Reset Your Thyroid Naturally
When you combine hypothyroidism with the common low-thyroid symptom of brain fog, maybe a bit of depression, you end up with a perfect storm for feeling overwhelmed. Even worse, disempowered about what to do next. This article highlights 6 ways to reset and support thyroid function naturally.
1. Address adrenal health first: it's essential to heal the adrenals first if you want to reset your thyroid. The adrenals and thyroid work together in a beautiful, dynamic duo and when one is out of balance, the other will be too. Start by eliminating caffeine and get more sleep. Consider taking an adrenal support supplement like Ashwagandha to help the adrenals heal.
2. Balance blood sugar levels: When blood sugar drops too low, it signals the adrenals to release stress hormones like cortisol which can further exacerbate thyroid issues. Eat every 3-4 hours and include protein and healthy fats at each meal to help stabilize blood sugar levels. Avoid sugary snacks and processed foods as they will only spike blood sugar levels and create more imbalances.
3. Eat iodine-rich foods: Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function and most people are deficient in iodine. Include iodine-rich foods in your diet like seaweed, fish, eggs, yogurt, and butter. You can also take an iodine supplement but make sure you talk to your doctor first as too much iodine can also be problematic.
4. Support detoxification pathways: One of the ways the body eliminates toxins is through the liver. The liver filters out toxins and produces bile which helps eliminate waste from the body. Taking herbs like milk thistle or dandelion root can help support detoxification pathways and improve overall liver health.
5. Optimize gut health: The gut is often referred to as the "second brain" because of the close connection between the gut and the nervous system. When gut flora is imbalanced, it can lead to inflammation which can hinder thyroid function. Eating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi can help replenish gut flora and support gut health. You can also take a probiotic supplement if needed.
6. Reduce stress: Stress has a major impact on hormone balance and can contribute to thyroid issues. Make sure you're taking time for yourself every day to relax and de-stress. Consider adding yoga or meditation into your routine or find another activity that helps you feel calm and relaxed. Reducing stress will help support healthy thyroid function
If you're struggling with thyroid issues, it's important to understand that there are natural ways to help support your body in healing itself .By following these simple tips, you can begin to reset your thyroid naturally so that you can feel balanced and vibrant again!
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Additional Facts About Your Thyroid:
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) goes up when thyroid function is low.
Your thyroid makes T1, T2, T3 and T4 but your mainstream doc will probably only check TSH, and maybe free T4.
T3 is 4-fold more potent than T4, because T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone.
In 2002, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) lowered the normal range for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to 0.3-2.5. Most docs don’t know this and are still using the old, pre-2002 range! Laboratories too.
Many folks are thyroid resistant, defined by a high reverse T3 and low free T3.
Broadening the lab diagnostic criteria to thyroid levels above 3 would suggest more than 13 million Americans are likely to be defined as hypothyroid. That’s a lot of people!
Keep your free T3 in the top half of the normal range, and TSH in the lower half of the normal range, and all is good. Bonus points if you keep your reverse T3 in the lower half of the normal range!
Women are 10 times more likely to have thyroid problems than men, which is part of the reason that thyroid often gets overlooked or dismissed!
If you have the triad of weight gain, fatigue and depression–think thyropause. It’s a common cause of these symptoms especially for women starting in their 40s.
Talk with your healthcare provider if you experience some of the above symptoms or you have been diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction.