It's estimated that as many as 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Of that figure, the American Thyroid Association predicts up to 60% are unaware of their condition. So how do you know if you fall into this statistic?
"If you're experiencing symptoms such as memory loss, sudden weight gain or a slowing down of all processes, a sluggish thyroid may be to blame," explains nutritional therapy practitioner Breanne Rice in an article for Mindbodygreen.
"One of the biggest reasons our thyroid slows down, in addition to aging, is lack of iodine. Our bodies aren't able to make iodine naturally, so we rely on obtaining nutrients through our diet to support a healthy thyroid," she says. As a result, Rice recommends bolstering your diet with foods that are rich in iodine which specifically helps the thyroid, as well as tyrosine, zinc, and selenium, which offer additional health benefits.
Add these seven ingredients to your shopping cart to support your thyroid naturally:
- Brazil nuts
- Coconut oil
- Egg yolks
Now that you've increased your iodine intake, be sure to remove these thyroid-inhibiting foods from your diet.