Foods That Men With Hypothyroidism Should Avoid
The thyroid gland is responsible for the proper regulation of energy generation in the body, moods and metabolism. It is also responsible for the production and release of sex hormones in the body that affect fertility in men. The gland releases TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone), T3 and T4 hormones. TSH is responsible for the regulation of T3 and T4.Hypothyroidism happens when your thyroid gland begins to release thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), into the blood. These are the two hormones necessary for the cells in our body to work normally.
When you have hypothyroidism, you feel nervous, anxious or irritable, have difficulty sleeping, are always feeling tired and start gaining weight. While more women are affected by hypothyroidism, men also are victims of this disease.
Signs you may have hypothyroid :
-Low sperm count
-Loss of Muscle Mass
- Hair Loss and trouble growing beards
-Lower testosterone levels and reduced sex drive
How does a man deal with hypothyroidism then?
Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder which has been studied very closely over the years and you can actually manage it by eating clean and having the right natural supplements through food.
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Eating a balanced, clean and healthy meal and coupling it with exercise and mindfulness activities are key to managing the disease. You must also remember to take the following supplements regularly for faster healing.
Selenium - Men need at least 200 mcg of selenium in their diet for the thyroid gland to function normally. The gland is characterized by having a high concentration of selenoproteins as it has the highest amount of selenium per gram of tissue. Therefore maintaining optimal levels of this nutrient is key for thyroid healing. Get selenium naturally through eggs, fish, spinach, bananas, cashews, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, beans, dals, oatmeal, milk and yogurt. These are foods that are easily available and will give you enough selenium every day.
Ashwagandha - Ashwagandha is a miracle herb that helps in reducing inflammation, cortisol levels and helps in balancing T4 levels. Have a cup of warm milk with 2 gms of Ashwagandha powder before sleeping for at least 8 weeks as prescribed by your doctor or nutritionist to see results.
L-Tyrosine (500 mg daily)- L-Tyrosine helps the body relax and sleep better which is very important in the healing of hypothyroidism in men. It helps in combating fatigue, improving alertness and boosts the neurotransmitter function. Get your supply of Tyrosine naturally from bananas, cheese, chicken, fish, soya milk, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, paneer, peanuts, almonds and avocados. If, however, you have high BP, you must consult your doctor about your intake.
Omega 3 (500 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA) - Omega-3 fats are neuroprotective agents that lower the intensity of hypothyroidism induced depression and mood disorders, high cholesterol, arthritis, weak immune systems and inflammation. Get your omega 3 naturally from wild fatty fish, soybean oil, flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
Vitamin B12 - Vitamin B12 tackles fatigue which is a major problem all men suffering from hypothyroidism face. You can take supplements or you can have foods that naturally boost vitamin B 12 in your body.
Probiotics: Probiotics help to heal the gut and better absorb the nutrients. Get your probiotics from homemade curd made out of A2 milk