Did you know that there are 7 delicious and fun to eat superfoods that will make your thyroid your friend when it comes to burning fat and getting skinny. Your thyroid is important to maintaining a healthy weight as well as a healthy body.
An estimated 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and more than half are un-diagnosed. Frequently misunderstood, and too often overlooked and misdiagnosed, thyroid disease affects almost every aspect of health. Taking care of it with good nutrition is a smart step in the right direction.
Here are seven superfoods that research has shown can nurture a healthy thyroid.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut and coconut butter, or more commonly known as coconut oil, has been used as a food and medicine since the dawn of history. Unlike saturated animal fats found in meats and dairy products, coconut butter is a raw saturated fat containing fatty acids which the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly. Research also shows it helps to regulate thyroid function.
MCT oil is a refined blend of coconut oil and important to a Keto diet. It helps make ketones readily available for your body to use, making ketosis easy to achieve and maintain. Unlike almost all other foods, the two MCTs used in MCT oil are swiftly absorbed and metabolized as energy in your body, making them the perfect fuel to support your thyroid and spur weight loss.
Kelp is a spectacular nutrient-dense sea vegetable. It is also known as Laminaria and contains a natural substance that enhances flavor and tenderizes. Kelp works as a blood purifier, and promotes adrenal, pituitary and thyroid health. Its natural iodine may help normalize thyroid-related disorders, like overweight, and lymph system congestion.
Not everyone likes eating kelp so taking an organic kelp supplement is worth it to keep your thyroid in good working condition.
3. Precious Metals
Both copper and iron are so important for thyroid function, so thyroid patients should take time to make sure they’re getting enough in their diets.
Eating clean whole foods plays a big part in getting these precious metals into your body. Foods such as organ meats, oysters, clams, crabs, cashews, sunflower seeds, wheat bran cereals, whole-grain products, and cocoa products are all rich in copper. Foods like leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, and poultry are high in iron.
Complement your iron intake with adequate amounts of vitamin C from foods such as citrus fruits, red berries, tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers to help maximize your body’s iron absorption efficiency.
4. Whole eggs
Eggs whites are out. Whole eggs are in. Whole eggs including the yolk are excellent for optimizing your thyroid. Eggs contain choline, vitamin D, B vitamins, easy to digest protein, and healthy fats, all which nourish the thyroid gland and promote optimal brain health. Whole eggs also contain the good fats that help your thyroid thrive.
5. Leafy greens
Leafy greens contain an array of B vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, like magnesium, which your thyroid needs to function well. Be sure to consume a variety of greens t0 get a balance across the board. Try greens such as romaine, spinach, rocket (arugula), collards, and spring mix lettuces; then mix in a little kale and cabbage now and then and you will have the balance your thyroid craves!
6. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are a super source of selenium. Selenium use to be the rage but in the past years it has been forgotten as an important mineral for optimal health. Yet, it is the case that this one mineral is necessary for a well-functioning thyroid, liver, skin health, and even a healthy body weight. You only need to eat one Brazil nut a day (really, only one will provide a daily source of Selenium) and your thyroid will love you for it.
Turkey is one of the leanest protein foods and is low in calories, making it an excellent healthy food choice. Turkey also contains Selenium just like Brazil nuts. Again, Selenium not only aids in the metabolism of our thyroid hormone but it has been shown to inhibit cancer development and to improve the immune system so be sure to get this mineral into your diet!
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