Weekley FAQ Series
By Nmami Agarwal
We are here with our next Weekly FAQ Series on the basis of our constant viewer’s questions and user queries. In this series, we present answers to the frequently asked question over our various social media channels. Hope this weekly questions and answers series will help sort your concerns related to health. To ask more about health, nutrition and food you can comment down below at the end of this FAQ post or reach to us on any of our social media network
1. What are the best dietary tips for Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition that makes your thyroid function less than its full potential. Thyroid is a gland situated in your neck, and is of the shape of a small butterfly. It secretes two main hormones called T3, and T4 which regulate many functions in the body like- temperature regulation, metabolism, growth, development, protein synthesis, and bone growth. Here are few quick dietary tips that you can follow to maintain the health of your thyroid gland if you suffer from hypothyroidism-
- Limit the intake of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts. These vegetable can affect the absorption of thyroid medicine.
- Limit the intake of soy and soy-based products as the isoflavones in soy can adversely affect thyroid function.
- Limit the intake of peaches, pears and strawberries.
- You should frequently consume eggs, berries, spinach, nuts and seeds.
- You can occasionally consume green tea, lukewarm ginger water and lemon water to boost up your metabolism.
- It is essential to perform regular physical activity of minimum 30 minutes daily.
- Also, make sure to test your thyroid profile on a regular basis.
- If you take iron or calcium supplements, do not take them with your thyroid medicine.
2. I am suddenly experiencing grey hair in my early 30’s. What foods to eat?
Having grey hair in a young age is possibly due to many reasons like genetics, stress, environmental pollution, too much of an exposure to heat and dust or certain dietary deficiencies. Although, diet does not play a very significant role because in majority the grey hair are caused by genetic predisposition. But, at times it is seen that a deficiency of copper in the diet can lead to premature greying of hair. So you can include copper rich foods in your diet like- cashews, walnuts, soy, lentils, eggs, sunflower seeds, guava, avocados, kiwi, oranges, banana, and peaches. However, remember that incorporating these foods will not reverse the colour of already turned grey hair, it can just prevent the occurrence of further grey hair. The best thing to do is find out the root cause first and then work towards the solution.
3. I stay in a hostel, how can I manage my diet better
Staying in a hostel is a pre requisite for a successful professional life but sometimes it can take a toll on your health, especially if the food you are served is loaded with oil and unhealthy stuff, which is mostly the case. There is nothing you can much do about changing the hostel menu or changing the oil, you should if you can though. The other options that you can indulge are:
- Always keep a stock of fresh fruits and vegetables with you and consume them on a regular basis. If you can, buy a blender or an electric kettle so that you can prepare your very own soups or smoothies.
- Eat smart snacks- It is very likely to have binge eating habits and untimely cravings during the hostel life. So, instead of reaching out to your canteen loaded with unhealthy options, keep handful of smart snacks with you always. You can choose from- roasted black chana, puffed rice, roasted foxnuts, almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, sprouts, or pumpkin seeds.
- Make sure to indulge in some form of physical activity. Keep moving for at least 30- 40 minutes on a daily basis. The campus generally have a lot of space to stroll around. So, ensure that you make the best use of it.
The questions followed in Weekly FAQ Series are all the compilation of our viewers/followers questions and lately customized to portray in the question and answers series accordingly. The presented content offer/provide the generic advice/information only. We do not suggest/recommend the listed answers to substitute with any qualified medical prescription and opinion. Request you to always consult a doctor or specialist in extreme cases and illness.
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