5 Ways to Boost Thyroid Function Naturally

 

Low functioning thyroid {or hypothyroidism} is a very common issue that many of my patients face. Wondering if your thyroid is running in tip-top shape? Check out these common symptoms of low thyroid function:

  • Excessive fatigue, especially in the morning
  • Cold extremities {hands and feet}
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Memory loss or brain fog
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Neck discomfort or swelling in the neck
  • Feeling "low" or depressed
  • Constipation
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness

Think your thyroid could use some extra lovin'? Check out my tips below to address thyroid health from a holistic perspective: structurally, biochemically, and emotionally.

STRUCTURE

GET ADJUSTED!

Chiropractic care helps our body function at it’s best - including our glands! The nervous system controls every function of our body and helps us function in a balanced state.

Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

With patients dealing with hormonally based issues {often resulting from burn out} I recommend gentle, low-intensity workouts. Have some of the symptoms listed above? Opt for a gentle yoga class, walk outside, or light cardio session. Allow your body more rest to get back into balance.

BIOCHEMICAL

Ditch the Carbs!

Carbohydrates not only cause inflammation to spike in the ENTIRE body {thyroid included}, they also massively disrupt blood sugar. When blood sugar levels are up and down, so is our energy! Focus on fueling your body with whole foods such as: protein, vegetables, and healthy fats for longer energy reserves. Think gluten doesn’t negatively affect thyroid function, check out the articles below!

Say No to Soy

Soy is estrogenic in nature and can cause havoc with thyroid function and hormone balance. Always check any protein drinks, powders, and bars for hidden soy content! As a protein substitute opt for vegetable based protein, such as pea protein, instead.


EMOTIONAL

USE YOUR VOICE!

Do you tend to hold your thoughts in and keep your opinions to yourself? Thyroid issues on an emotional level often correlate to a lack of speaking one’s truth and voicing their needs. Many, MANY times I find this correlation with my thyroid patients. Start speaking up about your needs and desires, and see how it shifts your symptoms!

I hope this article is helpful and helps you gain balanced thyroid function again! As always, it’s important to consult with a physician before beginning any specific recommendations and/or supplement regimens. Feel free to reach out with any questions, here!

 

LOVE & thriving THYROIDS,

DR. ABBY

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15244201

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9872614

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12919165

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11768252