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Diet for a Low Thyroid

Low thyroid levels are not linked to diet -- research studies have shown that no foods can prevent hypothyroidism, nor are there foods that can make the condition worse. However, this does not mean that nutrition is not important for people with an underactive thyroid.
The best "diet" for a person with low thyroid levels is one that is well balanced, with lean meats, poultry, and fish; whole grains and beans; and fresh fruit and vegetables.
While there is no specific eating plan that people with hypothyroidism should follow, it is important to be aware that certain foods can affect the way the body absorbs medications used to treat low thyroid levels. Foods that should only be eaten four hours before or after taking these medicines include:
  • Walnuts
  • Soybean products
  • Cottonseed meal.
(Click Hypothyroidism Diet to learn more about the importance of a well-balanced diet for people with low thyroid levels and for tips on taking your thyroid medications.)
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