If you have gained weight, are feeling sluggish, have brain fog, are constipated, moody and always cold, your thyroid could use a jumpstart.
Eating 30 grams of protein the morning will help boost your thyroid hormones, metabolism, energy and focus for the day. This simple habit also boosts the powerful brain chemical called dopamine – that’s always great for a motivation boost. You should also avoid starchy carbs at breakfast to control blood sugar and prevent cravings.
Feed your thyroid with the thyroid trio
There are three essential building blocks of thyroid hormone that we all need daily, and topping up these nutrients can provide a wonderful thyroid boost.
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Tyrosine: The amino acid tyrosine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormone in the body. You can obtain tyrosine in your diet from certain foods like: almonds, avocados,. It bananas, dairy products can also be taken in supplement form. I recommend 1,000– 2,000 mcg before breakfast. Do not take this supplement if you have high blood pressure.
Iodine: Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. A steady supply of Iodine and tyrosine is essential to thyroid hormone production. You can obtain iodine from fish, shell fish and sea vegetables such as seaweed and kelp. Kelp is the richest source of iodine. Some people talk supplements of kelp or iodine but I do not often suggest this because too much iodine can suppress thyroid function and have the opposite effect you may be striving for.
Selenium: Selenium can be helpful to support production of the active thyroid hormone T3. Food sources include brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, whole grains (barley, oats, brown rice), seeds, nuts (especially Brazil nuts) and vegetables (garlic, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes and radishes). If you choose to take a supplement to ensure optimal intake of daily levels, look for the form of selenium called selenomethionine (most supplements provide 200 mg per capsule
The supplement Ashwagandha is my favorite choice for supporting the thyroid when stress is also a concern – stress is one of the worst causes of low thyroid. This powerful herb can enhance mental & physical performance, improves learning ability and decreases stress & fatigue. It appears this herb works directly on the thyroid gland and other body tissues. Try taking 750mg to 1,000 mg twice daily.