Your Thyroid and Your Metabolism

Did you know that your thyroid gland is what regulates your metabolism – the rate at which you BURN ENERGY?

People with thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism, are usually lacking Triiodothyronine (T3), making it very difficult to lose weight. T3 regulates fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism, so it’s a very important hormone
for fat loss.

Here are the 3 best ways to increase T3 levels. . .

1. Eat enough calories. When people go on a diet, they often drop their calories way too low. When your body doesn’t think it’s getting enough food, it lowers its metabolism in order to more efficiently use the food it’s receiving.

So, if you go on too drastic of a diet, you actually condition your body to hold on to body fat for “survival.” Make sure you consume enough calories – no less than 1200 for women and at least 1800 for men (though for most, 1600
and 2100 are more appropriate minimums….but the more muscle you have the MORE you need to eat).

2. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. In addition to getting enough calories, make sure the foods you choose are rich in nutrients. The efficiency of T3 is impaired if you aren’t feeding your body what it needs to produce it.
Selenium, Iodine, and Zinc are required for the production of T3.

Selenium is a trace mineral that is used by the thyroid to produce T3.
Foods rich in dietary selenium include: nuts, seeds, bran, oats, and
most all seafood.

Iodine is also a trace mineral that is required for T3 production. Foods
containing iodine include: shellfish, beans, sesame seeds, soybeans,
spinach, and squash.

Zinc is another trace mineral that is needed for endocrine glands to
signal to the thyroid to produce T3. Zinc is in these foods: crab, dairy,
chicken, turkey, nuts, and beans.

3. Take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. If you have trouble getting Selenium, Iodine, and Zinc from food, a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement would be beneficial. Look for a supplement that has 50 mcg of Selenium, 150
mcg of Iodine, and 11 mg of Zinc.

Due to environmental factors and other Metabolic Killers mentioned above your metabolism could be sabotaging your body and making you fatter.