Keep Your Metabolism Running Optimally
What Nutrients Does the Thyroid Need?
The thyroid is dependent on iodine, our main food source is iodized salt. Those of you using sea salt are probably not getting the benefit of the iodine added to regular table salt. I recommend switching to iodized sea salt, available at most health food stores. Selenium, zinc and amino acids, especially tyrosine, are also crucial to healthy thyroid function. Excess mercury can be detrimental to thyroid function.
Adrenals and Metabolism
The adrenal glands are our stress glands and help the body cope in times of stress. They assist the thyroid hormone to function properly by enabling transfer of the hormone into the tissues where it works to increase metabolism. The adrenal glands need substantial amounts of vitamins B5, B6, C, potassium, magnesium and zinc especially while under stress.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid derived from safflower seeds. It helps reduce stored fat and increase lean muscle mass.
Exercise and Metabolism
Exercise can increase your metabolic rate for up to 15 hours afterward, so get off the couch and walk briskly, dance, go on the treadmill, do something active for 30 minutes 5-7 times per week.
Stress and Slow Metabolism
What people often refer to as a sluggish metabolism can be just the symptoms of excess stress – hands and feet get cold, they feel tired, can’t get going in the morning and they gain weight. Stress reduction through psychotherapy, exercise, yoga, tai chi and massage therapy can all help if stress is the problem.
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By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc,ND