The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped organ that sits at the front of the neck. It's the primary regulator of the metabolism and has a huge impact on our endocrine function as a whole.
If you're experiencing symptoms such as memory loss, sudden weight gain or a slowing down of all processes, a sluggish thyroid may be to blame. One of the biggest reasons our thyroid slows down, in addition to aging, is lack of iodine. Our bodies aren't able to make iodine naturally, so we rely on obtaining nutrients through our diet to support a healthy thyroid.
The thyroid needs to be supported with iodine, but adding foods rich in tyrosine, zinc and selenium will also help give your system a boost! Some foods to incorporate daily that are rich in these nutrients are:
- Sea veggies containing dulse, kelp and nori
- Brazil nuts
- Coconut oil
- Cod liver oil
- Egg yolks
- Grass-fed butter
As you start eating more foods with iodine, be careful about eating foods that inhibit iodine metabolism. Called "goitrogens," these foods actually make it harder for your thyroid gland to use iodine.
Here is a list of the most common goitrogenic foods. These foods should be avoided or minimized if you are currently struggling with an under-active thyroid:
- Brussels sprouts
- Mustard greens
- Soy and soy-based foods
If you aren't suffering from a thyroid condition, try to eat more thyroid-boosting foods as much as possible, as thyroid function declines with age. It’s crucial to our health to obtain these much needed nutrients from our diet. When was the last time you ate dulse, nori and kelp or had a handful of brazil nuts?
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