According to the American Thyroid Association:
-An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
-Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
-Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
-One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
Our thyroid is a very important gland with many jobs. It regulates many body functions including:
How does it get out of whack? It could be genetics, lifestyle, stress, poor eating habits, or other issues that start to cause an issue with the thyroid. We need to go back to the basics to support the thyroid for optimal health.
No matter what the situation, I always start with food! Here are some of the best foods for thyroid health:
While it's always important to look to food first for our nutrients, sometimes we need more help than just food. To absorb nutrients we need a healthy gut, which is hard to come by these days. We need the right genetics to process the nutrients correctly. We also need our food to contain these nutrients which is difficult with depleted soil and pesticide use. That's where supplements come in. Here are some options when considering the health of our thyroid:
Having a thyroid that's not working properly doesn't always show up on blood work. Have you been convinced that your symptoms are thyroid related only to hear your doctor say that your blood work is normal?
Yeah, this happens way too frequently. Why? Because there are sick people within the range of what's "normal" in your lab work. As long as your TSH is below 4.5, YOU'RE HEALTHY...and it's all in your head!
The reference ranges for conventional lab work were created through studies looking at the Nurse's Health Study. In this study they did not exclude people with undiagnosed or even diagnosed hypothyroidism!! Crazy!
So if you're ok with feeling sick and tired, stick with those ranges. I do, however, have another option.
FUNCTIONAL RANGES. New studies were conducted over the past 15 years that excluded participants with known hypothyroid and used more up to date testing to find undiagnosed hypothyroid. When those people were excluded, the new ranges became much lower at 2.2 - 2.5 at the top end. Big difference from 4.5!
Functional medicine has found that people with TSH levels below 2.2 - 2.5 FEEL BETTER, their symptoms decrease, their metabolism is on fire again, and their depression gets better.
I don't know about you but I want optimal health, not what today's medical community considers to be "normal"!
Lastly, dealing with a slow moving thyroid means you're low in energy. Below is a video about another element you can add to help boost your thyroid and your energy.
I hope this helped you understand more about your thyroid and how to support it naturally. I'd love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
If you're looking for more personal help, schedule a free call with me!
Salt is bad, right? I mean, we hear that we have to restrict it if we want to be healthy. We see low sodium food products in supermarkets. So, that must mean that we should avoid it at all costs!! Right?
Well, that depends on what diet you're eating.
Sugar is the one substance that my clients (and myself for that matter) suffer with the most. It's our comfort, our reward and what we crave. Why is that? Why do we suffer at the hands of sugar? I've learned that the more you understand something, the easier it is to change.
In this video, I explain sugar's effect on your brain and body, and the important thing you can do to stop cravings in their tracks.