So many of my clients suffer with thyroid problems and many are already on medications such as Synthroid to help it function. It is clearly a big issue that affects many. But are we going about it the right way?
The first misconception is believing that it’s medication we need to throw at it instead of adjusting our diet, stress, sleep and even exercise.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Working with a Naturopath or doctor along with a nutritionist (that’s me) is a great way to get yourself back on track and reducing your medication, or possibly even give it up for good. Yeah, that actually does happen!
Let’s examine some foods that help the thyroid gland and other ways we can support it naturally.
These are high in the antioxidant selenium, which is important for thyroid function. Have 2-4 of them a day (not too many!), and you can even make brazil nut milk!
Sea Vegetables, Seaweed, Seafood, Kelp Powder and Iodized Salt
These babies contain the super important nutrient Iodine. We are very deficient in this nutrient.
“Over the last 30 to 40 years our iodine intake has declined 50% (removed from our food supply!) …Iodine is the key to a healthy thyroid and metabolism. It is best known for being a part of thyroid hormones, which are used in every cell of our bodies to regulate metabolism and weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. Over 100 years ago iodine was shown to prevent and reverse goiter (swelling of the thyroid) and hypothyroid.”
The multivitamin I mention at the end of this article also happens to have the dose of this powerhouse that you need.
Cold Milled Flaxseed
Flaxseed contains many elements that support the thyroid; fiber, the ever important omega 3s, and selenium. Get the cold milled stuff; “just like Cold-Pressed Olive Oil is important because the omega 3 is protected from being heated up…. so also, should flaxseed be protected when it is ground or milled flaxseed. Cold milling allows the flaxseed to be ground/milled in a way that never heats up the flaxseed. (If you grind flax in your blender or coffee grinder, it is getting heated up enough that the omega 3 can start to break down).”
Check out this link for 10 Flaxseed Benefits and Nutrition Facts.
Lemon water is one of my favourite habits and something I want to get everybody doing! There are so many health benefits that you’re crazy not to do it!
Among the plethora of benefits, you load up on vitamin C and cleanse your liver. These are key components for thyroid health, as your liver is key to the overall detoxification process in your body which needs to be in top shape to keep everything else running smoothly.
Turmeric is also a powerful supporter of the liver. On the vitamin C front, “one of the leading experts on treating thyroid disease, the late Dr. John C. Lowe, recommended the highest doses of vitamin C to bowel tolerance for four weeks as therapy.”
In addition to your lemon water, load up on vitamin C rich foods like bell peppers, dark leafy greens and berries. These are better choices than other citrus fruits that have a higher glycemic index.
Foods To Avoid (or at least cook)
There are also foods that can interfere with thyroid function. Non-fermented soy products, raw cruciferous vegetables, millet, peaches, strawberries, peanuts, radishes and spinach. If you love any of these, cooking them can inactivate some of the substances that interfere with thyroid function.
Go Gluten Free
Gluten sensitivity has been associated with autoimmune thyroid disorders. Gluten is found mainly in wheat and grains, but there are so many hidden sources of gluten in processed food products such as sauces, salad dressings, condiments, packaged meals and alcoholic beverages.
You can substitute with gluten-free grains including rice, quinoa, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and amaranth. In some cases it might even be best to avoid all grains. Follow a gluten free diet for at least 30 days to rule this piece out. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel, gluten intolerance or not!
In addition to foods that help thyroid gland, there are a few other elements that should be incorporated into your routine.
- Get plenty of sleep, which is important for the overall health. Thyroid dysfunction can actually be secondary to chronic stress or adrenal stress.
- Get regular exercise. This helps relieve stress and improves quality of sleep.
- Take a quality multivitamin and antioxidant combo like USANA’s Essentials to ensure you’re getting the nutrients required for optimal health.
- Avoid flouride and never get mercury fillings again! Some sites will tell you to get them removed, and if you have one or two that may be a viable option, but there is also a lot of mercury released during this process so best to tackle this piece when your thyroid is in better shape.
As you can see, there is so much we can do to support our bodies! If you’d like a detailed Health Assessment to find out how to support your thyroid and reach your personal health goals, request a plan from me. I’d love to hear from you!
*recommendations based upon Sanoviv Medical Institute Health Guide
Link for USANA Essentials: https://usanacommunicationsedge.com/p/0a84cc9a0ed50823d6aae84679b3ff68/2132735
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