Nutrient deficiencies have a significant impact on your thyroid, and can be easily resolved! Unfortunately, there are many people who are taking thyroid medication when the real answer for them is better nutrition! Today we’re going to review the six most important nutrients that support thyroid function, and in doing so support your metabolism, your bones, brain and mental health!
Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). You cannot produce thyroid hormones without it. You can find iodine in Truehope Nascent Iodine Advanced, sea vegetables like dulse, kelp and nori, plus fish, shellfish, diary, eggs and iodized salt.
Selenium is involved in thyroid hormone synthesis, and in the conversion of the inactive form of thyroid hormone T4 into the active form T3 that your tissues use. It’s also connected to lower thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies whose presence show you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The most efficient source of selenium is consuming 2-3 brazil nuts per day.
Zinc is involved in the production of thyroid hormones, and it works with selenium to increase the conversion of T4 to T3, while also helping improve cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. A zinc deficiency can lower thyroid hormone by as much as 30%! Food sources of zinc include oysters and other shellfish, meat, eggs, nuts and dairy.
Iron helps the enzyme thyroid peroxidase make thyroid hormone. Iron deficiency reduces hormone production. Unfortunately hypothyroidism also reduces stomach acid, making it harder to absorb iron from food. This makes the combination of hypothyroidism and low iron a vicious cycle if a conscious effort isn’t made to consume iron rich foods in combination with effective supplementation. Make sure you monitor your iron levels. If they are low, consume liver, red meat, spinach, beans and lentils, and speak to a nutritionist or naturopath about supplementation and how to support the absorption of minerals.
Vitamin A helps with improving cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. Vitamin A is found in animal based foods like liver, meats, eggs, and beta carotene (which the body converts into vitamin A). Beta carotene can be found in broccoli, spinach, and most dark green, leafy vegetables.
Vitamin D helps prevent and treat autoimmunity by modulating the immune system, so it’s an important nutrient in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. People with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are 58% more likely to be deficient in vitamin D than the general population. Latitude, sunscreen, aging, skin pigmentation, and an indoor lifestyle contribute to vitamin D deficiency. Unfortunately, due to our latitude and short summers, Vitamin D supplementation is essential for Canadians.
A note about gluten
If you’re struggling with your thyroid, and especially if you are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you must strictly remove gluten from your diet due to the strong connection between Celiac and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
The food you prepare in your kitchen holds a lot of power when it comes to the healthy functioning of your thyroid. Add the foods we’ve mentioned to your grocery list, and start supporting your thyroid! If symptoms persist see your doctor, but not before you read our article “Why You Still Have Hypothyroid Symptoms Despite Normal TSH”.
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