Posted by Nicole on November 7, 2014
Three Foods for Thyroid Support
Your body gets much of the support it needs for its hormone
production and gland regulation from your diet. The foods that you eat can
greatly help or hinder the efficiency of your glands, which is why there are
many different supplements on the market that are available to support their
function. While these products can be helpful, your diet should also include
the materials that your body will need to stay healthy.
Below, we'll look at three different foods which offer
something that your thyroid may be able to appreciate. The general rule of
thumb with the thyroid is that iodine is good; thyroid glands need it to both
produce hormones and distribute them efficiently.
If you haven't already experienced the joys of dried and roasted seaweed with
light amounts of salt, then you may be missing out on a very enjoyable treat.
Seaweed contains high amounts of iodine, which is already great for your
thyroid, but when you add in iodized salt for flavoring, and combine other
beneficial aspects of seaweed, like Omega-3s, you get a very healthy addition
to your diet. Seaweed can be used in soups, salads, in dishes like sushi, and
really anywhere you feel you can fit it.
oil. There's been a lot of interest in coconut oil and what it can do for
our health, and research into what it can do to support thyroid health in
particular. Polyunsaturated oils may have the ability to support thyroid
production and its ability to travel throughout the body. Coconut oil can be
used in a wide number of dishes, from those that are baked, to those that are
sauteed, to sauces and more. It's also inexpensive when you purchase it in bulk
orders. Best of all, coconut oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy
to measure out and add to dishes, not unlike margarine or butter.
Shrimp, crabs, clams, lobsters, and more can all be both delicious, and
packed with iodine. Shellfish have the added benefit of typically being quite a
healthy source of protein when compared to others, like chicken, pork, or beef.
When buying your shellfish, you will want to pay attention to where it's been
farmed, but you should find that most shellfish that are wild caught are both
tasty, and healthy. They can be used in pasta, eaten alone and cold, or added
into shishkabobs. Shellfish is extremely versatile.
As you'll notice with the above mentioned foods, they are
actually easy to incorporate into your regular menu. No food item is easier
than iodized salt, however, so make sure that the table salt you purchase has
been enriched with iodine. Even kosher salt and rock salt can come in iodized
varieties, and when added to dishes, can give you the small amounts of support
that your thyroid could use throughout every meal of the day.
Finally, if you have any health concerns related to your
thyroid function, be sure to talk to a doctor about your recommended diet, as
well as what foods you should add or avoid.