What You Need To Do For Your Thyroid (+ Smoothie Recipe To Get Started) – Saturday Strategy
The thyroid gland sits in the middle of your neck and is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. It is primarily responsible for hormone creation and secretion. Although it is relatively small, the thyroid has an influence on many of the most important organs in the body, including the brain, liver, kidney, heart and skin.
Your Thyroid Plays A Major Role In:
- How fast or slow the metabolism works (metabolism turns food into energy)
- The body’s sensitivity to hormones
- Growth and rate of function for many systems in the body
- Electrolyte transportation
- Cellular protein synthesis
- Cardiac and muscle activity
- Bone repair
- Turning beta-carotene into vitamin A
- Growth during childhood
- Mental processes
- Libido (for both men and women)
- Menstrual cycles
An easy way to understand how the thyroid works is to think of it like a car engine that decides how fast or slow your body operates. Similar to how a car engine produces energy for a car to move at a specific speed, your thyroid gland stimulates cells to perform bodily functions at a specific rate.
What Happens When The Thyroid Isn’t Functioning Properly
If your thyroid isn’t working properly it can feel like you’re driving a car with a gas pedal that is either really hard to push down, or pushes down much too easily.
When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it releases too few or too many hormones. This can lead to a number of symptoms or, if left untreated, serious disease.
According to The American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
The most common forms of thyroid disease are:
- Graves Disease (the autoimmune form of Hyperthyroidism)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (the autoimmune form of Hypothyroidism)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Let’s dig into those a bit.
Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, wherein the immune system has an abnormal response that causes the thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of thyroid hormones. If left untreated, this disease can lead to over activity of the thyroid gland, otherwise known as hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is defined as an overactive thyroid gland, which produces an overabundance of T3/T4 hormones.
Hashimoto’s is a form of chronic inflammation that can damage the thyroid, inhibiting its ability to produce hormones. Roughly 90% of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) begins with Hashimoto’s.
Hypothyroidism occurs with an underactive thyroid, which produces inadequate amounts of T3/T4 thyroid hormones. Common causes include a congenital abnormality (thyroid deficiency from birth), autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, nutritional iodine deficiency, TSH hormone deficiency via pituitary gland abnormality, heavy metal toxicity and dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria).
Symptoms Of Thyroid Problems
Because your thyroid is involved in so many bodily functions, there are a lot of symptoms that potentially point to thyroid distress. Some of the most common are:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Unexplainable weight gain
- Swollen face
- Muscle weakness
- Elevated blood cholesterol level
- Muscle aches
- Thinning hair
- Impaired memory
Depending on a lot of things, your thyroid could either be in EXPRESS MODE (hyper) or in SLUG MODE (hypo).
What Can I Do To Improve My Thyroid Health?
Conventional approaches to hyperthyroidism include beta-blockers and anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine and surgery. Natural approaches are numerous and often boil down to one thing: diet.
Eat more organic foods, unprocessed foods and plenty of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Reduce (or preferably eliminate completely) junk food, artificial sweeteners and colors, trans fats and chemical ingredients.
Eliminating or decreasing goitrogenic foods may be helpful, as would removing fluoride, bromine and chlorine from water via a high-quality filtration system.
Tip: sometimes cooking goitrogenic foods slightly is enough to remove the goitrogens.
Superfood Smoothie Recipe To Boost Thyroid Health
For those of you looking for a way to improve thyroid health and hormone production, we’ve created the following smoothie recipe. It contains ingredients that are known to support the thyroid and connected systems in the body.
Coconut oil – Mounting research is showing that the medium-chain triglycerides present in coconut oil may be beneficial for those with low thyroid function. Coconut oil has also been found to help improve weight loss efforts, skin health and hormone function, which are all related to the thyroid.
Organifi Complete Protein – Getting enough protein is key to keeping blood sugar levels steady, cravings at bay and energy levels stable.
Brazil Nuts – These are the richest source of selenium on the planet. This mineral is essential for converting the thyroid hormone thyroxine to its active form, T3.
Dulse – This is rich in protein, potassium and iodine to help prevent blood clotting and increase overall thyroid function.
Maca Root Powder – Studies have found that maca root helps support the thyroid in releasing hormones.
For more recipes to boost your health and vitality, be sure to check out the recipe section on FitLife.TV!
Thyroid Booster Smoothie
- Blend all ingredients in blender. Enjoy!
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