Stressed and cold
Chronic stress results in tired and under-active adrenal glands, and this can have a detrimental affect on the function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland plays a major part in energy production and metabolism. An under-active thyroid gland can result in symptoms such as sensitivity to the cold, tiredness and lethargy, weight gain, constipation, dry skin and hair, hair loss, and depression.
• Iodine, Selenium and Zinc are minerals which are essential for the production of thyroid hormones and the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to its useable form which is known as T3.
• Tyrosine increases the production of the neurotransmitters noradrenalin and dopamine which help to increase feelings of drive and motivation. Tyrosine also increases the conversion of the thyroid hormoneT4 to T3.
• Stress support is vital for treating an underactive thyroid, as excessive stress can weaken the thyroid gland. B Vitamins offer stress support, enabling the body to cope more easily with stress, and support energy levels. Ashwaganda is a herb which acts as an adaptogen. Adaptogenic herbs increase our ability to cope with stress.
Other tips and hints:
• Avoid the brassica family of vegetables – these include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, as they block the activity of the thyroid gland.
• Regular exercise helps to increase thyroid hormone production.
• Avoid soy products such as tofu and soy milk. They block thyroid function.
• Eat shellfish for their iodine, selenium and zinc content
• Coconut oil is great for the health of the thyroid, and assists the conversion of T4 to T3
• Avoid tap water as it is treated with chlorine and fluoride which can suppress thyroid function.
• Make time for relaxation, and minimise stress levels as much as possible.
• The thyroid is a symbol of expression and creativity. Underactive thyroids can manifest in those who have difficulty in expressing themselves
• Test for heavy metal toxicity.
• If you suspect that you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid, please see your doctor. The advice here is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.
• Visit our Nutritionist at the Health Zone Clinic for an in-depth consultation and personalised advice on looking after your thyroid.