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RASHI CHOWDHARY Q I have been on med­i­ca­tion for hy­pothy­roidism for over two years, but I’ve con­tin­ued to gain weight and now de­vel­oped se­vere knee pain. Please help.

AThy­roid-re­lated is­sues can be del­i­cate to bal­ance, and many nu­tri­tional fac­tors play an im­por­tant role in op­ti­mis­ing thy­roid func­tion. Se­le­nium is an im­por­tant an­tiox­i­dant for the pro­duc­tion of the hor­mone, so add se­le­nium-rich foods to your diet. Munch on Brazil nuts, but not more than three a day, and in­clude tuna, crab, lob­ster and eggs to your diet, in mod­er­a­tion.

Cru­cif­er­ous veg­gies like broc­coli, cab­bage and cau­li­flower can be con­sumed steamed. This pre­vents the ef­fect of goitrin on your thy­roid gland.

Limit your in­take of mil­lets and soy-based sup­ple­ments as they can in­ter­fere with thy­rox­ine pro­duc­tion. You can have small amounts of soy in its nat­u­ral form like edamame beans, but avoid mock meats com­pletely.

Go for omega 3 fats, cod liver oil or or­ganic pas­teurised but­ter to im­prove the ab­sorp­tion of fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins, and get vi­ta­min D and B12 lev­els tested.

On the ex­er­cise front, start slowly yet steadily. With fa­tigue and weight gain this can be a chal­lenge, but I ad­vise you fol­low a struc­tured pro­gramme to get bet­ter.

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