Some thyroid problems can be treated with medicine, while others, such as Hashimoto’s disease, need lifestyle changes to improve common symptoms because there is no quick fix to it. If you are looking for an excellent addition to your diet for relieving symptoms of thyroid-related issues such as the leaky gut, or want to improve your gut health, consider this fiber-rich carrot, ginger, and pear soup.
For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
This recipe was shared by Izabella Wentz, author of the cookbook Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology. Wentz was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism or a thyroid deficiency, at the age of 27. In her cookbook, she shares a comprehensive guide to eating in a way that improves thyroid health and the immune system. Taking care of your gut is key to good health, in general, but it is even more important for those with thyroid problems.
The pear in the soup is a great addition because it is rich in fiber, which helps detoxify your digestive system. Fiber-rich foods like pears also help maintain healthy gut bacteria.
Carrots can lower the levels of bacterial endotoxin, estrogen, cortisol, serotonin, and prolactin — all of which are known for driving the body’s stress response. For thyroid problems like hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, all can be and often are over-produced. As a result, they disrupt thyroid function. Therefore, addressing these hormones and chemicals can greatly help improve and treat your thyroid problem.
While ginger is a common herb for cooking and baking, it is also a potent herbal medicine. Many people who suffer from thyroid issues find ginger beneficial; it contains compounds that improve thyroid function.
One of the key nutrients in ginger that help with thyroid function is magnesium. This nutrient has been shown to be important for controlling thyroid disease. It helps relax the muscles and prevent the occurrence of an irregular heartbeat. Ginger also contains potassium, a mineral important to regulating fluids in the body. In addition, ginger has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It helps regulate inflammation and prevent inflammation-related thyroid problems. (Related: Manage your underactive thyroid with these essential nutrients.)