Thyroid disease affects about 27 million Americans in over half of them are undiagnosed. Direct problems are frequently misunderstood and are often misdiagnosed but thyroid disease can affect almost every part of your health and taking good care of your thyroid with nutrition is one way to help keep yourself healthy.
Here are some foods to eat and some to avoid for good thyroid health:
Coconut and coconut oil has been used both as a foodie and for medicinal purposes for centuries. The coconut fat contains fatty acids which the body is able to metabolize quickly and efficiently to convert right into energy. Recent research shows that coconut oil can help regulate the functioning of the thyroid.
Kelp can help! This wonderful sea vegetable is dense and nutrients and is known to be a great blood purifier which also promotes pituitary, adrenal and thyroid health. It naturally contains iodine which can help fight the thyroid disorders including lymph system sluggishness and overweight.
Turkey, a low-fat protein food that is also low in calories, is also rich in selenium which has been shown to inhibit cancer growth as well as boost the immune system and aid in the metabolism of thyroid hormone.
Some foods can suppress the functioning of the thyroid gland and anyone that has a thyroid problem might want to consider avoiding these foods called goitrogens. This includes cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, mustard, kale, cabbage, turnups, soy, peanuts and canola oil.
In order for your thyroid to function properly and needs copper and iron foods which many diets are deficient in. You can get more copper in your diet by eating more oysters, organ meats, cashews, sunflower seeds, clams, crabs, whole wheat products and cocoa. To boost your iron intake each more leafy green vegetables, shellfish, red meat, poultry and beans. Your body needs vitamin C to help absorb iron so you'll also want to eat more foods high in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes to help your body absorb more of the iron.
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