The majority of women coming to see me at my clinic are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and are on the medication, usually Thyroxine.
The signs and symptoms of an under-active thyroid are:
- thin hair
- feeling cold
- anxious, irritable, depressed
- easily overwhelmed
- sluggish metabolism
- stressed out
- weight gain
- muscle cramps
It’s very common to experience all these symptoms at once, or just few of them, making day-to-day life quite uncomfortable.
To balance the thyroid gland naturally try the following recommendations:
- Reduce stress levels – slow down, relax, meditate, and quiet time.
- Gluten free diet – no bread, cakes, biscuits
- Dairy free – no milk or cheese
- Avoid soy
- Remove fluoride from your water, drink only filtered alkaline water
- Spend time in the sun, check your Vit D levels
- Nascent iodine
- Brazil nuts – selenium
- Vit B complex
Also consider adding sea vegetables to your menu:
Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid.
- Adding a piece of kombu to a soup during cooking
- Sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or hot dishes just like you would use salt
- Making a nori wrap
Don’t be afraid to use grass fed butter, your hormonal system will thank you for that, it needs fat to function well.
Cook your kale:
If you have thyroid issues, then raw cruciferous vegetables may not be the best choice. You might want to skip the kale smoothies and salads, and eat your greens cooked instead. The reason is that the cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens that may disrupt the thyroid if consumed in large quantities. Other cruciferous veggies include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
Limit mobile phone use
We already know about the connection between cell phones and brain tumours. But this little radiation machine that you hold up to your ear is awfully close to your thyroid gland as well. A good alternative is to get a headset to use while speaking on the phone.
Support your adrenals
The thyroid and adrenal glands work together, so if you are exhausted and depleted you may benefit from adrenal support. Suggested herbs are: Withania, Holy Basil, Licorice, Ginseng, all bitter herbs to support liver function.
Easy way to test thyroid at home:
If you have some of the symptoms but you are still not 100% sure if your thyroid is under-active, you can test it at home.
Check your thyroid by testing your temperature levels first thing in the morning.
Place a thermometer under your armpit just after you wake up.
Test it for 7 days in a row, write it down. At the end of the week add all the numbers and divide by 7, to find out the average temperature.
Ideal should be between 36.4 C– 36.7C
Anything under or above will indicate your levels.
Balancing your thyroid will definitely help with overall health, especially healthy metabolism, weight loss and boosting energy.