I love protein…well I love food….no shocker there. Our last macronutrient, protein, is also important. I want to point out that it’s very important to understand that we have to balance the consumption of everything that we consume, whether it’s protein, carbs or fats.

Prior to deciding to jump into the next popular diet, talk to your diet about the implications of such things on your thyroid.

To start, I try to make sure I balance my meals with clean protein. If I do have animal protein, I get it from a local farmer. Does it cost more? Sure, but I know where my food comes from. Other times, I make sure that I buy organic sources of vegetable protein when I can. My husband has osteoarthritis and we follow a very strict menu over the month. We tried stem cell treatment for him and the doctor was very happy with the amount of cells that he was able to render, so we stuck with it!

When it comes to protein, you have to make sure that you’re limiting the amount of processing involved in your protein. The next time you’re at the store, look at a packaged product, whether it is in the refrigerator or frozen section…look at the amount of salt and saturated fat that your food label may contain. The American Heart Association recommends about 2300mg (or one teaspoon) salt per day and about 1500 mg for folks who are at risk, but sometimes some of our favorite foods can have 500mg of sodium or more! I challenge you…the next time you’re in the grocery store…look at the sodium and saturated fat on your food labels.

Lastly, what you want to remember is you have to have a balance….Too much protein or too little can create an imbalance in the body and can put too much stress on the body, which ultimately can wreak havoc in your thyroid gland.

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