Nutrition for
Thyroid health

Feeling tired? Your thyroid may be the problem…

Nutrition for Thyroid Health

The thyroid is a small gland at the base of the throat. It produces thyroid hormones which have many important functions in our body including:

– Regulating our metabolism

– Influencing growth and development

– Impacting heart, muscle and digestive function

– Critical roles in brain development and bone health

Can your diet influence your thyroid function?

Yes! Many different factors can influence our thyroid function including adequate amounts of certain nutrients. Here are some important nutrients when it comes to thyroid health:

1. Iodine: getting enough iodine can be tricky and many Australians do not get enough as our soils are a little low in this mineral. Iodine rich foods include: iodised salt, seafood, seaweed, dairy, bread with iodised salt.

2. Vitamin D: this nutrient is activated in our skin by exposure to the sun. It is hard to get enough vitamin D through foods but eggs, oily fish and dairy are some decent sources. If you don’t get much sun it could be worth getting your vitamin D levels checked particularly after winter.

3. Selenium: this mineral is necessary for thyroid hormone production. It is found in meat, fish, eggs, seafood, nuts (particularly brazil nuts) and beans.

4. Carbohydrates: the body needs glucose to make thyroid hormones. Following a very low carbohydrate diet may impact thyroid function.

The above list is not comprehensive – there are many other nutrients that play a role in thyroid function. If you are concerned about your thyroid health your GP can arrange a blood test.

Phoebe Starling
(Accredited Practising Dietitian)

An Accredited Practising Dietitian can support you in ensuring you diet is optimised for thyroid health.