Our week long Thyroid Awareness Week posts continue and today it’s all about what you can start to do to look into getting your thyroid functioning better.
Firstly, there are books and books on this! I won’t be able to do this justice in one post. There will be other factors for your individual case, however this is a good place to start.
This is going to be a whistle stop guide through several approaches with some pointers for where to go and what to consider if you’ve not done anything so far.
- avoid gluten. It’s been suggested that 80% of under-active thyroid sufferers have Hashimoto’s and that 80% of those are affected by gluten. If you have any autoimmunity, give up gluten. I haven’t read a book or article yet that doesn’t say this. Yes it can be tough to start with, but it can help with other connected issues too such as gut and brain health and weight loss.
- avoid dairy. Another major contributor to autoimmune food sensitivities. Check your Thyroxine medication to make sure it’s not buffered with lactose. Mine was and I had to get a new type.
- keep sugar low. Blood sugar fluctuations are a trigger. Keep away from processed foods and especially high sugar and alcohol.
This is a large area to cover there are several good resources in books I’ve found and their blog posts.
Check other supporting systems
- adrenal glands
- gut health
- brain health
- immune system and recurrent viral infections
- liver function
All of these require the help of someone to guide you to which tests to do and how to analyse them. See below for some local suggestions.
- Vitamin D is a key need here. Dr Kharrazian suggests that 90% of those with Hashimoto’s have a genetic defect affecting their ability to produce vitamin D. Taking a vit D3 with K2 supplement can help.
- Iodine is a controversial one. For ordinary under active thyroid iodine has been shown to be useful, however several reports and books I have read have suggested that for Hashimoto’s iodine is like gas to a fire and increases antibody levels and an autoimmune flare up. Do your own research.
- Support the immune system for auto-immune conditions.
There’s so much in this section alone that visiting a good nutritionist or naturopath will help guide you. This is a mere snippet.
- check your stress levels (adrenals)
- check your sleep, or lack of it. Make sure you get enough (still personally struggling with this one)
- check for environmental toxins like skin products, cosmetics and household cleaners. (I have moved to Tropic’s deodorant and it’s excellent and aluminium free)
- exercise regularly, but not to exhaustion
- rest and take time off (if you’ve read this far you know this is still a work in practice for me!)
- make your health a priority, not a nicety.
This is such a huge topic I even wonder why I started this post today! There are so many great books and people who can help you out there if you are prepared to do what is necessary to get you well again.
Here’s some local therapists I’ve used over the last 16 months.
- Laura de la Harpe Nutritional Benefits
- Janie Perry Happy Bean – Nutrition & Wellbeing Solutions
- Camilla Chawner-Davis Barefoot Therapies
- Kathy Bradfield Allergy Test Berkshire
- Kelly-Jane McLaughlin Dynamic Family Chiropractic
- Niki McGlynn Organised Mind
Tomorrow is the last day of awareness week and I’ll get a bit woo-woo with you
* not advocating cholesterol free! It’s an essential component of each cell wall, just a handy little image 🙂