This week I listened to an interview by Dr. Alan Christianson who is an expert on naturally healing the Thyroid and Adrenals. To my shock Dr. Christianson mentioned that 30% to 40% of all women have some sort of Thyroid disease or insufficiency. Sadly, those in my life have confirmed this as this summer a friend of mine who is only 30 years old had her Thyroid removed and another good friend just learned last week that she has Cancer on both sides of her Thyroid.
It’s time to take this little tiny gland very seriously folks.
The Thyroid Gland makes thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones travel from the thyroid gland through the blood to all parts of the body, where they do their work.
The thyroid is one of the most important, and often mismanaged glands we have in our body. Located in the front of our neck, this butterfly-shaped gland secretes hormones that control some major functions including weight management, how we use energy, how we metabolize food, and even how we sleep. For women, hormones can shift out of balance during childbearing and menopause, and even under chronic stress, putting them at a higher rate of thyroid conditions than men, and at various times of life.
Since it’s been something I’ve been struggling with myself, I thought it was time to really dig in and look at some of the supplements and dietary changes that may help.
A few of the items Dr. Christianson mentioned that can help benefit the Thyroid function include doing a good detox program and balancing the blood sugar. I found this interesting as I also learned in his interview that as your blood sugar drops, it increases cortisol which then stores as fat for later consumption. This happens even while we sleep.
Some other suggestions were to work on your gut flora. Have you ever read that 90% of your health is in your gut? Time to do some additional work here for future wellness. You can do this a number of ways, but some of the best are high quality pro-biotics, cultured vegetables, and homemade yogurt. In addition, avoid all processed foods, stick to protein and produce and avoid soy at all costs.
Some great nutrients that support our Thyroid include Selenium, Iodine, Zinc & Copper. Notice these are primarily trace minerals? Something severely lacking in the filtered water we all now drink. Another big one that was recommended to avoid was Folic Acid and instead look for Folate. Antioxidants and B Vitamins will also be very helpful.
Protein, protein and more protein! Dr. Christianson recommended 30-50 grams of protein as your first meal in the morning. To get this much protein you may need to consider protein shakes. This will help balance your blood sugar throughout the day and support your Thyroid function.
Three balanced meals, whole foods, nothing processed, and two healthy snacks every day can keep our thyroid working smoothly. Minimizing emotional stress is also important. Exercise, plenty of sleep, and relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can also help balance our hormones and thyroid functioning.
Some foods to avoid include:
Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, which studies show can reduce the thyroid hormone in a similar way to soy. Goiter, an enlarged thyroid, is linked to iodine deficiency. The compounds categorized as goitrogens can be found in small amounts in many other foods as well, including spinach, peanuts, and strawberries. It’s okay to eat them, but by pairing them with iodine-rich foods, we can counteract the metabolization reducing iodine. Gluten: There is a distinct connection between gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and autoimmune thyroid issues. This is the one food I strongly recommend to avoid if you have a thyroid condition.
Sage, ashwaganda, bacopa monnieri, and coleus forskohlii. Combined with iodine and selenium, these herbs can help boost energy and support healthy metabolism. A functional medicine practitioner can help with the formula based on individual need.
- 10 drops Myrrh
- 10 drops Lemongrass
- 3 drops Clove
- 3 drops Peppermint
* Place in a roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil. Use over Thyroid and on reflex points on bottom of feet. This blend may help stimulate thyroid function.
I’d love to hear of any successes you have had with these recommendations or any others.
To Your Health!
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