diet for Hashimoto's disease

22 September 2021

What diet is the best for Hashimoto’s disease?

Joanna Marcinkiewicz

How to create best diet for Hashimoto’s disease?

When we hear the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease, we start looking for the best way to cope with this condition. We go to the doctor, we buy advice books or we look for information online. The most commonly heard advice in relation to Hashimoto’s disease is to go on a special diet to help deal with this problem. But which diet to choose?

Many factors play an important role in the course of hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. You must have heard that one of them is the right diet. The scientific data shows that it is essential in supporting the function of the thyroid gland – right after pharmacological treatment. 


Best diet for Hashimoto’s disease

When we talk about dietary recommendations for Hashimoto’s disease, we should first think about balanced nutrition and changing eating habits to more health promoting ones. A healthy, complete and varied diet is the basis for a healthy lifestyle. Our daily diet should provide the proper amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fibre as well as vitamins and minerals. To achieve that, our diet should contain lean meat, fish and eggs from trusted sources, wholemeal groats, rice and pasta, pulses and fresh fruit and vegetables or a variety of seeds and nuts. It is worth pointing out that all the dietary recommendations mentioned below, as well as the amounts of specific macro- or micronutrients, should be selected individually for the patient. Hashimoto’s disease patients often have coexisting disorders or diseases (e.g. insulin resistance, type 1 or 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia or specific food allergies and intolerances), to which the dietary style should be absolutely adjusted.

What is the role of the diet? It provides nutrients, which are necessary for the production of thyroid hormones. If properly composed, it may protect the thyroid from those which may disrupt its functioning or cause further progression of the disease. The proper nutritional plan soothes or even eliminates comorbidities that often accompany hypothyroidism. 


Which diet to choose?

You can find all the lists of dietary approaches recommended in the fight against Hasimoto’s disease on the Internet. The autoimmune protocol, the Paleo or the ketogenic diet are often mentioned. The validity of the anti-inflammatory, Mediterranean or MIND diet is also mentioned. Each of them is characterized by different rules whose one common goal is to reduce the inflammation and support the functioning of the thyroid gland. But do they really work? Do they have a proven effect in the fight against Hashimoto’s disease, or is it just a lot of guesswork? 


One of the common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism is the easiness to gain weight, which in turn leads to overweight or obesity. Among alternative diets, there are also those aimed at reducing excessive body weight. One such model is the so-called Intermittent fasting, which involves not eating food or significantly restricting it at specific times during the day or on specific days throughout the week. Another method that, according to numerous opinions, can lead to weight reduction and inflammation is Dabrowska’s fasting. 


Unfortunately, some of the diets listed above are not recommended for people with Hashimoto’s disease. They are characterized by an incorrect balance of energy and nutrients. Moreover, their effectiveness has not been confirmed by scientific studies. Which diets are we talking about? 


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Joanna Marcinkiewicz

Clinical dietitian. Titles at the Medical University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) in Warsaw. She is passionate about diet therapy for hormonal disorders such as insulin resistance, ovarian and thyroid policy syndrome. In Hashiona Asia enter marketing content on our social media.