15 Best Ways to Have Healthier Thyroid
The hormones that your thyroid produces are responsible for a great deal: your metabolism, the health of your skin and bones, the consistency of your sleep, the frequency of pain (or infrequency), and your sex drive, to name a few. This is one of the most important glands in your body, and maybe yours is in trouble. Approximately 20 million Americans have thyroid conditions, and up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition. Thyroid disease may be related to conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), eczema, or autoimmune disorders, but may also be due to poor nutrition and lifestyle choices. Below are some tips that could help you have healthier thyroid.
The Clear Steer Of Fluoride
Most commercial toothpastes contain toxic ingredients that may damage your health and they also contain fluoride that may affect your thyroid. Indeed, communities with fluoride in water have higher rates of hypothyroidism. That's why drinking distilled or alkaline water or eating alkaline food is healthy for your thyroid and general health. Also, try to abstain from non-stick pans and black tea, as both contain fluoride.
In addition to improving your thyroid function, minimising your stress levels can also contribute to your overall well-being. Stress can induce a thyroid condition or make it more apparent that you have a thyroid condition. Cortisol overproduction, a stress hormone, may interfere with the production of thyroid hormone. It can make it harder for the thyroid work to produce enough hormones for body functions. Acupuncture, relaxation exercises such as meditation, massage therapy, or taking warm baths are great ways to de-stress.
Avoid the Use of Plastics
Bisphenol A (or BPA) is a monomer commonly found in plastics— water bottles, Tupperware, etc. BPA is harmful to your body because of many reasons and it can also affect your thyroid health. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found links with this chemical to affect your thyroid gland negatively. If you're still using plastic containers or bottles regularly, switch to glass versions immediately.
Take the Yoga Up
A yoga Mimamsa study found that doing certain yoga poses can help release the functions of your thyroid hormone. During your next routine, try to incorporate poses like a boat pose, bridge, and a King Pigeon pose. These poses help to open up the circulation of the throat and improve the energy flow around the thyroid.
Make sure you get the 8 Hours of Sleep A Night
Even though fatigue may be a symptom of an unhealthful thyroid, you need to do your best to catch a few Zs. Be sure to sleep 8 hours at night to keep your thyroid functioning regularly and effectively.
Eat More Blueberries (and Other Antioxidants)
Add antioxidant-rich foods like pomegranates and all kinds of berries into your diet for better thyroid health. A study in 2008, published in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine found a link between antioxidant intake and overall health levels of the endocrine system; higher levels of one correlated with higher levels of the other. Additionally, foods rich in antioxidants are delicious.
Avoid Green Tea
Precision Nutrition experts have found that there is a link between the consumption of green tea and the worsening of pre-existing thyroid problems. However, there is no evidence of these problems arising from the use of black tea. So if you're a regular tea drinker, turn to black — or, if you don't need caffeine, stick to herbal blends.
Take Low Impact Aerobic Exercises
According to some experts, low-impact aerobic exercise is the best way to avoid damaging your thyroid health. If you have a thyroid condition, you may experience joint pain. So focusing your workouts on low-impact exercises— like walking or water aerobics — is the way to go. As a bonus, these exercises are low effort methods to get your daily cardio in.
Get Rid of Inflammatory Food
If you eat inflammatory foods, it may be irritating to your digestive system, which may break down your immune system in the wrong way. If your immune system is irritated, your thyroid will not be recognised as part of your body. Your immune system interprets the thyroid gland as intrusive and triggers an autoimmune attack. Gluten, eggs, milk, and grains are all inflammatory. That's why eating anti-inflammatory foods is beneficial to your thyroid.
Get Tested Regularly
If you think you may have symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, always consult your doctor. Because of the common nature of the symptoms — many of the problems with thyroid health could be indicative of other problems — they may not assume that this is a thyroid problem.
Keep Your Adrenal Glands Healthy
Your adrenal glands and thyroid glands are intertwined together in your endocrine system. According to Dr Amy Myers, adrenal gland distress has the ability to affect major metabolic processes, including those for which your thyroid is responsible. As it happens, the best way to keep your adrenal glands healthy is to keep your thyroid healthy: get a good night sleep regularly.
It's a bit of a no-brainer, but it's still a point worth hammering at home: if you suspect, even a little, that you're suffering from a condition, be sure to educate yourself fully. And yes, that includes the conditions of the thyroid. Even the most subtle symptoms — loss of sleep, altered bowel movements — may be a sign of something more serious. So, stay diligent.
Make Sure You Get Your Omega-3s
If your body lacks omega-3 fatty acids, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Omega-3s provide a solid foundation for hormones that control immune functions, cell growth, and help with thyroid hormones. You can get your omega-3s from flax seeds and walnuts, among other foods.
Stay Away From Triclosan
Triclosan is a common ingredient in soaps and body washes but may harm your thyroid health. The EPA study has shown that even minor exposure to this chemical can affect how your thyroid releases hormones. Luckily, it is now easier than ever to avoid this: in December 2017, the FDA issued a ruling prohibiting over-the-counter products containing triclosan.
Eat More Seaweed
Your thyroid needs iodine to make its essential hormones. Seaweeds such as kelp, dulse, and nori are filled with iodine to help the body create needed hormones. These generally do contain a lot of other beneficial nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, and vitamins A through E, these are the stuff that makes it a superfood, which you may lack.