Wednesday, November 5, 2008

KEEP YOUR THYROID HEALTHY

Eat foods that are high in iodine to promote normal function of the thyroid gland. I have patients who have had a nodule on their thyroid and ate food that were high in iodine and their thyroid nodule decreased in size significantly. I just had a patient today who is so thankful that I told her to eat seaweed (1 heaping teaspoon daily of Wakame dry seaweed available at whole foods,soak it in water for a few minutes until it is soft; eat it straight or put it in soup). Her nodule decreased from 3.5 cm to 1.5 cm in 3 months. Her Doctor said it's amazing and thank G-d it is completely benign. She is going to keep eating foods with Iodine to try to decrease it more. Please consult with an endocrinologist to provide you with complete medical treatment for any thyroid dysfunction.

Dietary sources of Iodine:

Cod
Cod-liver oil
Haddock
Herring
Lobster
Oysters
Salmon, canned (try to get wild alaskan canned salmon-available at Trader Joe's and health food stores)
Salt, table (iodized) and sea salt
Seaweed (dried seaweed-available at whole foods or any healthfood store-soak a heaping teaspoon in water for a few minutes in a cup then eat it as a vegetable plain or add some flavor to it, e.g., with Bragg's Liquid Aminos (great soy sauce replacement that is low in sodium)or add the seaweed to soup http://www.homenaturalsinc.com/Eden-Wakame-Seaweed-Sea-Vegetables-washed/M/B0019JPH4A.htm?utm_campaign=froogle&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=froogleShrimp
Sunflower seeds


Benefits of Iodine:
Iodine helps shrink the thyroid prior to thyroid surgery.
Keeps skin, hair, neails healthy.
Protects thyroid gland after accidental exposure to radiation.
Prevents goiter.

Reference: Complete Guide to Vitamins Minerals And Supplements (H. Winter Griffith, M.D.)

Optimal Health To You,

Your Livitician,
Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD
(Please contact me if you have any questions: deborah@livitician.com)

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