Does your thyroid gland make you fat, sad and tired? It’s possible. It is estimated that 10 to 25 million people suffer from underactive thyroid – a condition called hypothyroidism. And some studies show that even a slight alteration in the thyroid can lead to cognitive impairment.
Here’s where food comes in: your thyroid needs specific nutrients to do its job properly, so if you’re eating the right foods, you’re essentially giving it fuel to speed up hormone production. (There are also some foods you may want to avoid to protect your thyroid … but that’s another complicated topic that we’ll cover in another article, soon!) Here are a few to start with.
Yummy, an excuse to taste delicious brined oysters. Tasty shellfish are one of the best dietary sources of zinc, and zinc helps your body produce the important thyroid hormone T3. They are also rich in selenium, another mineral involved in the synthesis of thyroid hormones.
2. Brazil Nuts
Speaking of selenium, Brazil nuts are loaded with it, and aren’t you bored of almonds at this point? A large study has shown that diets low in selenium are associated with an increased risk of thyroid disease.
3. Roasted seaweed
Algae, such as kelp, nori, and wakame, are naturally rich in iodine, a trace element necessary for the normal functioning of the thyroid. Eat seaweed with sushi or get packaged seaweed snacks to mix into salads.
4. Baked fish
Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, both of which help reduce inflammation. Cook salmon, cod, bass, haddock or perch for lunch or dinner to get a healthy dose of omega-3 and selenium.
5. Greek Yogurt
You might be surprised, but yogurt is also a great source of iodine. And since it’s also a probiotic superfood, you’ll also get gut health benefits. This is important because many thyroid problems are caused by autoimmune diseases, and healing your immune system is to heal your gut.