I suffer from Hashimoto's thyroiditis and have a very underactive thyroid. How can I naturally boost my metabolism and fight this disease? I have been trying so hard to lose weight.
You didn't mention if you are currently taking medication so we will just focus on some general dietary information that may help you. It is very hard to lose weight when you are hypothyroid but it can be done. But first, I think it is a good idea to focus on improving your overall health and fitness.
There is a link between gluten and Hashimoto's so a good place to start is to eliminate gluten from your diet. This isn't so hard to do as there are just do many gluten-free products available. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, oats and rye products.
Vegetables from the cruciferous family are said to suppress thyroid function. These vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale.
Avoid caffeine, sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
Eat foods rich in iodine, including fish and shellfish and seaweed. Sushi is a rich source too. You can add some kombu to soups and stews to up your iodine intake.
Vitamin D3 supplementation is good.
Finally, do some exercise. I know you probably don't feel like you have the energy, but do whatever you can. Swimming and walking are a good way to start.
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