Best foods to eat to kick-start a sluggish thyroid

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by: PF Louis
Tags: thyroid, foods, remedies

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
(NaturalNews) If you feel sluggish, tired or depressed often with some difficulty losing weight no matter what you try, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism, or simply a sluggish thyroid. It's estimated that at least five percent of the population suffers from hypothyroidism.

Hormones from the thyroid gland, located in the throat, regulate other glandular functions that ultimately regulate digestion and metabolism rates. Too much thyroid hormone production results in hyperthyroidism, resulting in anxiety and insomnia among other symptoms. But for now, the focus is a sluggish thyroid.

Thyroid functions can be tested with a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test along with T3 and T4 testing. T4 is considered a prohormone or hormone enhancer, while T3 is the biochemically active thyroid hormone, much of which is produced by converting T4.

A thyroid antibody test is also suggested to ensure there is any thyroid dysfunction is not from an autoimmune disease, such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto thyroiditis. Of course, it's your call if you wish to attempt addressing symptoms without testing.

The common nutritional deficiency behind most hypothyroidism is insufficient iodine. The low levels of this mineral in the American diet created recommendations of adding iodine to table salt, and almost everywhere you read the message remains not to worry, iodized salt will take care of your iodine needs.

Ironically, the following excerpt appears in an article entitled "Why Iodine is Added to Salt."

According to a study done at the University of Texas, about 47 percent of major salt manufacturers no longer put enough iodine in their salt to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended levels.

Additionally, iodine added to salt has a relatively short shelf life and diminishes over time when exposed to air and humidity. So forget using lots of toxic, processed table salt for iodine. It's a bit like eating enriched white bread for nutritional benefits. Stay with non-toxic unprocessed sea salts and eat iodine rich foods and/or use iodine supplements.

Some foods that are naturally iodine rich

Shell fish contain high amounts of iodine. But shellfish sources need to be scrutinized closely before purchasing and consuming. Areas of the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, both traditionally high sources of tasty shellfish, have been contaminated more than usual over the last few years.

Seaweeds, such as Kelp are iodine rich. Kelp can be taken as supplement tablets if you don't enjoy the taste of seaweed. Brown seaweed, which can also be taken in extract forms, has many other benefits in addition to iodine nutrition. Again, beware of the geographical sources.

Coconut oil can be used for cooking or in baking, or simply taken as a supplement with one or two spoonfuls a day. It should be organic, cold pressed virgin coconut oil for optimum benefits, which include preventing or even reversing Alzheimer's disease. (

Other helpful foods include organic butter, especially ghee, egg yolks, and cod liver oil. Yes, fats are good for thyroid health.

Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salts that are not processed and contain some natural iodine. Beware, all salt is originally from the sea. So even health food stores that sell products labeled sea salt may be pushing toxic, processed salt.

Avoid non-fermented soy products. They can be harmful to thyroid health and more. Fermented non-GMO organic soy sauce is okay. Actually, all fermented foods have both thyroid and probiotic benefits. So enjoy them often.

As with anything, don't overdo iodine rich foods or iodine supplements to possibly create hyperthyroidism or a thyroid based autoimmune disease. On the other hand, the upper limits of iodine for toxicity are quite high.

Sources for this article include:

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Thyroid at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.