Low Thyroid: How To Thyroid-Proof Your Diet

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Thyroid problems are a growing mega-trend in America RIGHT NOW. You may have heard that your thyroid controls metabolism and works as the body’s thermostat, but what is it?

“It is the thyroid gland, lying in front of the throat below the Adam’s apple and just above the breastbone, which regulates the rate at which the body utilizes oxygen and controls the rate at which various organs function and the speed with which the body utilizes food,” Broda Barnes, M.D. in Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness.”

The following signs and symptoms can indicate your thyroid function may be low:

  • Can’t lose weight
  • Edema
  • Dry skin
  • Sluggish, lack of initiative
  • Chronic constipation
  • Poor digestion
  • SAD Seasonal affectiveness disorder
  • Easily fatigued, sleepy
  • Poor circulation
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Hair loss
  • Waking body temperature of under 97.8 degrees
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • High cholesterol

 

If this describes you, it might be a good time to THYROID PROOF your diet!

A LIVER STRENGTHENING DIET IS A PRO-THYROID DIET. INCLUDING: 

1) An abundance of “whole animal” proteins. Why? The body (especially the liver) needs the amino acid balance that is achieved when we eat the “whole animal.” When we eat only particular proteins from the animal, for instance muscle meats, your body trends toward inflammation!

2) Nutrient rich sources of sugar (aka carbohydrates). If the word “sugar” is scary to you or you have blacklisted it from your diet, you might want read this for some context.

3) Pro-thyroid saturated fats like coconut oil & butter, and the elimination of unsaturated fats (PUFA), as they suppress thyroid function. Coconut oil is very pro-thyroid food.

4) Eat meals that support blood sugar balance. Poor blood sugar handling causes the adrenal glands release stress hormones and signal the liver to break down proteins and fats for energy. This process releases amino acids that are anti-metabolic to our thyroid. “Muscle catabolism also releases a large amount of cysteine, and cysteine, methionine, and tryptophan suppress thyroid function,” Ray Peat, PhD.

5) Get the undigestable foods out of your diet, and instead focusing on easy to digest foods.

6) Adopt a nutrition plan that gives you enough food and calories to support your body’s cellular metabolism and energy production.

7) Reduce stress and get enough SLEEP. If you struggle with insomnia, this book is a MUST READ.

BUT WAIT— WHAT ABOUT TAKING THYROID HORMONE INSTEAD?

 I personally think taking thyroid hormone without a solid nutrition plan is a dangerous game plan. Why?

{note: over-simplified analogy ahead}
Do you like credit cards? They have the amazing ability to let you spend money that you may or may not have. They can be an incredible tool for getting things you want, but they can also be very dangerous if the right money management is not in place to back up what you are “spending”. So let’s talk about why I see taking thyroid hormone as like using a credit card!

Let’s say you are Jane Joe, you feel tired, fatigued and feel like you have no energy–all the time. So you go to the doctor and he finds you have low thyroid function, and he puts you on Cytomel (T3) or some combination of T4 and T3. You may feel better because T3 is the body’s form of energy- so in a sense you are taking an “easy button” to get more energy. With this increase in energy you start working out, doing more around the house and all those things you need energy to do that you have missed. You feel a lot better at first… but then maybe you start feeling worse because you didn’t change your diet and lifestyle habits and back up that energy production with a nutrient dense diet. So you go back to your doctor and he ups your dose…

What is the problem here? If you take thyroid medication without addressing the root source behind it, which is most often a nutrient & cellular energy deficient, you are essentially purchasing that “increased energy” with a credit card! If your body doesn’t have the nutritional stores to pay for that energy, that thyroid med could be digging you deeper and deeper into a nutritional deficit.

Now I’m not saying that all thyroid replacement is bad, not at all. I do think there is a place for it, especially for those who have had their thyroid removed, and need it. The message I am trying to get across is that if your energy is low, there is a nutritional aspect that needs to be addressed.

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Source: Butter Nutrition

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Drew Canole

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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.

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