Ever wondered why hair started to grow on strange places. Little by little, like never before you will start noticing strange hair on your back, on your thighs… Somehow your stomach is always bloated.
These little things that creep up on you and that you keep writing them of on getting old. Well that’s usually a sigh of a hormonal disbalance problem which unfortunately is a highly neglected health issue. For instance weight gain as well as dry peeling nails and skin, slower impulses and cognitive abilities, fatigue, fluid retention, hair loss, constipation could very well be a sign of a thyroid problem such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid is a butterfly like shaped gland located near the vocal chords which is responsible for creating hormones that control our metabolism. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) occurs if a person has a low level of thyroid hormone, while hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) occurs if hormones are being overproduced.
So who is the usual culprit that is causing these problems?
Surprise, surprise its good old stress that we endure every single day, plus a pair of nutrient deficiencies like selenium and iodine deficiency and few environmental factors. The sad part is that millions of people have a thyroid problem without even knowing and by simply improving their diet they would be a lot healthier. If you suspect that you might be experiencing a problem of this sort, a simple blood test can put your mind at ease. So, when dealing with such health problems, smoothies can be quite helpful.
We here at I love smoothies, are strong, practically obsessed believers that food in general can have curable benefits. It really isn’t nuclear physics, smoothies can be packed with the much needed Nutrients and they are a lot easier to digest and consume. That’s why today, we want to bring to your attention a few pointers on how to create recipes for these health issues and share with you two of our very own smoothie recipes for your diet against thyroid problems!
First and foremost, there is a sea of smoothie recipes. So, when trying out different recipes, opt for berries such as raspberries and strawberries, or try spinach, bananas, ginger, pineapple, mango, romaine lettuce, coconut milk, green tea, cinnamon, cayenne, nonfat yogurt, cantaloupe, spinach or apples. While for those with overactive thyroid, pumpkin seeds, raisins, green sprouts, kale, cauliflower, seaweed, radishes, coconut oil and any cruciferous vegetables, come highly recommended when making a smoothie.
Caution is advised when selecting the ingredients for your smoothie because a wrong piece of fruit can leave you with a bigger problem than you already have.
Soy is one of the foods you should avoid if you have a thyroid problem, as it affects hormones by slowing down their production and development. If your thyroid becomes underactive, do avoid Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, mustard greens, pears, almonds and kale. However, keep in mind not to fully cut these foods out of your diet.
Here are our smoothie recipes:
For hypothyroid (underactive thyroid)
• ½ cucumber
• 1 carrot
• 1 tsp. olive oil
• 1 cup green tea
• Handful of walnuts
For hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
• 2 leaves kale
• 1 banana
• ½ mango and ½ papaya
• 1 cup of water
Mix together in a blender and enjoy every sip for breakfast, snack or lunch!