5 Ways to Optimally Support your Thyroid Health
Is it just me or have you noticed it too? More and more women today (and men too) are facing imbalances with their thyroid health, but the great news is that rebalancing and supporting your thyroid is something you can easily do daily.
By jema lee.
What is the thyroid?
Your thyroid, yep we all have one. Is a small butterfly shaped gland that lives in the front of your throat. It belongs to the endocrine system of the body which also links to our adrenal glands, the glands that live in our head such as pituitary and pineal glands, as well as our ovaries for women and testis for men.
Our thyroid’s main responsibility is to regulate our metabolism, heard of having either a “slow metabolism” or a “fast metabolism” well the thyroid is the gland that regulates this speed as well as our bodies ability to break down and convert food to energy. Not to mention the thyroids hormones also regulate our breathing, body temperature, heart rate, nervous system, menstrual cycle, cholesterol levels and lots more. Yep, the Thyroid is kind of a big deal.
So it’s safe to say our thyroid is very important to our health balance and vitality.
The challenge we face however is that the thyroid can easily become imbalanced due to outside influences which can often place load up and put stress on the thyroid. Things such as processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, chemicals and toxins found on our foods and in our skin care, as well as general day to day stress.
My top 5 Ways to Optimally Support your Thyroid Health Daily
Often the most simplistic, cheapest and most convenient things can also be the most challenging. For the thyroid that’s breathing and no I’m not just talking about breathing in general but having a breathing practice where you may take 5 minutes per day to enter a quiet place and take long deep breathes. Your thyroid will love you for this.
Ensuring every day, you’re nourishing your body with nutrients that include foods your thyroid loves is essential.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
- Brazil nuts
- Sea Vegetables – rich in Iodine
- Leafy Green vegetables
- Sunflower Seeds
Of course don’t get overwhelmed and make this a to-do list, simply focus on making your sure your food is clean, fresh and colourful. From there add some of the ingredients above. For more inspiration click here for some nourishing recipes.
It’s an over-aged debate as to whether supplements are actually supportive for our health when ‘I eat a very balanced diet’, right? Ultimately this comes down to the quality of both your food and the supplements. As well as how you use the product. In my 12 years of being in the nutrition industry I’ve found that supplements can enhance and add further support to the body when of course a high quality supplement is used, along with support in how to use.
Some specific nutrients that are great for thyroid support are:
All in all a great baseline to start for general daily support is a Multivitamin. I see this as a baseline for everyone’s health, plus a multivitamin includes the stella nutrients to support your thyroid as well as the rest of your body too. If you don’t yet use any nutritional products this is also the best place to start. Ensure it contains, Zinc, Vitamin B’s as at minimum and confirm that it’s made to a pharmaceutical manufacturing standard. This means the product is transparent and what’s on the label is 100% in the bottle.
May seem too simple like tip 1. but moving your body supports blood flow, detoxification, and the nervous system (just to mention a few). All things that support a healthy thyroid. Focus on moving at least 20 minutes per day, be it either walking, dancing while you cook dinner, a yoga class or going to lift weights. It doesn’t matter how you move, just that you do move.
Don’t stress I’m not going to tell you to cut everything out or be on a juice fast, however there are some things that can hinder the health of our thyroid that if you’re experiencing any thyroid imbalances are great to reduce and/or remove.
- Processed foods, including processed sugars
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