Improve the symptoms of thyroid disease with an optimal diet and the support of a registered dietitian or nutritionist.
The primary treatment for so many health issues is medication. But for most people, altering their diet with the assistance of a registered dietitian can support more traditional medical interventions. Thyroid disease is a case in point; changes in nutrition can greatly improve the symptoms like low energy, weight gain and constipation caused by thyroid dysfunction.
What is Thyroid Disease?
A butterfly-shaped endocrine gland, the thyroid is located just above collarbone in the throat. It can be subject to a range of issues, from thyroid cancer to hypothyroidism (where the thyroid produces too much hormone causing the body to deplete energy stores too quickly) and hypothyroidism (too little hormone is produced) and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the thyroid. There is a range of degrees of severity to each of these.
How Does Thyroid Disease Impact Your Health?
Thyroid disorders can mess with your well-being in a number of ways. Most of them have to do with energy levels as this tiny gland is tasked with an important role in energy production and management. Other problems can arise from the thyroid's impact on chronic issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension. There is no reason to suffer unnecessarily with minor thyroid dysfunction but so many people do. Strategic diet and nutrition management can lead to profound improvements in symptoms and quality of life.
Symptoms That Thyroid Management May Reduce or Eliminate
Nutrition counselling and dietary adjustment can yield remarkable results for many people suffering from thyroid disease. These symptoms, with varying severity, commonly include:
intolerance to cold
depression or anxiety
weight gain or weight loss
slow heart rate
What Are the Benefits of Working With a Registered Dietitian?
Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who help clients make informed choices about diet and overall health with individualized nutrition counseling. Nutritionists use the latest research to develop science and evidence-based recommendations that can help people feel better. Strategies aimed at preventing and managing the added complication of chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, makes their work invaluable.
How Can a Dietitian Specifically Help With Thyroid Disease
Working with a dietitian on thyroid function management hinges on managing weight swings with a balanced diet comprising lean meats and lots of vegetables. Working with a nutrition expert is helpful to maintain the delicate balance that individual biochemistry requires.
For example, managing weight gain with personalized meal plans, and daily menus for a balanced diet, can lead to sustainable change that suits your lifestyle rather than leading to feelings of deprivation. A high-fibre diet that includes foods such as bran and oats and legumes, and regular hydration can help improve constipation. And a diverse and balanced diet can improve energy and weakness.
Working with a registered dietitian also ensures there are no negative interactions between the medication and the foods that the person eats.
If you'd like to know more about the benefits of nutrition counselling services for thyroid disease, get in touch with our team of expert registered dietitians. They can help balance your complex nutrition needs with practical advice and informed patience.