Your thyroid gland is located just below your Adam’s apple and is primarily responsible for your energy levels and metabolism. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often goes hand-in-hand with adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold hands and feet, thinning hair, fatigue, reduced or nonexistent libido, coarse dry hair, constipation, difficulty losing weight and depression.
The good news is you may be able to heal your thyroid naturally. Firstly, visit a naturopath and get them to assess your individual situation. They will then prescribe supplements to help you throughout the process. You can also apply my top tips:
Eat small regular meals 5 times per day. People with an underactive thyroid do not thrive off 3 large meals per day.
Incorporate short bursts of exercise or more restorative exercise such as walking, yoga or Pilates. It is important not to put your body under physical stress.
Consume coconut oil or butter each day to boost your metabolism – I add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into my herbal tea each night.
Incorporate Iodine from sea vegetables into your diet weekly – visit your local health food shop and they will be able to assist.
Eat cooked warming foods such as root vegetables. People with an underactive thyroid often have a cold disposition so we need to combat this with delicious warming foods.
Avoid cool foods such as juices and smoothies – they will just further reinforce the cold composition of your body. It’s okay to have juices and smoothies sometimes, just not every day.
Eliminate caffeine, sugar and refined carbs such as flour, pasta, cakes, etc – these will wreak havoc on your body.
Increase protein in the form of organic pasture fed meats, organic eggs, wild caught fish, quinoa, nuts and legumes. Make sure you include a serving of protein with every meal.
Incorporate good fats into your meals – avocado is my favourite. Add it to salads, cooked breakfasts and Mexican dishes.
Decrease soy products – it’s okay to have some fermented soy products such as tempeh, natto and miso but generally try and leave soy alone for now.
Fix your gut – read how to here. Your body needs to absorb as many nutrients as possible to give it the best chance to heal. If your gut is compromised, it will not assimilate your food.
Reduce stress – read how to here. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Stress affects every function of your body. You can eat the best food and take optimal supplements but until you calm your nervous system, your body won’t function at its full potential.
Avoid uncooked cruciferous vegetables such as arugula, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, collard greens, bok choy, brussels sprouts, radish, rutabaga, and watercress. They block the production of thyroid hormone in the body.
What are your top tips for good thyroid health? Have you healed your thyroid naturally?