DIET FOR HYPOTHYRODISM
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body. It seldom causes symptoms in the early stages, but, over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Hypothyroidism signs and symptom may include
* Increased sensitivity to cold
* Dry skin
* Unexplained weight gain
* Puffy face
* Muscle weakness
* Elevated blood cholesterol level
* Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
* Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
* Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
* Thinning hair
* Slowed heart rate
* Impaired memory
Guidelines for the treatment of hypothyroidism
Right diet and changes in lifestyle habits keep the weight in check and greatly improve overall health. Along with regular medication (if prescribed by the physician), it is essential to exercise regularly and follow a regular, low-fat meal plan to increase the body’s metabolism. The body needs to be fuelled efficiently and regularly, to increase the body’s metabolism. We advocate eating small, nutritious, low-fat meals every three hours to boost the body’s metabolism and avoid feelings of extreme hunger. The mini meals we suggest would consist of fruits, salads, fruits, soups and low-calorie snacks.
Here are some pointers, highlighting ‘essential dos’ that we will take into account while planning diets for those with thyroid. An individual’s daily caloric intake will be estimated by our dietician/ nutritionist after considering factors such as age, activity levels, occupation and desirable weight. Right nutrition is very important and our healthy well-balanced diet will include carbohydrates, proteins, minimal fats and plenty of water.
We recommend regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming for 1 hour daily. Metabolic rates can increase up to 25-percent after an aerobic workout. This form of exercise will also help burn calories and decrease levels of body fat. Exercise duration and type will be recommended based on age, physical fitness levels and medical concerns.