Many women are completely unaware they have an underactive thyroid until it’s too
late and they are told to go on thyroid stimulating medication.
You don’t have to be one of them! There are several good, effective steps you can
take to promote thyroid health — without medication or a trip to the doctor’s office.
The key is to start them early.
If you notice numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, difficulty losing weight,
cold-intolerance, fatigue, skin changes or other symptoms, it’s time to start supporting
your thyroid — even if your doctor says your thyroid tests are within the normal
range. (It may be helpful to assess your symptoms right now — take our free online
Thyroid Health Profile.)
Natural remedies for an underactive thyroid
Vitamins, minerals and herbs. Your thyroid
requires iodine and selenium in order to make the thyroid hormones your cells need.
The thyroid also needs zinc, iron, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, and the B vitamins
to carry out its critically important daily functions. Once your body has these
and other key raw materials, your thyroid can release hormones at the proper rate
required by your metabolism. Specific herbs can directly support thyroid hormone
production and thyroid cell metabolism, while boosting energy levels. Our product,
T-Balance Plus, offers you the best of both worlds. Iodine and selenium combined
with ashwagandha, coleus forskohlii, hops, sage, and bacopa monnieri provides the
nutritional, herbal and energetic support you need as you rebalance your thyroid.
Thyroid supportive foods. It comes as a
surprise to many women that some foods support thyroid health while other seemingly
healthy foods can actually suppress thyroid function. Foods like seafood, sea vegetables,
iodized sea salt, eggs, asparagus, and sesame seeds are rich iodine sources to support
thyroid health. Brazil nuts, tuna, mushrooms, beef, and sunflower seeds provide
good sources of selenium. Be careful of foods that contain gluten. There
is a direct connection between autoimmune thyroid disorders and gluten intolerance
and we find it’s best to avoid gluten if you are concerned with your thyroid health.
There is also evidence that soy and raw vegetables in the Brassica family (broccoli,
cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) can inhibit thyroid function by disrupting
the enzyme that adds iodine to it. However, adding extra iodine to your diet or
simply steaming these foods before eating can counter this effect.
Exercise and stress relief. Stress is one
of the biggest culprits behind thyroid imbalances. The stress hormone cortisol can
directly inhibit thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and the conversion from T4 to
our body’s most useful form of thyroid hormone, T3. Lowering stress can immediately
lift a burden off the thyroid, but as we all know, this is easier said than done.
One way you might start is by engaging in a regular exercise program. As long as
it is not too vigorous or overwhelming, exercise is a great stress-buster. Research
also tells us that raising the heart rate with exercise can increase thyroid hormones.
Sleep is about the best way to combat stress. The more you stick to a regular bedtime
routine — finding 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night — the more rest and relaxation
your body has, which also lightens the load for your thyroid.
Emotional health. Though we don’t fully
understand the direct biological connections yet, science has shown that emotional
wellness is often linked to thyroid health. We know that many traditional forms
of healing recognize the thyroid as particularly sensitive when you hold back emotions
or stifle your own “voice”. As women, we are born nurturers and tend to put others
before ourselves. This can often lead to bottled up emotions that can then inflict
more stress on your body. Our best advice is to find someone to talk to or create
a way to express your emotions. Some women find journaling, dancing or singing helpful
(even if it’s alone in the car!). No matter what, give yourself permission to find
healthy ways to express yourself every day.
Start now to keep your thyroid healthy and strong
One of the most frustrating aspects of thyroid disorders is that once women are
put on thyroid-stimulating drugs, it’s very difficult to come off of them. The best
way to boost your thyroid function naturally is by starting early and addressing
the whole endocrine system. Our T-Balance Plus can help you support your thyroid
naturally, easily — and effectively.
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