After writing a full post on 4 Supplements to Take with Hypothyroidism, I decided to write a post dedicated whole foods I ensure to include in my daily diet that will support optimal thyroid function.
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease which led to impaired thyroid function: hypothyroidism.
For the last 5+ years I’ve been off of synthetic medication and have been treating myself holistically.
Treating myself holistically essentially means I completely changed my daily diet and lifestyle to support physical and mental wellness.
Not only has this had innumerable positive impacts on my mind & body, it has essentially healed my hypothyroidism.
For the last several years, my thyroid levels have been completely regulated by my diet & lifestyle (and of course, some holistic supplements have simply boosted these naturally incredible effects).
Anyways, I thought I would share 5 Fruits I Eat Everyday with Hypothyroidism. I chose to keep this list exclusive to fruits because 1. 5 foods overall is too difficult for me to narrow down (i love food), and 2. fruits are simply the best (i love food), so I thought I’d be a great place to start.
These 5 fruits are high in vitamins & micronutrients that support your thyroid’s hormone production & overall function.
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If you’ve read any of my former posts regarding, well, pretty much anything health/wellness, you would know I’m a massive believer in prioritizing gut health.
Poor gut health very quickly leads to numerous (actually almost all of) health conditions. To read a full post explaining how exactly this works, click here.
related: What is leaky gut? and how to heal it
But essentially, if your gut isn’t healthy, you are not healthy. The foods listed below all improve & encourage healing within the gut, and therefore, improving your thyroid health & function.
1. Goji Berries
Goji berries are the most nutritionally-dense berries on the planet. Some may even consider them adaptogens due to their ability to adapt to a variety of climates across the globe.
But in relation to the thyroid, these powerful little berries contains nineteen amino acids (including all 9 essential amino acids), which helps the balance production of T3 & T4.
This superfruit is also rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B6, & E, which are all needed for optimal thyroid function.
Those with hypothyroidism (me) are often also Vitamin D deficient. And are Vitamin D supplements actually helping that deficiency? Well, that is still questionable.
Which brings me to papaya. How?
Papaya contain powerful phytochemicals that give them their beautiful, rich red-orange colour. These phytochemicals help absorb sun-derived Vitamin D into the body, which positively impacts the thyroid
Papayas also rich in Vitamin A, C, Potassium, Magnesium which help prevent thyroid atrophy.
Dates are incredible sources of potassium, antioxidants, and magnesium; all of which are vital to healthy endocrine function.
They are also a rich source of iodine, a key nutrient to the production of thyroid hormones T3 & T4.
A thyroid under attack is an inflamed thyroid. An inflamed thyroid is one that can’t produce needed hormones. Dates are great at reducing inflammation and improving hormone production/regulation.
These count, right?
I know lemon/lime water is popular within the health-fitness-wellness world. All I ever see are posts of girls starting the day with warm lemon water.
But there’s actually a good reason so many people do this, and if you don’t already, then now would be a great time to start.
Okay, so I don’t start the day with lemon water, but I drink it all throughout the day. Lemon/lime are great at promoting healthy acids within the gut. They also function to help improve electrolytes’ activation and absorption.
I think most of us know that the liver cleanses & detoxifies the body. But in this toxin-ridden world, the last thing we want to do is overtax our liver with toxins, preventing it from working effectively. So, the last thing we want to do is miss the opportunity to support our body’s natural, constant detoxification process.
Which is where my case for daily lemon/lime water steps in. These two citrus fruits are unsurprisingly high in Vitamin C, which supports the liver’s function. Which is critical for healthy thyroid function!
Much like the lemon/lime water speech, if you aren’t already obsessed with avocados, then what are you doing?
I kind of saved the best for last because avocado is one of the best foods for your gut health. They contains powerful phytochemicals that line the inside wall of the gut, preventing toxins from seeping out.
This rich source of healthy fats that will help balance & regulate hormones and prevent dramatic blood sugar spikes.
And that is without mentioning their high content of potassium, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and copper, which help balance the production of two critical thyroid hormones: T3 & T4.