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21 Tips To start Naturally Start Healing Your Thyroid

Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. If you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism by now you have figured out that by merely taking a pill isn’t going address all the other aches and pains your experiencing. Hypothyroidism does have a root cause. Once you start to address these underlying issues only then can your  body can start heal but 1st what are you addressing exactly?

Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s like a domino. One thing in your  body that is overworked   can cause a major shift in how things operate. Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. There is not one size fits all.

See we have to get  your thyroid isn’t working properly it can wreck havoc on your life. Your thyroid is responsible for so many things. it regulates  your metabolism, makes energy, adjusts your mood, helps you sleep, even helps aid in good digestion but your see this is where you come into play. Like anything else in life you get back what you give. Start today following these tips and you will start healing your thyroid naturally.

You have to be in charge of your health.

 

#1 Find a good holistic practitioner or a doctor who will listen to you and run the proper tests. A practitioner will also start searching for the underlying issues of your hypothyroidism. They will give you advice and solutions to work towards finding the answer. We all are different and make up uniquely. What is my reason for having hypothyroidism might not be your reason.

  1. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)

TSH – This is a pituitary hormone that responds to low/high amounts of thyroid hormone that is moving around in your blood stream. In some cases of Hashimoto’s and primary hypothyroidism, this lab test will be elevated. In the case of Graves’ disease the TSH will be low. People with Hashimoto’s and central hypothyroidism may have a normal reading on this test.

  1. Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) & Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies)
  2. Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) – People with Hashimoto’s will have an elevation of one or both of these antibodies.
  3. Free T3 & Free T4

Free T3 & Free T4 – These tests measure the levels of active thyroid hormone moving around in the body.

  1. Reverse T3
  2. Basic Metabolic Panel
  3. Ferritin level ( iron)

So, don’t allow your doctor to perform a standard TSH test. Those in itself are simply unreliable. You want to have vitamin panels, hormone panels, candida test, Lyme tests, and adrenal tests too.

#2  Keeping your Blood Sugar in Check

Low GI (glycemic index)/ Low Carb diets are based on the principles of balancing your blood sugar. The reason for keeping your blood sugar in check is to not have your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise to fast and high. This roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows will activate your stress hormones and are catabolic to our tissues including the gut lining, lungs and brain. Your body is in one of two states throughout the day. You’re either in an anabolic state or a catabolic state. If your body is in a constant catabolic state the protective barriers will become worn down over time and it over activates the immune system creating chaos where the body gets confused and attacks itself and wasting away as is the  case with Hashimoto’s or basically any autoimmune condition. Three things also can contribute to a catabolic state. Not working out smart. Not eating the right food. Not getting enough rest. If you are in a catabolic state you take the change of your body cannibalizing muscle. If you’re in an anabolic state is it means that you’re exercising correctly, you’re eating the right foods and you are getting plenty of rest.  Remember you can be creating more cortisol to store in your mid-section by over exercising. You want to stimulate the metabolism, not annihilate it.  The easiest way to balance blood sugar and remain in an anabolic state is to eliminate processed carbohydrates and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up your plate with low carb/low GI.

#3 Eat more Nutrient Dense Foods

Think about what you’re putting in your body. Either you’re fighting disease or feeding disease. You must get a concept of nutrient density. Many of the foods we tend to eat, block nutrients from being absorbed. Gluten, dairy and soy products create inflammation in the digestive tract. In ancient times grains were prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting but that tradition in making them been long forgotten with our fast-paced culture. If you have inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often makes your thyroid issues worse and can lead to a leaky gut which causes other problems.

  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cooked Cruciferous vegetables (Limit this to no more than 2x per week)
  • Fermented foods
  • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon trout, tuna and mackerel. )
  • Chicken and Turkey (organic hormone & Antibiotic free)
  • Grass Fed Beef
  • leafy greens
  • Nitrate free bacon
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
  • Coconut Flour, Almond Flour and hemp seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • Low carb/ Low-glycemic fruits and vegetables
  • coconut oil
  • organic butter (preferably Grass fed)
  • ghee
  • Bone Broth
  • Eggs: Look for pastured or omega-3 whole eggs. (if you don’t have a food allergy)
  • Cheese: Unprocessed cheese (cheddar, goat, cream, blue or mozzarella).
  • Fish oil (EPA/DHA)
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Zinc
  • Ancient Nutrition- Bone Broth Collagen Loaded with Bone Broth Co-Factors

#4 AVOID SOY

You must be confused about soy as so much has been said about this little bean. Well, if you have a thyroid condition, it’s likely that your hormonal health overall has been compromised. It’s best to avoid soy as it elevates the estrogen levels.

Food to avoid: tofu, soymilk, soy lecithin (used as fillers in f.eg veggie burgers), and soy oil.

Fermented soy like miso and tempeh are OK though. Always pick non-GMO (non-genetically modified) and MSG-free miso and tempeh)

#5 FIND OUT WHAT FOOD SENSITIVIES YOU MIGHT HAVE –

It is believed that as much as 70% of our current population has some form of food sensitivities (different from allergies) and the main culprits are:

Gluten

Soy

Dairy

Eggs

Yeast

Fructose

Nuts

How do you know if you have it? Eliminate one food culprit at a time for 2 weeks, see if you feel any better, and then re-introduce it in large amount after the 2 weeks. If symptoms (such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, foggy brain, eczema, acne, etc.) come back, you know the culprit. It’s critical to cut out the culprit(s) as it aggravates your immune system.

 

#6 GETTING ENOUGH IRON–   it’s said that 60% of people with thyroid conditions are iron deficient. It’s best to get a blood test to know for sure but typical symptoms include anemia, cracking of corners of the mouth, inflamed tongue, dizziness, hair loss, brittle nails, fragile bones, sensitivity to cold, depression and confusion. Be generous with food rich in iron: liver (of any animal) and organs, beef, chicken, fish, clams, cooked spinach, lentils and butter beans. Iron is best taken by itself; on an empty stomach but if it irritates your stomach take it with a vitamin C type food. Also when you are taking an iron supplements avoid coffee, tea, calcium rich products, antacids’ and soy products this will interfere with the absorption of the iron.

#7 LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF GOITEROUS FOODS–  Goiter is a substance that slows down your thyroid. If you have hypothyroidism: You must limit them.

#8  Supplements and Medication Interactions

When it comes to thyroid medications, it’s important for you to know the medications can interact with common nutritional supplements. Calcium supplements have the potential to interfere with proper absorption of your thyroid medications. Wait 4 hours after your thyroid medication before you take anything with calcium in it.

#9 AVOID GLUTEN

Gluten causes an autoimmune reaction. Research has shown a link between wheat allergies and thyroid disease.  

#10 START COSUMING COCONUT OIL 

Raw, Virgin Coconut oil has been used as just one hypothyroidism natural treatment. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids known as medium chain triglyceride’s (MCTs), which help with metabolism and weight loss, coconut oil can also raid basal body temperatures – all good news for people suffering from low thyroid function.

#11 NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

The most common nutrient deficiencies are Protein, iodine,  Magnesium, B-12, Zinc, Iodine, B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and iron. Have your doctor run a panel to check for these. The best way to prevent a deficiency is to eat a balanced , real food-based diet that includes nutrient-dense foods ( both plants and animals)

#12 DRINK BONE BROTH DAILY

Bone broth is the new green juice. it is full of vital nutrients that will start healing your gut and strengthens your weaken immune system. Most people have a leaky gut and doesn’t even know it. Add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt and some kelp flakes for an extra added boost of nutrition.  Read here for more information on bone broth and a great easy recipe.

#13 Avoid unnecessary body chemicals

These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body.

#14  Start Loving YOURSELF Again

All you seem to do is run, run and run! You are exhausted and feel guilty anytime you need to have down time because there are always  things that need to be done.  So why don’t you start to allow yourself to take a day and do nothing. I mean absolutely nothing. WHY? Because  your body needs to recharge and stop being ran into the freaking ground. You are not a machine. Start simple like an Epsom salt bath. Get up take a shower and put on more pajama’s. Make a movie day.

#15 BE YOUR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATE

Research and study. No one needs you more than yourself. After being diagnosed my priorities were made more clear. I had to start listening to my body, stop taking my health for granted and continuing to research to figure out what I needed to do to “fix me”.            A lack of knowledge is a lack of power

#16 Boost  your Immunity with Better Gut Health

We are consumed with little fiber and an excess of sugar, salt, and processed foods. Stress, changes in the diet, contaminated food, chlorinated water, and numerous other factors can also alter the bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. When you treat the whole person instead of just treating a disease or symptom, an imbalance in the intestinal tract stands out like an elephant in the room.  Read more on Booting your Immunity with better gut health here.

#17 EAT SEA VEGTABLES TWICE PER WEEK

Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid. It’s super easy to add start adding some sea veggies into your diet. You can add a piece of kombu to a pot of beans or soup during cooking or sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or add to hot dishes just like you would use salt and make a nori wrap.

#18 BE KIND TO YOUR ADDRENALS

  Your adrenals and your thyroid have a strange relationship. They contradict each other all the time. They have a topsy-turvy relationship in which when one goes up, the other goes down. If you are always exhausted you might want to start addressing your adrenals. You can find more  information on this topic in my latest book . Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving

#19 Start practicing YOGA

Yoga can stimulate and support the entire endocrine system and not over stress your adrenal gland which can raise your cortisol levels and add fat around your waist.

#20 Up Your Selenium  and Zinc

Studies have shown that a severe zinc or selenium deficiencies can cause decreased thyroid hormone levels. Never take zinc on an empty stomach. Brazil nuts are high in both zinc and selenium. Selenium is a micro-nutrient and antioxidant contained in foods like shellfish, cold-water fish, nuts and seeds. the recommended daily intake of this essential mineral is only 70 micrograms and extreme selenium-deficiency is rare, minor to moderate cases are not unheard of. Over time, selenium-deficiency can lead to Hashimoto’s disease which causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. Signs to look for include unexplained muscle and joint pain, very dry or brittle hair, and an abundance of white spots on the fingernails.

 #21 Avoid all sources of fluoride

 As I’ve mentioned in everyone of my books and on blog website. Fluoride suppresses the thyroid  and can be your leading cause of hypothyroidism. We all are  unique Start  drinking spring water, avoid soft drinks, use fluoride-free toothpaste, use a shower filter, and throw away non-stick cookware. Keep in mind that coffee and tea naturally contain fluoride.

Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write my books to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written my books to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this new book  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed.

Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving

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Audrey
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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism ,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health

 

Resources:

A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism ,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.

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How I put my Hashimoto’s into Remission

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Everywhere you look social media is advertising some sort of weight loss miracle products. They are promising amazing results with their  “flowery language” if only  you buy me.  Giving you a little nudge of hope and motivation that you will  lose weight.  What if I told you that I’ve found a revolutionary breakthrough; A little magical bean that has scientists saying.” They’ve found the  weight loss cure for every body type” and it’s a very easy  answer to bust that body fat for good.

There isn’t a magical bean and I can’t twitch my nose like Samantha on Bewitched to make it all change. I had to come to the realization that this was on me. As I look in the mirror with disgust. This isn’t what I envisioned me looking like at 45. Why did I have a ridiculous notion that I could put on a pair of pants and not have a layer of skin hanging over.

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of my twins when I was 25. Like many other people with this illness, I was misdiagnosed and “labeled” with many different things  for years before my real issue was recently discovered. I started seeing a new doctor and asked him to do a entire thyroid panel on me, to check me for thyroid antibodies and to check anything that you can check in that tube of blood. Finally, I had answers and it wasn’t wait I wanted to hear but it was what I expected. My body has been taken over and invaded by Hashimoto’s.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis; an autoimmune condition where my immune system attacks my  thyroid like it is alien invader.  The same way the body attacks a cold or the flu. My thyroid wasn’t producing the hormones my body needed to function. Those hormones—named triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) suppress the level of TSH in the body. When T3 and T4 levels are low, the TSH level in the blood tends to climb. After many years of being attacked, my thyroid has became inflamed and had stopped producing the T3 and T4 hormones my body needed to regulate my metabolism.

The clinical list of  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is commonly defined by weight gain, fatigue, brittle hair, difficulty concentrating, tiredness, feeling colder than normal, dry and itchy skin and  goiters. Let’s not forget to mention you can also be labeled with depression. So many doctors tried to force antidepressants on me and with every fiber of my being I refused and couldn’t scream loud enough ,”I AM NOT DEPRESSED, IT’S SOMETHING ELSE!”

Keep in mind that your thyroid has a relationship with all the hormones. It’s a very complex balance and there is no straight forward treatment of just treating your thyroid alone. 1st you must make sure your adrenal glands are in total support. Adrenal fatigue is a very common. Next, I had to get my cortisol levels stabilized. Now, with already having hypothyroidism my cortisol levels were already above average. Then I had to find the right medication for me. I knew this wasn’t an easy task but I was up for the challenge.

I had to forge a new lifestyle, make it fun and create my new normal. Mentally I had to prepare for this and keep in mind that the old me wasn’t a lesser person; she is a total superstar, and I’m very proud of who I was. It’s lead me to who I am  today.  I also couldn’t focus on all the years that I struggled terribly with the wrong diagnosis. So, I put on my big girl panties and charged ahead like a warrior queen

 

1.Start Supporting my Adrenal Glands

Your adrenals produce over 50 hormones that tell almost every bodily function what they need to be doing. These hormones affect every function, organ and tissue in the body. Eating refined foods and sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, which in return cause the body to release insulin and as a result the adrenal glands will release more cortisol. When your adrenal glands are compromised this puts your body in a catabolic state. Which means your body is breaking down. Since your thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will attempt to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down your metabolism. Many of the foods that I had been eating blocked nutrients from being absorbed such as whole grain bread, beans and tofu/soy products. These foods also created inflammation in my digestive tract. When there is inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often exacerbates thyroid issues. I had to focus more on eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and find my trigger food sensitivities. lastly, eliminate all processed food, high carbohydrates, gluten, corn, soy and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up my plate with vegetables.

I had to start eating  nutrient-dense foods that were  easy to digest and have healing qualities such as

  • Coconut
  • homemade bone broth
  • grass fed meats
  • pastured meats
  • wild game
  • pastured organ meats
  • natural fats such as coconut oil
  • grass fed butter/ghee
  • full fat grass fed dairy
  • mineral rich Himalayan sea salt
  • wild fish
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Cooked…. (Limit 2x week)
  • Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
  • Organic hormone free Chicken and turkey
  • Seeds, such as raw pumpkin, chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • fermented foods

2.Avoid Fluoride Blocks Iodine Receptors

Did you know that fluoride was Once Prescribed as an Anti-Thyroid Drug?   Up through the 1950s, doctors in Europe and South America prescribed fluoride to reduce thyroid function in patients with over-active thyroids (hyperthyroidism). (Merck Index 1968).   If you haven’t already, you should invest in a water filtration system to rid your tap water of fluoride. Do we really know how safe tap water is? Look at the recent events in Flint Michigan! Can you really trust the water companies? Although fluoride concentrations in tap water are relatively low and are considered “safe” for human consumption, it is not. Fluoride has long-term neurological and hormonal affects.  Fluoride is not an essential nutrient.  It is also that chemical that is commonly found in most toothpaste brands.  There is clear evidence that, when ingested at high doses, fluoride causes neurotoxicity. Fluoride also is understood to interfere with the absorption of iodine, possibly leading to an iodine deficiency and ultimately hypothyroidism.  To benefit your health, use fluoride free tooth or make your own tooth paste. Get a good water filtration system and purchase a filter for your shower head. We use a British Berkefeld.

 

Natural Tooth Paste Recipe

Natural Peppermint Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 Tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil

Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe

6 tbsp. coconut oil

6 tbsp. baking soda

15-20 drops of a food grade essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon, grapefruit or lemon taste great)

Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

3.Natural Hormone Balancing

One approach to fixing thyroid issues  is the use of hormone therapy. You really need to meet with a holistic expert. There are many great holistic and naturopath doctors. Most often, synthetic hormones like Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Levothroid are used, which contain only the T4 hormone and no T3 – two hormones produced by the thyroid gland.  Thyroid conditions are serious business. You should always seek a professional who knows how to help you.  Our organs and glands like your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas regulate most of your hormone production, and if your hormones become even slightly imbalanced it can cause some other serious health issues.  Our gut health can also play an important role in hormone regulation.  Start loading up on up on rich sources of natural omega-3s like wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and grass-fed animal products. People don’t boost their omega-3 foods intake to balance out the elevated omega-6s they consumed. To many mega-6 foods will cause inflammation and lead to chronic disease. Eating more coconut oil, salmon, grass fed butt like Ghee and avocados will start to provide your body with essential fats that are fundamental building blocks for hormone production.  Supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics, bone broth, kefir, fermented vegetables, and high-fiber foods can start to repair your gut lining, which also can help to balance your hormones. Caffeine will rise your cortisol levels and then it lowers your thyroid hormone levels and basically creates havoc throughout your entire body. Replace your morning coffee with herbal teas. Matcha tea is a great caffeine replacement and is loaded with antioxidants, weight loss benefits, and cancer fighting properties, heart health, brain power, skin health and a good Chlorophyll Source.  Last but not least GET OUT IN THE SUN! Free vitamin D, baby. 20 minutes a day is a great way to soak up some that free essential vitamin.  On the days where you can’t sit out in the sun you can supplement with a good D3 vitamin.

 

4.Fix your Gut  

A nutrient dense lower carb diet can help start to restore your  health  and improve  thyroid function but when digestion is impaired it may not be enough. Supplements can help produce thyroid hormone.  Get your level checked and supplement if low. Often people with Hashimoto’s have a very poor balance of beneficial strains of bacteria in their colon. This dysbiosis in the gut, caused by too much sugar, antibiotics and stress, can exacerbate autoimmunity. Taking a good quality probiotic is beneficial and eating fermented foods will help add back those lost beneficial strains of bacteria needed. A healthy gut plays a significant role in hormone regulation. Having a leaky gut or a lack of probiotic foods lining your intestinal wall can help cause a hormonal imbalance. For most of us, taking a quality probiotic supplement doesn’t have any side effects other than higher energy and better digestive health. As a society we have drastically cut back on our consumption of vegetables and of beneficial essential fatty acids ( flax, pumpkin, black current seed oil, dark green leafy vegetables, hemp, chia seeds, fish)  such as those found in certain fish (including salmon, mackerel, and herring) and flaxseed. This will allow give your body a boost to detox.  Detoxification and cleansing on a regular basis is beneficial for your thyroid gland because it helps lower inflammation.

  1. It’s Okay to Say NO 

I’ve always been that type of person who put myself last. How can I take care of anyone else when my tank has ran empty. It’s okay to start saying no. It is vital that I start allowing myself to heal. I need to rest, de-stress and even pamper myself at times. If someone asks me to do something, I will think about how that will affect my life. I now understand that it is okay to not be so busy. It is okay to just rest on the weekends and not be a social butterfly. I have to start making  time for self care such as detox baths, mediation, walking, writing a gratitude list, doing EFT and even yoga. I’ve also changed jobs many times until I found one that was less stressful.

6.Embrace Life

We live in a fast paced superficial world. Where ever you go, there you are. You can’t always control the world around you. Take time to breathe everything in, think about what is going on and let circumstances unfold as they may. Why not allow the universe catch you.

7.Avoid artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup

Artificial sweeteners are nothing but chemicals that were made in a lab by man. They are poisons and show never ever be consumed. They cause all kinds of health issues. Make sure you start reading you labels and avoid artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup which seems to be in a lot of products. HFCS is a cheap ingredient and it makes us fat.

8.Exercise

Exercise — this is especially important to correct thyroid function. Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day is a good place to start. A rebounder is a good form of exercise too. If you were to use it for 10 minutes a day it will stimulate your immune system and help cleans out toxin from the cells. It also has been proven to reverse the aging process and reduces your body fat; firms your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms, and hips; increases your agility; and improves your sense of balance.

9.Avoid Unnecessary Body chemicals

These commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body.

10.   Find a homeopathic Practitioner

One who will start working with finding the root cause to your illness? Everything has a beginning and then it is can be like a domino effect on the rest of your health. Homeopathy is a form of medical treatment that brings the body into balance and can start getting to the root of your problems to find a solution. A good homeopathy doctor doesn’t treat your symptoms like most regular doctors do, they treat the whole person

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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