Thyroid gland improved functioning through proper nutrition

Many people these days are concerned about their their health and wellness especially when they experience low fitness levels and are generally unaware of how important the thyroid gland is in regulating body metabolism.

healthThe butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located on both sides of the base of the neck, produces the thyroid hormone T3.

These hormones are thought to affect practically all the cells in the body and the effects of T3 include the stimulation of metabolism, growth and development. This means that the body’s energy levels, temperature and the proper function of all its organs and tissues depend on normal T3 function.

Environmental factors and the poor quality of the food we eat, especially when a diet consists largely of processed foods, causes the thyroid gland to dysfunction, adversely affecting the body’s metabolism. The trouble is that overly processed foods are lacking in the nutrients important for optimizing your T3 levels, proper thyroid function and general health.

Here are the 3 best ways to increase T3 levels…according to a well known nutrition expert:-

1. Eat enough calories.

When people go low cal, they often drop their calories way too low. When your body doesn’t think it’s getting enough food, it lowers its metabolism in order to more efficiently use the food it’s receiving.

So, if you cut calories too much, you actually condition your body to hold on to body fat for “survival.” Make sure you consume enough calories – no less than 1200 for women and at least 1800 for men (though for most, 1600 and 2100 are more appropriate minimums).

2. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

In addition to getting enough calories, make sure the foods you choose are rich in nutrients. The efficiency of T3 is impaired if you aren’t feeding your body what it needs to produce it. Selenium, Iodine, and Zinc are required for the production of T3.


Selenium is a trace mineral that is used by the thyroid to produce T3. Foods rich in dietary selenium include: nuts, seeds, meat, oats, and most all seafood.

Iodine is also a trace mineral that is required for T3 production. Food containing iodine include: shellfish, beans, sesame seeds, seafood, spinach, seaweed or kelp, and squash.

Zinc is another trace mineral that is needed for endocrine glands to signal to the thyroid to produce T3. Zinc is in these foods: crab, dairy, chicken, turkey, nuts, beef, and beans.

3. Take a whole-foods based multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.

If you have trouble getting Selenium, Iodine, and Zinc from food, a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement would be beneficial. Look for a supplement that has 50 mcg of Selenium, 150 mcg of Iodine, and 11 mg of Zinc.


Great advice which should enable you to increase fitness levels and contribute to your overall health and wellness

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James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia,6057