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By Jeanine Toes, AADP
Board Certified Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Health Coach

I help people to learn how to eat clean and healthy, detoxify their bodies, and improve their digestive function for overall wellbeing and increased energy

***PLEASE NOTE: All contents are based on my personal knowledge, opinions, and experience as a holistic health coach. Please consult a medical professional regarding medications or medical advice.***
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       Girlfriend's Guide to Thyroid Bliss

Your thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland on the front of your neck. Although small, it can cause BIG problems, especially in women! This little gland regulates your metabolism (think weight and energy level!) and balances other important hormones (i.e. sex hormones), as well as a host of other things! When the thyroid is out of whack, symptoms can be gradual, but include weight gain, fatigue (like pull the covers over your head fatigue!), dry skin, hair loss, constipation, heavy periods and depression! Women are at a greater risk for thyroid problems and are 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid disease.

So what is there to do? First of all, if you suspect that your thyroid may be causing some problems, consult your doctor or healthcare provider for blood tests. Check out this recent Wall Street Journal article about changing attitudes about treatment options. But cleaning up your diet and lifestyle may help. Read about the Gluten-Thyroid Connection here. The majority of hypothyroid cases (means slow, vs. hyper, which means overactive) are an autoimmune nature. This means your body is mistakenly attacking itself. Finding the root cause can help heal the thyroid. You can nourish your thyroid with the following: 

  • sea vegetables
  • good fats such as avocado and coconut oil
  • Omega 3 fats found in oily fish or plant based chia seeds
  • antioxidant rich foods such as fresh fruit and veggies

It is also important that you have sufficient levels of some nutrients, like iodine, selenium, zinc and the amino acid Tyrosine

Things to limit for good thyroid health: processed soy products (isoflavons which can interfere with thyroid function), gluten, foods high in added refined sugar, products with BPA and other hormone disruption chemicals like plastics, plastic wrap, cash register receipts (see Environmental Working Group for lists and info). There is also some research that says that too many uncooked cruciferous vegetables could impair thyroid function due to the goitrogenic properties so lightly steam your broccoli and cauliflower! Avoiding chemicals, such as artificial sweetener, could improve thyroid health as well.  

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