The health of your thyroid depends heavily on what you eat and put in your body. To keep your thyroid happy and healthy, your body needs appropriate amounts of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including iodine and selenium.
I don’t recommend supplementing with high doses of isolated iodine unless you’re working with a qualified practitioner. However, getting these key minerals from whole food sources is incredibly supportive to the health of your thyroid.
Try incorporating the following foods in your diet to support a healthy thyroid.
Berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are packed with iodine, selenium, and vitamin D. These berries also contain a variety of other nutrients and are very high in antioxidants, which are critical for the health of your thyroid. Goji berries and cranberries contain the highest number of antioxidants. You can eat these berries raw, or you can use them in smoothies or in an acai bowl. Also, try adding them to your yogurt or oatmeal.
Fish is another great source of iodine. Lack of nutrients is one of the primary reasons why thyroid health deters, and fish contain all the necessary nutrients to maintain the health of your thyroid. One 3-ounce serving of cod contains around 99 mcg of iodine. If you do not like fish then you can opt for cod liver oil supplements.
Zinc is also necessary for thyroid health, and chicken is a perfect solution to fill that need. Three ounces of chicken contains 2.4 milligrams of zinc.
Organic grass-fed beef is also high in zinc. A 3-ounce serving of roasted beef provides seven milligrams of zinc and a 3-ounce beef patty contains three milligrams of zinc. Make sure you choose very lean, organic beef.
Brazil nuts are incredible little powerhouses for selenium. Daily consumption of moderate serving amounts can help produce glutathione, which helps fight against and decrease thyroid antibodies.
Eggs are another simple, one-stop shop for your thyroid health. A large egg consists of 20% selenium and 16% iodine. Eggs are extremely versatile and easy to prepare. Hard boil or scramble them, but make sure you include the yolk; that is the part the provides the most selenium.
To protect and maintain the health of your thyroid, try adding a variety of nuts to your diet. Hazelnuts and macadamia nuts provided the highest amount of selenium. You can eat them raw, snack on them, or add them to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, or other meals.
What’s your favorite thyroid-supporting food? Share in the comments below!