Keep Your Thyroid Healthy
Good food is crucial for whole-body health, but is particularly important for thyroid health. Here, the top five foods to eat for a healthy thyroid
Tired, depressed, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches, bloated, hair loss. Sound familiar? You’re not alone—many women, myself included, are experiencing and dealing with the very same issues. I began suffering from with a lot of these symptoms last year and took steps to try to correct the problem. I battled weight gain, which I found was tough to get off and keep off, and was always very tired, achy, bloated, and a little depressed. I was eating super clean and getting all my workouts, yet the scale still wouldn’t budge. Trudging through my days feeling tired all of the time became “normal,” and it didn’t matter how much rest I gave my body. I was so exhausted I could easily fall asleep if I sat down for just 10 minutes.
All of the symptoms I was feeling were not normal, so I began working with a doctor to help regulate (and hopefully heal) my thyroid. The process has not been easy, and we are still working on finding the right dosage of medication for me. But I refuse to give up and will do whatever it takes to get healthy again.
My whole program has changed. I do less cardio now, but when I do it’s more intense. I eat a wide range of foods, mainly gluten-free and high-protein foods. I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners, alcohol and sugar. With something like this you must be proactive and take the steps to get better. Here are the top five foods that promote thyroid health:
> Iodine Rich Foods
Adding iodine rich foods to your diet is one of the best ways to have a healthy thyroid. Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function because it helps the thyroid gland produce the hormone thyroxin. Good sources of iodine include sea vegetables such as kelp and seaweed, fresh fish, haddock, cod, eggs, fish oils, onions, iodized salt, artichokes and pineapple. If you can't get enough iodine from your food, take a supplement.
> Selenium Rich Foods
Selenium deficiency is a major factor in thyroid disorders. Selenium helps keep the various hormones produced by the thyroid gland in balance. Including as many selenium rich foods as you can in your diet is a great way to promote thyroid health. Good sources of selenium include wheat germ, beef liver and kidney, seafood, shellfish, eggs, mushrooms, garlic, kelp, onions, sesame and sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts. You can also eat turkey for thyroid health. Turkey is a great choice for improving thyroid function as it is high in protein, low in calories and contains selenium.
> Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids aid the thyroid in maintaining metabolism. Good sources of essential fatty acids are fish, shellfish, flaxseed, leafy vegetables, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, chia seeds and canola oil.
> Coconut Butter or Oil
This raw saturated fat contains essential fatty acids that promote thyroid health. Long used as a healing food, coconut butter and oil is experiencing resurgence within the health food community. The fat in coconut butter and oil is quickly converted to energy and helps to regulate thyroid function. Coconut oil also stimulates the production of thyroid hormones and helps rev up the metabolism.
> Copper & Iron Rich Foods
Copper and iron rich foods are vitally important to thyroid function. In fact, if you focus on no other thyroid boosting foods, make sure you focus on these two powerhouses. Copper rich foods include oysters, organ meats, clams, cashews, crab, sunflower seeds, cocoa products, whole grains and cereals containing wheat bran. Good sources of iron include red meat, poultry, beans, leafy greens and shellfish. You can increase your absorption of iron by combining it with vitamin C rich foods such as citrus, potatoes, red berries, tomatoes and bell peppers.
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