Thyroid and jewelry?, you say; Where’s the connection? Well consider this: the most common cause of thyroid disease is autoimmunity. Even if your thyroid condition is not diagnosed as autoimmune, it still could be an underlying issue (even if your blood work didn’t produce thyroid-specific antibodies), and additionally, you are still at great risk for developing autoimmunity in the future.
Autoimmunity is an allergic reaction — the body reacting to a foreign particle, and also confusing itself with the attacker, thereby eventually turning inward and attacking itself.
An estimated 10% of men, women, and children in the United States are allergic to nickle alone (other common metal allergies include cobalt and chromium as well). Symptoms of metal allergies include redness, itching, and rashes. What’s one common way for us to be exposed to metals? Well, our jewelry of course!
how to keep your thyroid healthy this summer, tip #4: wear less jewelry
When an allergic reaction to metal occurs, the body initiates an autoimmune response. This may not be a problem for those people who can tolerate metals on their skin, but for those that cannot, wear as little metal jewelry as possible. Helping the thyroid means eliminating sources of allergic reactions. Here’s one very simplified equation:
allergy = autoimmunity = thyroid disease
So wear less jewelry this summer and it might just take some stress off your immune system and, as a result, thyroid.
Would you consider wearing less jewelry to help your thyroid function?