More and more evidence — including a brand-new Duke University study — shows our “metabolism glands” take a beating in the modern world. In fact, experts estimate that 40 million of us are in serious need of a thyroid boost. Dr. Oz to the rescue! His arsenal of science-backed secrets is proven to jumpstart a sluggish thyroid, “So you can burn more fat, feel more energized and wake up your metabolism like never before,” he recently promised on his website. How well do Dr. Oz’s salt detox tricks work? Women report using them to totally recharge their health report results as they shed a pound a day or more — with changes kicking in within seven days.
The Smart Salt
Dr. Oz has called iodine “the key ingredient you need for your thyroid.” We can’t make thyroid hormone without it — and that’s the reason it’s been added to table salt since the 1920s. But many of us don’t get enough of the nutrient. One reason: The popularity of gourmet salt (like kosher salt and sea salt) means up to 80 percent of what we shake on our food “no longer has iodine added to it,” Dr. Oz reported. Making matters worse, common toxins (which Duke scientists found hiding in most ordinary household dust) can prevent iodine from being absorbed. Luckily, adding a little “ordinary” salt back into your diet is typically all it takes to restore production of thyroid hormones. Dr. Oz’s Rx: “A pinch of iodized table salt every day.”
Bonus: Selenium is another nutrient crucial to thyroid function, helping activate thyroid hormone. Dr. Holtorf says there’s even evidence it helps fight autoimmune thyroid conditions. The best source? Brazil nuts. That’s why Dr. Oz’s recently tweeted: “Eat two Brazil nuts a day for thyroid health.”
Success Made Simple
While iodized salt gets to work reviving the thyroid, Dr. Oz says a few dietary tweaks can further help. “One thing you need every morning is 30 grams of protein to fire up your thyroid,” Dr. Oz said. Eggs and turkey sausage or a smoothie with protein powder will do the trick nicely. Protein is a building block of thyroid hormones — and a high-protein breakfast has been shown to increase levels of thyroid hormone. It also helps keep hunger and cravings down all day.
You’ll also want to skip foods that are a drain on the thyroid. When Dr. Oz’s daughter Zoe developed thyroid issues, her dad, author of the bestseller Food Can Fix It, coached her to trade foods that are often highly inflammatory — like ultra-processed fare, wheat and dairy — for foods with strong anti-inflammatory properties (like veggies, fruit, nuts, beans, gluten-free whole grains and seafood, spices, and healthy fats). Turns out, inflammatory foods trigger the release of hormones that block thyroid function. As inflammation subsides, thyroid hormones perk up nicely, boosting calorie burn by about 500 calories a day for a typical woman.
More proof it works: Diagnosed with a slow thyroid, “I was gaining weight and exhausted even after 14 hours of sleep,” recalls Larisa Hull, 38. “It was like always having mono.” After changing doctors, she finally got medication that restored her energy, “but I only lost a little weight, so I started researching.” The Ohio mom switched to an anti-inflammatory diet, making sure to get plenty of iodine and selenium. She never looked back. “I’ve kept off 46 pounds for five years with no stress about portions,” she says. “I just stick to foods that do good things for my body — and it changed my life. I feel normal again!”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Detox Your Way (Buy on Amazon, $12.99).