January is National Thyroid Health Awareness Month, where we discuss the prevention and treatment of thyroid-related disorders and diseases (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease.)
As you can imagine, Thyroid Health Awareness is extremely critical, with over 20 million Americans suffering from a thyroid disorder.Below we will look at natural methods of boosting thyroid health, which you can include in your own daily activities.
1. Dietary Changes
Proper nutrition is encouraged as a method to boost thyroid health, including the consumption of whole wheat, organic, natural, and antioxidant-rich foods.
Be sure to consume Omega 3s (fish), Vitamin C (fruits and veggies), iodine-rich foods (sea vegetables), zinc (beef and turkey), copper (crabmeat and lobsters), and iron (organ meats).
On the other hand, you should avoid highly processed foods, gluten, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage and cauliflower) and soy, as they can disrupt thyroid function.
Remember, you can’t have good thyroid health if your overall body health is poor.
2. Take Supplements
If you are not getting sufficient nutrients from food sources you can take specific supplements to boost your thyroid health.
Recommended supplements include:
• Selenium: Has enzymes that protect your thyroid gland from stress (chemical and social). Regulates metabolism, regulates thyroid hormone levels in your blood, tissues, and organs, and regulates iodine stores.
• Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic herb that helps you manage stress.
• B Vitamins: Thiamine and vitamin B12 boost metabolism and battle fatigue.
• Probiotics: Important for good digestive function, and heals leaky gut syndrome which is linked to thyroid gland inflammation.
• Vitamin D and C: Improves transport of thyroid hormones to cells and decreases adrenal stress.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, lauric acid, and healthy fat.
This combination stimulates metabolism, promotes weight loss, protects against viruses and bacteria, impedes inflammation, repairs tissue, and boosts energy levels, making it a top choice for anyone suffering from hypothyroidism.
Consuming and/or cooking with coconut oil is therefore recommended.
Exercise helps you eliminate toxins from your body through sweat, which may be disrupting your endocrine system.
There are plenty of exercises to choose from, including walking, yoga, swimming, and rebounding (listening to music while jumping on a trampoline.)
5. Rest and Relaxation
Stress management is an important part of maintaining a healthy thyroid, as stress can trigger an autoimmune response.
You can manage your stress levels by getting the recommended hours of sleep and through meditation, among other soothing techniques.