Restore Your Thyroid with These Plant-Based Foods
Healthful Tips for Optimal Thyroid Health
The thyroid is a hormonal gland that plays an important role in regulating metabolic function, brain development, bone maintenance, and the release of hormones into the bloodstream. When the body is well nourished with an assortment of vitamins and minerals, the thyroid is able to function optimally and complement the body's homeostatic balance. Unfortunately, thyroid problems are increasing due to several factors: genetics, autoimmune disease, radiation exposure, malnutrition, malabsorption, carcinogens, and processed foods. According to, The American Thyroid Association, one in eight women will develop thyroid problems in their lifetime, especially right after pregnancy and menopause. Thyroid problems could also pose as a threat for the vegan that eats an unbalanced or “carbetarian” diet. It is important for the vegan to be intentional and strategic when monitoring nutrient intake while subscribing to a plant-based diet. It doesn't always help that non-vegan foods seemingly take over mainstream grocery shelves, which leaves us with limited options, but not for long. With veganism on the rise, plant-based alternatives are inching their way towards wider accessibility. Most of us may not afford the luxury to frequently shop at WholeFoods or other high-end marketplaces, provoking us to be a little more calculated in our grocery shopping. However, it is important to note that, shopping for specific vegan food options that complement the thyroid's function can go a long way.
I will be addressing how one can practically & strategically
implement key nutrients for optimal thyroid health
But first, here’s my brief background: my maternal grandmother has hypothyroidism (30 years plus). It seemed to have skipped my mother's generation and become active in the 3rd generation - making it a recessive gene. The design of this little genetic tree can make it easier for me to inherit thyroid disease. With the following in mind, I have implemented healthful tips from the help of research and the assistance of my Internal Medicine Physicians.
Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B Complex
4 key micronutrients that are essential
to improving thyroid function
Iodine: Iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones. It works closely with selenium to prevent over oxidation in the thyroid gland. You can find a good dose of iodine in these food items: Kelp, Mangos, Cranberries, Dried Seaweed, Iodized and Kelp Salt.
Selenium: Selenium is a fundamental component of various seleno-proteins: molecules essential to the body's ability to create and use thyroid hormones. Low levels of selenium can make it harder for the thyroid to make its hormones and for the body to convert thyroid hormones into the form that is needed by your cells. You can find a good dose of selenium in these food items: Spinach, Brazilian Nuts, Chia Seeds, and Brown Rice.
Zinc & Vitamin B Complex: Zinc is a trace element that is essential in boosting immunity, strengthening bones, and the synthesis of thyroid hormones. You can find a good dose of Zinc and Complex B's in these food items: Pumpkin Seeds, Lentils, Sunflower Seeds, Cocoa - Dark Chocolate, Mushrooms, Chickpeas, Asparagus, Sesame Seeds, Pistachios, and Supplements!
Consume these key nutrients according to the recommended DV.
A VARIETY OF OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE!
Research suggests that most preventable diseases: hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, and so on, are caused by undernourishment in key minerals. Therefore, consuming a diverse plant-based diet offers nutritional variety that brings about good health, ultimately working in your favor. Be encouraged to regularly add these food items to your diet!
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DISCLAIMER, variables should be considered in the realm of health and viewed case by case. It is advised to seek council from a physician, dietitian or nutritionist regarding your personal health decisions and endeavors.
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