Let’s start with what a thyroid is. It is an important gland at the base of the neck that produces, stores and releases two important hormones – triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). This gland is known to perform its function with the help of iodine obtained from food. This is why what we eat plays a significant role in our risk of developing and managing thyroid issues. For those unaware, thyroid disorders are a common problem among people all over the world which is caused by over- or under-functioning of the gland. According to a report from the British Thyroid Foundation, “thyroid disorders are very common and occur mainly in women, although anyone – men, adolescents, children and children too – can be affected. About one in 20 people have some form of thyroid disorder. There is no type of thyroid disorder, which can be temporary or permanent”.
We bring you some common food choices that you can include in your daily diet to manage and cure thyroid related disorders. let’s take a look.
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Here are 7 foods to add to your thyroid diet:
Eggs are known to be a rich source of iodine, which according to nutritionist and macrobiotic health coach Shilpa Arora “is a trace mineral that plays an important role in the formation of the primary thyroid hormone thyroxine”.
According to health experts, nuts can be a good option to include in your thyroid diet. It is an excellent source of selenium which is known to contribute to the antioxidant defense in the thyroid.
A rich source of protein, pulses and legumes helps in transporting thyroid hormones to all your tissues and thus helps your thyroid to function effectively. In addition, several studies have shown that an increase in protein intake leads to an increase in the rate of metabolism, and further management of the thyroid.
According to Shilpa Arora, 20% of thyroid function depends on good gut ecology. This is the reason why it is always recommended to eat homemade curd or curd regularly to maintain good metabolism, which keeps the intestines healthy.
Ghee and Butter:
Did you know that fat helps with the production and regulation of hormones? This is why Shilpa Arora suggests adding ghee and butter to your diet to help control hormonal imbalances.
A superfood that contains nearly all essential nutrients, chia seeds support thyroid function and other hormonal balance. It contains omega-3 fats that help prevent inflammation and regulate other functions, including brain function.
Include these foods in your diet and make your diet healthy and balanced. But always remember, moderation is the key!
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