Thyroid is a common health condition. There are various thyroid-friendly foods including kalonji that can aid the condition.
It has long been forgotten, the benefits of Kalonji seeds or black cumin seeds powder for people suffering from thyroid hormone imbalance. Whether it is someone suffering from an imbalance in Thyroid stimulating hormone or a result of Hashimoto’s thyroid, consuming kalonji seeds powder can provide significant improvements in their TSH levels.
Wondering how to consume kalonji seeds? Kalonji seeds should be powdered at home, using a grinder. This powder should be consumed only 1⁄2 teaspoon a day with water to gain the health benefits on either in an empty stomach early morning or 1-2 hours after taking thyroid hormones medicines. Remember, any food can interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormones, so it is best advised to consume in an empty stomach.
Kalonji powder Benefits
Having kalonji powder results in the decrease in body weight, balance TSH hormone, improvement in TPO antibodies, reduces inflammation, lowers bad cholesterol. Remember, NOT to consume this powder in excess of 2 gm a day because excess consumption will cause hyperthyroid and other side effects.
What about other foods to reverse thyroid?
Iodine gets stored in the thyroid gland and is one of the most important minerals to consider supplementing when diagnosed with Thyroid or to prevent thyroid related health issues. Consuming iodized table salt is NOT the best advice to get Iodine, therefore, look for natural foods like banana, yoghurt, cheese, seafoods, seaweeds or sea vegetables to make up for iodine deficiency. Just about 1 tablespoon – 2 tablespoons of dulse flakes, 1 tablespoon seaweed salad, 2 Nori sheets can meet the Iodine requirement for the day. The only seaweeds to be avoided are kelp (since it has toxic level of iodine) and Hijiki (due to arsenic content). A minimum recommended dosage for Iodine per day is 150mcg per day for Adults and 220mcg per day for Pregnant women.
Also Read: Understand How Thyroid Impacts Fertility
Pure Organic Cold Pressed Oils For Thyroid
I have always emphasized the importance of consumption of pure oils like sesame, groundnut oils, mustard oils, ghee for restoring thyroid hormone balance. Use of toxic bulk-produced oils like refined vegetable oils are toxic for thyroid health and for any health-related issues. And most importantly, store your oils in a glass container or ceramic jars instead of plastic bottles. Using processed oils blocks the production of thyroxine by thyroid gland. It is also essential to consume good or healthy fats to convert T4 to T3. Fats cannot be used to provide energy unless T4 and T3 are in balance.
LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) can be high, if Thyroxine hormone is not balanced as one of the functions of thyroxine is to eliminate bad cholesterol.
Can Soy Products Hamper Thyroid?
No, consumption of soy and soy related products once a week or twice a week doesn’t interfere with thyroid functioning. If this was the case, entire Asian's countries could be suffering from a Thyroid Imbalance. Evidence, suggests that any food can interfere with absorption of iodine in the thyroid gland.
Environmental factors like consumption of estrogen promoting foods like dairy products, PBB’S, PCB’S, excess contaminated fish consumption.
Crucifers- cabbage, cauliflower etc
If you eat cabbage, cauliflower, radish in moderation it should be steamed or well cooked. High Sulphur content can harm thyroid gland but if you steam them or cook these vegetables, they can be consumed moderately even if you have thyroid imbalance.
Other than the above mentioned Thyroid friendly specific foods, selenium rich foods like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds etc should be consumed and do not forget the importance of exercise, it has an advantage in maintaining adequate thyroid function.
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