The Best and Worst Foods for Your Thyroid

Your thyroid is your body’s silent workhorse—most of the time, it functions so smoothly that we forget it’s there. But this little, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck helps regulate your metabolism, temperature, heartbeat, and more, and if it starts to go haywire, you’ll notice. An underactive thyroid—when the gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone (TH)—can bring on weight gain, sluggishness, depression, and increased sensitivity to cold. An overactive thyroid, on the other hand, happens when your body produces too much TH, and can cause sudden weight loss, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, and irritability.

Genetics, an autoimmune condition, stress, and environmental toxins can all mess with your thyroid—and so can your diet, one factor you can completely control. Here are the foods that may help keep your thyroid humming along, as well as some that won’t.

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12 Healthy Ways to Spice Up Your Morning Toast

Spread 1 slice of whole-grain toast with 1/2 small ripe avocado, mashed. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. sea salt and 1/8 tsp. black pepper.

Top it with:

1. Go Fish: Stir together 6 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar, 6 Tbsp. of water, 1 Tbsp. of honey, and 1 tsp. of sea salt. Stir in 1 cup of thinly sliced red onion. Let stand 20 minutes (or refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week). Top toast with flaked jarred tuna (such as Tonnino) + thin radish slices + pickled onion slices.

RELATED: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocado

2. Sweet Tart: Fresh grapefruit segments + pomegranate seeds + fresh cilantro leaves

3. Savory Strawberry: Sliced strawberries + chia seeds + small fresh basil leaves

4. Sesame Egg: Halved soft-boiled egg + Sriracha chile sauce + toasted sesame seeds

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The 13 Biggest Nutrition Discoveries of 2016

The truth about nutrition is always in flux. One day coffee is a carcinogen, the next it’s a potent antioxidant. Carbs used to be the devil, now (the right kinds) are the staple of a well-balanced diet.

What’s healthy seems to change regularly, and 2016 was no exception, which is why we’re looking back at the biggest nutrition discoveries of the year.

To recap: Remember how we all suffered from serious false hope when butter was said to be healthy? (That is, until another study quickly squashed that dream and confirmed that saturated fats have been and always will be bad for us…sigh). Or that time we gasped when we learned that in addition to being ineffective, dietary supplements may be flat-out fatal? How about the happy dance we did when our nut butter obsession was deemed a-ok?

In case you missed these important health moments, we’ve rounded them up for you. Read on for the Cliff’s Notes versions of the biggest nutrition lessons we learned in 2016.  

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53 Vegetarian Recipes We Love

Tempeh, a soybean-based food, is an excellent source of protein (this dish contains 14 grams!). And because of its mild, slightly nutty taste, tempeh absorbs the flavors of the dish without overpowering it.

Ingredients: Tempeh, pineapple juice, low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice, cumin, canola oil, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, whole-wheat tortillas, chipotle salsa

Calories: 259

Try this recipe: Tempeh Fajitas

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