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Eating Right For Your Thyroid Health Is Easy! Start With These Tips Today

posted on 7/19/2016 Facebook Facebook

A prime regulator in the body—the thyroid gland has a huge impact on driving the production of energy, metabolism, and overall health. This little butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck affects everything — but frequently people don’t even know there''''s an issue. Thyroid problems are on a steady rise in the population, with women being among the highest sufferers. According to experts, 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. 

So, if extreme fatigue, unexplained weight gain and memory lapses have come your way recently, then your thyroid may be the blame bearer. There are several reasons that can hamper your thyroid function. While aging is the biggest factor that affects thyroid function, chemicals that sneak into your system can also make your thyroid sluggish. 

Experts highlight that another factor that can affect the normal functioning of thyroid gland is deficiency of several nutrients, specifically iodine. However, these deficiencies can be handled and treated naturally by eating right to support your thyroid function. 

We tell you exactly what you should keep in mind when it comes to eating right, if you are concerned about your thyroid health. 

Nutrients That Support Thyroid Function
Your thyroid gland relies on a number of vitamins and minerals to do its job right. If you are able to recognize any classic symptoms of a thyroid imbalance, it would be a good idea to get a full thyroid hormone panel as well as your vitamin D and iodine levels checked. In the meantime, you can enhance the function of your thyroid gland naturally by supplementing your diet with these nutrients:

  • Iodine: The most important trace element imperative for your thyroid is iodine. Without this element, your thyroid gland lacks the basic building blocks it requires to make the two most important hormones circulating in your body—Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). According to experts, the best natural source of iodine is seafood found in saltwater. Kelp—a seaweed is also high in mineral iodine. Similarly, shellfish such as shrimp and prawns are also rich in iodine. Other sources of iodine include—potatoes, yoghurt, strawberries and eggs. 
Find the right balance in foods when supporting your thyroid health naturally. Start slowly with whole foods to acquire all the pro-thyroid nutrients to avoid any nutrient deficiencies. 

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