The other day I wrote a blog article about your thyroid and signs that may indicate that you have thyroid issues. If you missed that article, you can find it here: Is your thyroid healthy?
Having a healthy thyroid is really important for your general health and wellbeing. So what are some things you can do to help make sure you thyroid is working properly?
1. Multi V
Ensure you take a multivitamin. But not just any multi. You need to make sure it has decent levels of selenium, iodine, zinc, B vitamins, Vitamin D, and magnesium. This is important as you need to make sure you are getting enough of the correct minerals to support your thyroid function.
2. Say NO to gluten and A1 casein
Eliminating gluten is particularly important if you Hashimoto's disease (a thyroid autoimmune disorder where your thyroid becomes inflamed and your body produces antibodies that attack and destroy your thyroid gland.
The proteins in A1 casein also can cause leaky gut, which will cause inflammation of the thyroid too. So try going gluten free, eliminate grains if you can as well as only consume dairy from A2 cows milk, sheep milk or goat's milk, otherwise eliminate dairy altogether if it does not agree with you.
3. Watch your vegetables
You may wish to limit your intake of cruciferous vegetables as they can affect your thyroid function in high amounts. However, this is very varied depending on the individual but is something to remain aware of. Cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprout, kale, bok choy, garden cress and other similar vegetables.
Have your iodine levels checked as if they are too low you may need to get hold of a liquid Iodine supplement (consult a doctor first) but a great way to ensure your iodine levels are not getting depleted is to eliminate products that contain fluoride, bromide, and chlorine.
Another way to boost iodine is to get it through the food you eat. Iodine rich foods:
- Dried seaweed
- Iodized sea salt
- Boiled eggs
5. Boost your selenium
As I mentioned earlier, it is important to ensure you have enough selenium for your thyroid to function properly, just don't go overboard. Some foods that contain high amounts of selenium include:
- Brazil nuts
- Wild Caught Tuna
- Mustard seeds
6. Remove silver fillings
I actually just had this done recently. Silver fillings can be causing mercury toxicity on your body, which can be affecting your thyroid. If you have these make sure you find a dentist that can help you with a pre and post amalgam protocol along with safe amalgam removal.
7. Nourish your body
If you want to give your thyroid the best chance it has then you need to ensure you are consuming at least 80% whole foods into your diet. Try eliminating refined sugars, processed foods, artificial colors, preservatives, refined sugars to name a few.
I am all for a flexible diet, however, if you have hormone issues then you need to try and make it as wholesome as possible. Something very important is to ensure that you consume a good amount of healthy fats to help heal your hormones.
Some great sources of healthy fats include:
- Oily fish (wild caught)
- Grass-fed beef
- Chia seeds
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
I hope this helps answer some queries for you and helps shed light on whether you may have some symptoms that you need to investigate. If you feel as though you may fall into the hypo- or hyperthyroid category, I would recommend talking to a specialist to make sure you are operating at an optimal level. If you have thyroid problems, then you will definitely need someone to help you through it.
And remember, if you feel something is wrong please do not stop asking questions. Make sure you get a second opinion. It can never hurt, as long as you find the right answers for YOU.