14 Sep Support Your Thyroid with Low Stress, Less Toxins, and Essential Supplements
Your First Responders
It’s true, stress plays a notable role when it comes to thyroid health. And I like to think about the hormonal system and your endocrine system as a team. It’s your own personal team of first responders. These first responders help you with any kind of stress or any kind of adjustment your body needs to stay in homeostasis. And prolonged stress can affect the whole team.
The first step towards optimizing hormonal balance, particularly the thyroid gland, is being aware of this fact and knowing that the less stress in whatever shape or form you have in your life, the easier it is on your hormonal system.
The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is just about as sensitive as a butterfly. Although your thyroidputs up with a lot, it is sensitive to an overload of stress, including stress from:
- Environmental Toxins – All of your glands are susceptible to environmental toxins. Because our glands themselves are fatty, petroleum-based chemicals in the environment can mimic hormones and interfere with normal hormonal signaling and balance. These petroleum-based toxins include plastics, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in the food system, as well as industry waste and chemical additives in food.
- Halogens – They’re of particular concern for the thyroid gland. Iodine is a necessary mineral that also happens to be a halogen. Other halogens that act negatively and can compete with the iodine in the body include chlorine/chloride, bromide and fluoride. These additives can be found in unfiltered water, pools, hot tubs, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
- Gut Health – The thyroid hormone that the body makes relies on the body to convert it to a more usable form. 20% of this process happens in the GI tract, by beneficial bacteria. Maintaining a healthy gut is very important to supporting the thyroid hormone to do its job in the body.
- Immune Health – Since the majority of thyroid dysfunction is a result of autoimmunity, it is important to look at total load to help the immune system calm down. Again, the health of the gut is also very important and addressing leaky gut if it is present will help to calm the immune system down.
- Nutrient Deficiencies – In order for the thyroid gland to do its job there are many cofactors or nutrients that help it to make the hormones that work in the body.
Support your Thyroid with:
- A nutrient rich diet.
- Thyroid building blocks:
- Vitamin A
- B Complex
- Vitamin D
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Rest, relaxation, and self care.
There are specific supplements I recommend when it comes to the thyroid gland. Learn how to truly mind your thyroid with 3 Powerful Nutrients that Can Revolutionize Your Hormone Balance and Metabolism – In this short video, I’ll show you why your Thyroid Gland is so important and how to get 3 key nutrients into your diet to support it.
And finally – watch my video and learn how to make a delicious thyroid supportive seaweed salad!