In this post, I’m continuing to focus on thyroid health. Earlier in the month we covered the effect of toxins and food sensitivities on your thyroid (if you missed those, let me know!). Today I want to talk to you about an important mineral that has a huge impact on your health: Selenium.
Not only does selenium protect us against many health problems associated with the aging process, but selenium is vitally important for thyroid function.
If you are deficient in selenium, your thyroid will have to work harder to produce its hormones, and your body will have more difficulty converting those hormones into a form that your cells can use. This is because selenium is a chief component of the molecules that are necessary for the body to be able to create and use thyroid hormones.
And selenium deficiency is becoming more and more common, for several reasons.
1. The concentration of selenium in our food sources depends on how much selenium is present in the soils where the food is produced. As our soils are getting more and more depleted, the concentrations in foods are decreasing.
2. It’s not just about how much selenium is in the food that you swallow – it’s how much selenium your body actually absorbs that matters. Our ability to absorb nutrients naturally diminishes as we age. And digestive issues (especially those related to chronic stress) inhibit the absorption of minerals.
My favorite way to get the selenium I need? Brazil nuts. They are rich in selenium. Just 2 nuts a day and you’re good to go.
Support your thyroid: try adding Brazil nuts to your routine.
Next week’s email will wrap up our focus on thyroid health. I’ve saved the most impactful factor for last! (of course)
Until then, enjoy your Brazil nuts!