Spring is a time for caterpillars to transform into beautiful creatures that flirt with gravity. A little butterfly lives inside of us. Specifically, inside your neck: your thyroid. This little butterfly-shaped organ needs a cocoon nourished by nutritional, environmental and lifestyle comfort.

When this butterfly is wounded, flying and Lithing are difficult.

Thyroid disorders, including cancer, are among the fastest growing health concerns for women today. Fatigue, depression, and joint pain are some common symptoms of thyroid disorders that can accelerate a vicious cycle as exercise and self-care become increasingly taxing. But, a little bit of spring-cleaning can brighten up your cocoon.

Through diet, an environmental detox, and a major lifestyle change, I was able to reverse my July 2010 hypothyroid diagnosis and restore my thyroid. Here are the three food groups I used during this time and will support your thyroid, even if you are already on medication.

  1. Iodine: Sea vegetable like nori (found in sushi), wakame (found in miso soup) and kelp (great salt replacer)
  2. Zinc: pumpkin and sesame seeds
  3. Selenium: Brazilian nuts

With these cozy additions to your cocoon, you’ll be on pace with the Lithe butterfly.

Ali Shapiro is an author, regular NBC 10! Show contributor and health counselor. To sign-up for her newsletter, click here.

Image of Ali Shapiro via Ali and Lither, Jaclyn Obeso wearing Lithe's Ultra Support Performance Bra & Lace Insert Leggings via Dom


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