Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat? – Saturday Strategy
Today, I have a tasty recipe packed with ingredients that specifically benefit the thyroid and the gut. Are you wondering if you even need to be worried about your thyroid? Have you suspected for a while that your thyroid may be having issues, but your concerns have not been validated by a doctor?
Here are 10 quick questions to help you know if the information in this blog may be pertinent to you.
Grab a pen and pencil and write down a tally for every question you answer YES to.
- Are you fatigued?
- Are you overweight?
- Are you depressed or anxious?
- Do you look tired when you look in the mirror?
- Are your hormones out of balance?
- Do your muscles and joints ache without cause?
- Is your hair really thin and grow slowly (or not at all)?
- Are you often constipated?
- Ladies, is your period abnormal?
- Do you have a hard time sleeping regularly?
Tally up your score and see how many you answered “yes” to. If you scored 5 or more then it is likely you have a thyroid problem.
If you have dealt with some extra pounds for a while now then you have probably done some research into your thyroid! It is common knowledge that the thyroid plays a large role in metabolism and weight management. If you’ve looked into it as a possibility for your struggle, you’re not alone. Approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and 60% of them don’t even know it or have never been properly diagnosed.
The good news is there are lots of things you can do to heal your thyroid. The one I want to talk about today is a simple mineral that does wonders for your thyroid, your weight management efforts and your overall wellbeing!
Iodine: The Thyroid Mineral
Iodine is one of the most important nutrients for your thyroid. It plays a critical role in the formation of your primary thyroid hormone, thyroxine. This hormone helps to control your metabolism, support proper bone and brain development, regulate blood cell production and many other important functions.
Your body does NOT produce this mineral on its own, so you must receive your iodine through diet. Iodine exists in most soil and is taken up into plants which you then eat.
Iodine deficiency is a very common reason for thyroid dysfunction, especially hypothyroidism. Signs of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, intolerance to cold. If not resolved, more serious symptoms can also arise including gut problems, neurological issues and skin abnormalities.
If you do have iodine deficiency, even if you follow a healthy diet and get enough exercise there’s a good chance you still have a hard time losing weight.
It can be incredibly frustrating to feel like the weight is STUCK on your body! But hang in there, this could be a resolving answer for you.
Where To Get Iodine
Seaweed is one of the best natural sources of iodine! And even if you can’t stand the thought of eating seaweed, you can hide it in a smoothie and not even know it’s there.
Seaweed is packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, etc. It’s really a wonder that not more people are consuming it on a daily basis!
Here are some easy ways to include different types of seaweed into your diet:
Seaweed Green Smoothie
Directions: Add all ingredients into a high-power blender and mix to perfection.
Snack On Nori
You can find nori snacks in most grocery stores. It is a great way to kick your salty cravings while also getting some beneficial nutrients. You can also use nori to make homemade veggie sushi rolls.
Add Seaweed To Soups
You can mix seaweeds like kelp or kombu to your stocks, soups and stews. It adds texture and flavor but doesn’t make your recipes overly “fishy”.
Seaweed Salad Dressing
Use seaweed powder as a nutrient-boost in your salad dressing. Simply add 1 tsp or so to your dressing, mix and allow to sit for a few minutes.
What did you score on the thyroid quiz I gave you above? Let me know in the comments below. And if you think someone you love may be struggling with a thyroid problem, be sure to pass this information along!
If you’re looking for an easy way to add some seaweed to your diet without having to put in a lot of extra work, spirulina is one of the main ingredients in Organifi Green Juice. You can get it in individual packets to keep in your purse or buy in bulk containers. The best part is, it doesn’t taste like seaweed! We worked for months to make our Organifi Green Juice the best tasting in the industry while not compromising its nutritional integrity.
Remember, we’re in this together.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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