The thyroid is a gland that sits at the base of the throat which secretes various hormones to help regulate important metabolic processes including body temperature and metabolic rate. To produce the thyroid hormones T4 and T3, the thyroid relies on adequate amounts of four key nutrients from food: iodine, selenium, iron and zinc.
A diet low in any of these nutrients increases the risk of impaired production of thyroid hormones and development of a wide variety of health problems including rapid weight gain, depression, complications in pregnancy, infertility, mental and physical developmental delay (in children).
So how do you ensure that you are getting enough of each of these nutrients to assist with optimal thyroid function? Aside from following the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and eating a wide variety of foods, including at least one of the foods from each of the columns below each day may just provide that extra nutritional boost you need for a healthy thyroid:
Scallops, Oysters, Tinned pink salmon, Snapper, Parmesan cheese, Green beans, Plain yoghurt, Tinned tuna, Cashews, Lean ham or Spinach
Brazil nuts, Oat bran, Cashews, Sesame seeds, Tahini, Weetbix, Mushrooms, Beef filler or Eggs
Iron fortified breakfast cereals e.g. Weetbix, Cashews, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken, Turkey fish, Tofu or Spinach
Weetbix, Parmesan cheese, Lamb, Oat bran, Egg yolk (cooked), Chicken thigh, Soya beans, Tofu, Beef or Mushrooms
Written by Belinda Russo (Accredited Practising Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist), from “Tiny Tummies Nutrition”.
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