Thyroid problems can plague more people than you’d think. The Canadian Thyroid Association have estimated that around 200 million people in the world have some sort of thyroid disease and thyroid problems can affect over 20 million Americans.
With so many of us suffering with thyroid related issues, it’s essential that we all know how to take better care of our thyroid and how to give it a little boost when it needs it.
Let’s start with looking at indications that you may be having thyroid problems…
No, I’m not just talking about not wanting to get up in the morning. I mean if you find yourself with constant low energy levels even though you’re sleeping perfectly fine and not doing anything too strenuous.
If you’re feeling overly tired and can’t work out why, your thyroid could be the problem! Keep an eye on and speak to your doctor if it continues to be sure that hypothyroidism isn’t the problem.
2. Bad memory
All of that exhaustion can stop your brain from performing as well as it could. Your brain needs energy to function properly just like the rest of your body, so a poor memory is a subtle sign that your brain could be struggling.
If you’re finding that you’re struggling to remember things when you would have had no problems before, your thyroid could be what’s to blame.
3. You feel cold
Yes, we’re getting into winter now, so you’re naturally going to be cold. But if you find yourself freezing when you should be toasty warm, your thyroid could be struggling with a disorder you didn’t know about.
It’s best to go see your doctor if you find that you’re always cold and you just can’t get warm no matter what you try.
4. Hair loss
Thyroid disorders can cause havoc with your hair and leave you with thin, dry hair and lots of split ends. You may even start to lose your hair, so if that starts happening, get it checked out straight away!
Why is this happening?
Before we consider ways with which to speed up the function of your thyroid, let’s first think about what could be slowing it down. There are lots of reasons why this could happen, including an autoimmune response towards your thyroid which can stop it from producing the hormones it needs to function at a proper rate.
Another cause that many people experience could be stress, as the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the thyroid hormone.
Toxic levels of mercury could be another disruptor to your thyroid, this is often found in people who have had fillings in their teeth, as dental fillings are full of mercury
People who’s diet includes a lot of fish can be find they run into thyroid problems, as those who eat a lot of ocean fish which also contain loads of mercury. If your diet is full of soy-based foods, you could also feel the effects of a slow thyroid, as soy can hinder the thyroid’s function too.
Now you’ve that thought about what could be slowing your thyroid down, it’s time to speed it back up again!
Your first step is to eliminate foods that might be hindering your thyroid from your diet for fourteen days. Yup, two whole weeks without those pesky foods.
Likely edible culprits include alcohol, caffeine, ocean fish, peanuts, flaxseed oil and corn. Eliminating these foods will let your thyroid get some of it’s strength back, so that’s it’s all ready for stage two.
Next, you’re going to want to replace all of those nasty thyroid bashing foods you’ve cut out with foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Plenty of fruits and veggies will help with this, as well as beans, nuts, seeds, dairy products and eggs.
Finally, treat yourself by having one cheat meal a week. I know, I know, this can seem kinda naughty of you, right? But it’s done for a good reason.
Maybe it does sounds like it won’t do you any good, but studies have shown having just one cheat meal per week can kick start your thyroid into producing more of its hormones.
So not only does it feel like you’re treating yourself but you’re also benefiting your thyroid! This cheat meal will also keep your body from going into starvation mode and boost your metabolism.
Do you suffer from a thyroid disorder? Do you think this information could help you in any way? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!