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Raw Greens: Not Good for Hypothyroidism


I have hypothyroidism. I only take the second smallest dose of medication, my levels are fine.

Yesterday I read that most raw greens and the ones I love such as spinach, kale, and cabbage are not good for hypothyroidism. I have added these things to my salads and smoothies for the last almost 3 months. Would have been nice to know. I love raw vegetables and I only like them cooked in soups or egg dishes. Do I have to cut these out completely? I love iceberg lettuce but it has little to no nutritional value. What are you others with hypothyroidism eating? …Any information on what we can have would be helpful.

A: This is a really important point. Yes everyone’s is different. But if you’re having trouble conceiving, then avoiding cruciferous foods is vital. They contain goitrogens and impair your thyroid, thus your hormone production. I had to do it too and it’s tough giving up foods that are so healthy and full of vitamins. But remember that it’s only for a while and your healthy baby will thank you.

Here, at Natural Fertility Breakthrough, our food philosophy is an eclectic mix of paleo meets raw meets body ecology, with a good dose of Weston A. Price and Nourishing Traditions. We have developed the Fertility Food Revolution meal plans to provide healthy eating guidelines that support gluten and dairy free diets. With large helpings of vegetables,  they would require adaptation to cater to hypothyroidism but are a good place to work from in terms of food planning, which  we recommend when establishing and maintaining a lifestyle of health eating. For more information on foods to avoid for fertility join us for the next #FertilityChallenge.

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Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

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