8 Steps to Take Back Your Body
Hypothyroidism is a silent epidemic. People can suffer for years with symptoms that our typical medical system misses because they may seem vague or scattered. In most cases hypothyroidism is rooted in an unhealthy immune system. Dietary changes could be your first step in relieving hypothyroidism. Here are some suggestions:
1) Reduce/Eliminate caffeine and sugar – including refined carbohydrates like flour (which the body treats as sugar). Include non-starchy veggies.
2) Nutrients, nutrients, nutrients!!! While nutritional deficiencies may not be the cause, not having enough can highly irritate and make your symptoms worse. (We have several great herbal infusions at Kneading Hands high in vitamins and minerals; Red Clover, Nettle, Comfrey, Oatstraw…)
3) Protein! Protein transports hormones to all of your tissues and having a good portion of it in each meal can help normalize thyroid function. (Nuts, butters, quinoa, organic grass fed meats, eggs, ect). Caution: SOY can impede cell receptors and disrupt the feedback loop through the endocrine system.
4) Get FAT!!! Okay not really, but fats (healthy fats) are your friend! Natural healthy fats include olive oil, avocados, flax seed, fish, nuts, antibiotic free cheese, yogurt, and coconut products.
5) Go 100% gluten free. Interestingly enough the cellular composition of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten. Eating gluten can increase the auto immune attack on your thyroid!
6) Glutathione is a powderful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and is a huge factor in fighting Hashimotos. There are few foods that contain it, but many that can help your body produce it. Asparagus, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit, and raw eggs.
7) Gut check!!! Many people do not realize that gut health goes hand in hand with thyroid issues. 20% of thyroid function depends on a good supply of healthy gut bacteria. Probiotics are your friend.
8) Practice Relaxation! Look at your stressors and try your best to eliminate them. Your thyroid is a very sensitive gland and is especially reactive to the stress response.
I have been dealing with Hashimotos disease for almost 13 years and while I was taking a small dose of synthroid every day, my symptoms were just as bad. By doing my best to follow the suggestions above, I’ve been able to alleviate many of my symptoms! Don’t suffer through it, take control of your body and the way you feel!
– Mara Fling