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The Raw Food Diet Can Cause Hypothyroid – if you’re not getting the right nutrients
-Hypothyroid occurs when your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone.
There is somewhat of a misconception that issues with your thyroid have to be something you have always been battling or it has to be genetic. But actually, just a change in diet (eating too much or too little of certain foods) or lack of a certain vitamin or mineral can cause an imbalance in thyroid. Many believe that only an iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroid when there are many more factors than just iodine.When I say Raw Food Diet..I am referring to those on a High Raw Food Diet (like me) and those on 100% Raw Food Diet.
So, if you are on a raw food diet, most likely your primary meals include a large amount of uncooked Green Vegetables, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, and seeds etc.
Raw Food Diet Can Cause Hypothyroid Because:
- Eating too many uncooked Greens! They contain Goitrogens which lower thyroid production. (These include cruciferous Vegetables that are uncooked) They need to be balanced with foods boosting the thyroid production.
- Lack of any vitamin or mineral- can cause the thyroid’s production of hormones to change.
- Iodine Deficiency- (Just want to mention it) It is the most common cause of hypothyroid. With raw food it can be difficult to get enough iodine. (the foods highest in iodine are mostly fish, baked potato, milk etc. which are not really eaten on the raw food diet).
–I have seen quite a few videos on YouTube of people talking about how to do a raw food diet and all they tell viewers is for breakfast eat a smoothie and have a salad for lunch. That’s okay but they never tell you what is in the salad and smoothie. So, how do you know which foods to eat and whether or not your getting adequate vitamins or minerals or good fats (such as avocado).When you are on a raw food diet/or are considering starting it, it is crucial to make sure your getting enough of the nutrients you need and not too much goitrogenic foods, otherwise it may be doing more harm than good.
So, it is important to get your levels of thyroid and all vitamins checked, especially if you have made a drastic change. Typically, hypothyroid symptoms go unnoticed. However, one of the most common symptoms is fatigue. If hypothyroidism occurs due to the raw food diet it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to quit the diet but it may just be necessary to change some of what you’re eating (or add in foods that help the thyroid such as coconut).I am on a high raw food diet and have never had more energy or felt better! I think that as long as you get all the nutrients needed it is the most beneficial diet for health!