Today, 6/28/2018, Dr. Oz gave us new information on natural ways we can level out and even boost our metabolism by feeding our thyroids with natural foods. If you’re gaining weight, low on energy, moody all the time and can’t figure out why, your thyroid may be to blame. Symptoms like these can be indicative of an imbalance in your thyroid hormones. Nutritionist Haylie Pomroy came up with these foods to boost your thyroid naturally by simply changing aspects of your diet. Apply these foods to your daily diet for the next month for an increase in energy. If your symptoms do not improve, you may want to consider seeing a doctor to have your thyroid checked out.
Five surprising foods that give your thyroid a boost
- Cocoa Powder. Your thyroid needs zinc in order to function properly. Zinc helps your body produce thyroid hormones that keep it healthy. Make sure you are getting 30 to 40 milligrams of zinc in your daily diet. You can do this with a number of different foods such as spinach, chickpeas, cashews, and lean ground beef. Surprisingly enough, even natural cocoa powder contains almost three milligrams of zinc per serving. Try mixing cocoa powder into your snacks or dessert for a delicious and healthy indulgence.
- Turnips. If you have an overactive thyroid and need to slow it down, goitrogenic foods should be incorporated into your diet. Iodine is used to speed up a slow thyroid, but goitrogenic foods block iodine from affecting your thyroid and slow it down. Turnips are a popular goitrogenic food as well as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens, and other root vegetables. Add one or more servings of these foods into your meals for noticeable improvement.
- Pumpkin Spice. The main spices found in a pumpkin spice mix – ginger and cinnamon – are helpful thyroid regulators. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory which is good for your whole body, and ginger contains zinc, potassium, and magnesium which are all important nutrients for your thyroid. Just make sure you’re eating these spices in their purest form instead of indulging in artificially flavored pumpkin spice items.
- Sunflower Seeds. Sunflowers seeds contain tyrosine which is an amino acid that regulates thyroid hormones in your body. Snack on some seeds during the day, or blend them into a smoothie to enjoy their powerful thyroid benefits.
- Brazil Nuts. Selenium is an important mineral for optimal thyroid function. Conveniently, Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium. In fact, just a few nuts can do the trick and provide your daily recommended amount of selenium.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck. Your thyroid lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid has two side lobes, connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle. When the thyroid is its normal size, you can’t feel it. The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. The main hormone is thyroxine, also called T4. Thyroid hormones act throughout the body, influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. During infancy and childhood, adequate thyroid hormone is crucial for brain development.
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