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Q I have been suf­fer­ing from thy­roid prob­lems for some time now. Can it be re­versed?

AIt is eas­ier to re­verse di­a­betes than a thy­roid con­di­tion be­cause di­a­betes (Type 2) is a lifestyle dis­or­der while thy­roid is an auto im­mune is­sue. The thy­roid af­fects your meta­bolic rate, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to lose weight. En­ergy lev­els are com­pro­mised and it also af­fects your hair health neg­a­tively. To man­age the con­di­tion, those with thy­roid is­sues should aim to keep their med­i­ca­tion dosage min­i­mal by im­prov­ing their me­tab­o­lism rate. Step­ping up the amount of pro­tein you con­sume by 30 per cent and mak­ing sure to in­clude weight train­ing as part of your health regime are two ways to boost me­tab­o­lism.

Keep­ing off in­flam­ma­tory foods like sugar, gluten and dairy is a good idea. If your thy­roid hor­mones are com­pletely out of con­trol, I would rec­om­mend a meta­bolic cleanse of 12 weeks where you keep off all grains un­til your lev­els sta­bilise be­fore you grad­u­ally rein­tro­duce them.

RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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