The thyroid gland is a small organ that does great work in our organism. Weighing only 20 grams, it is essentially responsible for our mood and weight. Hormones are formed in the thyroid gland that control such important bodily functions as metabolism, growth of the organism, digestion, etc. With certain foods and nutrients, you can usefully support this small organ in the neck in its work and thus prevent thyroid diseases.
Diseases of the thyroid gland
Among the best-known diseases of the butterfly-shaped organ are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. If too many hormones are produced in the thyroid gland, it is called hyperthyroidism. This causes some processes in our organism to run at full speed. External signs such as excessive sweating, nervousness or weight loss can indicate this. In addition, hyperthyroidism increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
In contrast to hyperthyroidism, when the thyroid gland is underactive (hypothyroidism), not enough hormones are produced. This delays all metabolic processes in the organism and makes us tired and listless. In addition, in this case we often put on weight, even though nothing has changed in terms of diet and exercise. In short: The under-functioning of our butterfly-shaped organ makes us fat and unhappy.
Hypothyroidism affects women five times more often than men. However, most of them do not know that they suffer from it. The symptoms are quite unspecific. Many freeze despite warm temperatures or suffer from poor performance and cannot concentrate properly. Those who are dieting are surprised that the weight tends to go up.
However, with the right diet you can make a difference and support the work of your thyroid.
Trace elements for the thyroid gland
A thyroid gland that works well needs a regular supply of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
The most important trace element for the thyroid gland is iodine. It is a component of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, which is why it is so important for a well-functioning metabolism. Without iodine, therefore, there is no thyroid hormone. Our body cannot produce this trace element itself and can only store it to a limited extent. For this reason, it must be taken in regularly through food. Since Germany is still an iodine-deficient country, we must pay particular attention to sufficient iodine intake.
A good helper of iodine is selenium. The trace element contributes to the formation of thyroid hormones. It is also an antioxidant that promotes the development of healthy cells. In addition to iodine and selenium, iron also plays an important role. An iron deficiency slows down the thyroid gland metabolism and can cause an underactivity of the organ.
Vitamins for the thyroid gland
Important vitamins for the thyroid are A, B12 and D. Vitamin A helps to release the TSH hormone. The hormone is responsible for such important functions in the organism as the absorption of iodine, blood flow and growth of the thyroid gland and the formation of thyroid hormones.
Vitamin D has a great influence on bone formation, the immune system and the development of cells in our organism. The need for the sun vitamin can usually be covered by the body's own production. However, its reserves cannot be filled through diet alone. An additional intake often makes sense.
Vitamin B 12 ensures that our nerves remain strong. It is also involved in cell division and blood formation. Our body cannot produce this vitamin itself. It is therefore not possible to cover the entire vitamin D requirement through diet alone. Therefore, this vitamin should also be taken in addition.
Food for a well-functioning thyroid gland
Except for vitamins B12 and D, we can take in other vitamins and trace elements that are important for the thyroid gland in sufficient quantities through food.
Really good helpers for our thyroid are fish products. They contain iodine and selenium. Sea fish, algae and seafood in particular have a lot of this trace element. However, caution is advised with algae: Some types of algae contain too much iodine and should therefore only be consumed in moderation. Iodine-rich fish varieties are haddock, salmon or cod.
Besides fish, eggs are also good for the thyroid gland. They contain selenium, iodine and vitamin B12. The nerve vitamin is also supplied by milk and dairy products, which can be easily integrated into the diet with a little yoghurt for breakfast.
Of course, some vegetables provide good vitamins and trace elements that support our butterfly-shaped organ. Cabbage (broccoli, white cabbage) as well as onion vegetables (onions, garlic), but also Brazil nuts and lentils are good suppliers of selenium. Broccoli, spinach and mushrooms with their high content of vitamin C and iron also support the work of the thyroid gland.
Whole grain products and legumes provide the organism with zinc, iron and selenium and should therefore be on the menu every week.
Pumpkin seeds, cashews and peanuts are also a really good source of iodine. Other types of nuts, such as walnuts, peanuts and Brazil nuts are rich in zinc and selenium.
Our BeautyNorm preparation contains vitamins and trace elements that are important for your thyroid: In addition to the B12 and D vitamins mentioned above, you will also find A, E and C in the preparation. Furthermore, BeautyNorm is rich in selenium. Thanks to the unique combination of these vitamins with signal molecules (cell peptides), the preparation supports fat burning and helps you to achieve your feel-good weight in a natural way.