Is Your Thyroid Dragging You Down?
Do you feel tired no matter how much you sleep? Suffer from depression or brain fog? What about unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight? Are you cold all the time? What about muscle pain, hair loss or digestive issues? Your thyroid could be dragging you down. These are all classic signs of an underactive or sluggish thyroid. Recent studies indicate that as many as 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition and of those, as many as 50% are undiagnosed. Are you one of them?
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck. It is the master gland of metabolism and works with a whole team of glands to keep your body running smoothly. In addition to metabolism, the thyroid is also involved in brain development, breathing, heart and nervous system function, body temperature, muscle strength, skin, weight and cholesterol. In other words, it plays a very important role in your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re thyroid isn’t functioning well – then neither are you.
Many different factors can contribute to a thyroid deficiency. The thyroid gland is highly sensitive to diet, stress, environmental toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, medications, and plastics. This explains why so many of us are suffering from thyroid disorders. If you suspect that your thyroid is not functioning optimally, I recommend that you consult with a health care practitioner that you trust. In my office, we offer the ES-Teck Full Body System Analysis , a preventative health care tool that can help identify factors that may be negatively impacting your thyroid. A Naturopath could also help you identify and treat the underlying causes of your thyroid imbalance.The good news is there are simple thing things you can do to support your thyroid.
Here are some tips to boost your thyroid gland naturally:
- Take a high quality multi vitamin like Douglas Labs Ultra-Preventative. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can contribute to thyroid imbalance.
- Manage your stress. Your adrenal glands release cortisol when you are stressed which can interfere with thyroid hormone production.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise stimulates your thyroid gland and is also a great stress reliever.
- Get plenty of rest. Sufficient sleep in key to hormone balance.
- Avoid foods that cause inflammation like gluten, and processed foods. Choose organic, whole foods whenever possible.
- Avoid unfermented soy products as they can interfere with the absorption of iodine.
- Drink filtered water. Fluoride, and chlorine can both contribute to thyroid imbalance.
What do you do to support your thyroid gland? Please share in the comments section below. Do you know someone who suffers from a thyroid disorder? Feel free to share this blog with them or anyone else you know that could benefit. Until next time…. Health, Energy, Vitality!