Do you know what is thyroid? Did you know that it is the most neglected gland in our body?
Of course, you did not have to know that as biology or medicine may not have been your chosen profession. But thyroid gland is essential in metabolizing food, regulating sleep, managing weight, mood swings, depression and anxiety.
The proper function of thyroid gland can be maintained by proper nutrition. You may be surprised to know that the nutrients for thyroid are easily available.
Iodine plays a critical role in the formation of the primary thyroid hormone thyroxine. It is recommended to eat the right amounts of iodine rich foods such as seaweeds, iodized salt and seafood.
Protein transports the thyroid hormone to all your tissues and thus helps your thyroid function effectively. It is necessary to include eggs, nuts, seeds, fish and legumes in your diet.
Though it is recommended that you need to eat lots of vegetables, some of them interfere with the body’s absorption. To maintain proper function of thyroid gland, avoid foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, peanuts, radishes, soybeans, spinach and kale in their raw form.
Good stomach environment is essential for proper thyroid function. To maintain good gut intake of probiotics and yogurt is necessary. Eating garlic kills yeast buildup in your gut.
The tendency to avoid fats is likely to produce hormonal imbalance. But you need to include natural healthy fats such as butter, full fat cheese, butter, coconut oil /milk, flax seeds, chia seeds and oily fish like salmon.
Sugar is the biggest killer of the thyroid gland. Sugar intake is responsible for insulin spikes which destroys the thyroid gland. Needless to say, sugar intake needs to be minimized. In addition, avoid all forms of processed food, artificial sweeteners, BPA encapsulated food and chemical additives which interfere with thyroid function.
In summary, focus on whole foods and nutrition, and make simple thyroid friendly lifestyle modifications which can help your ‘master gland’
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