Tired? Stressed? Can’t lose weight? You’re not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering a chronic, undiagnosed health issue. It’s called hypothyroidism: a condition that pumps the brakes on your metabolism because the master gland—your thyroid—isn’t functioning at its prime.
Your thyroid is an unassuming butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that secretes all-important hormones that control major bodily functions, including how you digest food and use energy. When your thyroid slows down, everything slows down; hence the fatigue and weight gain when it does.
Many things can put you at risk for a sluggish thyroid, some of which you cannot control, like family history. Fortunately, you can control how and what you eat. And new research shows certain foods have proven potential in helping to improve thyroid health and boost the effectiveness of your metabolism master. Here’s 25 of them: