Juice for Hypothyroidism
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HYPOthyroidism is the UNDER-production of the thyroid hormones (HYPERthyroidism is the opposite where your thyroid gland over-produces thyroid hormones).
Your thyroid gland helps to control your metabolism and the rate at which you burn calories. With an underactive thyroid due to hypothyroidism, you may experience fatigue, weight gain, PMS problems, infertility, low body temperature, low immunity and poor concentration.
While mild symptoms can be relatively harmless, if this condition is left untreated it can have grave consequences. In extreme cases, part of the thyroid gland may be removed surgically. For less severe situations, your doctor may prescribe thyroid medications. Whenever you take a medication, you run the risk of experiencing side effects.
Chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, intolerance to cold, low body temperature, slow heart rate, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, PMS problems, heavy periods, infertility, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, dry and scaly skin, hair loss, loss of 1/3 of outer eyebrows, low immunity, migraines, constipation, poor memory and concentration, goiter, droopy and swollen eyes.
If you have many of the above symptoms, do a self test:
Keep a thermometer by your bed. When you awaken in the morning, place the thermometer under your arm for about 10 minutes (with a normal mercury thermometer). Or, get a digital thermometer that beeps when the temperature is ready for reading. Keep a log for five days. If your readings are consistently low at 97.6 degrees F or lower, it may be an indication of hypothyroidism. Especially if you have other symptoms, talk to your health care provider.
Food to Avoid
Mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, spinach, turnips, and the cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale. Also avoid processed/refined foods, including white flour and sugar.
Chemicals and highly refined foods: Sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners, diet soda, carbonated drinks, diet foods, fat-free foods, pesticide-laden foods, hydrogenated fats such as margarine, white flour, refined sugars and dairy products (except yogurt).
Foods to Eat
Many foods can help with hypothyroidism, including apricots, asparagus, avocados, dates, carrots, oranges, potatoes, leafy greens, prunes, seaweed, sea salt and whole grains. Increase on your protein intake by eating nuts and seeds, quinoa, eggs, organic meat.
A number of herbs like Siberian ginseng and bacopa can help as well. Learn more about the best herbs for thyroid health.
Watercress is rich in iodine and has many health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.
Health benefits of watercress:
- High in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
- Aphrodisiac effect
- Controls blood sugar level in diabetics
- Promotes and maintains healthy bones
- Relieves skin problems like eczema, acne and other skin irritations
- High iodine content that improves hypothyroidism condition (not suitable for individuals with HYPERthyroidism)
- And many more! Read them all here.
Kelp, L-tyrosine, vitamin B complex, brewer’s yeast, omega-3, selenium, copper, zinc. Each individual’s dosage is different, check with your health care provider.
You can also add a 1-inch section of ginger for added taste. Watercress juice is very detoxifying, so consume in moderation.
Anti-Inflammatory Beet Juice
This juice recipe contains beetroot that is highly anti-inflammatory, helps to cleanse the liver and boost your immune system.
Drinking it regularly may help to restore hormone imbalances. Gather the following ingredients, wash, cut and put them through your juicer:
- 2 medium-sized beetroots
- 4 carrots
- 2 green apples
- 1-inch fresh ginger root
- 1 lemon
Sunburst Grapefruit Juice
Sunburst juice contains foods high in antioxidant vitamin C content, that help improve your immune system.
Peel the orange and lemon, cut up all the ingredients and put them through your juicer:
- 1 large grapefruit
- 2 yellow bell pepper
- 4 carrots
- ½ a lemon
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