For such a small gland, your thyroid sure has a big job to do. It interacts with almost every other organ in your body and it’s in charge of making two important hormones that keep your energy up and your metabolism cranking.
A sick thyroid can lead to serious health issues such as hyperthyroidism, when your thyroid is overactive and creates too many hormones, and hypothyroidism when it’s underactive and doesn’t create enough of them.
If you have an overactive thyroid it’s not uncommon to experience a variety of troubling symptoms including sudden weight loss, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, thinning skin, fatigue and brittle hair. And if your thyroid is underactive your long list of symptoms might include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, constipation, hoarseness, muscle aches and thinning hair.
But starting today you can feed your thyroid more of the foods it craves to keep it happy, healthy and firing on all cylinders for the rest of your life.
1. Brazil nuts:
Your thyroid requires the essential mineral selenium to function. In fact, your thyroid gland sucks up more selenium than any other gland or organ in your entire body. Snacking on most nuts will provide your thyroid with some of the selenium it craves. But for the most bang for your buck try Brazil nuts. They contain so much selenium that you literally only need to eat a couple a day to meet your body’s needs.
2. Portabella mushrooms:
Researchers have uncovered a link between low vitamin D levels and thyroid problems. In fact it’s estimated that 92 percent of people suffering from a certain type of hypothyroidism known as Hashimoto’s are deficient in this vital vitamin. To help keep your thyroid healthy make sure you’re spending plenty of time outside in the sunshine and start reading up on all the delicious ways you can fix Portabella mushrooms. (One of our favorites is to use them in place of hamburger buns.) One Portabella delivers an astounding 159 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin D, which will go a long way towards keeping your thyroid healthy.
While your body is able to make some of the nutrients it needs on its own there are certain ones that you can only get through your diet. That happens to be the case with the iodine which your thyroid simply cannot function without. If you’ve swapped out regular, fortified table salt for healthier options, as so many folks have these days, you will need to make sure you’re picking up your iodine from other sources. We’ve got a delicious way you can do just that. Grab some scallops at your local fish market. A single four ounce serving will give 90 percent of your daily recommended amount of thyroid-supporting iodine. Other good sources are shrimp and cod.
Another nutrient your thyroid can’t function without is the mineral magnesium. And researchers have found a connection between magnesium deficiencies and hyperthyroidism. To stock up on thyroid-supporting magnesium head to the produce aisle and pick up some spinach. The delicious leafy green is loaded with 157 milligrams of magnesium per cup.