Do you feel tired and sluggish? Are you struggling to lose weight? You could be experiencing symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Conversely, if you’re anxious and irritable and have trouble gaining weight, you may be experiencing symptoms of an overactive thyroid.
But wait—what is the thyroid responsible for? It’s an important gland that’s part of the endocrine system. The thyroid combines iodine with tyrosine (an amino acid) to produce T4 and T3 hormones, which control the body’s metabolic rate, and regulate important functions such as digestion, heart rate, and body temperature.
Many factors can cause the thyroid to be overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). For example, autoimmune conditions are common precursors for thyroid issues, and are often caused by endocrine disruptors and environmental toxins, poor diet, and chronic inflammation. Therefore, boosting the immune system, eliminating toxins, reducing inflammation, and healing the gut are all essential for optimal thyroid function.
So how can we accomplish all that? Through a colorful, nutrient-rich diet, full of the best foods for thyroid health!
Well Within Beauty shares three foods that can rev up a sluggish or underactive thyroid and three foods that help regulate an overactive thyroid. All of these foods can be added to your diet to promote overall wellness, but be sure to take note of the caveats listed below if you have a specific thyroid condition.
The following foods promote healthy thyroid function, however, those with hyperthyroidism should limit these foods as they may further speed up or aggravate an overactive thyroid.
The following three foods are helpful for reducing inflammation, a common precursor for thyroid conditions. Those with an underactive thyroid can also consume flaxseeds and berries, but should avoid or limit the use of lemon balm (as it can lower thyroid hormone levels).
In addition to eating the best foods for thyroid health, there are plenty of things you can do to support optimum thyroid function:
To learn more about these lifestyle tips, click here to read 6 Natural Ways to Support Optimal Thyroid Function.
Subtle changes to your diet and lifestyle can yield big results for your thyroid and overall health. Adopt a few of Well Within Beauty’s recommendations in January to support National Thyroid Awareness Month, and note any positive changes that occur!If you have a specific thyroid condition, speak with your doctor before making dietary changes.
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