Your thyroid functions so smoothly that we forget it’s there. An underactive thyroid can bring on weight gain, sluggishness, depression, and increased sensitivity to cold. An overactive thyroid, on the other hand, can cause sudden weight loss, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, and irritability. Here are 6 best and worst foods for your thyroid.
Dairy products are full of this nutrient. Livestock are given iodine supplements and the milking process involves iodine-based cleaners. Plain, low-fat yogurt, or Greek yogurt is a good source, it can make up about 50% of your daily intake of iodine.
By drinking 1 cup of low-fat milk, you’ll consume about one-third of your daily iodine needs. Another good idea: Opt for a glass that’s been fortified with vitamin D. People with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) were more likely to be deficient in D than their healthier counterparts.
3.Chicken and Beef
Zinc is another key nutrient for your thyroid. Take in too little zinc, and it can lead to hypothyroidism. If you develop hypothyroidism, you can also become deficient in zinc, since your thyroid hormones help absorb the mineral. One 3-ounce serving of beef chuck roast contains 7 milligrams; a 3-ounce beef patty contains 3 milligrams; and a 3-ounce serving of dark chicken meat contains 2.4 milligrams.
Eating a gluten-free diet helps control the symptoms, which may also help protect the thyroid gland. But unless you have celiac disease, you might not want to avoid breads after all. In fact, thanks to some of the baking processes, bread can actually contain some iodine.
More than 75% of our dietary sodium intake comes from restaurant, pre-packaged, and processed fare. But manufacturers don’t have to use iodized salt in their products. You may be taking in too much sodium, which can set you up for high blood pressure, then heart disease, minus the iodine.