The Thyroid gland is a very vital part of your body. It is located around the anterior part of your neck and it produces and secretes three main hormones that are very important for the overall well-being of your body.
Deficiency of the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland can lead to a good number of health problems. Among the various ways or things that can help the thyroid function better, the foods you eat are most important.
The thyroid hormones (hormones secreted by the thyroid gland) are involved in a large number of functions in your body which includes:
1. Metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
2. Growth and development of your body.
3. Synthesis or production of proteins, neurotransmitters, and carbohydrates.
4. Control of cholesterol and triglycerides.
5. Involved in the production of your red blood cells
6. Involved in maintaining the balance of electrolyte in your body
7. Involved in your brain function by helping to either synthesize of produce neurotransmitters, or helps enhance transmission of neural signals.
The foods you eat can go a long way in helping your thyroid gland function better especially for those that have a health problem known as hypothyroidism. As you can see from the functions of the thyroid, it's hormones are very important and a deficit of them in the body can be devastating to your growth, metabolism, and neural or brain function.
Below are foods that are good for your thyroid gland.
1. Chicken pepper soup. There is a reason why I prefer pepper soup to other forms of chicken meals, and this is because it is more the healthy compared to frying or roasting for barbecue. Chicken contains lots of zinc which helps nourishes your thyroid gland. One of the effects of zinc deficiency is low thyroid function (hypothyroidism).
2. Beef or goat meat pepper soup. Like chicken they contain zinc which is very good for the health of your thyroid gland.
3. Egg Sauce. Eggs contain a good amount of selenium and iodine that are very good and important for your thyroid to function optimally.
4. Vegetable salad. Vegetables are good source of magnesium and iron which helps to balance the level of hormones in your body. Deficiency of magnesium can lead to a problem with your thyroid.
5. Sardines. Sardine is a rich source of vitamin D which helps to nourish your thyroid gland.
6. Pumpkin seeds. Contains magnesium and zinc which as we've already established are good for your thyroid.
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