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Foods That Benefit Your Thyroid

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Foods That Benefit Your Thyroid

Located above your windpipe is a small gland that affects virtually every organ system in your body. This includes your brain, heart, intestines, and the quality of your skin. Your thyroid gland and the hormone it produces, is the energy source that runs your body. When your thyroid gland is compromised your metabolism slows, you feel fatigued and cold, your concentration is off, your hair thins, you gain weight, and your skin becomes dry. It may be a small gland, but when it does not get the nutrients it needs there can be powerful repercussions.

Medical research has confirmed that iodine is responsible for the formation of the thyroid hormones T1, T2, T3, and T4. Without sufficient iodine, the thyroid can produce only limited amounts of these hormones. The best way to support your thyroid is to eat a balanced whole foods diet, one that includes iodine, which can be found in foods harvested from the sea: fish, shell fish and sea salt; but the best source of iodine are the sea vegetables, kelp, dulse, arame, and hijiki to name a few. Earl Mindell recommends using kelp in his book, Vitamin Bible for the Twenty-First Century. He writes that, “Kelp has a normalizing effect on the thyroid gland. In other words, thin people with thyroid trouble can gain weight by using kelp, and obese people can lose weight with it.”

An excess of iodine in ones diet can be as detrimental as not getting enough iodine, cautions Anne Marie Colbin, author of  Food and Healing. “Considering that we are already ingesting large qualities of this mineral because of its presence in fertilizers and table salt, the situation (your iodine level) definitely bears watching.”

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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5:03PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Good health article. Thanks for sharing.

11:29PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I have a question, maybe some one on here can help with the answer!. I have an allergy to iodine, but at the same time I have hyperthyroidism, how do I find a balance between the two? I live on Reactine for the allergies I have, which I have a few of, any answers for the above question would be greatly appreciated! My hyperthroid is in balance now, so I don't take any kind of medication for it, but when it goes out of whack, I am put on Methimazole treatment, once my thyroid levels even out I don't seem to have to take it for ahile, sometimes the stretch in between is quite awhile!

11:33PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

thank you for the valuable info!

1:08AM PST on Feb 18, 2011

good to know

5:54AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Thank you for the info, eating right beats taking pills.

4:10PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Good review and info. Thank you.

11:04PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Thanks very helpful

3:32PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Interesting, have saved this article. An up and down thyroid runs in my family. I'm nagging my doctor to test for all the thyroid levels, not just the iodine. If I have the condition I want to catch it early. I used to eat a lot more fresh fish when I lived by the sea. I think my diet is reasonably balanced and varied, except for too much chocolate and coffee.

5:03AM PST on Nov 19, 2010


10:52PM PST on Nov 15, 2010

I've read that broccoli and other leafy greens can hinder thyroid... now they're good for you. *sigh* Well, at least I eat enough variety that it's all good! :)

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