How to maintain a healthy thyroid so that it works properly:
- Eating a healthy balanced diet by eating leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, which are rich sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and (disease fighting) antioxidants.
- Switch from iodized table salt to sea salt.
- There is evidence that a gluten-free diet improves thyroid function as there seems to be a link between wheat allergies and thyroid disease.
- Anti-inflammatory diets are very helpful by eliminating processed foods and eating whole and organic foods.
- Practice stress reduction techniques such as meditation and/or deep-breathing exercises.
The following symptoms are possible clues you are having a thyroid issue:
- Extreme fatigue and/lethargy even after a full night of sleep.
- Brain fog, do you have difficulty focusing and/or are more forgetful and/or feel as though you’re walking around in a fog?
- Digestive issues. Those with hypothyroidism often complain of constipation, as an underactive thyroid can cause the digestive process to slow. An overactive thyroid gland can cause the opposite problem, such as diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements.
- Mood swings, anxiety, nervousness and/or depression.
- Weight gain or loss. If you aren’t eating more than usual, but are putting on extra pounds, even if you exercise regularly, it could be an underactive thyroid.
- Sudden loss of weight without trying could be a symptom of hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid problems can be detrimental to your general wellbeing and quality of life. Don’t ignore the symptoms, seek the advice of an expert.
Dr. Theodore H. Gaylor
Serving the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Pa and surrounding Lehigh Valley area.