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5 Things You Can Do Today To Optimize Your Thyroid Health

On average, 27 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and the scary part is, there are many people out there that don’t even know they have one. Hypothyroidism, also known as having a “Slow thyroid” accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances. The thyroid hormone is known as the “Master” hormone, because it controls majority of your body including your metabolism, mood, weight, skin, brain function and more.

If you have a thyroid problem, or suspect that you may have one, it can be overwhelming and a lot to manage. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year searching for ways to optimize my thyroid health, and I was able to eliminate a lot of the unpleasant symptoms that come with Hashimoto’s. I chose these 5 things to talk about because all are things that you can start doing on your own today.

5 Tips You Can Start Implementing Today

1. Eliminate Gluten:This is one of the most important diet changes that you can make. Gluten is inflammatory and leads to intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut which is a trigger for Auto Immune diseases. Regardless of if you have Celiac, a gluten sensitivity, or a gluten intolerance, gluten should be eliminated for good

2. Follow an Elimination Diet: While going gluten free works wonders for most people, it isn’t enough for everybody. There are quite a few elimination diets out there, so I recommend doing your research and choosing one that you feel works best for you. These diets are obviously challenging, but super helpful. I personally followed the Autoimmune Paleo diet for a long time. Some other people may do just fine by following a diet that eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugars. You can read more about my experience with the AIP diet here:

3. Go Non-Toxic: Non-toxic beauty products and cleaning products are definitely becoming trendier these days, and for a good reason. There are dozens of chemicals in everyday products that mess with your hormones. Since the thyroid is one of the most important hormones in your body that regulates the rest of your hormones, it’s important to make sure you aren’t using any products that contain hormone disrupting chemicals. A good starting point is making sure your products are free of parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. You’d be shocked at what chemicals are inside of some of your products. You can read more about some of my favorite products here:

4. Manage Stress Levels: Many people with Hashimoto’s or a thyroid dysfunction also suffer from adrenal fatigue, which makes it hard to manage stress. Consider trying yoga, guided meditation, or taking Epsom salt baths a few times a week to relax. Here are some of my main stress relief tips:

5. Request a Full Thyroid Panel:I saved the most important for last! Make sure your doctor is running a FULL thyroid panel that includes TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOABb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb) Majority of conventional medical doctors will only evaluate thyroid health based on TSH levels, which is not a full picture of how your thyroid is functioning.

Whether you just got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or you don’t have a diagnosis yet, but suspect you may have a thyroid problem, I hope these tips help you eliminate some of your symptoms and get on track to getting your health back. Listening to podcasts, reading other blogs, and reading different thyroid books have helped me so much throughout my health journey. Getting healthy starts with yourself first. Yes, your doctor will help you, but there is only so much doctors can do for you. Order a good book and educate yourself. Not only will you learn more about what’s going on inside of your body, but you’ll also be able to ask better questions during your appointments.

Read more about Hashimoto's and my journey here:



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