Are you tired? Gaining weight? It could be your thyroid. An estimated 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and more than half are undiagnosed. Frequently misunderstood, often overlooked or even misdiagnosed, thyroid disease can have a devastating effect on almost every aspect of health. Good nutrition is a smart first step in taking care of your thyroid. Here are some ideas on how to choose superfoods for a superior thyroid.
Coconut Oil — Unlike saturated animal fats found in meats and dairy products, coconut oil is a raw, saturated fat containing fatty acids which the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly. Research also shows it helps to regulate thyroid function.
Kelp — A nutrient-dense sea vegetable, also known as Laminaria, kelp contains a natural substance that works as a blood purifier and promotes adrenal, pituitary and thyroid health. Its natural iodine may help normalize thyroid-related disorders, like obesity and lymph system congestion.
Turkey — One of the leanest protein foods, turkey is also very low in calories, making it an excellent healthy food choice. Turkey also contains selenium, which has been shown to inhibit cancer development, improve the immune system, and aid in the metabolism of the thyroid hormone.
Copper And Iron — These minerals are both important for thyroid function. Foods such as organ meats, oysters, clams, crabs, cashews, sunflower seeds, wheat bran cereals, whole-grains, and cocoa are all rich in copper. Foods like leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, and poultry are all high in iron. It’s also a good idea to complement your iron intake with adequate amounts of vitamin C from foods such as citrus fruits, red berries, tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers. Vitamin C helps to maximize iron absorption.
Even if you don’t think you have a thyroid problem, it’s always a good idea to take care of your body, including your thyroid. So make room in your diet for these thyroid superfoods, your thyroid will surely thank you.