By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
If this article peaked your interest, the chances are that you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Most likely, you have tried different medications and remedies to combat side effects from the thyroid disease. Nutrition and supplementation can play a significant role in your well-being and thyroid health. Hypothyroid means your thyroid is sluggish while hyperthyroid indicates it is too fast. Thyroid conditions such as Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are autoimmune.
The thyroid, immune system and brain depend on the mineral, selenium. If you think about it, brain fog is one of the most common symptoms of thyroid disease. The thyroid depends on selenium for the conversion process of T4 to T3. This transformation happens when the body synthesizes selenium into the selenoprotein called DIs (Iodothyronine deiodinases) which is also responsible for metabolic functions. Selenium is absorbed quickly in a healthy gut through food. The problem is that selenium rich produce depends on the soil and that varies from place to place or country. Another issue is that some thyroid diseases are autoimmune, and about 90 percent of the immune system is in the gut. Therefore, most AIT (autoimmune thyroid) people are gluten free, which means that most likely they are not consuming bread, pasta, cereals and other foods enhanced with selenium. This does not mean if you are gluten free you should reconsider! To add to this, most people with autoimmunity have a difficult time absorbing nutrients like selenium due to conditions like leaky gut. Before you go running to supplement with selenium, you should know that having too much selenium can cause just as much adverse health issues as having too little. Therefore it is of vital importance to have the right balance concerning selenium (and other nutrients too).
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