3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Thyroid

by Dr Jonathan D'Souza

Before you had a thyroid problem, you probably didn't even known about this tiny butterfly-shaped gland that sits right under your Adam's apple and regulates just about every process in your body in one way or another. Yeah, it's important, to say the least.

Metabolism, fertility, mood swings—the thyroid can take over any of these and make your life miserable. Thyroid trouble could make you feel very tired, restless, irritated and even make you put on weight and cause hair loss. The good news is, if you don't have a thyroid disorder, you can probably avoid ever developing one through a few simple lifestyle and dietary modifications.

Here are three simple steps you can take to protect your thyroid.

1. Find Sources Of Iodine
Many lifestyle diseases arise from something being out of whack in your diet. Omitting or adding certain fruits and vegetables to your diet can make a big difference. The basic function of the thyroid gland is to absorb iodine and to convert it into the thyroid hormones. Needless to say, a diet rich in iodine would ensure that you have a well-functioning thyroid. Here's what you should be eating

  • Seaweed (Its mineral content is about 10 times higher than plants and it is a better source of iodine than spinach and egg yolks. )
  • Milk
  • Egg yolk
  • Cranberries (Four ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400mcg of iodine)

2. Avoid Processed & Refined Foods
Processed and refined foods have very little to offer in terms of nutritional value. The high quantity of sugar and carbohydrates give them a high-calorie count. Processed foods also tend to contain gluten, which disrupts the normal functioning of the thyroid.

A person with thyroid issues is more likely to have abnormal blood sugar levels. Consumption of processed foods such as cookies, pretzels, bread, cake and pasta could aggravate the imbalance of blood sugar levels.

3. Avoid Environmental Toxins
A byproduct of manufacturing rocket and jet fuel, fireworks and fertilizers, percholates finds their way in our bodies by sneaking through our water supplies. Bisphenol A (BPA) used in plastic bottles, food cans, dental sealants and cell phone protectors, are linked to thyroid problems. Flame retardants that are used to coat furniture contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) that mimic the action of thyroid hormones and inhibit their production and release. Glycol ether, used as a solvent for perfumes and paints and found in cleaning products, can enter the body through the skin and cause thyroid problems.

While you can’t eliminate every single chemical that hampers the thyroid, knowing about them can help you take preventive steps to reduce your exposure to them. This can help reduce your overall risk of developing any thyroid problems in the future.

Here's What You Could Do To Reduce Your Exposure To These Toxins

  1. Try to drink filtered water as much as possible.
  2. Opt for glass bottles to store water at home and at your workplace. Use a plastic bottle to carry water only while traveling.
  3. Choose freshly cooked meals over canned foods whenever possible.
  4. Opt for furniture that doesn't have flame retardants sprayed over them or with a "TB 117" label.
  5. Use milder perfumes.
  6. Avoid using harsh cleaning products.

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