Do you experience fatigue, muscle weakness or stiffness in your joints? Have you had trouble with unexplained weight gain, dry skin or thinning hair? These may be symptoms of hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland can’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone to keep your body running properly. The best medicine is prevention, ward off hypothyroidism with these 10 tips to support a healthy thyroid.
10 TIPS TO SUPPORT A HEALTHY THYROID
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Eliminate gluten from your diet! One in three patient’s with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are sensitive to gluten.
Selenium is essential to a healthy thyroid and the first thing I recommend for those with autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s. You can get 200mcg of selenium by eating 2-3 organic brazil nuts daily!
Wild caught fish, like salmon, supply ample omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for optimal thyroid function. If you don’t eat fish frequently, you can supplement with a high quality Omega3 supplement, like Thorne Research Omega Plus 2-3 caps daily.
Get plenty of sunlight to optimize your vitamin D levels and take 1000-2000IU daily of Vitamin D3, like Thorne Research D-1,000.
Herbs that support thyroid function include ashwaganda, eleuthero and other adrenal adaptogens. One of my favorite formulas is Gaia Herbs Thyroid Support.
Dandelion greens, carrots, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, and sweet potatoes are all rich sources of essential Vitamin A. I feel that goitrogens in moderation or sauteed, cooked or steamed are not a problem. The only caution is those who are using raw greens in large quantities for smoothies or juices, which can be a problem. There are so many benefits to these foods that, even in the case of hypothyroid, I would not recommend avoiding them entirely.
Use organic coconut oil in your cooking — it’s great for high heat cooking and sautéing many different meats and vegetables.
Filter your drinking water from chlorine and other harmful chemicals which suppress the thyroid and block iodine.
Find daily ways to detox, like using a sauna, taking epsom salt baths, adding chlorella, parsley, or cilantro to your daily smoothie to help your body detoxify from chemical exposures (petrochemicals, PCBs, pesticides, and mercury).
Work on lowering stress levels through daily gratitude, prayer, meditation, yoga, deep breathing!