How to Boost Your Thyroid Gland Naturally

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

Iodine deficiency

Autoimmune disease

Low thyroid binding globulin

Illnesses not related to thyroid disease

Environmental toxicity

Nutritional deficiency

Stress

Nutritional Deficiencies Of HypoThyroidism

Zinc

Tyrosine

Selenium

Iodine

Vitamin D3

Wholefoods Containing Iodine

Seaweeds – dulse or kelp

Sea vegetables – nori, arame

Mushrooms

Swiss chard

Butter beans

Sesame seeds

Wholefoods Containing Tyrosine

Butter beans

Fish

Almonds

Bananas

Avocados

Pumpkin seeds

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.

Coleus

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

Iodine deficiency

Goitre

Pregnancy

High thyroid binding protein

T3 thyrotoxicosis

Nutritional Deficiencies Of HyperThyroidism

Zinc Calcium Selenium Quercetin

Key Herbs For Hyperthyroidism

Bugleweed

Motherwort

lemon balm

Foods To Avoid For Optimal Thyroid Gland Health

Cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale

Soy

Refined + sugary foods – white bread, cakes + biscuits

Caffeine (raises adrenalin + cortisol)

Alcohol

Dairy

Lifestyle Tips

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.