Along with selenium and zinc, iron is essential for healthy thyroid hormone metabolism. Iron deficiencies and anemia hinder the production of thyroid hormones and can slow down your metabolism. Hypothyroidism is highly associated with iron deficiencies, making iron intake important for women with this thyroid condition.
Low levels of iron are commonly linked with constant fatigue, low red blood cell count, irritability, and mood swings. Fortunately, making sure you’re getting enough iron into your daily diet is relatively simple. Iron-rich foods include spinach, red meat, fortified cereals and breads, lentils, liver, and raisins. Clams, mussels, and oysters also contain high levels of iron, but these foods can also contain high levels of iodine.
For breakfast, think about adding a handful of raisins to your cold or hot cereal, or some spinach to your veggie omelet.