Looking for foods that can help with your hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?
You’ve come to the right place.
These five foods for hypothyroidism can have a profound impact on your thyroid health in so many ways when you make them part of your everyday diet.
They may not look like miracle foods on the outside…
…but what I’m about to show you will change the way you look at thyroid diets forever.
To understand how they work, you first have to understand a little bit about some of the underlying causes of your hypothyroidism.
It all comes down to your Thyroid Hormone Pathway, which is blocked at one or more of the five different levels.
Take a look at the infographic below but don’t get too caught up in the details.
We’ll just be using it as point of reference.
What you’re seeing with this infographic is that thyroid hormone can become…
- Blocked from being produced by your thyroid gland.
- Blocked from being released by your thyroid gland.
- Blocked from being transported to the parts of your body which need thyroid hormone.
- Blocked from being activated in your liver and other tissue.
- Blocked from binding to your cells.
- Blocked from being used by your cells.
And what’s important to understand is that when your Thyroid Hormone Pathway becomes blocked, then it doesn’t matter how much thyroid hormone you have or how much thyroid medication you take…
…you’ll remain hypothyroid until you unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway.
And that’s exactly how these five foods can secretly save your thyroid health.
They work very effectively to help unblock various parts of this ever so important pathway.
With that being said, let’s jump right into the five foods for hypothyroidism…
1. Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo shoots help unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in a number of ways, but particularly at…
- Your Liver
- Your Thyroid Gland
Bamboo shoots help unblock your liver by lowering your dangerous gut bacteria and the endotoxin that these bacteria produce.
It’s well known that hypothyroidism sufferers also suffer from bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
And these bacteria produce large amounts of a substance called endotoxin.
Now think of your liver like a house-maid that does all the cooking, cleaning, and keeps everything in working order.
If your house-maid becomes so over-burdened by the cleaning, there’s no time left for the cooking and everything falls apart.
This is exactly what happens when you have large amounts of endotoxin.
It over-burdens your liver and prevents your liver from producing and storing sugar in the form of glycogen.
And without adequate glycogen, your liver becomes blocked and cannot convert thyroid hormone into the active form (T4 to T3) that your cells need to function.
Bamboo shoots therapeutically work like a vacuum cleaner to clean up the bacterial overgrowth and endotoxin, so your liver can get back to converting your thyroid hormone.
Bamboo shoots also help to unblock your thyroid gland by absorbing excess estrogen.
Without adequate liver glycogen, your liver can’t detoxify excess estrogen.
Instead, excess estrogen is dumped into your digestive tract, where it ends up getting re-absorbed again and again.
It’s kind of like sweeping your floors and dumping all that dirt into a garbage bag with a hole at the bottom.
The dirt just ends up being dumped right back onto the floor.
This creates a very thyroid-suppressive cycle where your body becomes unable to rid itself of excessive estrogen that continues to build up over time.
When estrogen becomes excessive it directly blocks the enzymes necessary for your thyroid gland to release its stored thyroid hormone into your bloodstream.
Bamboo shoots also work like a sponge to trap estrogen and prevent it from being re-absorbed.
This not only rids your body of excess estrogen, it also helps your thyroid gland release more thyroid hormone.
Using bamboo shoots is simple and easy.
You can find canned bamboo shoots down the ethnic aisle of many grocery stores or at any Asian food market.
They can even be purchased online.
Out of the can they’ve already been boiled which makes them safe and effective to use.
Simply boil for a few minutes to sterilize, blend them up in a blender, and use a tablespoon (15 ml) or two a few times per day.
Or, you can use an even simpler thyroid-boosting recipe that we use with our clients that can provide the same benefits and more…
You can get all the details about this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Recipe right here.
If you’ve heard that coffee is bad for you then take that thought, crumple it up, and throw it into the nearest trash can because research has shown that coffee can protect you against a large number of diseases out there including…
- Thyroid disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Type-2 diabetes
- Liver disease
- Breast cancer
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Parkinson’s disease
- Radiation induced cancer
- Skin cancer
- Oxidative stress
- Estrogen dominance
- And the list goes on…
Coffee drinkers are also well known to live significantly longer than non-coffee drinkers.
Coffee is kind of like a bullet-proof vest.
It helps protect you and keeps you alive in a world where disease is running rampant.
And when used properly, it can be very therapeutic for your thyroid health.
If you can’t tolerate coffee, it’s because your liver is deficient of glycogen (remember that endotoxin as mentioned previously is one common cause of this).
So, it’s important to understand that the coffee is not the problem.
Fix the dysfunction within your body and you too can get all the therapeutic benefits it has to offer you and your thyroid.
Now that we got that out of the way…
…when it comes to your Thyroid Hormone Pathway, coffee helps to unblock both…
- Your Thyroid Gland
- Your Cells
Coffee helps unblock your thyroid gland by increasing enzyme production.
Hypothyroidism sufferers are known for having compromised digestion, low stomach acid production, and low enzyme production.
And this can affect your thyroid hormone levels in many ways.
Just like you need enzymes to digest and break down the foods you eat into usable nutrients…
…your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone in a storage form that requires proteolytic enzymes to digest and break down before it can be released into your bloodstream as usable thyroid hormone.
It’s also important to understand that this goes for desiccated thyroid medications too.
Desiccated thyroid contains thyroid hormone in its storage form too.
So, without adequate proteolytic enzymes your body can’t properly use desiccated thyroid medication.
Using coffee properly is a simple, easy, and very safe way to improve digestion, increase stomach acid, and increase enzyme production…
…all of which can help your thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone and improve your ability to make use of desiccated thyroid medication.
Now, if you’re currently taking digestive enzymes in supplement form, be very careful as these tend to cause irritation to your digestive tract.
And we never want to try to solve one problem only to create another.
Oftentimes cutting out certain foods from your diet, like soy and nuts that contain protease enzyme inhibitors, can help significantly your digestion as well.
Coffee helps to unblock your cells by promoting healthy oxidative metabolism.
Hypothyroid people also develop dysfunctional hypothyroid metabolism.
In other words, your cells have trouble using thyroid hormone efficiently, which means that your energy production becomes limited.
Coffee effectively helps to stimulate oxidative metabolism where your cells use thyroid hormone and glucose/sugar efficiently, which is vital for proper thyroid health.
It’s kind of like cleaning out the engine of your car.
Afterwards your car has more power, gets better gas mileage, and everything runs better.
If you’re just getting started with coffee or have had trouble with it in the past, then there are ways to improve your tolerance and make it safer.
Shellfish are another food that can help unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in many ways.
Here we’re going to be focusing on…
- Your Liver
- Your Cells
Shellfish help unblock your liver by providing adequate selenium.
Selenium is an important co-factor necessary for the conversion of T4 into T3 in your liver.
Without adequate selenium, your liver becomes blocked and T3 levels decline.
Shellfish help unblock your cells by restoring cytochrome c oxidase activity.
It’s also well known that hypothyroidism leads to poor absorption and retention of copper.
And copper is an important co-factor that along with T3 activates your cytochrome c oxidase enzyme that is essential for a healthy metabolism and energy production.
Without adequate copper your ability to use T3 and produce large amounts of energy is diminished.
If you’re allergic to shellfish then a good quality selenium supplement can be warranted.
However, it’s important that copper and zinc be properly balanced.
Supplementing too much copper can cause an imbalance, so food sources are always best.
Fruit is a great way of helping to unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway at…
- Your Liver
Fruit helps unblock your liver by increasing your liver’s glycogen stores.
As mentioned previously, your liver requires glycogen in order to convert T4 into T3.
And while the previously mentioned bamboo shoots help your liver to be able to store glycogen…
…it’s fruit that provides your liver with the best source of sugar to increase its glycogen stores.
Think of fruit as fuel for your liver. Fruit is also very effective at lowering stress hormones, which also block your liver from converting T4 into T3.
Adding more fruit into your diet will not only help protect against other diseases such as type-2 diabetes, it will also help to increase your T3 production.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another food that helps unblock your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in many ways. Here we’re going to focus on…
- Your Thyroid Carrier Proteins
- Your Cell Receptors
Coconut oil helps to unblock your thyroid carrier proteins by displacing the polyunsaturated fats that bind them.
Once thyroid hormone is secreted into your bloodstream…
…you rely on your thyroid carrier proteins like a taxi service to come and pick up your thyroid hormone and deliver it to your liver and various other places of your body that need it.
When you consume polyunsaturated fats, they effectively take over the taxis leaving your thyroid hormone with no transportation or way of getting to your cells.
Using coconut oil on the other hand helps to displace those dangerous fats giving your thyroid hormone access to the carrier-proteins they need.
Coconut oil also helps to unblock your thyroid hormone cell receptors by displacing the polyunsaturated fats that bind them and increasing your number of receptors.
Once thyroid hormone is delivered to your cells, they still have to bind to your cells’ thyroid hormone receptors before your cells can use it.
And much like polyunsaturated fats taking over your carrier proteins that taxi thyroid hormone to your cells…
…these same polyunsaturated fats also take over your thyroid hormone cell receptors as well.
And much like with your carrier proteins, coconut oil helps to free up your thyroid hormone cell receptors.
Coconut oil is also rich in butyric acid which helps to increase your number of thyroid hormone receptors, thereby allowing your cells to bind to and use more thyroid hormone.
The more thyroid hormone your cells can use, the more energy they can produce and the better your thyroid health becomes.
This is one simple way that coconut oil can give a good boost to your thyroid health.
Now, instead of thinking of these foods for hypothyroidism individually… …think of the effect they could have when used together.
- If your thyroid gland could produce more thyroid hormone, then it could have adequate thyroid hormone to release…
- If your thyroid gland released more thyroid hormone (T3 and T4), then your thyroid carrier proteins could deliver more thyroid hormone to your liver…
- If your liver had more thyroid hormone (T4) to convert and could convert it more efficiently, then you would have even more active thyroid hormone (T3) available for your cells to thrive…
- If you had more thyroid hormone cell receptors, then your cells could use more thyroid hormone…
- And if your cells could use that thyroid hormone and use it more efficiently, then you could overcome your hypothyroidism and save your thyroid.
That is why fixing your Thyroid Hormone Pathways is so important…
That is why your diet is so important when it comes to your thyroid health…
That is how even a small number of foods, when used correctly, can make all the difference… including something as simple as carrot.
Just download this super simple thyroid-boosting carrot recipe and we’ll show you how.
Get all the details about this 60-Second Thyroid-Boosting Recipe right here. It’s a simple protocol used by each and every one of our clients.