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Fight Fat by Speeding Up Your Sluggish Thyroid

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Do you do all of the right things, but just cannot seem to lose any weight? According to Dr. Oz, one of the things that could be a speed bump against your efforts to fight fat and lose weight could be a hormonal deficiency that can be remedied with some simple foods.

“It’s tiny, but it may be the reason why you can’t lose weight,” says Dr. Oz as he reveals to viewers 4 ways to speed up your sluggish thyroid and begin to feel more energetic and begin to lose body fat.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located at the base of the neck that produces a number of thyroid hormones of which one is called “Thyroxine” or “T4.” The thyroid is of special importance in running your body like a well-oiled machine, especially due to its primary job of regulating your cellular metabolism. If your thyroid is sluggish, then so will be your metabolism; and as a result, you will experience weight gain and difficulty in getting it off.

To determine whether or not you may have a sluggish thyroid, Dr. Oz tells viewers to look for the following common symptoms that can indicate that your thyroid is not working as well as it should:

• Fatigue

• Weight gain

• Cold Sensitivity

• Brittle skin, hair and nails

• Constipation

“Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a sluggish thyroid. But if you have 3 or 4 or more of them, then that’s a big issue with me,” says Dr. Oz.

To help viewers who may suspect that they have a thyroid that is slower than it should be, but do not exhibit all of the aforementioned signs of having a sluggish thyroid, he recommends the following 4 sluggish thyroid boosters you can take at home:

Sluggish Thyroid Booster #1: Dulse Flakes

Dr. Oz tells viewers that Dulse Flakes are little bits of seaweed that are packed full of iodine—an essential element the body needs to maintain a healthy thyroid gland. One of the great things about Dulse flakes is that they carry a little bit of a salty taste to them and can be added to your popcorn as an alternative to adding regular table salt; and therefore, is a healthy and tasty way to make sure that you are getting enough iodine in your diet.

“It’s actually a tiny fraction of salt found in salt,” says Dr. Oz Dr. Oz as he recommends eating 2 tablespoons of Dulse flakes per day.

Sluggish Thyroid Booster #2: Miso Soup

“It [Miso soup] has a lot of zinc in it. Zinc is iodine’s sidekick—it’s the Robin to the Batman of iodine,” says Dr. Oz who explains that iodine and zinc work together to increase thyroid hormone production.

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Easy Miso Soup

On simple recipe for making Miso soup at home requires adding to 3 cups of very hot water:

• 3 tablespoons of Miso bean paste.

• 1 small packet of fish stock granules (about a teaspoon’s worth if available only in a large package).

• 1 chopped green onion

• 1 small thinly sliced carrot

• 4 thinly sliced shitake mushrooms

• 1 package of soft tofu cut into small cubes (Tofu added only if you want to make the miso a bigger dish for dinner).

Allow ingredients to simmer in pot for 30 minutes and then serve.

If you do not want to make Miso soup from scratch at home, you can buy it in small packages of instant Miso at the grocery store; however, be mindful of the salt content as some brands are excessively high in their salt content.

Sluggish Thyroid Booster #3: Vitamin A Foods

“Vitamin A is sort of cool—too much or too little thyroid function is not good for you. You want just the right amount—it’s the Goldilocks principle,” says Dr. Oz as he explains to viewers that foods rich in vitamin A can help rev up your thyroid just enough to get it functioning at a good level.

Daily sources of vitamin A include ½ cup of sweet potatoes or 2 and ½ cups of diced cantaloupe.

Sluggish Thyroid Booster #4: Brazil Nuts

“They [Brazil nuts] are probably the single richest source of selenium,” says Dr. Oz. According to Dr. Oz, eating just two Brazil nuts a day will provide enough selenium to assist proper normal thyroid functioning.

For an informative mirror test you can do at home to determine whether you may have a thyroid problem, click-on the titled link, “Look in Your Mirror for This One Cause of Weight Gain Advises Dr. Oz.”

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show



I really need help! I have 4 out of the above symptoms - only one I don't have really is sensivity to cold, or at least I don't notice it I've been to my gp who says I'm working out too much but I've been doing this regime for 3 years and this is the second time I've had these symptoms. The previous time my thyroid level was just below normal but he said I didn't need treatment, after a few weeks of chronic fatigue it started to ease off and I was back to myself again, it's happened again now and I've had bloods done, my go says they are within normal limits. I am so frustrated and lost! My libido is affected and the tiredness is awful, esp after I eat, even if it's a small meal. I'm afraid to drive for long distances as I get so tired after half an hour, thank god for coffee. Can anyone help me please?