Blasting for Thyroid Health

Blasting for Thyroid Health

Who would have thought that a tiny butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck could be so powerful? Your thyroid is an endocrine gland that makes hormones that help regulate several activities in your body, including energy production and metabolism. Diseases of the thyroid are often to blame for weight management issues.

Approximately one in eight women will experience a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. While women are more susceptible, men are not out of the woods completely.

Wise lifestyle decisions, including healthy food choices, may help keep your thyroid functioning at its peak!

Natural Thyroid Support

Your thyroid depends on certain nutrients for proper functioning. Choosing foods that contain the following vitamins and minerals could help maintain the health of this tiny butterfly gland! If you're currently taking medications to help balance these hormones, please consult with your Endocrinologist before changing your diet.

Iodine – Iodine works as thyroid’s “food!" This mineral is required for the production of hormones. However, it’s important to not get too much or too little. The most nutritious sources of iodine are sea vegetables. Try dulse, nori, or kelp flakes in your next NutriBlast or atop a salad. Sushi anyone?

Zinc – Found in pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, oats, spinach and Swiss chard.

Iron – Found in spinach (remember to pair with citrus to enhance absorption!), lentils, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, and turmeric.

Copper – Food sources include sesame seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds, barley, garbanzo beans, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.

Antioxidants

• Vitamin A - Cooked sweet potato, spinach, carrots, kale, collard greens, cantaloupe

• Vitamin C - Oranges, broccoli, lemon, strawberries, kiwi, papaya, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers

• Vitamin E - Almonds, sunflower seeds, olive oil, asparagus, mustard greens, Swiss chard

• Selenium - Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, barley, brown rice, oats, broccoli

Other considerations

• Maintain blood sugar balance

• Support healthy gut bacteria with probiotics

• Boost your immune system

Disorders of the Thyroid

Working in conjunction with the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain, your thyroid regulates the levels of thyroid hormones T4 and T3 circulating in your body. When the levels become out of whack, either too many or not enough, problems begin to arise. Your doctor can run tests to help determine if your thyroid is functioning properly.

Hypothyroid

Also known as underactive thyroid, this condition occurs when too few thyroid hormones are produced. The causes of hypothyroidism vary and symptoms may include:

• Weight gain

• Thinning hair

• Feeling cold

• Menstrual irregularity

• Fatigue and/or weakness

• Dry skin and brittle nails

• Difficulty focusing on tasks

Hyperthryoid

When the thyroid gland overproduces T3 and T4, this is known as overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. Some causes may include excessive iodine intake, viruses, autoimmune disorders or benign cancerous growths. Symptoms may include:

• Unexplained weight loss

• Increase in appetite

• Feeling restless, anxious, or nervous

• Menstrual irregularity

• Insomnia

• Elevated blood pressure and/or heart rate

• Difficulty concentrating

What If I Already Have a Thyroid Disorder?

As with any personal medical condition, please see your primary healthcare provider and/or a Registered Dietitian before you make any changes to your diet or prescription medications. Some things you may wish to discuss with him/her are dietary choices, goitrogens found in foods, medication options, and possible supplements.

Goitrogens are substances that can interfere with proper thyroid function and interfere with iodine uptake. A couple foods that have the highest goitrogen concentration include cruciferous veggies and soy. Cooking may deactivate these substances in certain foods. It may be advised to reduce consumption of these foods.

For those with a healthy thyroid, leafy greens are perfectly safe and are filled with a myriad of nutritional benefits!

For those who are advised to limit foods containing goitrogens, substitutions for cruciferous vegetables include celery, beetroot, beetroot leaves, romaine lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, lemon, oranges and melon, to name a few.

Try our Butterfly Blast or Thirsty Thyroid Blast for thyroid health.

Registered Dietitian


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Can you please give recipes for under active thyroid
Comment by perlaa75
July 07, 2015
I have hypothyroidism and have battled with weight loss for 5 yrs now, I started juicing/ smoothies one month ago and lost 15lbs! I'm excited to continue. Yet I mainly use kale & spinach raw... am I able to use them cooked and still get same effect? Thanks in advance & what other recommendations do you have for me thanks! * hair thinning a big battle for me too* So upset!
Comment by bp01989
April 24, 2015
What about using swiss chard for hypothyroid disease (hashimoto disease)?
Comment by cdeppen
January 20, 2014
hi - I just happened upon this topic while looking for something else on your website. I recently bought the Nutribullet but have been making smoothies in my blender for a few months. I am on synthroid and wait a while before eating breakfast in the morning (ie my nutriblast). my question is this - i love kale and broccoli and other cruciferous veggies. I got my thyroid levels checked recently and all the levels are fine. I wondered what you think about this? I really don't want to stop eating uncooked kale etc. other question - is the only support one gets from online dieticians? When i registered my product online, i thought i saw it said that one has access to a nutritionist for one year? thanks!
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on March 02, 2015
If you do not have a thyroid condition, then eating raw kale and leafy greens should be fine. We are your online dietitians that you have access to through this website. If you have questions, you can submit it through our Q&A page (link at the top of the page by the search key and our store). RDs are nutritionists, however not all nutritionists are dietitians.
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on April 22, 2014
Apologies for such a delayed response. A dietitian is actually a nutritionist with further education so you have access to some top tier expert advice! However, please note that we cannot provide personalized health recommendations since we do not have patient/client relationships and there is a lot of health history that should also be noted prior to recommending certain dietary changes. We can be reached through our "Ask our Dietitian" forum. We can, however provide generalized nutrition advice that we highly suggest you discuss with your primary care Dr. So, regarding thyroid levels and raw leafy greens....my suggestion to you would be to still try to keep the raw leafy greens to a minimum to maintain thyroid health and prevent further damage. Try frozen spinach or kale (which has been blanched previously).
Comment by ddmpowell
August 01, 2013
Can you cook vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, etc. and then add them to a nutriblast for those with hypothyroid?
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on August 01, 2013
Yes you can! Although not widely researched, cooking has been shown to inactivate or reduce the goitrogenic properties. I have not used cooked greens, but I've heard of others who have. Let us know if you can taste a difference!
Comment by cip1953
April 10, 2013
Thank you for this article. I am curious relating to those of us who have had our thyroid removed. I am taking synthroid daily. Would this Thyroid Blast still be beneficial?
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on April 11, 2013
Yes it would be, unless your Dr. has informed you to omit any of the particular ingredients. However, I'd suggest not drinking them within 1-2 hours of taking your medication. Fiber and calcium have been shown to reduce its efficiency by delaying absorption. The ingredients in these Blasts are not high in goitrogens and contain thyroid-supporting nutrients that also provide other healthful benefits :)
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