Deficient Selenium levels in your body may be the reason your experiencing thyroid issues!
A healthy thyroid is essential for the maintenance of overall health. Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, more specifically Hashimoto’s, are becoming increasingly common.
Efficient thyroid function, including hormone synthesis and metabolism, protection of the thyroid gland, and immune efficacy are all benefits of having adequate Selenium stores. Although Selenium deficiency is not considered to be common in healthy adults, it is often an issue for those suffering from digestive health issues (resulting in poor nutrient absorption) and individuals with chronic inflammatory conditions.
It is an accepted belief that Selenium deficiency itself does not cause illness, but that the body becomes more susceptible to illness caused by other nutritional, biochemical, and infectious stresses as a result of its role in immune function.
Selenium has a significant impact on inflammatory activity in thyroid-related autoimmune disease. Reducing this inflammation may reduce damage to thyroid tissue. Selenium increases glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase activity and decreases toxic concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and lipid hydroperoxides which result from thyroid hormone synthesis.
Selenium is necessary for the conversion of T4 to T3. This is very important because T3 is the active form of the thyroid hormone and low T3 can result in hypothyroid symptoms. In severe selenium deficiency this conversion is impaired which increases hypothyroid symptoms.
One of the best ways to increase your Selenium intake is with Brazil Nut Milk!
Commonly known for being high in selenium, Brazil nuts also offer thiamin (vitamin B1, which supports a healthy nervous system), phosphorus, and magnesium! Brazil nuts are very high in fat so have a rich taste and create an amazingly creamy nut milk. Follow this simple recipe for delicious and nutritious Brazil nut milk.
(Makes 3 Cups)
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