The Thyroid: Why this Butterfly Gland is Crucial for Weight Loss – Part 1

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The Thyroid: Why this Butterfly Gland is Crucial for Weight Loss
Part 1: Hypothroidism

By Jenna Scott

The thyroid is a small endocrine gland, located in the front of the neck, which determines how fast or slow one gains or loses weight. The thyroid plays a key role in weight loss because it determines our body’s metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories. An increase in hormones released by the thyroid will speed up your metabolism and a decrease in hormones released by the thyroid will slow your metabolism down. The thyroid uses the uptake of iodine and the stimulation from TSH(produced by the pituitary gland) to produce two hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The T3 and T4 hormones in the thyroid gland work together to regulate protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism.

women-worried-scaleToday we will be discussing hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid is not producing enough of the thyroid hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include; slow metabolism, fatigue, inability to focus, depression, fat gain, and cold hands or feet. The good news is that an under active thyroid or slow metabolism can be helped by adjusting your diet.

People with hypothyroidism or a slow metabolism should stay away from goitrogenic foods. Goitrogenic foods are foods which suppress the function of the thyroid because they interfere with the body’s uptake of iodine.
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Some of the most common goitrogenic foods to avoid if you have a slow thyroid are:

  • Peanuts
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Soybean
  • Broccoli

To increase thyroid function and speed up the metabolism, common foods that should be added to your diet include:

  • Avocados
  • Maca
  • Goji Berries
  • Probiotics (assist with digestion and nutrient uptake)
  • Kelp (improve endocrine function)
  • Coconut Oil or Butter

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