Thyroid issues are very prevalent and millions of people are undiagnosed. Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism can affect your weight, your moods, your energy level and the function of your other organs. Thyroid tests are not routine, so if you are feeling sluggish, gaining weight unexpectedly or just feel off ask your doctor to test your thyroid hormones. You should take notice of your TSH and T4 levels when you get a complete blood panel. It’s not a bad idea to have your vitamin D checked too as many people are deficient in vitamin D.
I have enjoyed many years of incredible health. My veganism has no doubt helped me in this department. I am able to easily maintain my desired weight. I am rarely sick and I feel great pretty much every day. However, there is one thing that I keep a watchful eye on—my thyroid.
After I had my six-year-old daughter my thyroid got out of whack and was underperforming. My T4 Free test came back very low. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism sent me on an adventure of sorts. I did a lot of research and an intense amount of trial and error to find natural remedies to accompany the low level of levothyroxine—the manufactured form of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4)—prescribed by my doctor. I take 50 mg, which is pretty minimal. My aim has always been to get to the root of the problem and not simply mask with medication.
Now, I am not a doctor and am not prescribing medical advice, but I would like to share some of my discoveries and show you how I keep my thyroid functioning at an optimum level on a daily basis with natural remedies.
Diet is really important for optimum health. Food can harm us or serve us well. It can even be our medicine. Animal products can contain so many harmful antibiotics and hormones, especially when they are conventionally raised. Cutting back on or eliminating your meat intake completely will have a positive effect on your health and your thyroid function.
Gluten can be detrimental to the thyroid, especially when consumed frequently. My advice is to try going gluten free for one month and see if you feel better. Luckily there are many delicious gluten-free pastas and other foods to choose from.
Buying organic and staying away from chemicals is always a good idea.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins and supplements can be very beneficial to your thyroid function. Let’s check out some of the most helpful.
Vitamin D: 2000 IU of D a day is a good benchmark, but if you are deficient experts recommend as much as 5000 IU daily to get those levels back up.
Selenium: 100 mcg is sufficient.
Probiotics: one tablet a few times a week should be enough to keep healthy bacteria in your gut thriving.
Kelp can also be helpful for your thyroid because it is a natural source of iodine.
There are supplements specifically for thyroid function such as Prosperi-T by Life Seasons that are good to try. See if you find them beneficial, but only supplement under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.
A mixture of clove, lemongrass and peppermint in a spray bottle applied directly to your thyroid once or twice per day may help balance your thyroid. You can also apply this mixture to the bottom of your feet before bed. Frankincense has been said to improve thyroid hormone levels, and some people have even claimed that using it directly on the thyroid has helped to shrink thyroid nodules.
I am not a gym person. I despise the gym, so I walk for miles. My usual is 3-5 miles a few times a week. I also do light weights (5-7 pounds) and core exercises for my abs. I keep it simple, manageable and try to be consistent, but exercise is without a doubt a necessary component to thyroid health.
Thyroid issues are so common, and it is astounding how many women I personally know who deal with a thyroid condition. It is important to share with others when a natural remedy that helps is discovered. I am a firm believer in passing information and experience along. This combo of good diet, exercise, vitamins and supplements and essential oil therapy has helped me immensely and given me a sense of control over this insidious condition that affects so many of us. My hope is that it helps you or someone you love in turn.
Byline: Deanna Dylan Scott is a former model, commercial, TV and film actress and writer. She is the author of the book One Vegan Mama. She is from Des Moines, Iowa originally but now lives her glorious life in Thousand Oaks, CA with an amazing man and a sassy and soulful daughter.
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