200 Million Suffer From A Thyroid Condition – Are You One of Them?
By Kat Gal
About 200 million people in the world have a thyroid condition. Are you one of them?
Let’s start with the basics…
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It produces hormones that control your metabolism speeds. Thyroid disorders can slow down or speed up your metabolism by disrupting thyroid hormone production.
When they become too low or too high, you may experience a wide variety of symptoms:
- Weight gain or weight loss without a known reason
- Swelling on your neck
- Changes in heart rate
- Changes in mood
- Changes in energy
- Feeling too cold or too hot
- Hair loss
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry skin
- Sluggish, tired feeling
- Vision changes
How can you find out for sure if you have a thyroid condition?
You can get tested for thyroid issues by your doctor. The test measures the level of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that regulates the thyroid gland. Typically, when TSH is too high, your thyroid function is too low, which is known as hypothyroidism. When your TSH is too low on the other hand, it generally means your thyroid is overactive, which is known as hyperthyroidism.
Among a generally healthy and balanced diet – avoiding sugar, processed foods and alcohol – there are some foods that are important to add to your diet that can help allow your thyroid to heal – and they really aren’t that difficult to include!
Here are the top 5 amazing foods that help balance out your thyroid:
1.Sea Vegetables – Iodine helps to boost thyroid production. Sea vegetables are a natural source of iodine. They are also an excellent source of minerals for your body, which helps make them extremely protective against cancer.
You can start including them in your salads, or you can go for something new and try your hand at some homemade sushi!
2. Fresh Fruits And Vegetables – Fresh fruits and vegetables – including beautiful leafy greens – are nature’s medicine. They help with just about any disease and imbalances in your body, because they are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. making them incredibly important for your thyroid too (if you have a low thyroid, you may be worried about cruciferous vegetables, but having a little each day is still okay – or just be sure to cook them to remove the goitrogens).
Naturally, fruits and veggies make for great salads. You can also fulfil your daily need by making a daily habit of juicing or smoothie making (if you’re not in the habit already).
3. Brazil Nuts – Brazil nuts offer plenty of absorbable selenium, which is crucial for thyroid production. You only need 1-2 brazil nuts a day to get the selenium you need. You can also use these to top off your salads or even make brazil nut milk.
4. Chlorophyll – Chlorophyll is found in all leafy greens and is rich in phytonutrients. You can buy chlorophyll concentrates that you can mix with water, your smoothies or juices. Try to have a few glasses of chlorophyll every day.
5. Maca – Maca is one of the most powerful superfoods. Maca supports and enhances your hormonal balance, your libido and your mood (yup, that also means happier sexy-time!). But it is also very good for your thyroid as it helps your body come to a balanced state. Simply toss it into your smoothies or raw desserts.
Supporting your thyroid is possible with the right food and lifestyle. Take care of your body. It works so hard to care for you, after all.
What have you found to be helpful for you when dealing with Hashimoto’s, Hypothryoidism or Hyperthyroidism? Comment below!
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a full-time freelance health & wellness writer, content creator, and also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach.
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