BY CLAIR WHITTY
At the shop I see a lot of people who ask for advice about underactive thyroid. This is an extremely common condition which causes the body’s metabolic rate to slow down. This results in symptoms that can include fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, memory and concentration problems, muscle and joint pain. Poor nutrition, stress, toxins, hormonal changes during the menopause, a lack of iodine in the diet can all contribute to the cause.
The first step is to get a blood test and this will give you an indication of how things are. They could also indicate Hashimoto’s disease, which is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. This is caused by an attack by the body’s own immune system. This process is known as an autoimmune condition and will have a different protocol than an underactive thyroid problem. If your bloods come back showing a problem, you would need a different blood test to rule this out.
Nutritionally you can support your diet with nutrients it needs from food. Seaweeds such as nori, dulse, and kelp are great dietary sources of iodine and zinc. Vitamin A is important for thyroid hormone production and is found in eggs, dairy products, beef liver, and pumpkin seeds. B and Zinc work together to support thyroid function and can be found in nuts, seeds, and wholegrains. As well as vitamin C which is found in fruit and vegetables. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are important too.
Supplement wise, Biocare Th207 now called Thryoid Complex is one that I have seen good results with over the years. It’s a combination of powerful nutrients for thyroid support. It contains L-Tyrosine, Zinc, Selenium, vitamin C, N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, B vitamins, Vitamin A, and Potassium Iodide. All working together to support every step of thyroid hormone production.
I would always recommend an omega 3 supplement and there are lots of excellent brands for you to choose from including Biocare’s own Mega EPA.
If you’re on medication for thyroid you should take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You might even be wise to wait and have your coffee later in the morning so as not to affect absorption.
Let us know if you have any questions about looking after your thyroid.
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