I had reached a point where extreme, intense fatigue hit me like a load of bricks. I kept gaining weight even though I was paying close attention to my diet and exercised frequently.
My skin became dry, nails brittle and what finally made me want to do something about this was my hair started falling off at a scary rate…
I was talking to a friend about how I started making “green morning smoothies” for breakfast and she told me to look into juicing instead.
There’s a lot of great information on juicing, but I kept coming across one problem. Many authors of juice recipes don’t understand what it’s like to have hypothyroidism. Not to mention there is a lot of conflicting information when it comes to different ingredients and what works to get rid of fatigue and lose weight when hypothyroid.
So here are the tried and tested ingredients which you can use to mix and match to make your own juice recipes for hypothyroidism.
The Basic Three
#1 Carrot Juice for hypothyroidism
You know how during fall, leaves tend to turn to a red-orange color? That’s a pigment called beta-carotene, which is one of the raw materials the body uses to make one of the forms of vitamin A as retinol. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, and they are one way to boost your vitamin A in the form of retinol.
Here’s a list of common signs and symptoms that tell you lack vitamin A in your diet.
- Poor night vision
- Dry skin
- Dry hair
- Weak or ridged fingernails
- Chronic inflammation
- Low vitamin D levels
- Autoimmune problems
- Difficulty fighting infections
- Liver dysfunction
The body stores vitamin A in the liver which is why low vitamin A can cause liver dysfunction. The liver converts the thyroid hormone T4 into T3 so it’s important to keep your liver functioning properly. Since vitamin A is stored in the liver, it makes sense that some of the best sources of vitamin A comes from beef liver and fermented cod liver oil.
#2 Beet Juice for Hypothyroidism
Picture industrial waste… trash, by-products, chemicals, toxins, etc… In the body, industrial waste is called oxidative stress. These are all the toxins in the body that come from various sources including food and water, to everyday things you come in contact with that are toxic.
The liver is one of the main detox organs you have. It’s like a filter. Filters get clogged. This is why it’s important to keep the liver functioning properly so that it can “clean up” for you. Take care of your liver and your liver will take care of you.
Beets are one of the ingredients I like to use for liver cleansing so I like to include them in my juice recipes for hypothyroidism.
#3 Celery juice for hypothyroidism
When it comes to fatigue, magnesium and B vitamins are your best allies. Celery is one of the best sources of these nutrients which is why I’m finding more people who get good results when adding celery to their juice recipes.
My “Secret” Thyroid Juice Ingredients
I love using cucumber as a base for vegetable juice. It has a very mild flavor and it has a high water content. It is one of my favorite sources of potassium and multiple B vitamins which are great for nails, skin and hair.
#2 Ginger & Lemon
There’s something warming about ginger, and personally I love the flavor it gives to my green juices. It is also a great source of potassium and magnesium which are key to getting rid of fatigue.
Lemon is the master alkalizer. Lemon is a staple ingredient in my diet. One of the main reasons why I love using lemons is because they help emulsify fats which is important for the body to get and use fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K.
#3 Blue Green Algaes
There are many reasons why you want to use algaes like chlorella, spirulina, etc., in your juices and in your diet in general if you have hypothyroidism. One of the main reasons is that they are loaded with iodine, which is the best source to get it.
Spirulina is unique in that it contains iodine and the amino acid tyrosine. Thyroid hormones are derivatives of the amino acid tyrosine linked together with iodine.
T4 for example is tyrosine linked with 4 iodine.
T3 is tyrosine with 3 iodine.
Spirulina to me is a food that contains the raw materials the body uses to make thyroid hormones.
#4 Turmeric & Ashwaghanda
One of the things that made me feel the worst was inflammation. In fact, when I was gaining weight out of control, I remember feeling like the weight was not “normal” weight. It felt like I was hollow inside, like air was being pumped inside me…
It turns out that what I was experiencing was inflammation.
Adding turmeric and ashwaghanda to my drinks was one way I alleviated this.
Knowing this, I started making different juice recipes by combining some or all of these ingredients together.
Juice Recipe #1
3 Medium-sized carrots (organic)
3 stalks of celery (organic)
1/2 beet root (organic)
1 tbsp spirulina
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ashwaghanda
Juice Recipe #2
5 stalks of celery
1 cup coconut water
1 lemon (organic, juice only)
1 one inch of ginger root (organic)
1 tbsp spirulina
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ashwaghanda
One of the biggest problems with juicing for hypothyroidism is that these vegetable juices may not taste very well.
This is in part due to an imbalance in your gut flora. Simply stated, bad bacteria in your gut tends to give you “sweet cravings” so many people are tempted to add apples to sweeten up these drinks. You’ll find that going without is way more effective.
You can instead look for other ways to sweeten up your drinks by using stevia or monk fruit.
Monk fruit is what Organifi green juice uses to improve the taste of their green blend without adding sugar.
To get over this “taste hurdle”, here at hypothyroidism success story, we use probiotics.
Probiotics are the little creatures that process all these foods for us in our guts. You may have read for example that the amount of vitamin A you get from carrots may be limited due to your body’s ability to process it. Well, probiotics are what help process foods like carrots and they are the ones that make all the vitamins and nutrients from food “bioavailable” meaning they break down food to the point where your body can access the nutrients.
What to juice is only part of the equation. How to juice for hypothyroidism is the second part.
The best way to juice is in the morning when you are in a fasted state. If you can juice through the morning you will find it will be more effective. In this video I talk a little bit more about how I juice for hypothyroidism.
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