Not too long ago, natural health guru JJ Smith dropped a pumpkin spice smoothie on The Dr Oz Show. Dr. Oz took a sip and exclaimed, “It’s like eating pumpkin pie!” As well as being delicious, the TV host also noted that the fall-flavored drink has several ingredients that “speed up your thyroid and fight weight gain.”
“Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin spice,” Smith added, “there are seasonal ingredients you’ll love that can do great things for your thyroid and waistline.”
The thyroid is a small gland hidden under the Adam’s apple that has a significant effect on the overall health of the body. A functioning thyroid regulates crucial functions like breathing and fat burning. “Eating for a healthy thyroid is just plain smart for everyone,” Smith says. “And smoothies make it easier. You load your blender with the best ingredients and prepare a meal in seconds.
What ingredients should you put in your smoothies for thyroid health?
Smith’s Green 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse is designed for effective and healthy fat loss. The plan requires replacing a meal with a vitamin-rich smoothie each day. The smoothie ingredients below are some of the most important.
Pumpkin rich in pectin
Like many fruits, pumpkin is rich in vitamin C, a thyroid booster that facilitates effective fat burning. Another key takeaway: “Pumpkins are full of fiber,” says Dr. Oz, including pectin, a gel-like soluble fiber that “catch” and expel up to 75% of thyroid-slowing toxins.
Bonus: pectin staves off hunger better than many diet pills and releases compounds that several studies show melt belly fat rapidly. Other main sources of pectin: apples, pears and bananas.
New research shows eat lots of protein-rich foods is strongly linked to the healthiest thyroid. It turns out that protein amino acids heal and strengthen delicate thyroid tissue. Smith is a fan of plant-based protein powder, which “mixes well into any smoothie.”
Super Nutritious Crunch
According to Dr. Oz, our the thyroid needs amino acids like the mineral tyrosine and selenium to thrive – and most of us don’t have enough. Add daily doses to your menus and you could see a substantial boost in your energy levels. Smith’s smoothie fix: Simply whisk together tyrosine-rich almond milk and selenium-rich pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and Brazil nuts.
Spices with kick
When a leading thyroid expert surveyed thousands of patients, most reported that additional spices significantly reduced symptoms of sluggish thyroid. Why? Studies confirm spices reduce inflammation that blocks the thyroid caused by sugar, toxins and other irritants. “Cinnamon and ginger, for example, are powerful natural anti-inflammatories,” Smith reveals.
Sweet and energetic greens
Research shows that there is a direct link between get enough zinc and have an energetic thyroid. That’s why Smith calls for the addition of leafy greens to most smoothies. Her favorite? “Baby spinach tastes nice, not bitter at all,” she shares. Avocado, berries and mango also provide a good dose of zinc.
What types of smoothies can you make for thyroid health?
Want to start? These thyroid-boosting smoothies can jump-start your journey. Always get your doctor’s approval to try a new diet and never stop a prescription unless your doctor advises you to.
AUTUMN RED POWER: Blitz 1⁄2 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 banana, 1 cup nut milk, 1 cup kale, and 1 tbsp flax.
GREEN APPLE CRISP: Blitz 1 diced apple, 1 banana, 2 cups spinach, 1⁄4 cup walnuts, 1 cup oat or nut milk, 1⁄4 cup oats, ice and a splash of vanilla and cinnamon.
RIPE PEAR: Blitz 1 cup frozen blackberries, 1 pear, 2 cups greens, 1 tbsp flax, 1 and 1⁄2 cups nut milk, a pinch of vanilla and ginger.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, World Woman.