Thyroid problems can stem from one or many reasons, including poor nutrition, unhealthy lifestyle choices and chemical toxicity.
Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid gland is underactive and results in low levels of thyroid hormones. Since every cell in our body has thyroid hormone receptors, you can imagine the importance of these hormones and what a deficiency of it can do.
But because of the diverse nature of the symptoms, many of us can mistake them for other health problems such as an infection or stress. In most cases, many of us fail to recognize that, although this disorder has the word ‘thyroid’ in it, it isn’t rooted in the thyroid gland at all, but is a dysfunctional immune system. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition wherein your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, thinking it is a health threat.
Of course there are ways in which you can treat hypothyroidism by getting to the root of the condition. Below are four natural ways to keep your thyroid gland healthy and to treat an underactive thyroid.
1. Say No To Sugar & Caffeine
Making dietary changes is your first line of defense in treating a thyroid problem. A crippling fatigue and brain fog are the two most common symptoms people with hypothyroidism face. However, while your primary impulse will be to dive head first into rounds of steaming coffee and high energy carbs and sugars, you should be more careful. The ‘terrible twosome’, as some experts call coffee and sugar, can burn out your thyroid gland by destabilizing sugar levels. (Related Article: 5 Natural Ways To Prevent Sugar Cravings)
2. Load Up On Healthy Fats & Proteins
If your thyroid is giving you trouble, then fat is your friend. Healthy fats are rich with HDL (good cholesterol), which is the precursor to many hormonal pathways. These healthy fats can help keep up the balance of your thyroid hormones. Natural heart- and thyroid-healthy fats include avocados, olive oil, flaxseeds and nuts. (Related Article: 8 Foods To Lower Cholesterol Levels Naturally)
Proteins also play an important role in transporting the thyroid hormones to the various parts of your body. Enjoy quinoa, nuts, and organic grass-fed meats, chicken, eggs, low mercury fish and legumes for your daily dose of thyroid health.
3. Go For Glutathione
A powerful antioxidant, glutathione can enhance the function of your immune system, including its response to all encountered threats. It has a prime focus in the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease, as it not only strengthens the immune system but also prevents autoimmune flare-ups and heals the thyroid gland. (Related Article: 5 Wonder Herbs To Boost Immunity)
4. Beware of Everyday Chemicals
Everyday toxins and chemicals that are an inarguable part of our lives can also disrupt a healthy thyroid function and result in hypothyroidism. Beware of BPA (bottled water), dioxin (unprocessed meats), pesticides (non-organic produce) and PFCs (cooking pots). (Related Article: 9 Thyroid Irritants That Are All Around You (& How You Can Avoid Them)
Hypothyroidism most often goes undiagnosed as the symptoms are similar to many other health problems. However, by cutting out on poor dietary and lifestyle habits, eating healthy and keeping active, you can keep your immune system healthy that in turn will benefit your thyroid.