If you suffer from hypothyroidism – otherwise known as an ‘underactive thyroid’ – then you will know how debilitating and frustrating this condition can be.
Here is some more information about hypothyroidism, and how sea vegetables can help improve thyroid function.
What is hypothyroidism?
The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck – is responsible for producing two types of hormones: thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine.
Thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine are both incredibly important for our overall health and wellbeing – together, they help to regulate metabolism, hormones and energy expenditure. Those suffering from hypothyroidism tend to feel sluggish, slow and heavy.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid ‘slows down’ and fails to secrete adequate amounts of these hormones, putting strain on the gland and on the body itself.
Some other common symptoms include lack of energy and fatigue, sensitivity to the cold, depression, weight gain, thinning hair, dry skin, constipation and muscle weakness.
One of the most common causes of hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, which is becoming very common in our modern world.
For example, two common chemicals in our tap water, fluoride and chlorine, rob our body of iodine. And our soils are now minerally deplete, further contributing to our iodine, mineral deficiency.
To counteract this, it’s important to always drink filtered tap water and supplement your diet with plenty of iodine-rich foods.
And one of these options is as simple as adding sea vegetables into your diet.
How can sea vegetables help?
Sea vegetables such as Kelp, Dulse, Arame and Wakame are all high in iodine, making them a great source of this important trace mineral.
Sea vegetables also contain over 56 essential trace elements and minerals, including iron, potassium and magnesium, that our bodies need and are sadly lacking now due to our modern environment and the factors outlined above. These trace elements and minerals help reverse mineral deficiencies and acidic blood. They are also detoxifying, are anti-inflammatory and boost your immune system.
They are perfect to include in your daily diet – add these vegetables to your salads or to your morning green smoothie or juice.
Most types are available in powder form, making it even easier to make them a regular part of your diet.
Do you struggle with thyroid issues? Has eating raw and including more iodine in your diet helped you on your journey to wellness? Please share your story below – I’d love to hear from you!