Best And Worst Foods For Thyroid

There can be two issues with your thyroid;


an under-active thyroid produces less amount of thyroid hormone leading to weight gain, sluggishness, depression, and increased sensitivity to cold.

Or an overactive thyroid produces more amount of thyroid hormone than it is required leading to sudden weight loss, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, and irritability. You will know your thyroid isn’t working right in some cases when you face the signs such as:

  1. High blood pressure

  2. Less concentration and weak memory

  3. Fatigue and anxiety

  4. Irregular period cycles in women

Here are what foods to eat and what to avoid for a balanced thyroid diet:

Best Foods

  • Seaweed

  • Brazil Nuts

  • Greek Yogurt

  • Milk

  • Chicken and Beef

  • Tuna and Sardines

  • Eggs


Worst Foods

  • Processed foods such as hot dogs, cakes, cookies, etc. 

  • Fast foods

  • Gluten

  • Millet of all varieties


Foods in Moderate Amount

  • Soy’ tofu, edamame beans, soy milk, etc.

  • Beverages such as coffee, green tea and alcohol.

Sample diet for a day:

  • Breakfast: Gluten-free bread with eggs.

  • Lunch: Chicken salad with 2–3 Brazil nuts.

  • Dinner: Stir-fried chicken and vegetables served with rice.



  1. Use iodized salt at home.

  2. Eat a handful of Brazil nuts daily.

  3. Prefer seafood such as seaweed and shrimp to get iodine for a healthy thyroid.

  4. Take thyroid supplements on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning.

  5. Simple exercises such as yoga and walking can help with the problem of hypothyroidism.