Natural Ways To Balance Your Thyroid

Okay, so here’s something crazy…The American Thyroid Association reports that one in eight women in the United States experiences a thyroid disorder at some point in her lifetime, and for many it occurs during pregnancy and/or after menopause. (1, 2)

One in eight women!!

Not only are thyroid imbalances pretty common, but sadly most women are not even aware that they may be experiencing one.

So listen up ladies, because this could be you!

This could be the reason behind stubborn weight gain, fatigue, mood imbalances and more! It may not be the only cause behind these common issues, but it could be contributing, and if so, you’re gonna want to seek treatment.

But, before we dive into some natural remedies, I just want to explain a little about how the thyroid operates and the two most common thyroid disorders, along with their symptoms, so you can determine whether you may be suffering from this issue.

 

How The Thyroid Operates

 

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To keep it simple, your thyroid gland produces two major hormones, T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which when released into the bloodstream help regulate metabolism, energy, mood, cognitive function and more. (1)

The two main thyroid imbalances that alter the production of these hormones are Hypothyroidism (under active, often accompanied by the auto immune diorder Hashimoto’s) and Hyperthyroidism (over active, often accompanied by the auto immune disorder Grave’s Disease); with Hyperthyroidism being the most common of the two.

 

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

 

  1. Brain Fog
  2. Intense Fatigue
  3. Unexplained Weight Gain
  4. Increased Difficulty Losing Weight
  5. Moodiness, Depression or Anxiety
  6. Intolerance to Cold
  7. Constipation
  8. Dry Skin and Hair
  9. Low Sex Drive

 

Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

 

  1. Unexplained Weight Loss
  2. Insomnia
  3. Excess Bowel Movements
  4. Brittle Hair and Nails
  5. Racing Heart Beat
  6. Anxiety
  7. Excess Perspiration
  8. Muscle Weakness
  9. Heightened Sense of Smell

 

Common Risk Factors For Thyroid Disorders

 

  1. Deficiencies in iodine, zinc, selenium, vitamin D, omega-3’s, B vitamins, iron and vitamin A.
  2. Diet high in processed foods containing too much refined sugar and unhealthy fats.
  3. Toxic exposure to chemical and environmental pollutants.
  4. Lack of exercise.
  5. Poor gut health resulting from gluten and conventional dairy (A1 caesine) intake, as well as lack of highly fibrous whole food sources.
  6. Extreme hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause.
  7. High levels of emotional stress that wear down your immune system.

 

Natural Remedies For Thyroid Disorders

 

Many of these remedies are beneficial for both types of thyroid disorder’s mentioned. However, exact deficiencies and hormone regulatory issues differ drastically from one to the other. So specific treatment options need to take place for each. Therefore, consult your doctor beforehand to ensure you are in fact dealing with a thyroid issue, and if so, confirm what type it may be exactly.

 

Hypothyroidism:

 

  1. Increase intake of key minerals and vitamins from whole food sources. 1. Iodine (in most cases, be sure to consult your doctor to ensure), with seaweed, kelp, raw dairy, wild tuna. 2. Selenium from spinach, grass fed beef, and turkey. 3. Zinc from eggs, red meat, poultry, ousters, spinach, cashews, and cocoa. 4. Omega-3’s from wild salmon and high quality fish oil. 5. Vitamin D from fish, eggs, non conventional dairy (A1 caesin free). 6. B vitamins, especially B12, from red meat, salmon, eggs, and raw cheese.
  2. Consume a diet rich in whole food sources with minimally processed foods.
  3. Find ways to manage stress daily (meditation, prayer, journaling, getting outdoors, yoga, etc.).
  4. Increase level of activity (walk, weight train, bike, hike, etc.) to three or more days a week.
  5. Limit exposure to chemical and environmental toxins (BPA, pollution, harsh cleaning and beauty chemicals, vaccines, pesticides and herbicides).
  6. Supplement with a high quality Omega-3 fish oil to reduce inflammation, probiotics to improve gut health, and aptogenic herbs (ashwagandha and ginseng) to balance hormones and prevent adrenal fatigue.
  7. Make sleep a priority (aim for 8 hours, between 10 p.m and 6 a.m., take magnesium or epsom salt bath to calm body down.)
  8. Increase protein intake to supply adequate amino acids for T-3 and T-4 hormone production.
  9. Rub stress reducing essential oils on your thyroid area (around adam’s apple) such as frankincense, myrrh and lavender.
  10. Go gluten and dairy (a1 caesin) free (to reduce auto immune attack on thyroid).
  11. Eat foods to support glutathione production (antioxidant that strengthens immune system) by consuming asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.
  12. Be mindful of consuming excess amounts of goitrogens raw (foods that can interfere with thyroid function) such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, watercress, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans. You don’t need to completely avoid these foods, just be mindful that when eaten raw and in excess they can impair thyroid function. Therefore, when possible, cook these foods to de-activate goitrogenic compounds. Here’s an article that further explains this.

 

Hyperthyroidism:

 

  1. Consume a diet rich in whole food sources (meats, fruits, veggies, beans and legumes if vegetarian) with minimally processed foods to help detox your body.
  2. Include a green smoothie every day (use a variety of greens such as spinach, kale, chard, collards, spirulina, etc.) to increase micro nutrient intake.
  3. Limit exposure to chemical and environmental toxins (BPA, pollution, harsh cleaning and beauty chemicals, vaccines, pesticides and herbicides).
  4. Find ways to manage stress (meditation, prayer, journal, get outdoors, yoga, etc.).
  5. Make sleep a priority (aim for 8 hours, between 10 p.m and 6 a.m., take magnesium or epsom salt bath to calm body down.)
  6. Supplement with anti inflammatory herbs and Omega-3’s (ashwagandha, ginger, basil, rosemary, tumeric, fish oil, etc.).
  7. Rub 2-3 drops of stress reducing essential oils on your thyroid area (around adams apple) such as frankincense, myrrh and lavender.
  8. Supplement with lemon balm (2ml 3x/day) to inhibit antibodies from binding to the thyroid gland.
  9. Eat foods to support glutathione production (antioxidant that strengthens immune system) by consuming asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.

Something to note: While making these changes may drastically improve the function of your thyroid, I still highly recommend consulting your doctor if you think you may be experiencing any thyroid imbalances. Often times, by making these changes and attacking the root problem, your thyroid function will return to normal, but in some cases medication may be advised.

 

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this beneficial, and as always, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Have the best day!

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