Hypothyroidism: The One Snack You Need & Natural Remedy Suggestions

Hypothyroidism: The One Snack You Need & Natural Remedy Suggestions

Your thyroid gland sits at the base of your neck and is responsible for producing and releasing the hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These chemical messengers are intimately involved in regulating your metabolism, weight, energy levels, mood, and hair. Thyroid hormones also influence many other hormones in your body including the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which are manufactured and released by your adrenal glands, and those produced by your ovaries, estrogen and progesterone. In other words, your thyroid is very important.

According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder at some time in her life. To help heal and balance your thyroid, it helps to include certain nutrients in your regular diet, including selenium, magnesium, and iodine. It’s also important to avoid inflammatory foods and to boost antioxidants.

The following mix is one of my favorites, both for its convenience and thyroid boosting abilities (and, of course, it’s delicious). Altogether, this recipe is jam-packed with thyroid health—and also helps to balance your other hormones. Let’s break down the six super-thyroid benefits in this recipe:

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a nutrient that protects your thyroid gland from oxidative damage.
Iodine found in iodized or pink salt is an element that is needed for the production of both hormones T3 and T4.
Almonds are rich in magnesium, which is a super micronutrient that is a key cofactor in hormone regulation and stress reduction.
The recipe is gluten- and sugar-free, avoiding two of the major inflammatory foods that can cause hormone imbalances.
Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory food, good for promoting hormonal balance and function.
Dark chocolate provides antioxidants that can help prevent tissue damage to your thyroid.

THYROID TRAIL MIX


Who doesn’t love trail mix? This mix is one of many thyroid-supporting recipes you’ll find in my book Super Woman Rx. This trail mix is packed with selenium and iodine to support your thyroid. Plus, this recipe makes eight servings, so you can mix up a batch and have it on hand for a daily snack all week—and it's substantial enough to make a quick on-the-go meal. Just mix it up and then portion it out into ½-cup servings and zip them up in plastic bags.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted, unsalted Brazil nuts
1 cup almonds
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup any gluten- and sugar-free cereal
2 teaspoons pink or iodized salt
1 to 2 teaspoons dark honey

INSTRUCTIONS

In a bowl, combine the Brazil nuts, almonds, chocolate chips, cereal, salt, and honey. Mix well. Portion out into ½-cup serving. Eat one serving per day.

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HYPOTHYROIDISM

If you suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism, here are some key suggestions to consider why treating it naturally:

What Is Subclinical Hypothyroidism?

In order to be diagnosed with SCH, which is sometimes referred to as subclinical thyroid disease, a blood test must show that someone has peripheral thyroid hormone levels that are within the normal range, but thyroid-stimulating hormone (or TSH) levels that are mildly elevated.

What does it mean if someone’s TSH level is elevated?

Thyroid stimulating hormone is produced in the pituitary gland, which is stimulated by the hypothalamus in the brain. TSH has the job of telling the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormones when levels drop too low. This means that elevated TSH is a sign the body is trying to make more thyroid hormones.

T3 and T4 are released into the bloodstream and then travel throughout the body, controlling metabolism and the body’s use of energy. This means that people with subclinical hypothyroidism and clinical hypothyroidism will usually experience symptoms that are associated with a slow metabolism.

Some people with subclinical hypothyroidism will have no symptoms at all, or only very mild symptoms. When they do occur, subclinical hypothyroidism symptoms and complications can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression, anxiety and moodiness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness, aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Impaired memory
  • Low libido
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Higher risk of progression to overt hypothyroidism. One study found that this occurs in about 28 percent of people with SCH who are over 55 years old.
  • Possible decrease in quality of life, may be due to anxiety, low libido, low energy and sleep-related issues.
  • Possibility of higher risk for cardiovascular conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and congestive heart failure, particularly in people younger than 70 years (studies show those aged 70 and 80 years have no additional risk).


In case you’re wondering, the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism is this: hypothyroidism describes an underactive thyroid, while hyperthyroidism describes an overactive thyroid. These two thyroid disorders often cause opposite symptoms.

Three ways to help alleviate hypothyroidism naturally:

1. Foods for a Healthier Thyroid Function

  • Foods high in iodine, since a diet low in iodine and selenium (which are trace minerals crucial for thyroid function) increases the risk for hypothyroid disorders. Iodine and selenium are found in foods like seaweed, eggs, fish and seafood, liver, oats, real sea salt, yogurt, lima beans, turkey, raw milk and cheeses, brazil nuts, spinach and bananas.
  • Wild-caught fish that provide the omega-3 fatty acids
  • Healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil
  • Seaweeds, which are the best natural sources of iodine and help prevent deficiencies that disturb thyroid function
  • Probiotic-rich foods, like kefir (a fermented dairy product), organic goat’s milk yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, natto, sauerkraut and other fermented veggies
  • Sprouted seeds, like flax, hemp and chia seeds
  • High-fiber foods, include fresh vegetables, berries, beans, lentils and seeds
  • Bone broth, which can help repair the digestive lining and provide numerous important minerals that prevent deficiencies
  • A wide variety of fruits and vegetables


2. Getting Rest, Managing Stress and Exercising Appropriately

Over-exertion and chronic stress, including from sleep deprivation, too much exercise and a packed schedule, can raise levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and adrenaline, which can contribute to hormonal imbalances and thyroid disease. While exercise has many benefits, such as helping with sleep and managing a healthy weight, over-training can place too much stress on the body; therefore, gentler, more restorative types of exercises are better suited for some people with low thyroid function.

3. Supplements

Certain supplements can be helpful for managing hypothyroid symptoms, such as fatigue or brain-fog, including:

Iodine (if a deficiency is a contributing cause)
B vitamin complex
Probiotic supplement
Omega-3 fatty acids
Ashwagandha and other adaptogen herbs
Selenium
L-tyrosine

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