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When using a functional medicine approach to support the thyroid, we have to think about the full fundamentals of living. How we think how we move, how we eat how we sleep the thyroid gland is part of a dance of hormones that is occurring in all parts of the body. We need to think of the thyroid as being part of a chain of hormones that starts in your adrenal glands and affects the thyroid, which then affects your hormones. So let’s start with thinking about how we eat. When we’re supporting the thyroid, we want to make sure that we have adequate nutrients. These include foods that have zinc, selenium, iron, and vitamin D in them. We also have to ensure our gut is working optimally and absorbing all the nutrients we are giving it. Using the basic principles of having a balanced plate is how you support your thyroid.
How do we support the thyroid by using our thoughts? The adrenal glands which produce our stress hormone, impact how the thyroid works. The thyroid gland helps to support your metabolism in the body. When your thyroid gland is either slowing down or speeding up, we want to know why? When it slows down this is a case of a hypo thyroid profile. Understanding the impact of stress on the thyroid is so important in helping your body rebalance itself. We talk at our practice about breathing exercises. Finding ways to get into flow meditation and relaxing Epsom salt baths.
Sleep and thyroid: Having adequate sleep in our body means that we are able to reduce inflammation and have time for the body to get back into balance. Prioritising sleep as part of your daily routine is very important for overall health and well-being. Make sure that you’re going to bed at a similar time every day and waking up at the same time each day. Breathing Techniques using meditation and even journaling can be very helpful to allow you to get into a space of feeling calm before going to bed.
Having good movement can support the thyroid as it is very helpful in reducing inflammation. We use very simple techniques to increase the movement from where you are to where you want to go. Often people with thyroid illnesses have got issues with their fatigue levels, so we want to start off very, very slow and then build up. We don’t want to start by going for a marathon. It might be as simple as standing when you’re working. Getting up every hour and moving around from your desk. It could be a simple stretch exercise. It’s more about having movement all through the day rather than just at a particular time and day, where you do an hour at the gym. There’s so much more that we can do to support the thyroid but these are some of the basic principles that we use to support patients with a thyroid condition.
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