We all hear of ‘thyroid dysfunction’ yet many times people don’t really know what symptoms to look for or what to do when they discover they do have a problem.
The most common symptoms that indicate thyroid imbalance include:
- weight gain and/or inability to lose weight
- edema/ fluid retention
- outer third of eyebrow missing
- low body temperature
- depression, lack of motivation
- fatigue, sleep disturbances
- hair loss
- bulging eyes
What is interesting is that most of those symptoms also reflect adrenal stress. In fact the thyroid can’t be stressed without the adrenals being stressed. Everything you do to support the adrenals will, by default, help the thyroid.
So, what can you do if you suspect adrenal and/or thyroid imbalance? You can check with your health care practitioner for a full program. In the meantime, these basic strategies are simple, affordable and will often be just what your body is looking for!
- Get adequate iodine (not from iodized salt) from seaweed (richest source), yogurt, cod and green drinks, and green leafy veggies. A strip of kombu (seaweed) added to beans (as in soups) adds iodine, other minerals and aids in the digestion of the beans.
- Get adequate chelated calcium – – taken with protein to ensure delivery
- Get adequate fatty acids to help the body better use iodine.
- Get adequate sleep (8-9 hours) with a consistent bedtime hour and rising hour.
- Learn to voice your frustrations and not go silent or feel like a ‘victim.’
A good protein shake gives you the first two strategies every morning. Add some good fatty acids (Barlean’s Swirl, coconut oil and/or avocado) to the shake for your fatty acids.
Last but not least, gluten intolerance is often a hidden factor in poor thyroid function. Avoid gluten (wheat and gluten-containing grains) for a minimum of two weeks and see if that also helps your body bounce back.