Risk Factors for Thyroid Problems
When your body has a hard time detoxing the liver and removing toxins, the glands are one of the first areas to become overwhelmed and overrun. MTHFR mutations cause an interruption or a delay in detoxification which can result in a dysregulated thyroid. Another risk factor for developing thyroid problems is your genetics. Do other family members have hypo/hyperthyroid? A combination of being genetically predisposed to thyroid issues due to it running in the family and an MTHFR mutation can put you at major risk for thyroid problems. Fortunately, paying attention to these warning signs and listening to your body can cause you to act before your thyroid becomes dysregulated. Adding specific nutrients to your diet, and following a healthier lifestyle can protect your thyroid or help heal and maintain a healthy thyroid.
Thyroid Support and Healing
Vitamin B1, otherwise known as Thiamine, helps support your metabolism which, in turn, helps support the thyroid. The thyroids main job is regulating the temperature of your body, by speeding up or slowing down your metabolism. Adding extra metabolism support into the body can provide your thyroid with extra energy to continue working hard to regulate a healthy temperature of 98.6. Thiamine combats fatigue often seen when someone has low thyroid symptoms or a slowed metabolism. Thiamine is a great supplement to have on board when working towards supporting a healthy thyroid. It can be found in supplemental form but can also be consumed from food sources such as green peas, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and spinach.
Selenium is a very beneficial nutrient for balancing the thyroid. This nutrient is essential for the body to create and use thyroid hormones. Selenium is responsible for regulating thyroid hormone levels and therefore, lower levels of Selenium can result in less thyroid hormones and eventually a dysregulated thyroid. Selenium has many other benefits such as: acting as an antioxidant to rid the body of free radicals, boosting immunity, and improving blood flow throughout the body. You can find this nutrient in supplement form or it can be consumed through food. Common food sources include:
- Grass-fed beef
B Vitamins are necessary for the body especially Vitamin B12. Keeping healthy levels of Vitamin B12 is extremely important for balancing hormones such as thyroid hormones, and keeping them regulated and in check. B12 is also important in the methylation process which supports many different functions in the body from detoxification and healthy cell regeneration to metabolism and energy production. B12 also combats chronic fatigue. If you already have a thyroid problem such as hyper/hypothyroidism supplementing with B12 is important because a thyroid deficiency can cause a B12 deficiency. Methylated B12 vitamins are one way to improve B12 levels along with supporting a healthy methylation system. B12 can also be found in food sources such as beef liver, grass-fed beef, eggs, cottage cheese, and raw milk.
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Probiotics help put good bacteria into the body and in turn, reduce inflammation and help regulate the body and the gut. Probiotics are always a good choice for your overall health and can reverse the effects of antibiotics. The thyroid is one of the first spots in the body to become toxic, so keeping a healthy gut that can properly rid the body of toxins is essential when trying to keep a clean and healthy thyroid. Probiotics can be found in supplement form or naturally occurring in food. Check your local supermarket for kombucha, kefir, yogurt, and raw cheese, these are all good sources of probiotics.
Lastly, digestive enzymes can provide that additional support needed for digestion and detoxification. Working digestive enzymes in the gut can help to break down food quickly, resulting in less inflammation which greatly benefits the thyroid. BiomeIQ has created two different forms of digestive enzymes:
- Digestive Enzymes for Pancreatic support which supports healthy bile flow and regulates the normal bile acid to cholesterol conversion. The enzymes included are not only digestive but also antioxidant enzymes, protecting the body from free radicals and supporting healthy detoxification. If you are looking for something that speeds up the metabolism of your toxins resulting in a cleaner gut and ultimately a cleaner, healthier body, then digestive enzymes are for you.
- Digestive Enzymes with Bromelain supplies the body with important enzymes such as cellulase, lipase, amylase, and ficin. These enzymes work to break down the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the body as well as reducing inflammation which is super beneficial for the thyroid.
Maintaining a healthy thyroid is a lifelong commitment, especially if you are genetically predisposed to thyroid issues or have an MTHFR mutation. Fortunately, you can support your thyroid with adequate nutrients, reduce and remove toxins, and fix digestive problems, and ultimately improve your overall health.
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