If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disease, you know first hand how frustrating and life altering it can be. Perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with:
- Graves' Disease
- Or another type of illness affecting the thyroid
Maybe you haven't been officially been diagnosed or your blood work keeps coming back as normal, but you are still experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- extreme fatigue
- stubborn weight gain
- anxiety or depression
- acne or eczema
- hormonal imbalance
- hair loss
- menstrual irregularites
These are all signs that your thyroid is not functioning optimally.
Conventional treatment typically involves options like medication, radioactive iodine (intentionally destroys thyroid tissue), or surgical removal of the thyroid. The problem with these treatments is that they are addressing symptoms rather than the root cause of the illness.
There is a reason that your thyroid got out of balance in the first place, and it usually involves one or more of the following root causes:
1. Food Sensitivities
If your body is having a reaction to a certain food, it can cause inflammation and rev up the disease. Some common food sensitivities concerning thyroid disease include dairy, gluten, soy, corn, and night shade vegetables. It is usually not the same for every person, so it is important to figure out what could be your individual issues. Once those foods are removed, your body has a chance to rest and restore.
2. Nutrient Deficiencies
Eating nutrient depleted processed and not making the bulk of your diet nutrient-dense, whole foods can quickly cause your body to become deficient in crucial vitamins and minerals. When this happens, imbalances in hormone levels and thyroid function is very common. Some common nutrient deficiencies in people with thyroid disease include selenium, zinc, Vitamin D, and Iron. This is not an exhaustive list, and it is always most effective when all the vitamins and minerals are working together. I recommend getting nutrients from food first, but supplementation may be appropriate, in some cases.
3. Gut Imbalance
Our digestive systems have a balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. Lifestyle factors like stress and sugar consumption can cause this to get out of balance. When our guts are lacking probiotics (good bacteria), it can trigger autoimmune and inflammation responses in the rest of the body. Taking a quality probiotic supplement or eating probiotic-rich foods are great steps toward balancing gut health.
4. Inability to Handle Toxins
Toxins are simply things that our bodies do not recognize and can interfere with its normal functioning. Reducing toxins in personal care products, cleaning supplies, water, and air impurities takes the burden off our bodies and can speed up healing. Thankfully, there are several amazing product lines on the market today that make this much easier.
5. Inability to Handle Stress
I saved the best for last. Stress is the toughie, because it's pretty much impossible to avoid stress in our busy lives. There are, however, simple ways to help your body cope with stress so that it relieves the ill-effects it can have on your thyroid health. For 3 simple ways to manage stress, check out last week's blog post: 3 (Mostly Free Ways to Reduce Stress and Speed up Thyroid Healing.
When you are able to get to the root cause and address the whole reason things got out of balance in the first place, healing becomes much more simple!
If you are stuck on how to identify what the root cause is for you or how to proceed with an effective action plan, I always offer free 20 minute health assessments where I can help you do just that. I'd love to point you in the right direction! Click the button below to request a free call: