Foods that Increase Thyroid Activity & Your Metabolism

Joycelyn-253webStart with wholesome foods to increase thyroid activity.  Processed foods will take longer to digest. and will slow down your metabolism.

Here are some natural food sources to consider adding to your diet:

Sea vegetables – ocean foods -seaweed, hijiki, wakame, arame, dulse, nori, kombu…find these in sushi restaurants

Cranberries – antioxidant

Organic yogurt – probiotic

Navy beans – high in fiber

Himalayan salt – sea salt …some sea salts do not contain iodine look for ones that do

Goat’s milk

Potatoes with skin

If even after you have started on a whole foods regimen you are still experiencing thyroid problems, here are a few other supplements to consider:

Omega -3 Fats or essential fatty acids found in fish or fish oil increase your cells sensitivity to thyroid hormone.

Coconut Oil – is a medium chain triglyceride which may help to increase metabolism. Use this as your cooking oil for added benefits.

The B’s – B vitamins help to manufacture thyroid hormone

other Antioxidants- vitamins A, C and E help your body neutralize oxidative stress that may damage your thyroid.

Trace elements –iodine, selenium, copper & iron are vital for the body’s optimum efficiency.

Foods that may cause an inflammatory effect should be avoided:

aspartame- may cause thyroid inflammation,

non fermented soy – these interfere with the function of your thyroid gland includes, soy, soybean oil, soy milk soy burgers & tofu leads to decreased thyroid function

gluten – found in wheat, rye, barley and most processed foods

AVOID STRESS!

Cortisol, our primary stress hormone inhibits thyroid hormones.  Find the source of your stress and illiminate it.  Not easily done,  I know.  Try balancing your body by eating 3 well-balanced meals and 2 snack meals in between.

*Too much iodine can actually be harmful, especially if you have autoimmune thyroid disease or a family history of it- always consult your physician first.

Supplements should not take the place of good nutrition. Get the good food in first and if you are lacking adequate nutrition then add supplements.

Supplements are just that, SUPPLEMENTS!

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


Here are 2 supplements I use to support a healthy metabolism

 

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