Dietary Tips for Thyroid Patients

Dietary Tips for Thyroid Patients

Thyroid is a gland present at the base of the neck. It is responsible for producing the thyroid hormones which play a key role in managing the metabolism of the body.When this gland does not function properly, it can lead to a number of health issues like hyperthyroidism (too much of thyroid hormone produced), thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland),goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland), and the most common of all hypothyroidism (when the thyroid gland produces low levels of hormones).

In India, the ratio of people suffering from hypothyroidism is quite high. One among every 10 adults is affected. It is more common in the aged population and the fairer sex.
Hypothyroidism causes the body to slow down as the metabolic rate reduces significantly. Other effects of this health condition includes:

  • Weight gain
  • Heart diseases
  • Miscarriages in pregnant women
  • Infertility
  • Mental health issues

Diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way in limiting the consequences of this disease.There are many health sites which offer online thyroid diet plan in India.These, if followed with care and sincerity can prove to be highly benefiting. A thyroid Diet plan broadly consists of the following-

Iodine-rich foods:

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The building block of the thyroid hormone is Iodine.Thus a thyroid diet plan will consist of food containing iodized salt and other supplements. But excess of iodine intake can affect the thyroid functioning adversely so do check with a dietitian for an informed choice.

Controlling High Carb Intake:

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Foods which are high on carbohydrates need to be avoided, as they are proven to promote leptin resistance. The dysfunction of leptin (key thyroidal) hormone is one of the major causes of weight gain among thyroid patients.

Constraining Cruciferous Vegetables in Diet:

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Vegetables like cabbage and broccoli, can have a negative impact on the thyroid hormone production. The thyroid gland’s ability to absorb iodine is affected in the process of digesting these foods. Therefore, they should be shunned off.

Selenium Rich Foods:

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This is an important element to add in the diet of people suffering from hypothyroid. It helps protect the thyroid gland at the times of stress. Selenium-based enzymes and proteins help maintain optimal levels of thyroid hormone in the blood. Seafood, whole wheat bread, beef and lamb are some selenium rich foods.

Adding trace metals to the diet :

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The metals like Zinc, Iron and Copper, though required in very less amounts, are significant for efficient thyroid functioning. Thyroid hormonal balance can lead to the deficiency of these elements or vice-versa. Thus, when suffering from thyroidal health issues dietitians will add to your diet foods like beef, oysters, sunflower seeds, lentils, white beans etc. to meet the demands of these elements.

For more details,you can go through our online special weight loss programs ,which are uniquely constructed to achieve healthy weight loss for clients who are battling with other health disorders too.

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10 Foods the Healthiest People Always Stock in Their Kitchens

10 Foods the Healthiest People Always Stock in Their Kitchens

Healthy people are in a habit of stocking up their pantries and kitchen with healthy food items, so that they never starve or when hunger pangs strike, they do not munch on any empty calories.So for those who have been battling to make healthy dietary changes, it would be a nice idea to peek into the kitchens of such people. We bet you will find the following 10 food items stocked there:
1. Avocados

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It is probably the healthiest food and so one of the permanent items you’ll find in health conscious people’s kitchens. Avocados contain Pantothenic acid, Vitamin E, C & K, are rich in anti-oxidants and fiber too.
2. Coconut oil:

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Apart from lending taste to the food, coconut oil increases metabolism and is anti-inflammatory.It contains MCFAs which are healthy saturated fats in comparison to trans fat. Use of coconut oil keeps cholesterol levels in check and thus reduces cardiac health issues.
3. Walnuts

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A fistful of walnuts can provide a good supply of essential omega3 fatty acids, melatonin and mineral nutrients like manganese and copper. Walnuts are known to prevent Alzheimer and the Parkinson disease also.
4. Eggs

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A wholesome source of proteins, eggs are also rich in Vitamin B2, Vitamin D and mineral nutrients. Choline,a compound known to improve brain function, is abundantly found in the yolk.however, with those at a risk of heart diseases are suggested to avoid the yolk part (high in cholesterol). Even then, egg whites make up more than half of its proteins, so is still a very healthy food item.
5. Oatmeal

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You will find that oatmeal is a regular part of the diet of the healthiest people around. Being a great source of soluble fiber, and other nutrients like biotin, chromium, zinc, and healthy proteins. Eating oats helps curb hunger pangs and so helpful in controlling calorie intake.
6.Steamed/boiled Carrots:

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Carrots can be your key to healthy skin, bones and vision. A small bowl of cooked/boiled carrots provide good amount of vitamin A & K. Also carrots are a good source of Vitamin C.Those who eat a lot of carrots or consume carrot juice regularly are at less risk of cancer and signs of aging too show up late on their faces.
7. Tomatoes:

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Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and is proven in improving the immune system. Tomatoes can also be used in a wide variety of of home-made packs for glowing skin. It is a staple food and healthy souls swear by its health benefits.
8. Plain Yogurt

 

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Yogurt soothes the gut. The bacteria in yogurt are healthy as they help in improving are digestion and strengthens the body’s immunity.Yogurt intake can help battle conditions like lactose intolerance, constipation and diarrhea.
9.Bananas

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Solid source of a host of nutrient like potassium, magnesium, vitamin C & B6, fiber and folate. With a good amount of carbohydrates bananas act as a fueling source providing energy to the body. Bananas in breakfast or after workouts will keep you full and cheerful.
10. Turmeric

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Indian homes make use of turmeric a lot. It is a remedy for cold and also given to recoup from injuries(turmeric milk). Known to be an anti-septic it is a powerful anti-inflammatory food item. Thus use of turmeric is recommended to keep chronic diseases at bay.

Reach Your Ideal Weight In Specific Time

Reach Your Ideal Weight In Specific Time

 

Every person wishes for a healthy body but it is not easy for each and every person to achieve this goal. As this involves eating healthy and the lifestyle that most people follow is not that much healthy. So to speed up the weight loss process, we bring you a 2 and 3-month diet program that will surely help you loose those chunks of fat.

 

2 Month Weight Loss Plan

If you intend to shed some pounds in 2 months, a good weight loss diet accompanied with exercise is the best way to do it. Follow the hacks given below and achieve your weight loss goal.
Breakfast:
For breakfast have a bowl of cereals, Egg whites, Toast made from wholegrain bread, Glass of fresh juice, Tea or coffee with low or no sugar.
Lunch:
Chapatis with Vegetables lightly cooked in olive oil, Dal and Salad are best for lunch.

Evening Snack:

Light snack with tea or coffee with skimmed milk makes best evening snack. Dinner: A bowl of soup, salad and some chicken or fish is best for dinner.
Exercises:

Exercises like Jumping Jacks, mountain climbers, high-knee run in place etc can be performed for about 4 to 4 and a half minutes with 20 seconds rest. Combine these exercises with lunges, burpees and push ups, 4 minutes , 10 reps of each exercise with 20 seconds rest. Perform these for one month with one rest day. Increase the exercise time and reduce the rest time to 15 seconds for next month.
3 Months Weight Loss Diet Plan

Loosing weight is not an easy task to do. A lot of effort has to be put in to achieve desired result. That is what 3-month diet plan is all about. Dieting along with exercise has always been a great way to loose weight.

  • Lower your calorie intake so as to be able to loose subsequent amount of weight.
  • Start your day with a glass of water mixed with lime and honey.
  • Eat a bowl of cereals, fruits or egg whites with a glass of fresh juice or skimmed milk.
  • For lunch, have a bowl of steamed or boiled vegetables with salad.
  • Eat healthy snacks with tea or coffee as an evening snack.
  • Eat a bowl of soup with salad for dinner.
  • Combine this diet plan with HIIT and cardio to gain best results.
  • Increase the time of each exercise every month and reduce the rest time to gain best results.

Do not refrain yourself from eating your favorite things. You should always have a cheat day where you can eat your favorite dessert or chocolate but you have to manage your calorie intake too. Try to weigh yourself everyday, if possible but do not get obsessed with it as rate of losing weight is different for different bodies.

Following any diet is good but do not sacrifice your life for it. Eat well and eat healthy, if you have any craving for pizza or your favorite chocolate, go ahead and have a bite to calm your taste buds. Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday so as to maintain the water level of your body. Drink water before and after every meal to help boost the digestion process. So, keep calm, eat right and loose weight.

Low Glycemic Diet : An Easy to adopt Lifestyle Habit

Low Glycemic Diet : An Easy to adopt Lifestyle Habit

For diabetic patients ‘glycemic index’ is an everyday word but for others it might not sound so familiar. So while going through so many diet plan options available if you stumbled upon the low glycemic diet and decided flip over it only because it went over your head then wait, you might be missing out on something great.

Let us help you understand what is a ‘Low Glycemic Foods Diet Plan’and how it can benefit you. First of all lets define Glycemic Index – It is a system in which all foods can be ranked on a scale of 0-100 based on how they may affect the blood sugar levels. The foods that breakdown rapidly to release glucose (clearly lead to more rise in blood sugar level) are higher on the index. Foods with GI more than 70 can cause significant fluctuations in sugar levels in the blood, 55-70 moderate and those ranked 55 or less are low GI foods.

Now, which GI foods should be a part of our diet is not difficult to crack. Obviously, the ones that rank lower on the glycemic index. However, medium GI foods could also make it in your list, and surprisingly even high GI foods too (unless you are diabetic). How is that possible? This is because a small potion of a high GI food (say 25%) taken with other low GI foods will balance out the total GI of your entire meal.

Next question, which may be dancing in your head is, ‘Is this diet only for diabetic patients? If not, how will it benefit others?’
Well, partially yes. It is most recommended to diabetic patients. But not that others cannot benefit from it at all. The glycemic diet plan for weight loss is a diet approach even non-diabetic population could utilize. This plan doesn’t claim rapid weight loss, but is a proven way of shredding the extra kilos in a long run. This is because by introducing low GI foods, high carbohydrate intake is automatically limited. Moreover, no food groups are entirely discarded, only maintaining a healthy ratio of them all is aimed at. This helps in gradually coming in shape.

It is therefore, a boon for the diabetic patients, a preventive cure for those who might be at a risk of it, and an easy lifestyle change one can opt for those looking to lose weight in a healthy way.

Types of Therapeutic Diets

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A therapeutic diet, as the name suggests, is a diet that is used as a therapy to treat many health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases etc. It is an eating plan designed by nutritionists and doctors, in which by adding or subtracting certain food items to/from your diet the risks and consequences of certain health disorders are reduced. There are many types of therapeutic diets that can be adopted to fight various health issues.

1. Low Cholesterol Diet: It is common knowledge that for a healthy heart a low cholesterol diet is the best bet. In this diet foods which contain high amounts of saturated fats are avoided.

2. Diabetic Diets: A diet to manage diabetes looks into cutting down the consumption of foods containing sugar content. It also works on monitoring the intake of refined carbohydrates which can dangerously raise blood sugar levels.

3. Gluten-free Diet: This diet aims at treating the celiac disease which is a genetically induced disorder in which the small intestine is hyperactive to gluten. Hence, the diet introduces gluten-free foods in the meals, usually it is all about washing off all wheat products from ones diet.

4. DASH Diet: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. The diet focuses on reducing the consumption of sodium and balancing it with the intake of higher amounts of magnesium, calcium and potassium.

5. High-Protein Diet: This particular diet is prescribed as a prenatal or post natal diet; it is also recommended to patients with infections, or with acute burns. A high-protein diet also helps deal with the problem of hampered growth in young kids. In this foods rich in proteins is made a part of all meals.

There are many other therapeutic diets one could opt for after consulting with an expert nutritionist to manage health issues like arthritis, thyroid, PCOS etc. With your doctor’s advice and a sincere efforts in following these diets diligently can help remove many of the irksome health disorders you’ve been battling from long. So do consider them seriously.