No matter which you decide is the best diet for hypothyroidism, it’s important to include these important chemicals and nutrients for keto and hypothyroidism:
Iodine is one of the two building blocks for thyroid hormones. Your thyroid converts tyrosine (the other building block) into thyroglobulin and attaches between one and four iodine atoms to create T1, T2, T3, and T4 respectively. Without enough iodine, your thyroid simply can’t produce its hormones.
The enzyme that converts T4 to T3 is a selenium-dependent enzyme, so without enough selenium, your thyroid hormones are stuck in their inactive state, causing hypothyroidism symptoms.
Like selenium, zinc plays a role in the enzyme needed to convert T4 to T3. Zinc is also necessary to trigger your hypothalamus’ thyroid hormone receptors, meaning that without enough zinc, your hypothalamus can’t accurately gauge thyroid hormone levels to increase production when levels are low. Because of these two factors, studies have linked zinc deficiency with decreased thyroid production and hypothyroidism.
Iron contributes to two key steps to thyroid hormone production. First, the enzyme that converts iodide to iodine (so that it can combine with tyrosine to become thyroid hormones) is dependent on iron. Second, like selenium and zinc, iron is required to convert T4 to T3.
The Thyroid Hormones are made up of amino acids so one should better consume protein rich foods in an adequate amount. Else the body will start breaking down the muscle tissue for the thyroid hormones production.