Approximately one in thirteen
Americans suffers from a Thyroid condition! That means over 20
million people are suffering and many may not even be aware of their
condition. Thyroid conditions affect far more women than men.
Many people who have sought treatment for their thyroid disorders
are placed on prescription medication for life. However, many
doctors believe in treating hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism with
the iodine supplements and diet. See Thyroid Diet below. These
doctorsí believe that many thyroid conditions are due to an iodine
deficiency, which can be alleviated through supplementation like
Vaxa's Thyroid Function.
All cells in the body require iodine for proper functioning. All
glands, including the thyroid, particularly need iodine for the
production of hormones. Although you can obtain iodine through your
diet, it is difficult because seafood and sea plants, like kelp are
the best dietary sources. Few Americans consume enough of these
types of foods. Further, the iodine levels in our soils has rapidly
depleted in the last fifty years due to development and over
The following foods can nourish and enhance the thyroid:
Iodine: from fish; sea
vegetables like kelp, dulse, arame, hijiki, wakame, kombu; root
vegetables such as potatoes; and sea salt. Iodized salt can be
used, but usually contains aluminum (suspected as a factor
contributing to Alzheimer's Disease).
Zinc: from beef, oatmeal,
chicken, seafood (especially oysters). liver, dried beans, bran,
seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), nuts, and tuna.
Copper: from liver and other
organ meats, eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins.
Tyrosine (from phenylalanine):
found in soy products, beef, chicken, and fish.
Water: maintain hydration with
Foods that naturally slow down the functioning of the thyroid should
be avoided: broccoli, spinach, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard
greens, turnips, kale, peanuts, pine nuts, millet, peaches, and
pears. Both antihistamines and sulfa drugs can also affect the
thyroid in this way.
Menopause and Thyroid.