Summer is almost here and it’s a great time to renew our spirits with fun in the sun, relaxation and cooking out. It’s important to rejuvenate our bodies and souls from from a long winter season of hibernation and work. Having fun and relaxing is important, but it’s also important to take some some preventative measures to keep our bodies functioning optimally and a huge component of that is watching our diet plan. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, a healthy diet becomes even more crucial. Here are a couple of simple pointers to assist keep your thyroid healthy while enjoying the summertime months to the fullest.
The first thing you might want to do to welcome the summer vacation is pop open a nice cold can of beer. Before you do, consider having a cold lemonade or iced tea instead. The hops that is in beer contains phyoeoestrogens, which have been shown in studies to increase the estrogen levels in the body. And estrogen is a thyroid suppressing hormone. Since your thyroid is already sluggish, drinking beer will only make it worse. So, sip a nice glass of refreshing homemade lemonade. Try to keep it healthy by avoiding sugar and artificial sweeteners.
The next thing your might want to consider is saying no to that potato salad. Although potatoes are full of nutritious properties, they are also very starchy and can wreak havoc with your blood sugar. To slow down the absorption of the starch so it has less of an impact on your blood sugar, it’s recommended to eat a good amount of fat with the potato. You might think that the mayonnaise in the potato salad would be just perfect for that, but instead, the opposite is true. Most store bought mayonnaise is made of soybean oil. Soy and soybean oil is very bad for your thyroid as they both produce estrogen, which suppresses the thyroid. The good news is that you’ll be happily surprised with the better alternative. A much better option for someone with hypothyroidism is a baked potato slathered with butter and cheese. You’ll be taking care of your body and making your taste buds happy at the same time.
Finally, bring on the burgers and forget the hotdogs. Polyunsaturated fats are the single bigger dietary cause of hypothyroidism. They keep the thyroid from functioning properly in three ways, at the gland, in the cell, and in the blood. Hotdogs are filled with polyunsaturated fats. Hamburgers, on the other hand, contain less polyunsaturated fats because cows are better able to convert these fats into healthier saturated fats. Do keep in mind that organic meats are always preferred over highly processed meats. So, try to stay away from those box hamburger patties.