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Question: what foods or things should a person with hypothyroid avoid?

 Markcomic1 - Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:04 am

My 25 year old finace has hypothyroid disease and her meds are constantly being adjusted. She takes synthroid to help her condition and she exercises regularly. She was wondering if there are certain foods she should avoid? Should she consume alcoholic beverages? or avoid them? should she take supplements that support healthy thyroid function?
thank you.
 Rhonda P, CEP - Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:50 am

User avatar Hello,

Alcohol isn’t good for hypothyroidism patients, carbohydrates and sugars aren’t either. If you can get pamphlets from the doctor you will find some wonderful information along with diets, exercise programs, websites and Q&A sections.

A diet that includes foods that enhance thyroid function, such as whole grains, raw seeds, prunes, apricots, potatoes, dates, apricots, egg yolks, molasses and parsley. Limit consumption of alcohol, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, spinach and turnips because these foods suppress thyroid function. Avoid processed and refined foods, like white flour and sugar.

Things to help ease the symptoms of hypothyroidism such as:
DRY SKIN - put lotion in the shower and put it on while you are still wet after the water
is off, rub it all over your wet skin and than pat dry.
HAIR LOSS – massage your scalp and use good hair products, take care of the hair you
FATIGUE & WEAKNESS – don’t think you need to be wonder person, relax, allow
yourself to rest. Don’t get into the vicious circle of becoming worn down, you can’t
get out of it very easily so just avoid it all together if possible.
CONSTIPATION – oatmeal mixed with whole flax seed, fresh vegetables, lots of fluids,
good diet will help here. Allow yourself time to just sit and relax in the restroom. Take
a book in there you like and don’t bring it out, leave it in there for “that special time”.
Don’t rush yourself, this is an important part of body function that we don’t give
enough time to.
EXERCISE – is so extremely important, walk around the local mall, weave the food isles,
walk the neighborhood, join the gym, swim, there are so many things that are fun but
still count as the “E” word. PLUS, exercise helps immensely with depression, it’s
incredible how well an exercise program can help someone who suffers with

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