Chances are, like many people in the West, your thyroid treatment plan looks something like this: you get a diagnosis of a thyroid disease (likely hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s), were given a prescription, and have your numbers checked every now and then. While this is a standard approach and can be helpful in many respects, it also puts you — the patient, the one whose health matters most — in a hands-off passive position. When the doctor tells you there’s not much more you can do besides take your medicine on time and hope for the best, it can leave us feeling disheartened and not in control. The good news however, is that there are many things you can do to naturally improve your thyroid health — boost hormones and calm the immune system.
Here are three things you can do right now to help your thyroid health:
- Get off of food allergens. Have you heard so much about gluten-free this or dairy-free that but didn’t feel like it applied to you? Well, it probably does. Food allergens become hormone disruptors and immune stimulants — two things that cause and contribute to autoimmune thyroid disease. Therefore, even if you don’t have any obvious, overt food allergy symptoms, chances are, you need to get off of major allergens to improve your thyroid/immune health.
- Switch up your drink of choice. If you’re anything like me (an iced tea aficionado), you’re swigging down lots of icy teas in this summer heat. But if your tea of choice is black, you are probably ingesting and absorbing lots of fluoride. Fluoride, although widely promoted for a healthy smile, is also a thyroid-disruptor. Switch to herbal teas, purified water with lemon, or other drinks.
- Stop stressing. Stress is an endocrine disruptor. Finding outlets for your thoughts and emotions, or ways to manage your stress level is essential. Despite the difficult circumstances in our lives, we have to find ways to adapt. The success of our thyroid is truly dependent upon it.