The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that’s located at the base of your neck. It’s a part of your hormonal system and makes two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones control how the body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body, even your heart(1). An estimated 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and about 13 million of them are undiagnosed. Most thyroid dysfunction is autoimmune in nature—the vast majority is Hashimoto’s Syndrome (autoimmune hypothyroidism). The risk of thyroid disease increases with age, and women are seven times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems(2). Symptoms such as fatigue, thinning hair, irritability, and brain fog are often closely linked with thyroid dysfunction. Believe it or not, our dietary choices can affect how well our bodies are able to manage these symptoms and help support thyroid health.
One of the best dietary approaches to helping out your thyroid is increasing nutrient-dense foods. This is where superfoods come in. They are packed with nutrients and help deliver much-needed nourishment to our cells and organs. You only need small amounts to reap the benefits. In some cases, you might be able to see a drastic improvement in your symptoms. The key is to stay consistent and incorporate the superfoods into your diet on a daily basis. Here are out top superfoods your thyroid will love.
Turmeric is an all-around health-promoting superfood. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory superfood and is great for those with a Hashimoto’s disease. Turmeric is also a powerful detoxifier for the liver, and a happy liver is crucial for proper thyroid hormone conversion. Evidence shows that curcumin may have an age-related effect on your thyroid. Scientists discovered that curcumin enhances levels of thyroid hormones T3 and T4 at a young age, but reduces them in aged individuals(3). Try our Golden Milk Super Blend, Turmeric Powder, or Turmeric & Super Herbs.
Immune system support
It’s no secret that the health of our gut is closely connected to our immune system, which is central to the work of the thyroid. The best way to support a healthy gut is by incorporating fermented foods. Evidence shows that healthy gut bacteria are beneficial to hormonal health(4). Our Olives are a perfect fermented superfood that’s full of healthy fats and fiber. They are an excellent addition to a salad or a perfect snack.
Thyroid hormone metabolism
Brazil Nuts is a true thyroid superfood, because of its selenium content. Selenium is a microelement that helps support thyroid hormone metabolism(5). In addition, selenium is so powerful that it helps improve thyroid’s physical structure while decreasing anti-thyroid antibodies(6). The good news you only need about two nuts a day to consume the daily recommended amount of selenium. You can eat them raw or include in salad dressing or pasta sauces.
Speaking of liver cleansing in order to improve thyroid function, beets are a go-to superfood. Beets are a great liver detoxer and are a rich source of betaine, which strengthens and protects liver cells and bile ducts. Beets’ bright red color comes from betacyanins — immune-boosting antioxidants that are able to neutralize harmful free radical molecules and support thyroid health. Our Beet Powder is as pure as it gets — made by simply grinding dried beetroots.
One of the most well-known nutrients associated with Hashimoto’s is iodine. Like other sea vegetables such as seaweed, Spirulina has a high concentration of iodine. While many of us get sufficient amounts of iodine from table salt, some actually may suffer from an iodine deficiency. If you suffer from a selenium deficiency, iodine can actually cause more inflammation. Try adding a couple of Brazil nuts to your diet to help balance both selenium and iodine. Spirulina also provides critical micronutrients for the thyroid including Vitamin B5, which may help regulate metabolism and normal hormone synthesis.
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(1) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diagnostic-tests/thyroid (2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15543918 (3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18519239 (4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28167127 (5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12487769 (6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23046013
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