Health Tip: Thyroid Health

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. It’s part of the endocrine system and its job is to release hormones that control your metabolism. The main thyroid conditions include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, and Graves’ disease.

While there are a variety of medical and natural remedies for thyroid disorders, eating the proper diet for thyroid disease is the first lifestyle change you should make. With the right foods, you can not only prevent certain thyroid conditions from developing, but your diet can help you to heal as well.

Before you look at the nutrition and diet for thyroid disease, you need to look at your digestion. You always start with the health of your gut. Because even if you are eating the perfect diet, it won’t matter if your digestion is weak and you are not breaking down and absorbing the nutrients. So, it’s essential to make sure you optimize your digestive fire.

First, let’s look at the foods you should eat from a nutritional perspective. To treat a thyroid condition, you need to cut out problematic foods and increase nutrient-dense healing foods.

Make sure you get plenty of antioxidants through fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are going to help the thyroid gland be as healthy as possible.

Berries, especially blueberries are high in antioxidants. For this reason, they should be at the top of your list.

Other fruits and veggies that contain a good amount of antioxidants are:

Bell peppers

Tomatoes

Raspberries

Cranberries.