14 Jul The Key To Good Thyroid Function
There’s likely a very good reason you:
- are tired when you wake, even though you’ve been in bed all night
- can’t seem to shed excess weight, regardless of how much or little you eat or what diet you try
- have unexplained aches and pains in muscles and joints without previous physical exertion
- go through periods of moodiness, melancholy, unable to concentrate or feel mentally drained
No, it’s not because of your age… or because you’re getting old!
While these symptoms may seem common, they are not the normal progression of aging.
They are symptoms of biochemical imbalances.
Whether the imbalance stems from hormones, blood sugar levels, brain signals or other internal factors, you must approach correcting these intricacies of the human body as a whole system.
Using a one-dimensional approach… “eat this superfood” or “take this pill” will only address a fraction of the imbalance.
Think you have a thyroid problem?
Thyroid issues seem to be on the rise and health professionals are looking in different areas for a smoking gun. Some blame gluten (it is not a cause). Some assume everyone has an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s, even without a proper diagnosis.
And most approach the thyroid, like it is the problem and therefore giving it some key nutrients will solve the problem.
The issue with all the theories, is a failure to truly understand what affects the thyroid.
The truth of the matter is that for most people with thyroid issues, lack of thyroid nutrients is not the problem. Nor is autoimmunity and it is certainly not gluten.
The problem is that to many other systems in the body affect how we produce and use thyroid hormones:
- Excess cortisol from the adrenals can lower thyroid function
- The liver does as well as it helps convert T4 to T3 (our active thyroid hormone) and plays a key role in affecting metabolism
- The gut bacteria also help convert T4 to T3. Gut bacteria also exert influence on the HPT axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid) which is the main signalling pathway for the production of thyroid hormones
- Excess insulin adversely affects thyroid function again by influencing the HPT axis
So what can you do for your thyroid?
- Eat thyroid foods such as sea vegetables like nori, kelp, or dulse, seafood and coconut oil
- Eat liver-friendly foods such as kale, broccoli, garlic, onions, apples, beets, lemon, limes, berries and Jerusalem artichokes and regular artichokes
- Consume plenty of fiber, probiotic and prebiotic foods to feed the gut and help it function as its best
- Reduce stress and support the adrenals
- Adaptagens such as maca root powder and schizandra powder can be worked into recipes.
- Ashwaghanda, holy basil or licorice tea can all be consumed throughout the day. Pick the one you like.
- Also, developing a routine that can reduce stress and allow for proper relaxation is important.
- Lowering stress will also help prevent blood sugar swinging up and down and prevent high insulin.
- Eating small meals throughout day as well as consuming many foods good for the gut, adrenals and liver will all play a role in keeping blood sugar stable.
A good thyroid protocol is not hard to accomplish. And it’s great that we can eat our way to better thyroid function and hopefully, have some relaxing fun along the way.
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