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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Strawberries and Yogurt: A Treat For Your Thyroid

Everybody knows that strawberries contain Vitamin C and yogurt contains calcium. However, not everyone knows that strawberries and yogurt have a mineral in common that strengthens and supports your thyroid.

In fact, one cup of strawberries and one cup of yogurt together provide half of your minimum daily requirement of this mineral.

You can get the other half from 4-6 ounces of fish. Have you guessed this mineral yet? A healthy thyroid efficiently regulates your metabolism, gives you energy and emotional stability.

The thyroid has some control over body temperature as well. That makes sense, because, usually people with sluggish metabolisms complain about being cold a lot.

Lack of this important mineral can cause your thyroid to swing back and forth between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.  Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by weight gain, fatigue and depression, whereas hyperthyroidism symptoms include weight loss, rapid heart beat and nervousness.

Most of this mineral that is present in your body is stored in your thyroid, but some is stored in your blood. If you guessed iodine, you are right. A cup of strawberries contains about 13 micro-grams of iodine and a cup of yogurt contains about 88 micro-grams of iodine. How does iodine work to keep you healthy?

It 's a complicated process that also involves another mineral, selenium. When a hormone in your blood called thyroxine becomes low, your pituitary gland sends out a hormone called TSH. Presence of this hormone in your blood signals your thyroid to scoop up iodine and synthesize it into more thyroxine. Your thyroid uses selenium to expedite this process.

It is this thyroxine hormone that keeps your metabolism and immune system strong. If there is not enough iodine in your blood for your thyroid to convert to thyroxine, your thyroid will swell, which is a condition known as a goiter. Sometimes medication is required to get this part of your endocrine system back in order.

How much better it would be, instead, to keep your thyroid as strong as possible in the first place by adding foods to your diet that are rich in iodine. You could use iodized table salt, if you don't mind using a salt that is stripped of its minerals before the potassium iodate is sprayed on it. Sea salt is naturally rich in iodine without the over-processing issues.

Kelp has the largest amount of iodine in it of all the natural foods on this planet. Basically, kelp is a seaweed vegetable that is not especially palatable in raw form. Most people take kelp supplements. But strawberries and yogurt are very palatable in any form and most people enjoy them with a spoon.

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