Are you trying to lose weight but whatever you try you just don’t seem to see any of the results of your hard work?
Maybe you have a slow thyroid, which Dr Oz has discussed in one of his recent TV shows.
“If you have unexplained weight loss, feel cold and exhausted, you may have a sluggish thyroid.”
“And it could be the cause of your biggest weight-loss problems.”
If this sounds like you maybe you would be interested in finding out what the thyroid is, what it does and how you can boost your thyroid, which should hopefully get your weight moving in the right direction.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a small gland found in your neck. It is used to regulate the production of hormones that stimulate your metabolism.
If your thyroid is not working properly (slow) then the hormones required for your metabolism to work will not be produced, therefore you will be unable to burn off those calories.
Those calories will subsequently be stored as fat, and ultimately you will start to gain weight.
Symptoms of a slow thyroid?
If you are suffering from a slow thyroid one of the main symptoms is unexplained weight gain that can make traditional diets particularly hard to see any success in.
Other symptoms include a sensitivity to cold, fatigue, constipation as well as brittle hair, nails and skin.
A slow thyroid is quite a common issue but is often not diagnosed as blood tests often fail to pick it up.
If you feel that you may have a slow thyroid you need to persist with your doctor so that you can get your diagnosis.
Natural ways to boost your thyroid
If you have a slow thyroid then to boost it you need to ensure you are getting plenty of zinc, selenium and iodine in your diet.
The following food types contain these thyroid boosting ingredients:
Thyroid booster #1 – Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium, with just 2 a day shown to boost a sluggish thyroid.
Thyroid booster #2 – Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A that is a proven thyroid booster. Another good source of vitamin A is in cantaloupes or you could take a daily supplement.
Thyroid booster #3 – Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are also a good source of selenium.
Thyroid booster #4 – Dulse flakes
Dulse flakes, which are made from seaweed, contain high levels of iodine.
Thyroid booster #5 – Miso soup
This thyroid boosting soup contains high levels of both zinc and iodine.
It is also recommended that if you have a slow thyroid that you are eating plenty of vitamin D rich foods, which include salmon, eggs, cheese, sardines and beef liver.
Finally, sunlight provides your body with vitamin D so spending a couple of minutes in the sun everyday could boost your thyroid.