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6 ways to speed-heal a sluggish thyroid and boost metabolism

 Frozen yogurt is so rich in iodine that just two servings provide the recommended 150 mcg per day. Photo: Pexels

(Melissa Gothardt/ Woman’s World) — Feeling tired lately? Notice your clothes feel a little snug? Hair getting a little thinner? A sluggish thyroid could be to blame. Fortunately, giving the small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck some much-needed nourishment could improve your mood, increase your energy and send your metabolism soaring.

Why does boosting your thyroid matter? The gland is heavily involved in nearly every bodily function, affecting your metabolism, energy, mood, heart rate, digestive function, body-temperature regulation, bone maintenance, brain function and so much more. That sounds impressive, yet “most people go their whole lives never thinking about their thyroid,” says nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, MD, author of Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health.

Research out of Italy reveals that optimizing your thyroid function can more than double fat burning. And in happy news, treating yourself to a few little indulgences, from delicious foods that heal your thyroid to feel-great activities that boost thyroid metabolism, is all it takes to give this hardworking gland a lift. (…)