Determining if you have a Thyroid Problem…and…Food Sources that Impact our Thyroid Health

Coming to the realization that you have hormone imbalances pertaining to a dysfunctional thyroid is one thing. Determining what you are going to do about it is something completely different.

This post addresses only a few symptoms that may be related to thyroid issues.  Scroll down for follow-up information that considers treatment(s) as well as more information concerning the thyroid.

While approximately 59-million people in the US suffer from thyroid issues—the great majority aren’t even aware they have a problem.

Here are some signs you may have thyroid issues….

Fatigue….Weight Changes…… Muscle & Joint Pain…. Swollen Neck (enlarged thyroid)….. Hair (dry &/or loss of) & Skin (scaly or excessively dry) Changes….. Bowel Disturbances (chronic constipation-hemorrhoids-diarrhea)…. Menstrual Abnormalities… Depression or anxiety….. Carpal Tunnel…. Family History

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What we put into our bodies has great impact on the level of the health of the thyroid.

The following link/website tells us that:

The thyroid gland is responsible for producing and secreting hormones that affect nearly every aspect of the body.

Certain foods may be disruptive to how well the thyroid gland functions. Here are six foods your thyroid gland wants you to avoid like the plague.

  1. Soy – contains a hormone known as phytoestrogen that may interfere with the thyroid gland’s ability to produce hormones….
  2. Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli-cabbage-kale-cauliflower-turnips) -are beneficial for preventing cancer but they may have an adverse impact on thyroid gland functioning. Iodine deficiency is a common cause of hypothyroidism, and cruciferous vegetables may inhibit iodine absorption. …..
  3. Gluten – impacts absorption of hormone replacement medication….
  4. Sugary Foods….Processed foods contain a large amount of refined sugar, which causes an inflammatory response in the body – high in calories and low in nutrition, which affects hormone production & increases your risk of developing hypothyroidism.
  5. Coffee – Caffeine has been shown to block the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement drugs
  6. High Sodium Foods – Too much sodium affects your thyroid gland in many different ways. Sodium causes water retention that disrupts your hormone levels….an underactive thyroid also puts you at an increased risk of developing hypertension or high blood pressure. If you have hypothyroidism, replace fast food and fried foods with fresh produce or salads with olive oil and vinegar dressing.

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Here are some tips to help heal the thyroid according to Andrea Beaman – holistic health coach:

1. Eat Sea Vegetables Twice a Week

Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid. Incorporating some sea veggies into your diet can be as simple as:

  • Adding a piece of kombu to a pot of beans or soup during cooking
  • Sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or hot dishes just like you would use salt
  • Making a nori wrap (this is what’s used to wrap sushi)

2. Don’t Be Afraid of Butter

“The endocrine system loves butter,” Andrea said.  Even if you’re cutting out other forms of dairy like milk and cheese, consider keeping grass-fed butter (like KerryGold butter) in your diet.

3. 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.

4. Slow Down Your Eating

The thyroid gland is located in your throat area, so it literally connects the mind and body. When you rush while eating, the food moves so quickly from mouth to stomach that the connection from mind to body is not strong. The mouth doesn’t know what the stomach is doing and vice versa. This is good health advice no matter what: sit down, slow down, savor, breathe and chew your food. Since the thyroid is the master of your metabolism, you want to eat slowly enough so it can record the message that food is entering the body.

5. Drop the cell phone

We already know about the connection between cell phones and brain tumors. 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.

6. Find Your Voice

Once again, if you look to the anatomy, you find the thyroid gland located in the throat, the center of our communication with the world. Andrea has found in her practice that people with hypothyroid tend to “swallow down” what they really want to say. It’s been very healing for them to learn to speak their truth. On the flip side, she has found that people with hyperthyroid are talking too much, and can benefit by listening more.

7. Do Yoga

… learn how much the yoga asanas can stimulate and support the entire endocrine system. The shoulderstand (sarvangasana) is especially beneficial for stimulating the thyroid gland.

8. Support Your Adrenals

The thyroid and adrenal glands work together … herbs to support the adrenals as well could be beneficial

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