What Is Thyroid & What Does It Do?
The thyroid gland is one of the main glands of our endocrine system. This butterfly-shaped gland is present in the neck, wrapped around our windpipe (trachea). Thyroid gland-like other glands in the bodywork by producing hormones called thyroid hormones (T3 and T4). Due to either overproduction or underproduction of these hormones (caused by any disease or disorder), it can disrupt the body’s vital functions. The main function of the thyroid gland is to maintain the normal metabolism of the body. Hence it is involved in the transformation of food into energy and that’s how it is involved in weight changes.
People Who Are At Risk Of Developing A Thyroid Disease
- Having a family history of thyroid disease
- Having any medical condition (anemia, diabetes, arthritis, adrenal insufficiency)
- Taking a medicine high in iodine
- Women older than 60
- Treated for a past thyroid condition
How Hypothyroidism Leads To Weight Gain?
Conditions such as thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland), Hashimoto disease (an autoimmune disorder in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system), and iodine deficiency lead to the inefficient working of the thyroid gland. In this case, there is an under secretion of the thyroid hormones. Therefore the body is not able to perform its function. In this case, the process of metabolism is disturbed. The body is not able to utilize the nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and protein to convert them into energy. These nutrients are stored in the body, therefore, contributing to weight gain. If not controlled it can turn into obesity.
How Hyperthyroidism Leads To Weight Loss?
Conditions such as graves diseases, infectious thyroiditis, postpartum thyroiditis, too much iodine consumption lead to hyperactivity of the thyroid gland. There is an overproduction of thyroid hormones. The nutrients available to the body for the energy production are used in excess therefore it causes weight loss.
Differentiating Between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Signs and Symptoms
|Weight gain||Weight loss|
|Dry hair and hair fall||Hand tremors|
|Brittle nails||Rapid heartbeat|
Diet For Hypothyroidism
For a person suffering from hypothyroidism, it is important to eat a balanced diet providing sufficient nutrients for optimum health. However certain foods should be avoided as they aggravate the body’s condition.
Foods to eat: diet must be rich in foods from all food groups. Include the following in your diet.
- Gluten-free cereals such as oats, barley, rye. (Whole wheat can be consumed if no gluten intolerance is )
- Whole eggs as contain iodine and selenium
- Low-fat dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
- All kinds of meat (red meat, white meat, fish)
- All kinds of vegetables except cruciferous vegetables (spinach, cabbage, broccoli)
- All kinds of fruits except the ones with goitrogens
Avoid the following
- Cruciferous vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage)
- fruits like peach, pear, and strawberries
- tea and coffee
Diet for Hyperthyroidism
Low iodine foods (oats, potatoes, honey, egg whites)
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, cabbage)
Vitamins and minerals (iron, selenium, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D)
Healthy fats (fish, nuts, fish oil)
Sea Kelp Helps You With Controlling Hypothyroid & Weight Gain
The main cause of hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency. Healthilife Sea Kelp tablets are obtained from the finest quality and uncontaminated sea kelp which is a rich source of iodine. When consumed along with diet it stimulates the production of thyroid hormones in the body. The thyroid gland gets a boost with additional iodine and is able to utilize the nutrients for energy production. In this way, the excess energy is utilized and does not cause weight gain. Apart from energy, it is involved in the optimum brain, heart, and healthy skin.