The thyroid gland is such a critical gland to keep healthy, especially if we are keen to keep our figures as a busy working mum and freelance creative copywriter looking fit and healthy. The thyroid gland produces a hormone called thyroxine (T4), which is then converted into an active form of thyroxine (T3) by enzymes requiring iodine, zinc and selenium. Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are two health conditions I often come across.
Causes Of Hypothyroidism - Low T3
Low thyroid binding globulin
Illnesses not related to thyroid disease
Nutritional Deficiencies Of HypoThyroidism
Wholefoods Containing Iodine
Seaweeds – dulse or kelp
Sea vegetables – nori, arame
Wholefoods Containing Tyrosine
Essential fatty acids; chia seeds, olive oil, salmon, mackerel, seeds, cold-pressed oils, almonds
Key Herbs For Hypothyroidism
Bladderwrack - has long been regarded as a herb to help weight loss.
Withania - may improve T4→T3 conversion. Its adaptogenic effects may boost depleted energy levels.
Bacopa - its brain tonic effects may be highly relevant for hypothyroidism.
Causes Of Hyperthyroidism - High T3
Early thyroid failure
High thyroid binding protein
Nutritional Deficiencies Of HyperThyroidism
Zinc Calcium Selenium Quercetin
Key Herbs For Hyperthyroidism
Foods To Avoid For Optimal Thyroid Gland Health
Cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale
Refined + sugary foods – white bread, cakes + biscuits
Caffeine (raises adrenalin + cortisol)
Reduce stress – too much cortisol interferes with thyroid function.
If you think your thyroid may be under or over functioning, it's essential to get the necessary tests to provide an accurate view of the operation of your thyroid. I think it is a condition that seems to get overlooked quite often. Consequently, every health coaching I do is unique. For a specific health plan to improve the health of your thyroid gland you might be interested in an online health and wellness coaching. In the meantime, I hope these tips help. They are tips! Before taking any herbal tonics or nutritional supplements check with your health professional first. The information in this article and website is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.