Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck that regulates practically all your metabolic processes. It’s possible for the thyroid to be underactive (hypothyroid) or overactive (hyperthyroid). One can be diagnosed with primary hypothyroidism, when your hormone isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormone or have hypothyroidism due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. Two things that trouble me about thyroid disease is that an estimated 30-50 million Americans have hypothyroidism and aren’t even aware of it and most of them are women. I myself have had slight thyroid issues, my mother has them, so I am very careful of what I put into my body and seek out foods that help support a healthy thyroid.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
cold hands and/feet
Not so Common Symptoms
Why is your thyroid so important??
It impacts not only your metabolism, but also your brain function/cognition, body temperature, cardiovascular function, fat/cholesterol metabolism, female hormone balance and fertility.
What can you do heal and maintain thyroid health??
Turns out there’s quite a bit you can do to maintain optimum thyroid health and reap the benefits of a healthy body and mind.
Eat foods high in Selenium, an important mineral that’s essential for the conversion to the active thyroid hormone, like brazil nuts, fish, shellfish and liver.
Eat foods rich in Zinc, which also aid in the conversion of inactive to active thyroid hormone, like oysters and shellfish, grass-fed beef, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cacao.
Eat foods rich in protein and Omega 3s, that aid in transporting the thyroid hormone and reducing inflammation in the body, like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds.
Eat (and cook with) Coconut Oil, a medium-chain fatty acid that aids in boosting your metabolism and as a healthy fat it helps your body build hormones. Start with 1 tbsp of coconut oil first thing in the morning.
Add Turmeric to your routine! It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidants and helps boost liver function. A well functioning liver is crucial for thyroid hormone conversion. Use it as a spice in your cooking, add it to your juices or smoothies.
1 cup organic coconut milk (Flax/Almond/Hemp milk are good substitutes)
½ cup pineapple chunks, frozen or fresh
½ tbsp coconut oil (can use 1 tbsp for added detoxification)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp raw maca powder
½ tsp turmeric (can use 1 tsp for added detoxification)
½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)
=>Blend and enjoy! It is best to drink this first thing in the morning to start your day off with its great detoxifying effects and nutrients. **(It definitely cleansed me - so if you haven’t done a cleanse, start with Flax/Almond/Hemp milk)
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