What foods should I eat if I have an underactive thyroid?

Natasha Turner, ND
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Some foods that can increase the activity of your thyroid include sources of vitamin A (sweet potato), iodine (seafood), tyrosine (low fat protein), and selenium (Brazil nuts). Watch naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, ND, share her suggestions. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To restart an underactive thyroid, turn to Dr. Oz’s Thyroid Power Combo of iodized salt and selenium-rich foods. Iodine is vital for healthy thyroid hormone production, and the essential mineral selenium may help decrease inflammation that can cause an underactive thyroid.

Today, many people use kosher salt or sea salt, but these salts do not contain iodine. To help maintain healthy thyroid function, reach for traditional iodized table salt when seasoning food.

Eat selenium-rich foods, such as:
  • Brazil nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Fish (halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon)
  • Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
  • Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork)
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
  • Whole grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)

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