How Selenium Can Help You Shed Pounds

Shrimp - high in Selenium

 One source of weight gain may have little to do with overeating or lacking exercise. Rather, it could be your thyroid that's to blame. The thyroid is a large, ductless gland in the neck that controls the controlling the release of hormones that affect how fat, protein and carbohydrates are used in the body. When your thyroid fails to make and release enough of these hormones, one of multiple symptoms can be otherwise unexplained weight gain.


Among the best ways to ensure a healthy thyroid is by adopting a diet that provides adequate daily intake of selenium, a trace mineral that the body uses to regulate thyroid function. A healthy adult needs about 55 micrograms of selenium a day. To that end, Metabolic Research Center offers this list of food items that are good, better and best sources of selenium.




  • Brown rice

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Sesame seeds

  • Cow's milk

  • Flax seeds

  • Cabbage

  • Spinach

  • Garlic

  • Broccoli

  • Swiss chard




  • Turkey

  • Chicken

  • Lamb

  • Scallops

  • Beef

  • Barley

  • Tofu

  • Eggs




  • Tuna

  • Shrimp

  • Sardines

  • Salmon

  • Cod

  • Crimini mushrooms

  • Shiitake mushrooms

  • Asparagus

  • Mustard seeds



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MRC of Vancouver started me going in my attempt to loose 30 years of weight gain!! I have been using their program for about 18 months and have actually lost 30 pounds. I have changed the way I eat. I've learned what foods are best for ME. By analyzing my DNA and hormones, they helped me learn to eat what was right for me. I have "tweeked" my purchases and preparation of food to make eating healthy and still fun for me. I eat lots of veggies and salads and include a healthy diet of protein. These are very satisfying. Do I "cheat" now and then? Yes, but I don't like how I feel after eating sugar and lots of carbs so I return to my good foods quickly and continue to see my weight drop. I walk my little dog four times a day and have a part-time job that allows me a lot of movement. I feel so healthy and wonderful. It's easy to continue to eat and live a more healthy lifestyle! When I confessed about eating the wrong "foods", the gals simply encouraged me and gave me fresh ideas to satisfy my taste buds. I always felt I could be honest during my consultations with no fear of being lectured! I plan to continue until I reach my desired weight. I expect to reach my goal by 2017. After I reach my weight goal, I plan to remain in good health with my new found healthy way of eating the calories I need to maintain my proper weight. My Dr. is very pleased at my progress. She wondered how I have lost 30 pounds.

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