Are you getting fat, sad and tired due to your thyroid issue? You are not alone! 27 million people like you are estimated to have Hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid condition).
Thyroid is actually a small gland at the base of neck that produces hormones that regulate energy, metabolism, mood, heart rate and other physiological functions. Symptoms arising due to thyroid issue could be weight gain, fatigue, dry skin and hair, sluggish thinking and depression. Here are some foods that could help you combat thyroid problems:
Apples are rich in pectin which is a gelatinous fiber that helps get rid of heavy metals (by 74% as per studies), especially mercury (known to have association with thyroid disorder), from the body. Pectin is richest in the apple skin, so it is advisable to consume them with skin.
Highest selenium in the body is found in thyroid suggesting that deficiency in selenium may be a primary cause of thyroid disorders. Selenium is richly found in Brazil nuts. Other sources are tuna, sardines, beef, turkey and chicken.
High fiber content in chickpea helps in people with thyroid issues having constipation. High zinc content in chickpea is also critical for thyroid functioning.
Like mentioned above, Zinc is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and thus, zinc deficiency could lead to hypothyroidism. Also, since thyroid hormones are essential for zinc absorption, hypothyroidism can lead to zinc deficiency. Pumpkin skin is very rich in Zinc. Other sources are oysters, crab, lobster, legumes, nuts and sunflower seeds.
Kombu and wakame are the sea vegetables that contain high Iodine which is in turn an important mineral required by thyroid to synthesize sufficient thyroid hormones. A mild deficiency in Iodine could hence lead to thyroid problems.
Vitamin D is involved in immune system regulation that becomes a hormone on consuming and metabolized by the body. Yogurt has rich amounts of Vitamin D. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, the most common cause of hypothyroidism, is caused by Vitamin D deficiency. Salmon, egg yolks, sardines, pork and sunshine are other sources of vitamin D.
High selenium in sardines help support thyroid function. Abundant omega 3-fatty acids in sardines too help in lowering inflammation and enhancing immunity, thus reducing the risk of Hashimoto’s disease.
Remember, these are the supplements to support thyroid function:
Guggul (An ayurvedic herb), Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Zinc. Enrich them in your daily diet.