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How to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

How to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

Promote thyroid health with these simple lifestyle changes.

How to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates metabolism and produces hormones that affect the functioning of various systems in the body.

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are the most common conditions of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism affects 80% of people with thyroid disease. Symptoms may include fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, constipation and weight gain.

For optimal thyroid health, try to follow these 4 tips:

Nutrients: Make sure your diet contains sufficient iodine and selenium. The richest natural food sources of iodine are seafood and seaweed (kelp and nori). Iodised salt is an effective way to add iodine to your diet. Wholegrain bread, fish, meat and eggs are good sources of selenium.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as oily fish (trout, salmon, tuna, anchovies and sardines), linseed oil, free-range eggs or a supplement such as krill oil.

Sleep: Moderate your sleep routine. Try to get at least seven hours of sound sleep in complete darkness each night.

Stress: Reduce emotional stress, as thyroid problems are often accompanied by adrenal exhaustion.

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