The typical model of treatment for disease goes something like this:
You have a heart issue? Take some medication for your heart.
You have a skin issue? Put some of this medication on your skin.
You have a thyroid issue? Take some medication that targets your thyroid gland.
Has this been your experience?
Sometimes addressing the isolated body system in this way gets the job done, but most of the time there are other factors in the body contributing to the problem.
Have you ever considered how one part of your body affects other parts? For years, I thought if I just found the right cream or lotion, my skin issues would heal. It turned out that my gut and liver health were having a profound impact on my skin, and the secret was to address these issues FIRST. Once I supported these body systems, my skin cleared up and has been healthy ever since.
The same is true for your thyroid. Your thyroid gland depends on other systems of your body to function properly, so just treating that single location is leaving gaps in your healing plan. One of the major organs that contributes to thyroid healing is your liver.
Some key functions ofyour liver include:
- processes nutrients to be absorbed by your body
- regulates blood sugar
- stores minerals
- removes toxins from blood (largest detoxifying organ in your body)
- helps convert T4 to T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone that the rest of your body needs to function properly)
- and many more
As you can see, if your liver is overburdened with toxins, it can lead to nutrient deficiencies, poor digestion, unbalanced blood sugar, and lack of thyroid hormone production. These just happen to be some of the main root causes of thyroid disease!
A few other symptoms that indicate sub par liver function include:
- acid reflux/heartburn
- high blood pressure
- chronic fatigue
The good news is there are easy ways you can support this crucial part of your body, which will lead to healing in other areas. Here are some tips for including more liver-cleansing foods in your daily diet:
- lemon water in the morning
- "spa" water (add some berries, cucumbers, mint, etc. to a pitcher of water overnight---so good! )
- leafy greens (green juices or green smoothies are great ways to sneak these in)
- sweet potatoes
- turmeric and ginger
- broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower (some thyroid patients have issues with cruciferous veggies when eaten raw. If this is a problem for you, you can get many of the same benefits by lightly steaming or cooking.
Getting good exercise, managing stress, and deep sleep will also rev up your liver healing power. Some key supplements such as milk thistle, turmeric, MSM powder, and dandelion root can give you an extra kick start on cleansing, as well.
The very first thing I start my clients on is a gentle liver cleansing eating plan. (No crash cleanses or fasts necessary!) If you are struggling with thyroid imbalance and accompanying symptoms, supporting your liver will do wonders for kick-starting your healing. If you would like some FREE support for getting started, I offer complimentary 20 min. Health Consultation phone/skype calls to getting you headed in the right direction!
Request your FREE health consultation by clicking HERE. I can't wait to help you move toward a healed thyroid and a thriving body! It's totally possible for you!