Are there foods to avoid or add to prevent thyroid conditions?
Yes, you can eat to support your thyroid! At Women's Health Network, we find that eating a balanced diet — with ample protein, healthy fats, and abundant fruits and vegetables, while low in refined carbohydrates and processed foods — makes a tremendous difference in preserving healthy thyroid function. Some specific foods, however, have been found to influence thyroid function. For hypothyroidism, a low thyroid condition, we recommend foods naturally high in B vitamins (such as whole grains, nuts, and seeds), selenium (smoked herring, apple cider vinegar, and lobster), and iodine (such as fish, seaweed, vegetables, and root vegetables). For hyperthyroidism, the foods that naturally suppress excessive thyroid hormone production include cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, soybeans, peaches, and pears.
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