Hashimoto's disease is a hot topic in the health and wellness world right now. With more and more people seeking answers for their autoimmunity issues outside of pharmaceutical treatment alone, nutrition professionals are being asked to participate as a part of an integrative healing approach.
We asked Clinical Nutritionist and Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, Josh Gitalis, to share some of his top nutrition recommendations for Hashimoto's disease. Here are the therapeutic meals he recommends. Click the title to add any of them to your client's next nutrition plan.
Josh loves this recipe for two key reasons. First, "Rainbow Trout is a source of iodine which is a key ingredient needed to make thyroid hormone." And second, it is low in heavy metals.
"Rainbow Trout is low in heavy metals, which have been implicated in Hashimoto’s. This makes a great choice in the seafood category."
So if your clients are stuck in a salmon rut, get them on the rainbow trout bandwagon!
2. Brazil Nuts
Josh adds brazil nuts to his client's plans as a snack in between meals to satisfy hunger without spiking insulin.
"Brazil Nuts make a great snack because they are a low glycemic index and glycemic load option. Balancing blood sugar is critical for addressing Hashimoto's."
Brazil nuts are also loaded with selenium, which plays a role in multiple steps of thyroid hormone production and utilization. Selenium has been shown to lower thyroid antibodies. Only four brazil nuts are required to meet your daily needs.
Josh also recommends One Pan Salmon with Rainbow Veggies for Hashimoto's disease. These one pan dinners are great for keeping things simple and fun in the kitchen!
"Salmon is not only a good source of iodine, but it is also packed with omega 3 fatty acids. Inflammation can be a key driver of Hashimoto's, but eating good fats can counter this effect."
The rainbow of colours in the vegetables offer antioxidant properties that protect the thyroid from damage.
This Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet is a great meal to add to client meal plans. It is simple, delicious and contains ingredients that will support good gut bacteria.
"Most people don’t realize that all autoimmune disease begins in the gut. Sauerkraut can help build a healthy gut, by inoculating its good bacteria."
To be sure your clients are reaping all of the benefits of sauerkraut, have them add it in at the very end, once the heat has been turned off.
Another anti-inflammatory snack hack for Hashimoto's is to add turmeric.
"Turmeric is one of the most powerful spices on the planet. It boasts potent anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin helps to decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a key contributor to Hashimoto's."
So there you have it! Five delicious meals you can add to a nutrition plan for your Hashimoto's clients, according to Josh Gitalis, Functional Medicine Practitioner.