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Bodybuilding and Fitness Newsletter 12/18/2019

Foods That Boost Your Thyroid

Do you get tired easily? Are you finding it difficult to lose fat despite the countless hours spent at the gym? Chances are you're suffering from hypothyroidism. In this article, I will share with you some of the foods that can boost your thyroid.

According to America Thyroid Association (ATA), an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of these condition.

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland found in the neck, it is found below the Adam's apple. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine gland in the human body. The thyroid gland produces triiodothyronine(T3), thyroxine(T4), and Calcitonin hormones.

These hormomes play an important role in regulating metabolism, growth, and heart rate. Hypothyroidism occurs when thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormones. This can result to slow metabolism, weight gain, fatigue, and depression.

Hypothyroidism is mostly caused by iodine deficiency and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the thyroid gland is attacked and destroyed. Autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys its own tissues.

Thyroid Boosting Foods

Here are some foods that can help you boost your thyroid by triggering your thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) to produce more thyroid hormones:

1. Shrimp - shrimp is one of best sources of iodine. Iodine is a trace element that is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones. Iodine can't be produced by the body. Iodine deficiency causes goiter. According to a research " Iodine is an indispensable component of the thyroid hormones, comprising 65% of T 's weight, and 58% of T 's".

2. Black beans - adding black beans to your diet can also help boost the thyroid. Black beans is an excellent source of iron. Iron deficiency is known to cause anemia, however, several studies have shown that there is an association between iron deficiency and hypothyroidism. A study stated that " Iron deficiency impairs thyroid hormone synthesis by reducing activity of heme-dependent thyroid peroxidase". Another research also concluded that" Iron deficiency is related to thyroid function and could lead to hypothyroidism during early pregnancy".

3. Brazil nuts - eating brazil nuts can help boost your thyroid. Interestingly, Brazil nuts are high in selenium which is a micro nutrient that is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. According to a research "Adequate selenium nutrition supports efficient thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism and protects the thyroid gland from damage by excessive iodide exposure". Also, according to another research "Selenium deficiency impairs thyroid hormone metabolism by inhibiting the synthesis and activity of the iodothyronine deiodinases, which convert thyroxine (T4) to the more metabolically active 3,3'-5 triiodothyronine (T3)". Brazil nut is also high in iron, magnesium and zinc.

4. Beef - beef is one of the highest zinc food sources. Zinc plays a crucial role in the production of thyroid hormones. According to a research "zinc is required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and zinc deficiency can result to hypothyroidism".

5. Egg and egg yolk - egg yolk is one of the best sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is known ro reduce the risk of autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis. However , a research on the effect of vitamin D on thyroid gland reported that a lack of Vitamin D contributed to the possibility of low thyroid hormones.

6. Milk - milk is an excellent source of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) . Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin that is necessary for proper thyroid function. One study indicated that patients with hypothyroidism also suffered from Vitamin B12 deficiency.


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3. Chapter 2 Thyroid Hormone Synthesis And Secretion Rousset B, Dupuy C, Miot F, et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK285550/

4. The impact of iron and selenium deficiencies on iodine and thyroid metabolism: biochemistry and relevance to public health. Zimmermann MB, et al. Thyroid. 2002. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12487769/

5. The Relationship between Iron Deficiency and Thyroid Function in Chinese Women during Early Pregnancy. Li S, et al. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28202844/

6. The role of selenium in thyroid hormone metabolism and effects of selenium deficiency on thyroid hormone and iodine metabolism. Arthur JR, et al. Biol Trace Elem Res. 1992 Apr-Jun. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/1379458/?i=2&from=/1384621/related

7. Vitamin B12 deficiency common in primary hypothyroidism. Jabbar A, et al. J Pak Med Assoc. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18655403/2008.

8. Vitamin D Deficiency and Its Association with Thyroid Disease. Dr. Amal Mohammed Husein Mackawy , Bushra Mohammed Al-ayed , and Bashayer Mater Al-rashidi. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3921055/

9. Zinc Deficiency Associated with Hypothyroidism: An Overlooked Cause of Severe Alopecia. Ambooken Betsy, MP Binitha, and S Sarita. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746228/

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