Thyroid Problems? Consider Your Diet
Thyroid disease affects an estimated 20 to 27 million Americans, with more half of those cases being undiagnosed.  Often misunderstood, overlooked, or misdiagnosed, thyroid disease negatively impacts nearly every aspect of one’s health and well being.  With a basic thyroid profile kit you can easily test your thyroid levels.  If you determine that you do have trouble with your thyroid, taking charge of your diet now will get you on a path to a better, healthier life.  
Research has determined that the following foods promote a healthy thyroid:
turkey: lean protein, low in calories, contains selenium (which is known to aid in the metabolism of the thyroid hormone, improve immunity, and inhibit the growth of cancer)
kelp: known as Laminaria, a nutrient-dense sea vegetable, promotes thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary growth; works as a blood purifier
coconut, coconut butter: known as coconut oil, contains fatty acids that help the body metabolize and convert energy, helps to regulate thyroid functions, has been used as a medicine and a food throughout history
Copper is essential for proper thyroid function.  The following foods are rich in copper:
  • crabs, clams, oysters
  • sunflower seeds, cashews
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  • organ meats
  • cocoa
Iron is also essential for proper thyroid function.  The following foods are rich in iron:
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  •  red meat (eat sparingly)
  •  beans
  •  leafy, green vegetables
Foods to AVOID for a healthier thyroid:
  •  soy, peanuts
  •  brussel sprouts, cabbage
  •  broccoli, cauliflower
  •  kale, turnips,
  •  mustard, canola oil
For the best absorption of iron, be sure to get enough vitamin C.  You’ll find it in bell peppers, tomatoes, red berries, potatoes, and citrus fruits.
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