It is world nutrition week. We want to focus this article on the importance of having the right thyroid hormone levels throughout the development of the fetus. As such, we will provide you with a few nutritional suggestions to help you maintain the recommended thyroid levels in a healthy way.
Why is it important?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones, especially T4, are a critical factor in the development of the central nervous system of the fetus. If these hormonal levels are outside the recommended range, the neural migration and the formation and maturation of critical areas of the brain will not be optimal.
This is why it is important to maintain a TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) level under 2.5mlU/L. At this level, we will ensure the appropriate level of thyroid hormonal input to the fetus.
Nutrition and Thyroid
Aside from undergoing a medical treatment, there are other more natural ways that can help maintain the TSH levels within a healthy range.
We would like to highlight selenium, as a key element to keep healthy TSH levels. Some examples of foods high in selenium are: sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, wheat and wheat germ, bran, barley and mustard seeds.
In the same way, it is also important to control iodine levels. It is important to remember that some plant-based foods contain higher levels of iodine than others. Some examples of iodine levels, in milligrams, per 100 grams of food are: spinach (41 mcg), whole-grain rice (20 mcg), fresh mushrooms (18 mcg), or beetroot, carrots and apples (8 mcg).
At the same time, it is advisable to avoid dairy and soy products, as they can alter TSH levels.
In addition to keeping a well-balanced diet, there are other alternative treatments that help with thyroid-derived problems. There are various studies that support Phytotherapy treatments (Fucs Vesiculosus) and Ayurvedic treatments (Commiphora Mukul). If you are considering these options, we recommend you speak with a specialist in this sector.
We hope these were helpful tips. For any fertility questions, your favorite team is here for you!