fun. Five, consume a moderate amount of healthy fat. It's said that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is good for autoimmune diseases such as Graves' and Hashimoto's. But diets that are very high in fat, for example, the ketogenic diet had been linked to thyroid dysfunction. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for reducing inflammation in the body. And as we've learned, inflammation can contribute to both gut and thyroid issues. Again, wild-caught fish is a great source of food for clients looking to support the thyroid. Vegetarian sources of omega-3s include walnuts and flaxseed. Okay, now let's recap. The five best ways to support the thyroid through diet are choose the right amount and type of carbohydrates, eat a diet rich in minerals, eat your veggies, support the gut with fermented foods, and consume a moderate amount of healthy fat. Now let's talk about creating dietary support for clients who are being treated by their doctors for hypo or hyperthyroidism. General dietary recommendations are similar for both of these conditions, but in either case, your client should always run any dietary suggestions by his or her healthcare provider first. Remember, these are some serious medical conditions that shouldn't be addressed without formal testing and care. Encourage your clients who suspect thyroid issues to be evaluated by a doctor with a full thyroid panel that includes testing for reverse T3, thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH, T4, and thyroid antibodies. For both conditions, your clients may want to consider the following three dietary suggestions. One, crowd out gluten and dairy. These can be thyroid disruptors. The molecular structure of the proteins in both gluten and dairy resemble the thyroid. This is called molecular mimicry. If your immune system is reacting to either of these, it may also attack the thyroid. Gluten and dairy also tend to be inflammatory which can worsen existing issues. Two, avoid thyroid disruptors in the environment. These include chlorine, plastic containers, pesticides, and non-organic sunscreen. Encourage your client not to store food or beverages in plastic containers, especially when it's hot. Glass containers are a much better option. Many to-go cups are lined with plastic, so investing in a good BPA water bottle and thermos is a great step for clients to take to decrease their daily exposure to toxins. Three, limit foods with heavy metals like mercury. High levels in the body can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions. Fish tends to be high in mercury unfortunately, and arsenic can be found in rice. Your clients might want to have their heavy metal levels tested by their doctor. And lastly, explain to your clients how gut health and thyroid health are connected. Help them understand that their gut health can directly influence their thyroid. Many people find that their thyroid issues improve, as their gut issues are resolved. A healthy gut is a very important way to promote health of the thyroid. Remember, clients with thyroid conditions should always see a doctor for testing and treatment. And your dietary recommendations should always be made in line with their treatment plan. A client may have another condition that could complicate matters. So it's always best to ask your clients about what their doctor has prescribed for treatment and what has and hasn't worked for them. Which thyroid supporting foods are a regular part of your diet? What's one food or dietary shift you can experiment with or add into diet this week? Head on over to the Facebook group, and let us know. Thanks for tuning in. Bye for now.

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