Graves' Disease Diet Guide: What to Eat with Hyperthyroidism (2022)

Can your diet change the course of Graves’ disease?

Do certain foods make hyperthyroidism worse? Do certain foods make it better?

Can you lose weight by eating certain foods if you have this disease?

The truth is that changing your diet can certainly impact the progression of Graves’ BUT you must be doing it the right way.

In this Graves’ disease diet guide you will learn the answer to all of these questions and more:

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Can you Cure Graves’ Disease?

One question I get asked all the time is this:

Is Graves’ disease curable?

And the answer is, maybe (at least in some situations).

In order to dive into how it might be possible to cure Graves’ disease, we need to really discuss what this condition is.

While it is true that Graves’ disease is a type of Hyperthyroidism, that isn’t the underlying cause of Graves’.

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease.

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By definition, this means that your immune system has malfunctioned to the type that it is accidentally attacking your own tissues and causing problems.

In the case of Graves’, this attack comes from antibodies (that your body produces) that look very similar to the natural hormone TSH (which stands for thyroid stimulating hormone).

These antibodies that your body creates sit on the receptors in your thyroid and cause your own body to accidentally pump out lots of thyroid hormone into the bloodstream.

This causes all of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and Graves’ such as:

  • Anxiety or mood changes
  • Heart palpitations and rapid heart rate
  • Weight loss (initially) but usually followed by rapid weight gain (following treatment -> more on this below)
  • Hot flashes or heat intolerance
  • Reduction in energy levels or fatigue
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping

We know that Graves’ disease results from too much thyroid hormone but the real cause of this stems from the immune system.

So the real question becomes this:

Can we calm down the immune system that is causing the attack on your thyroid gland?

And the answer is not clear for everyone, but in certain individuals it most certainly is.

And that’s where dietary intervention comes into play when treating Graves’ disease.

For many people, it might just be one of the most important aspects of treatment.

Before we dive into the specifics of changing your diet let’s talk about certain scientifically proven facts surrounding Graves’ disease and autoimmune disease.

The Gluten and Graves’ Connection

The first thing you need to realize and accept is that there is a proven and scientific link between Celiac disease and Graves’ disease.

Many studies have shown that patients with Celiac disease(1) are significantly more likely to present with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and or Graves’ disease – both of which are autoimmune diseases of the thyroid.

This connection stems from the link between intestinal inflammation, gluten, and the initiation of autoimmune disease through molecular mimicry and inflammation.

Some patients may have “silent” Celiac disease meaning that they have NO intestinal symptoms related to the disease.

This is particularly concerning if you are a patient and you hope that your Doctor knows this information.

Most of the symptoms of Celiac disease tend to be extraintestinal – meaning that they do NOT exist in the GI tract.

Non-specific symptoms like depression, anxiety, migraines

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Why is treating and finding Celiac disease in hyperthyroid patients important?

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Removing gluten from your diet may improve the following areas:

  • Increase the absorption of nutrients
  • Increased absorption of medications (like thyroid hormone)
  • Reduced levels of inflammation
  • Improvement in intestinal permeability
  • Reduction in autoantibodies in certain people and conditions

While all of these areas are important one VERY important aspect is the last one.

Some studies have shown that adopting a gluten-free diet(2) in those with Celiac disease may result in a REDUCTION of thyroid antibodies.

This makes testing for and treating Celiac disease your number 1 priority if you have hyperthyroidism.

Please note, however, that if you don’t have a thyroid anymore (due to it being removed or ablated) then your treatment will likely be different – we will go over this below.

So what does this mean for you if you have Graves’?

At the very least you should be TESTED for Celiac disease through serum and I recommend taking it a step further by removing gluten from your diet for a minimum of 90 days.

You can get tested for Celiac disease with these serum markers:

  • Tissue transglutaminase antibody
  • Gliadin peptide antibody
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The presence of these antibodies indicates that you do indeed have Celiac disease and should remain gluten-free indefinitely.

But even if you test negative for these antibodies I do think you should seriously consider going gluten-free for 90 days.

Going gluten-free helps reduce intestinal inflammation and promotes (if done correctly) healthier food choices.

You can read more about the gluten and Hashimoto’s connection including recommendations on how to eliminate it from your diet in this post.

The connection between your diet and Graves’ goes even further than just gluten, however.

Food Sensitivities and Intestinal Inflammation

Another important consideration for your diet is whether or not you have food sensitivities.

Why?

Because food sensitivities promote intestinal inflammation which promotes increased intestinal permeability.

Don’t let this confuse you because it’s actually quite simple:

If you eat food that your GI tract (stomach) reacts to it will respond with local inflammation.

This inflammation damages the protective layer that your GI tract is supposed to provide and turns this protective barrier from a solid wall to a “leaky” net.

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Then, instead of blocking the absorption of harmful bacteria or proteins, these complexes are absorbed into your bloodstream and cause issues.

I’ve simplified the process by explaining it but that doesn’t change how you approach treatment for the problem.

What is it?

You get rid of the inflammation causing the problem!

What does this mean for you?

It means that if you have Graves’ disease there is a high chance that you are reacting to certain foods or food groups that may be worsening your immune function and intestinal tract.

The good news is that you can treat this problem by simply testing for these sensitivities and then avoiding whatever foods are causing your problems.

If you want to get testing make sure you get evaluated using a delayed IgG food sensitivity test.

This is more accurate in diagnosing “chronic” food sensitivities that you may be silently reacting to with inflammation.

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You will want to get this test over the more conventional food “allergy” testing that most physicians are aware of.

You can read more about this type of testing here.

The combination of food sensitivity testing if coupled with a gluten-free diet is VERY powerful for patients with Graves’.

Does Graves’ cause Weight Loss or Weight Gain?

When we talk about changing your diet if you have Graves’ disease we need to talk about which problem you are struggling with.

Why?

Because it matters whether you have ACTIVE Graves’ disease or whether you suffer from hypothyroidism related to Graves’ disease treatment.

Many people are confused about whether or not Graves’ disease should cause weight loss or weight gain.

If your body creates too much thyroid hormone shouldn’t that lead to weight loss, not weight gain?

Well, you are correct.

UNTREATED Graves’ disease leads to weight loss, but if you know you have Graves’ the chances are high that you are being treated and THAT is most likely causing weight gain.

The treatment for hyperthyroidism is to slow down the thyroid and all of the treatments related to Graves’ and hyperthyroidism have been shown to cause weight gain(3) (not weight loss).

So it matters whether or not you’ve been treated (and how you’ve been treated) when we talk about your diet.

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Eating for those with Active HYPERthyroidism

For those with ACTIVE hyperthyroidism, meaning that they have NOT undergone thyroidectomy or RAI, these patients need to be very aggressive about their diet.

I’ve come up with guidelines below that you should follow if you want to reduce inflammation and try to REVERSE your antibody level and disease state.

These recommendations should be adopted ASAP and aggressively, but realize that it may not be sufficient for every person to slow down or halt their disease state.

In most instances, you will need to include supplements and other treatments as well.

It’s also very important to be aggressive about your dietary changes at this point because if your disease state progresses then the next step is thyroidectomy or radioactive iodine ablation.

These therapies leave you hypothyroid and almost always lead to weight gain long term.

So the best treatment option is to halt the disease state BEFORE these therapies become necessary.

Foods to Eat

While changing your diet for Graves’ you should focus on eating certain foods and avoiding others.

The exact foods YOU need to avoid will depend on your IgG food sensitivity testing, but you can adopt these changes almost immediately:

Vegetables:
  • Broccoli
  • Arugula
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Sweet potato/Yams
  • Asparagus
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
Fruits:
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
Protein:
  • Wild-caught fish
  • 100% grass-fed + organic beef
  • Pastured + organic eggs
  • Pastured + organic chicken
  • Pastured + organic pork
  • 100% grass-fed + organic processed meats
Fats:

(Cold Pressed)

  • Animal fats (pastured or 100% grass-fed)
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Almonds/Almond butter
  • Avocado
  • Cashews
  • Coconut butter
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Brazil nuts

While the type and kind of food matter so do the amount and macromolecule ratio of each food group.

If your goal is to reduce autoimmune function and inflammation then sticking to these foods (and avoiding those below) will serve you well.

If your goal is weight loss I recommend that you look deeper into managing your macromolecule ratios and take further steps in my weight loss guide.

*Please note that this is NOT a complete eating guide, but does include recommendations to help you get started.

Foods to Avoid

  • Gluten (we’ve discussed this above)
  • Dairy products (especially low fat dairy products)
  • Refined carbohydrates like breads
  • Inflammatory fats and industrial seed oils (sunflower oil, safflower oil, canola oil, corn oil, etc.)
  • Processed foods with preservatives (avoid food with ingredients you can’t pronounce)
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar

Even more important than eating the RIGHT food groups is avoiding the WRONG food groups.

You need to make sure you are simultaneously doing both.

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Eating for those post thyroidectomy or RAI (and now HYPOthyroidism)

It’s worth talking about patients who fall into this category.

Why?

Because once your thyroid is ablated or removed you go from having hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism.

This shouldn’t be surprising, but this point is missed by many patients.

Many people still focus on how they have hyperthyroidism once their thyroid has been removed which can confuse them when they search for information.

If your thyroid has been removed or ablated then you are by definition hypothyroid and you are reliant upon thyroid medication indefinitely.

This also means that your treatment is DIFFERENT!

Hypothyroid patients are treated differently than HYPERthyroid patients.

And, by the way, once you have your thyroid removed (or ablated as the case may be) you are not only hypothyroid but the chances are very high that you are going to gain weight.

You can learn more about eating and changing your diet if you have hypothyroidism secondary to thyroidectomy or radioactive iodine ablation in this post.

Using Supplements with Dietary Changes for Better Results

While making dietary changes (as indicated above) is a great idea and your first step, it certainly shouldn’t be your only step or last step.

To augment the benefits of changing your diet you can get even more benefits by adding specific and targeted supplements to your regimen.

Remember:

Our goal here is to reduce inflammation, improve GI function, reduce intestinal permeability and naturally normalize your immune function.

Changing your diet does this to some degree, but you have to realize if there is existing damage to your GI tract then it may take more than just food to improve the situation.

Likewise, especially as it relates to nutrient deficiencies, oftentimes patients are deficient in certain nutrients (especially vitamin D, zinc, and selenium) which NEED to be replaced in order to improve immune function.

With this in mind, I recommend that you strongly consider adding some of the following supplements to your new dietary changes.

Focus on supplements which promote normal intestinal health:

  • Probiotics (high dose): Taking high dose probiotics can help normalize intestinal microflora, reduce inflammation, and may even promote normal caloric absorption. Taking probiotics has been shown to reduce to improve a variety of symptoms ranging from depression to diarrhea through these mechanisms. In order to get these benefits, you MUST be taking high enough dosages of high-quality probiotics. In active Graves’ disease, you will want to use 50-100 billion CFU’s per day (with meals and in between meals).
  • L-glutamine + DGL: L-glutamine is a critical building block in the repairing of your intestinal tract. Taking high doses of l-glutamine can restore proper function to your GI tract and improve immune function in the process. It also may reduce sugar cravings (added bonus). You need to use at least 5 grams per day to get these benefits. I also recommend that you take it with other GI enhancing supplements like DGL, aloe and slippery elm which can further enhance GI benefits and cool down inflammation.
  • Pepsin + HCL: Low stomach acid may lead to a reduction in nutrients (iron, B12, etc.) and may promote decreased immune function. While taking other GI supplements (and especially if you have a thyroid disorder) taking HCL with pepsin can help improve GI function dramatically. Normal stomach acid is also required for thyroid hormone absorption (which is important if you are taking thyroid hormone replacement medication).

Supplements to cool down inflammation:

  • Fish oil: Fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and can help treat depression and chronic pain. These benefits come from the balancing of the omega 3 & 6 fatty acids that occur when taking fish oil. An imbalance in this ratio promotes inflammatory pathways in the body. When taken properly fish oil can help with weight loss, reduce fat mass directly, increase skeletal muscle mass and reduce inflammation.
  • Alpha lipoic acid: ALA is a VERY potent anti-inflammatory agent which has been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels, reduce inflammatory markers and help with weight loss.
  • Quercetin (with bromelain): Quercetin is another powerful anti-inflammatory agent and is especially powerful when coupled with bromelain. Bromelain and quercetin can also help improve immune function and improve the GI tract as well. Take 1-2 caps each day for best results.

Supplements to ease immune function:

  • Zinc: Zinc is a mineral that many people are deficient in (especially thyroid patients). Zinc plays a very important role in immune regulation, it’s also a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Taking zinc can actually help normalize thyroid function as well. When using zinc, stick to these forms: zinc chelate, zinc monomethionine, zinc gluconate, zinc acetate, and zinc citrate (avoid all other forms for thyroid health). Your dose should be around 8 to 15mg per serving.
  • Selenium: Zinc should almost always be taken in combination with selenium due to how they interact with one another. In clinical studies, selenium has been shown to reduce thyroid antibodies and also has many of the same benefits that zinc has. Take 75 to 150 mcg per day for best results.
  • Vitamin D3 with or without K2: Unless you are getting 20-30 minutes of uninterrupted sun EACH and EVERY day the chances are VERY high that you are deficient in vitamin D. Studies have shown that people with low vitamin D levels are much more likely to develop autoimmune disease due to how vitamin D interplays with your immune system. A good starting dose is anywhere between 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily until your serum vitamin D levels get to the 40-50ng/ml range. You will want to supplement with vitamin D3 ONLY, avoid vitamin D2 formulations. Try to also find a micellized vitamin D supplement to help with absorption. Many people believe that you need to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D but this is by no means required. If you feel the need to add it you can but it’s usually not necessary unless you suffer from bone loss or heart disease.
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Back to you

So what’s the takeaway here?

Your diet is a critical component to managing and treating Graves’ or hyperthyroidism but it must be done correctly.

You need to alter your diet based on what type of treatment you are undergoing for Graves’ and add in additional therapies such as supplements for best results.

I recommend going gluten-free and removing the food groups listed above if you aren’t sure where to start.

Now I want to hear from you:

Do you have Graves’ disease?

Has diet helped you reduce your disease?

Has it helped with weight loss?

Why or why not?

Leave your comment below!

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FAQs

What is the recommended diet for patient with hyperthyroidism? ›

People with hyperthyroidism should aim for a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, lean protein sources, and unsaturated fats in order to promote thyroid health. “It is important to consume enough carbohydrates to prevent low blood sugar episodes,” Feit says.

Are eggs good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Hyperthyroidism is an increase in thyroid hormone levels. The best foods to eat if you have hyperthyroidism are low-iodine foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, egg whites, nuts and honey.

Which vegetables are avoid for hyperthyroidism? ›

So if you do, it's a good idea to limit your intake of Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy, because research suggests digesting these vegetables may block the thyroid's ability to utilize iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function.

What foods are good for Graves disease? ›

Base your meals on vegetables and fresh fruits, then add a little lean protein (chicken, turkey, fish and seafood, beans and legumes, nuts and nut butters, even soy), whole grains, and heart-healthy fats (eg, olive oil). Eating or limiting certain foods alone won't completely treat symptoms of Graves' disease.

Is pineapple good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Weakness and fatigue are common during thyroid issues. Vitamin B helps to combat fatigue. Bromelain is another compound in the pineapple with anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it helps to reduce the symptoms in the thyroid.

What is the best exercise for hyperthyroidism? ›

This doesn't mean you should avoid exercise if you have hyperthyroidism — on the contrary, it may be helpful to start off with lower intensity exercises. Walking, yoga, and tai chi fall into these categories. It might be worth seeking out a personal trainer with experience helping hyperthyroid clients.

Is lemon water good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Yes. Lemon blocks the antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone, hence normalizing an overactive thyroid.

What tea is good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Green tea is found to be really helpful for hyperthyroidism, because of its antioxidant properties. It reduces the oxidative stress caused by hyperthyroidism.

Are bananas good for hyperthyroidism? ›

A: Yes, bananas are beneficial for thyroid health. Bananas contain selenium which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Is peanut butter good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Can I eat peanut butter if I have a thyroid? Peanut butter and peanuts can worsen hypothyroidism. It is generally advised to avoid these in case of hypothyroidism.

Is Chicken Good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Avoiding meat and other animal products

One study found evidence that vegetarians had lower rates of hyperthyroidism than those who followed a non-vegetarian diet. The study found the greatest benefit in people who avoided all animal products, including meat, chicken, pork, and fish.

Is oatmeal good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)

Avoid oats and oat supplements when treating hyperthyroidism, along with sugar, dairy products, wheat and pine nuts. Instead, eat goitrogenic foods, like leafy green vegetables, which lessen the presence of hormone-producing iodine in the body.

Is Sweet Potato good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Sweet potato has vitamin A which supports thyroid hormone. Moreover, it absorbs slowly and do not rise sugar levels much as compared to other strachy or carbohydrate foods.

What milk is good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Consumption of whole milk is not good for individuals with hyperthyroidism. Skim milk or organic milk is a much better option which is healthy and easier to digest.

What supplements to avoid with Graves disease? ›

According to the American Thyroid Association, you should avoid the following foods and supplements if you have Graves' disease: Seafood and seafood additives (iodide-rich foods) including: Sea fish. Seaweed.
...
These include:
  • Olive oil.
  • Avocado oil.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Sunflower oil.
  • Safflower oil.
  • Avocado.
  • Flaxseed oil.
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How can I avoid weight gain with hyperthyroidism? ›

If you're taking in a lot more calories, you can gain weight even if your body is burning more energy. Make sure you eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, and work with a doctor on a nutrition plan. These steps can all help combat weight gain from an increased appetite.

Is Tuna Good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Cod, tuna, seaweed, shrimp, and other shellfish are high in iodine, which is required for thyroid hormone production. Selenium is abundant in tuna and sardines, a mineral that aids thyroid hormone activation.

Is dark chocolate good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Dark chocolate is an interesting superfood to integrate for those with thyroid conditions,” Richards says. “Cacao contains significant amounts of antioxidants, which work to prevent and treat the cellular damage caused by free radicals in the body as a result of toxins and stress.”

Are strawberries good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Vitamin D and antioxidants are also good for your thyroid. Berries, specifically strawberries, blackberries, goji berries and cranberries, contain a large amount of these. As you can see, there are a wide variety of foods that are helpful for your thyroid.

Can walking control thyroid? ›

No, exercise won't make your thyroid produce more thyroid hormone, or reverse the condition. Changing one's exercise plan or diet won't affect the course of an autoimmune disease, says Marie Bellantoni, MD, who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

Is broccoli good for hyperthyroidism? ›

It's not good for thyroid as cruiciferous vegetables such as broccoli interfere with how your thyroid uses iodine.

Does stress cause hyperthyroidism? ›

Thyroid conditions such as Grave's disease (hyperthyroid) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (hypothyroid) are worsened by chronic stress so learning ways to lessen stress is your key to better health.

Is apple cider vinegar good for hyperthyroid? ›

With the right combination of exercise and a properly balanced diet, coconut oil could be good for thyroid glands. Apple cider vinegar helps in the balanced production and expression of hormones. It improves metabolism and helps to alkalize the body environment.

Which juice is best for thyroid? ›

Celery Juice. of the thyroid gland. Consumption of this vegetable in the form of celery juice is very beneficial for cleansing the toxins in the thyroid system. This leafy vegetable also supports the production of thyroid hormones.

Which vegetable is good for thyroid? ›

Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, Brussels sprouts, radishes, and cauliflower. Also known as goitrogenic foods (foods that can help lower thyroid hormone production), they may inhibit your thyroid gland's ability to process iodine and produce thyroid hormones—potentially easing symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Is cinnamon good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Herbs like ginger, tumeric, cinnamon, and cilantro are good, warming herbs that will help rev up your metabolism, which is important for people with low thyroid function.

How do you sleep with hyperthyroidism? ›

If you have a thyroid problem, you can do a few things on your own to get better sleep:
  1. Find a comfortable sleeping temperature. While this can be a little tricky, 65 F is a good place to start.
  2. Get into a bedtime routine. ...
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, and avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
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Is ginger good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Ginger is know to have antioxidative properties along with control on metabolic rate and inflammation, which helps to keep thyroid hormones in control. One should keep in mind that excess intake of ginger should also be avoided as one research has shown negative results.

Which breakfast is good for thyroid? ›

Whole Eggs

Eggs may just be one of the most powerful foods for thyroid health. They're a great source of both iodine and selenium, making them your thyroid's new favorite breakfast. To reap all the benefits, make sure you're enjoying the yolk and not just the egg whites.

Is orange good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, Oranges can neutralise free radicals, protecting your cells from further damage. Free radicals cause inflammation in the thyroid gland and can affect its functioning.

Is coffee good for hyperthyroidism? ›

If you have hyperthyroidism, caffeine may worsen your thyroid symptoms because of its stimulating effect. You may find caffeine worsens your already racing and irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, and diarrhea.

Is watermelon good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Fruits and Vegetables

Also, the antioxidants present in them help build immunity. Dr Niyati Likhite, dietician, Fortis Hospital, advises eating apples, papayas, watermelons and pineapples.

Is honey good for thyroid patients? ›

Yes, honey destroys the toxins of the body and also reduces the problem of the thyroid. In addition, honey contains omega-3 fatty acids that balance the hormones.

What is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism? ›

Graves disease (most common cause of hyperthyroidism) Inflammation (thyroiditis) of the thyroid due to viral infections, some medicines, or after pregnancy (common) Taking too much thyroid hormone (common) Noncancerous growths of the thyroid gland or pituitary gland (rare)

Does drinking water help hyperthyroidism? ›

Water and Thyroid Health

Additionally, adequate hydration is known to help boost metabolism even in those without the condition, making it all-the-more crucial for those with hypothyroidism to stay appropriately hydrated.

Is salmon good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Eat: Salmon

Because calcium is so important when you have hyperthyroidism, it's recommended that you also consume vitamin D, which improves calcium absorption, explains Kennedy. One food that's particularly high in vitamin D is salmon: One 3-ounce serving contains about 570 IU (international units).

What foods Heal Your thyroid? ›

Thyroid Superfoods
  • Roasted seaweed. Seaweed, such as kelp, nori, and wakame, are naturally rich in iodine--a trace element needed for normal thyroid function. ...
  • Salted nuts. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts are excellent sources of selenium, which helps support healthy thyroid function. ...
  • Baked fish. ...
  • Dairy. ...
  • Fresh eggs.
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What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism? ›

Medicines called thionamides are commonly used to treat an overactive thyroid. They stop your thyroid producing excess hormones. The main types used are carbimazole and propylthiouracil. You'll usually need to take the medicine for 1 to 2 months before you notice any benefit.

How do you improve hyperthyroidism? ›

Hyperthyroidism treatment
  1. Radioactive iodine. You take a pill or liquid by mouth. ...
  2. Anti-thyroid medicine. These drugs tell your thyroid to produce fewer hormones. ...
  3. Surgery. A thyroidectomy is when the doctor removes most of your thyroid gland. ...
  4. Beta blockers. These drugs slow your heart rate and reduce tremors and anxiety.
18 Aug 2022

Is Chicken Good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Avoiding meat and other animal products

One study found evidence that vegetarians had lower rates of hyperthyroidism than those who followed a non-vegetarian diet. The study found the greatest benefit in people who avoided all animal products, including meat, chicken, pork, and fish.

How do you sleep with hyperthyroidism? ›

If you have a thyroid problem, you can do a few things on your own to get better sleep:
  1. Find a comfortable sleeping temperature. While this can be a little tricky, 65 F is a good place to start.
  2. Get into a bedtime routine. ...
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, and avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
15 Jul 2021

What tea is good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Green tea is found to be really helpful for hyperthyroidism, because of its antioxidant properties. It reduces the oxidative stress caused by hyperthyroidism.

Is lemon water good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Yes. Lemon blocks the antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone, hence normalizing an overactive thyroid.

Which fruit is good for thyroid? ›

Apples, pears, plums and citrus fruits are abundant with pectins, which help with detoxifying the body of mercury – one of the most critical metals that have been connected to thyroid problems.

Which vegetable is good for thyroid? ›

Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, Brussels sprouts, radishes, and cauliflower. Also known as goitrogenic foods (foods that can help lower thyroid hormone production), they may inhibit your thyroid gland's ability to process iodine and produce thyroid hormones—potentially easing symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Is peanut butter good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Can I eat peanut butter if I have a thyroid? Peanut butter and peanuts can worsen hypothyroidism. It is generally advised to avoid these in case of hypothyroidism.

Are bananas good for hyperthyroidism? ›

A: Yes, bananas are beneficial for thyroid health. Bananas contain selenium which has anti-inflammatory properties.

How can I avoid weight gain with hyperthyroidism? ›

If you're taking in a lot more calories, you can gain weight even if your body is burning more energy. Make sure you eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, and work with a doctor on a nutrition plan. These steps can all help combat weight gain from an increased appetite.

Is Tuna Good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Cod, tuna, seaweed, shrimp, and other shellfish are high in iodine, which is required for thyroid hormone production. Selenium is abundant in tuna and sardines, a mineral that aids thyroid hormone activation.

Is walking good for hyperthyroidism? ›

This doesn't mean you should avoid exercise if you have hyperthyroidism — on the contrary, it may be helpful to start off with lower intensity exercises. Walking, yoga, and tai chi fall into these categories. It might be worth seeking out a personal trainer with experience helping hyperthyroid clients.

Is chocolate good for hyperthyroidism? ›

Foods and beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate, can exacerbate the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and lead to increased anxiety, nervousness, irritability, and rapid heart rate. If caffeine has this effect on you, avoiding or limiting your intake may be a good option.

Does drinking water help hyperthyroidism? ›

Water and Thyroid Health

Additionally, adequate hydration is known to help boost metabolism even in those without the condition, making it all-the-more crucial for those with hypothyroidism to stay appropriately hydrated.

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Birthday: 1992-01-10

Address: Suite 517 2436 Jefferey Pass, Shanitaside, UT 27519

Phone: +2614651609714

Job: Education Developer

Hobby: Cooking, Gambling, Pottery, Shooting, Baseball, Singing, Snowboarding

Introduction: My name is Greg O'Connell, I am a delightful, colorful, talented, kind, lively, modern, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.