For years I felt sick…
I was always fatigued. Every joint in my body hurt, my brain was always foggy and I had lots of headaches.
My weight kept climbing, my skin got drier and my hands and feet grew colder by the day.
As if all that wasn’t enough, I was constipated as well.
If you’re familiar with hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid gland, then you might recognize these symptoms.
Over those years, I repeatedly told my doctor that I thought that my thyroid function was low and asked for help. My doctor repeatedly told me that I was fine. You see, the only test he would perform was for my TSH (or thyroid stimulating hormone). And since it was “normal,” I was fine… according to my doctor.
But my TSH levels weren’t painting the entire picture — not by a long shot.
Since my doctor was unwilling to investigate further, I continued to live with the feeling of being sick and exhausted all the time.
I trusted my doctor, but he just wasn’t getting it.
Your thyroid is more than just a gland. It’s an essential organ, so you can see how important it is to whole-body health.
That’s why I started trusting my own instincts and put in place a plan to “fix” what was wrong with me. I wanted to get back to feeling like my younger, healthier self… and that’s just what I did.
Step #1 — Get your nutrients
There are a number of nutrients that are vital if you want to help your thyroid get back to optimal health.
The first is iodine, which helps convert and release your thyroid hormones. You also need selenium to balance your T4 hormones as well as zinc.
Another not-to-be-missed supplement for your thyroid is ashwagandha root. It helps regulate the autoimmune inflammation that is behind so many thyroid problems.
Step #2 — Heal your gut
It may sound strange, when we’re talking about restoring the health of your thyroid, to say that the next step is to heal your gut… but it’s true.
You see, a leaky gut can trigger that autoimmune inflammation that we just talked about, crippling your thyroid function.
For this step, you need to include more probiotics in your diet in both supplement form and natural foods, like kefir, kombucha, yogurt and kimchi.
You also should be sure to get plenty of gut-healing foods like bone broth and healthy fats from avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and egg yolks.
And avoid foods that could irritate your digestive tract, including gluten, dairy and sugary snacks.
Finally, take five grams of L-glutamine powder two times daily to help repair your gut.
Step #3 — De-stress
You may think you’re stressed because of your low thyroid, but it’s kind of like the chicken and the egg… which came first?
Whatever the answer really is, stress can have a negative effect on your thyroid function.
Learn to manage your stress through meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga and other exercise and you’ll boost your happiness and the health of your thyroid.
Give your thyroid some TLC by feeding it the nutrients it needs, taking care of your gut and letting go of the stress.