I am not a big supporter of cutting out all sugar from your diet when you are hypothyroid or have Hashimoto’s. Why? It’s simple, your thyroid and body need the right amount and type of sugar to properly function and to heal.
One of the proven ways to support your thyroid is to make sure that you use nutrient-dense foods as your main source of energy. While many diets and weight loss programs tell you that sugar makes you gain weight or that the body does not need carbohydrates to be healthy, the truth is that your thyroid health is all about balance.
There is one type of sugar that has healing properties and when used correctly can help with your recovery from hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and many other health conditions.
Today I would like to share what type of sugar Dr. Joshua Levit personally prescribes to his patients to fight disease, chronic conditions and weight gain.
Not All Sugars Are Equal
Recent research lets us know that eating a processed sugar in abundance can create a “cocaine-like” physical addiction. We already know that a diet high in sugar is terrible for your thyroid health and can be one of the causes of diabetes, obesity and even feeds cancer cells.
However, there are other types of sugar that are natural, healthy and safe to use when it comes to your thyroid. I am not talking about the 99% of artificial sweeteners that are dangerously different from real foods, can decimate your gut flora, trigger fibromyalgia and pain, suppress your immune system and have other potential health risks.
Many people turn to stevia as a natural sweetener alternative that is healthier than sugar or artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately, a lot of them soon discover that they don’t like the taste of pure stevia and usually need it blended with something else which often negates its benefits.
But what about white sugar versus brown sugar, coconut sugar (the newcomer on the grocery stores shelves) and also honey? What are the types of sugar that you should consider adding to your thyroid diet?
Here is an overview of 6 most common types of sugar and what sugar Dr. Joshua Levit, ND personally prescribes to his patients in his clinic and you may benefit from using it too.
How To Avoid Energy Crush
People with hypothyroidism have an impaired glucose metabolism. Low thyroid function can affect how your body processes and utilizes sugar in many different ways:
- It slows down the rate of glucose absorption in your digestive system
- It delays the insulin response to elevated blood sugar
- It slows the rate of glucose uptake by cells
- It increases the time necessary for the clearance of insulin from your blood
As a result hypothyroid patients often experience a “flare effect” when most sugars that they eat are rapidly burned in their body and a short surge of energy is soon followed by an energy crash.
One of the main features of this “healing superfood” is that your body burns THIS sugar differently than other sweeteners or white sugar and doesn’t get that same “flare effect” when you eat it. This means that this type of sugar can actually help you manage your blood sugar better and prevent energy crash.
But health benefits don’t end here. It supports your immune system, fights off harmful bacteria, provides unique antioxidants and micronutrients that benefit your body in dozens of ways. This is one of the reasons why this type of sugar is allowed in Paleo and autoimmune healing protocols.
The father of medicine Hippocrates used this “liquid gold” as a treatment for pain, dehydration and fever. Researchers (in thousands of peer-reviewed papers) continue to uncover just how healing it can be.
Here are 39 ways to use it and more reasons why you should.
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