What Makes for a Healthy Thyroid?
The beleaguered thyroid is often a subject of blame for many unpleasant symptoms, from weight gain to tiredness, to concentration issues. And unfortunately, too many sufferers of thyroid disorders go undiagnosed.
We’ve discussed the thyroid in previous articles, so we won’t go into great depth on the function of the thyroid, or what can go wrong. Rather, we’d like to spend some time looking at how to maintain a healthy thyroid.
Symptoms of thyroid disorders can include, among other things:
- Anxiety and depression
- Muscle and joint pain
- Poor memory or concentration
- Weight gain
These can be debilitating and affect our day-to-day lives. So it’s well worth taking the time to discover the best ways to prevent thyroid issues.
What makes for a healthy thyroid?
We know that we are – literally – what we eat. And one of the single best ways to maintain a healthy thyroid is by ensuring that our body has enough of what it needs to function efficiently. For example, we know that the thyroid needs iodine which it converts to hormones which every cell in the body requires in order to function correctly. These hormones and chemicals manage our metabolism, detoxification, growth and cell development. Foods rich in this trace mineral include sea vegetables such as Kelp and Kombu, cranberries, organic cheese and potatoes. Supplements are available in cases where your doctor feels these would be beneficial.
Yes, we know that exercise is good for us. But how can it help to maintain a healthy thyroid? A sluggish thyroid can be boosted by aerobic exercise which encourages production of the hormone which burns calories and manages the body’s metabolic rate. In fact, just 3 minutes of medium to high-intensity exercise can be enough to kick-start a sleepy thyroid. An article in Live Strong states that “Regular physical exercise that is moderate in intensity ensures that your thyroid gland continues to produce enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism at a healthy level.”
Your thyroid works with your adrenal glands and high levels of stress cause the adrenals to release cortisol. Fluctuating cortisol levels impact blood sugar levels and metabolism, which results can result in weight gain or weight loss outside of our control. Stressors which impact our bodies negatively can include lack of sleep, infections, infrequent meals or poor diets – all of which affect us at a cellular level and wreak havoc on our ability to cope with life – further elevating cortisol levels, and depleting our reserves.
Indeed, this little gland in our necks needs regular TLC, the results of which will impact our overall health in a positive way. For more information on maintaining a healthy thyroid, we encourage you to talk to Dr Sanua. Book your appointment today.