Keeping your Thyroid Healthy
By Dr. Jodi Larry, ND August 22, 2013
Today I will be talking about the thyroid gland – one of the most important glands in our body.
The thyroid gland is responsible for our metabolism, as well as energy and hormone balance. When stress is high, this puts a massive taxing effect on the thyroid. We might not have actual clinical hypothyroid, but we might be suffering from the effects of stress slowing down our thyroid function. Once the thyroid starts to slow down, this also has an effect on the female hormone balance.
Some symptoms of a low thyroid are: slow metabolism (hard time losing weight), fatigue, hair falling out or thinning, low libido.
If you think you have a subclinical hypothyroid issue – there are a lot of things that can be done for you naturally with supplements, diet and stress management.
Top 5 Thyroid Boosting Foods:
- Dried basil
- Pumpkin seeds
- Cacao powder
These foods are rich in iodine, selenium and zinc and help the thyroid gland function optimally.
GOOEY BROWNIES – these are amazing
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup of dates
½ cup of raw almond butter
4 – 6 tbsp raw CACAO powder
1 tsp of maple syrup
Splash of almond milk (to make them gooey)
Shredded unsweetened coconut
- Place walnuts and hazelnuts into a food processor until finely ground. Add the dates, almond butter and cacao and process until mixed. Add maple syrup and almond milk. (til they are gooey enough for you)
- Press into a square pan. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. Place in fridge until ready to serve, and then cut into squares. (stays good in fridge for up to a week)