Food directly impacts how we feel because its vitamin and mineral properties influence hormonal balance and lymphatic function. To ensure you feel as good as possible, start by looking after the most important but misunderstood gland—the thyroid—with the right foods and supplements. Marcelle Pick, practicing ob-gyn and founder of Women to Women, gives us the full rundown of thyroid-healthy nutrients to include and exclude from our diets for better metabolic flow and energy levels. These are Pick's best dos and don'ts of eating for your thyroid health.
Pumping Idione and Iron
Iron is vital for red blood cell formation, and iodine boosts stamina, energy, and metabolism. Take them in supplement form, but also make sure you include them in your diet, says Pick. Opt for things like seaweeds salads, nori snacks, shrimp, pumpkin seeds, salmon, and clams. Oysters are also a great source of iodine and iron, so when these sea creatures aren't taking care of your thyroid, they'll be working those aphrodisiac powers.
Think Zinc and Vitamin E
Zinc supports a healthy immune system and eases the digestion of carbs while vitamin E is key to heart and circulatory health, explains Pick. Similarly, you can take them in supplement form, but also enjoy them in your diet with whole grains, soybeans, and nuts. Thanks to their versatility, these are three of the easiest ingredients to add to various dishes, all day every day. Ginger root is another great way to get your zinc fix while also upgrading a morning juice.
Be Cautious of Gluten
Pick explains that the comorbidity of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and thyroid disorders is high. So if you know you have a thyroid issue and also experience digestive problems, then you should avoid gluten. If you're curious about what happens to your body when you stop eating gluten, read one woman's tale of going gluten-free.
Have you ever tried a thyroid-healthy diet? Let us know how it went in the comments below, and be sure to speak to your personal physician before making any major dietary changes.