Friday, July 21, 2017

Top 10 Super Foods for Thyroid

When you have hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, symptoms can include fatigue, depression, constipation, and other more serious health concerns. Fortunately, eating certain foods can help boost the effectiveness of your thyroid.
Bone Broth
Bone broth contains collagen, glycine and other nutrients that to help repair and heal a leaky gut. Seventy percent of our immune system resides in the gut, making it impossible to have a healthy and balanced body without a healthy digestive system. Bone broth naturally heals the gut lining, excellent news for anyone with leaky gut, which most people with autoimmune diseases suffer from! Bone broth is packed full of amino acids and collagen, making it both a thyroid and digestive health super food. You can drink it plain, like a savory tea, or use it as a base for soups and pastas.
Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a top source of selenium. In fact, just two of these nuts contain 100 percent of your daily needs. Selenium is often forgotten about for optimal health, but this one mineral is necessary for a well-functioning thyroid, liver, skin health, and even a healthy body weight.
Selenium can also help decrease anti-thyroid antibodies and has even been shown to help improve the physical structure of the thyroid itself.
Macadamia nuts and hazelnuts are also particularly high in selenium.
Chlorella
Chlorella is a single cell fresh water green microalgae that is loaded with nutrients. It contains more nucleic acids (RNA/DNA) than any other food, which gives it a lot of energy producing potential.
It is a great supplement with a wide variety of useful nutritional applications, which include supporting natural detoxification, digestive health, immune function, thyroid support, inflammation reduction, antioxidant function, estrogen balance, cholesterol metabolism, and circulation.
Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than most plants, along with an impressive array of vitamins and minerals (A, D, E, K1, beta carotene, lutein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc).
Chlorella contains glyconutrients (glucose, mannose, rhamnose, arabinose, galactose, and xylose) and amino acids (glutamine, alanine, serine, glycine, proline, asparagine, threonine, lysine, cysteine, tyrosine, and leucine).
Chlorella is one of the top nutrients for absorption of toxic metals as it readily absorbs toxins such as uranium, cadmium and mercury.
Note: Chlorella can contain moderate levels of iodine, so those with iodine sensitive thyroid conditions or iodine allergies should avoid it. Those with auto-immune disease should consult with a doctor first as it can increase immune function and may make these conditions worse.
Coconut Oil
Coconut oil’s medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) support thyroid function, liver health, brain function, hormonal health, and help speed up metabolism naturally. So try adding a couple of teaspoons (or tablespoons) to your daily diet, but be sure to choose organic and extra virgin coconut oil as the best option.
One of the many unwanted side effects of Hashimoto’s is fatigue. If you find yourself dragging all day grabbing cup after cup of coffee just to stay awake, you may want to try adding some coconut oil to your diet. This oil contains two important acids, caprylic and lauric, which help balance your metabolism, fight fatigue, and provide powerful immune-boosting properties.
Coconut oil has even been shown to help fight off pathogens in the GI tract. This is extremely important because, as you now know, gut health and thyroid health go hand in hand.
Try adding a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to your morning smoothies for an extended energy boost while also supporting your metabolism and keeping your immune system in tiptop shape.
Eggs
Grass-fed, organic eggs are fantastic for optimizing your thyroid. Eggs contain choline, vitamin D, B vitamins, easy to digest protein, and healthy fats, which all nourish the thyroid gland and promote optimal brain health.
Did you know that your thyroid can’t thrive without enough healthy fats? Cholesterol is actually the building block of hormones, so don’t fear the fats in whole eggs — enjoy them! Fats propel energy in the body and keep digestion humming along too, so skip all those egg white omelets and use some whole eggs once in a while!
Fermented Foods
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchee, coconut yogurt, and water kefir are loaded with healthy probiotics to help support the healthy bacteria in the gut.
Remember that gut health is central to the health of our immune system and thyroid. More and more evidence points to the fact that intestinal microbiota is essential for hormone balance.
Keeping the bacteria in our gut healthy requires that we feed the healthy bacteria in our digestive system to help keep the pathogenic bacteria out. You can top bowls with sauerkraut or just eat coconut yogurt plain for breakfast!
Flaxseed
Flaxseeds are important for your health because it is high in fiber and it also aids your thyroid. Those with an underactive thyroid can boost their thyroid hormone ratio by consuming this food on a daily basis. You only need about one tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed every day to reap its full benefits.
Fruits and Vegetables
An early symptom of hypothyroidism is weight gain. Low-calorie, high-density foods such as fresh produce are the cornerstone of every successful weight loss program. Include either fresh fruits or veggies at each meal, if possible.
Specific foods such as blueberries, cherries, sweet potatoes, and green peppers are also rich in antioxidants, nutrients that are known to lower risk for heart disease.
However, people with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of raw cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, to 5 ounces a day, as they can block the thyroid's ability to absorb iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function.
Ginger
You probably already use ginger to calm nausea and upset stomach, but it is also ideal for the thyroid. This herb is rich in zinc, magnesium and potassium, all of which are nutrients that the thyroid requires for optimal health. You must use the fresh ginger herb to reap the full benefits.
Goji Berries
Goji berries are an excellent source of flavonoids and are rich in antioxidants. In general, the endocrine system which also includes the thyroid is relatively fragile and vulnerable to damages caused by the oxidative processes.
These damages are a result from our exposure to toxins from the environment, sun radiation, and pesticides in fruits and veggies. Therefore, the foods that fight free radicals and are antioxidant-rich are vital for our health and well-being.
Licorice Root
Licorice root is an adaptogenic herb that helps balance cortisol levels and improves acid production in the stomach. Licorice root supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum. This herb is especially beneficial if someone’s leaky gut is being caused by emotional stress.
Licorice root has been used for over 3,000 years in the treatment of digestive issues including ulcers and indigestion. If you have an underactive thyroid and are experiencing fatigue, this herb can help. Licorice also gives you a gentle boost in energy.
Maca
Consumption of Maca helps balancing the pituitary that itself sends hormonal signals to the thyroid thus regulating its work. This Peruvian root contains nutrients such as Vitamin B, zinc, iron and copper all of which boost the function of the thyroid.
Consume 2-3 Tbsp of Maca root powder with your morning smoothie or make a salad dressing with 2 Tbsp of Maca powder and olive oil and eat on salads.
Seaweed
Seaweed has a high concentration of iodine, an essential nutrient for thyroid function. Seaweed, packaged as nori, wakame, and dulse, can be used in sushi, soups, and salads. Another plus: Seaweed offers nutritional benefits of fiber, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
But, it is possible to have too much iodine, which can worsen thyroid disease. However, according to the American Thyroid Association the likelihood of this is greater if you're taking supplements that contain iodine.
Keep in mind that if you suffer from a selenium deficiency, iodine can actually cause more inflammation. To prevent this from happening, try adding a couple of Brazil nuts to your diet to help balance both selenium and iodine.
Spirulina
Spirulina is rich in minerals including iodine, carotenoids, beta-carotene and Vitamin A. It is also one of the best green foods for detoxifying the liver. Good functioning of the liver is crucial as the transformation of the inactive hormone T4 (of the thyroid) into an active hormone T3 is taking place there.
In addition to all the nutrients Spirulina contains, it is also a great source of tyrosine. It is one of the most important amino-acids when it comes to healthy thyroid.
Turmeric
An all-around excellent health-promoting superfood, turmeric works well for those with Hashimoto’s since it’s great at reducing inflammation and can even help give your body a detoxifying boost.
Detoxification is important because some patients with Hashimoto’s also have heavy metal toxicity. This superfood has also been shown to inhibit thyroid cancer cells. Toss it in stir-fries, or sprinkle a bit in your smoothie in the morning.
Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables contain an array of B vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, like magnesium, which your body needs to function well.
Consume a variety of greens to ensure a balance, and so that you’re not consuming too much of one type. Try greens such as Romaine, spinach, arugula, collards, and spring mix lettuces to switch things up. When you go this route, a little kale and cabbage now and again will do the body good and are less likely to negatively affect your thyroid. Balance is key!
Wild Salmon
Wild salmon is a great food for your thyroid due to its high omega-3 fatty acid profile. Salmon is also a great source of B vitamins, Vitamin D, amino acids, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
Be sure when you choose salmon to opt for wild fish from Alaskan or Norwegian waters. Farmed salmon and those that are cultivated in other parts of the world are usually filled with toxins, pesticides, antibiotics and more, which do not promote optimal health.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in other fatty fish such as trout, tuna, or sardines make these fish an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Unmanaged hypothyroidism can increase the risk for heart disease as a result of higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. Omega-3s are known to decrease inflammation, help with immunity, and lower the risk for heart disease. Fish is also a good source of the nutrient selenium, which is most concentrated in the thyroid and also helps decrease inflammation.

Note: Refer to the author's DTD Autoimmune Diseases  & Natural Remedies ebook, DTD Power of Juicing ebook and/or DTD Cleanse/Detox ebook to help with thyroid dysfunction (e.g. hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Graves' Disease) and for natural thyroid remedies.

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