Have you been feeling exhausted lately? Or maybe you've been steadily gaining weight for no apparent reason? Believe it or not, these seemingly random symptoms are just a few signs of a potential thyroid issue.
Our thyroids are important hormone glands that affect nearly every metabolic function in our bodies. As a result, it’s no wonder that thyroid issues can have a huge negative impact on daily life and can be seem nearly impossible to live with. Hyperthyroidism is one example of these issues; it occurs when there’s an overproduction of thyroid hormones, while hypothyroidism is the underproduction of these hormones. These health problems can be caused by a plethora of conditions including some diseases and disorders, but they can also result from some less obvious issues like inflammation.
Some signs of an under-active thyroid include fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, muscle and joint pain, and poor concentration or memory. On the other hand, an overactive thyroid can cause anxiety, weight loss, pounding heart, and shaking. Neither of these conditions is favorable, which is why we’ve turned to superfoods to help ease the symptoms associated with thyroid issues and support your overall wellbeing. That being said, if you suspect an under-active or overactive thyroid, always consult a physician to order lab tests and get to the bottom of what’s really going on!
Spirulina powder is a natural source of iodine and potassium iodide, which is an essential chemical element for good thyroid function. Iodine deficient diets have actually been shown to lead to d goiter, the swelling of the thyroid. Some people choose to avoid taking iodine supplements as too much iodine in our systems can have additional health risks. But fear not! Our spirulina powder is absorbed more slowly and safely than synthetic sources of iodine, so you’ll get just the amount you need. Plus, spirulina powder has been shown to aid in fatigue, memory loss, and inflammation. In other words, while you’re strengthening your thyroid, you’ll also be recovering from the symptoms it’s caused you in the past!
In addition to spirulina powder, our greenpower mix powder is extremely beneficial for individuals with thyroid issues because it contains organic dulse leaf powder, which is often used as a medicinal herb to remove parasites from the intestines. Like spirulina powder, dulse leaf powder is a natural source of iodine, and it has been shown to facilitate weight loss by reducing food cravings.
Not sure how to incorporate these powders into your diet? Here’s a smoothie recipe we love! Feel free to use spirulina powder, greenpower mix, or both! Just be sure to follow the recommended serving size to keep your iodine intake at a health level.
Green Goddess Smoothie
- 1 cup organic almond or coconut milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 tablespoon of your favorite green powder
- 1 handful organic spinach
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
1. Place all ingredients in blender.
2. Blend, pour into a tall glass, and enjoy.
In addition to including these superfoods in your diet, you may also find relief from thyroid issues by getting plenty of sleep, avoiding stress, and making sure you’re getting all of your essential vitamins and minerals (superfoods are great for that, too, but you get the gist). Heal up, and enjoy the process of getting better with superfoods!