What to Eat for Breakfast if You're Hypothyroid

When the body is working well, and the metabolic system in particular is functioning as it should, the thyroid gland produces an adequate supply of thyroid hormone,T4. This is then converted into the active form of the hormone - T3 - elsewhere in the body (mainly in the liver and kidneys), releasing energy into every cell. If your thyroid is not functioning well, chances are you're taking some form of thyroxine tablet (Synthroid, Unithroid, etc), which is essentially T4; this also needs to convert to T3 to restore your energy levels.This production and conversion process depends on many factors, including an adequate supply of key minerals such as iodine and selenium, a healthy liver, and well-functioning adrenal glands. Cortisol, released from the adrenal glands, is essential in this conversion, and as cortisol is released in response both to stress and to caffeine (read more here); this may explain why many people with a hypothyroid condition rely on coffee to start their day: it will release cortisol and aid the conversion process of the body's own T4 or a chemical substitute, such as levothyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid, etc.)However, forced cortisol release via caffeine is not advisable on a long-term basis because eventually the adrenals may become exhausted and be unable to produce cortisol in sufficient quantity. Fortunately there are other types of food and drink that will help the conversion process - and make any thyroxine pill work better - while also representing a healthier start to the day.What Not To Eat or DrinkThe first thing to know about successfully taking thyroxine, or when coping with any kind of hypothyroid condition, is what to avoid in the morning. This is particularly important because many of favourite morning foods and drinks actually slow down the thyroid or interfere with the conversion process. Dr. Barry Peatfield, author of Your Thyroid, and How to Keep it Healthy, stresses that the fluoride content of tea means that you should avoid drinking black, white and green tea in the morning, and may want to consider giving it up altogether. Fluoride was used in the past as a treatment for hyperthyroid conditions, so effective is it in "slowing" the thyroid and metabolic system.Calcium, iron, and soy-based formulas will bind with thyroxine and http://massachusetts.tribe.net/template/pub%2Coc%2CDetail.vm?topicid=c2ea3b18-2764-4a38-8644-caf1e0f94d4a&plugin=blog&inst=45319779 - http://massachusetts.tribe.net/template/pub%2Coc%2CDetail.vm?topicid=c2ea3b18-2764-4a38-8644-caf1e0f94d4a&plugin=blog&inst=45319779 - prevent it from being absorbed. So if you are taking any form of levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, etc.), do not take any calcium- or iron-containing foods or supplements within four hours of taking the levothyroxine. This means avoiding milk and yoghurt - two classic breakfast foods. It also means avoiding eggs and baked beans, which are surprisingly high in iron. (But eggs are also rich in iodine, so they are a brilliant food to pick for lunch, once you've safely converted any thyroxine tablets from T4 to T3).Great Breakfast Foods for People Taking ThyroxineFoods containing iodine are a great way to start the day if you suffer from a hypothyroid condition, but anyone suffering from Hashimoto's needs to steer clear of really iodine-rich foods such as seaweed, (which would be an unlikely breakfast choice http://cellphones.about.com/od/smartphonebasics/a/what_is_smart.htm - http://cellphones.about.com/od/smartphonebasics/a/what_is_smart.htm - in any case). The following fruits have small, safe amounts of iodine and have other benefits because they contain anti-inflammatory enzymes, high amounts of quercetin, or instant energy mechanisms (coconut's medium-chain fatty acids): pineapple, strawberries, rhubarb, coconut, apricots, mangoes and dates.Don't be tempted by muesli with milk, but do snack on a muesli bar, or make one yourself using these iodine-rich foods: oats, buckwheat, hazelnuts, cinnamon, and fennel. Include a few of the fruits mentioned above, and you'll give the thyroid a real but gentle boost, and help any thyroxine tablet (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid, etc) to work in the way it's designed to.Making muesli bars is simple: just mix together oats, fruits, hazelnuts and spices, add some melted coconut fat and honey, then flatten in a roasting tray and oven-cook at a low temperature for around an hour. If you're taking thyroid medication, take it first thing in the morning. Leave at least one hour before eating or drinking anything, then take a thyroid-boosting drink (such as fennel tea) and eat some of your homemade muesli bars, and your body and mind will function perfectly, and naturally, just as they should, all day.Read more about fresh fruits that are good for hypothyroid conditionsRead about how to help rebalance the thyroid naturally.ReferencesMerck Manual 14th Edition: MJ O'Neill, PE Heckleman, CB Koch, CM Kenny, MR D'Arecca (editors); 18th Edition, 2008.Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy, Dr Barry Peatfield, Hammersmith Press, Second Edition, 2006The Directory of Natural and Health Foods, by Tom Riker and Richard RobertsThe Directory of Natural and Health Foods, Tom Riker, Richard RobertsRead more at Suite101: Fresh Fruits that Contain Iodine: Safe Sources of Iodine for People with Hashimoto's Disease https://suite101.com/a/safe-sources-of-iodine-for-people-with-hashimoto-a187255#ixzz0jfsLsUynThe Directory of Natural and Health Foods, Tom Riker, Richard RobertsRead more at Suite101: Fresh Fruits that Contain Iodine: Safe Sources of Iodine for People with Hashimoto's Disease https://suite101.com/a/safe-sources-of-iodine-for-people-with-hashimoto-a187255#ixzz0jfsLsUyn