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Your thyroid is your body’s centre of energy and metabolism and is fundamental to your overall health, as it keeps all your cells ticking.

Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a silent epidemic, meaning you could be suffering from symptoms for years without being diagnosed.

Also, in most cases, hypothyroidism isn’t a thyroid problem in the first place. It’s an immune issue, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue.

So you can get back your immunity and strengthen your thyroid, you need to get to the source of the imbalance. Here’s how:

1. Make a diet change

It might sound like a broken record but truly, making a diet change is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health. But don’t be mistaken: crash dieting doesn’t count. Some people skip from diet to diet, however following a permanent healthy eating regime with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, red meat and protein is the only way to see benefit. Many with hypothyroidism experience fatigue and brain fog, which makes them reach for sugar and caffeine – two of the ways to burn out your thyroid.

2. Get more protein

Protein transports thyroid hormone to all your tissue, so including a bit at each meal can help normalise your thyroid function. Proteins include nuts and nut butters, quinoa, grass-fed meats, free range eggs, and sustainably-farmed fish, and legumes.

3. Increase your nutrients and omega-3s

While nutritional deficiencies may not always be the cause of hypothyroidism, not having enough nutrients and minerals can aggravate symptoms. Ensure you are keeping up your intake of vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

4. Look for food sensitivities

Your hypothyroidism could flare up due to food sensitivities that you may not have known existed. If you’ve felt some strange symptoms or have a feeling about a particular food, you might be on to something. See your doctor and have a proper test.

5. Practice relaxation/meditation

The thyroid is a very sensitive gland and is exceptionally reactive to the stress response – find time every day to breathe deeply and truly relax. Colouring-in is one of the most popular forms of pseudo-meditation at the moment and is also really fun! Try to eliminate your stress by tackling issues head on.

6. Lower your carbohydrate intake 

Lower your intake of sugars and grains and replace them with healthy fats. Many women consume far too many carbs which increase oestrogen and negatively effect the thyroid. Instead consume healthy fats that will balance hormones, like: coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, grass-fed beef, salmon, chia and flaxseeds.

7. Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids that help improve thyroid functioning, as well as stimulation of your metabolism and a good boost of energy. There are a few ways you can add coconut oil to your diet, including in your cooking as a substitute for canola or vegetable oils, or straight from the jar.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar may also help deal with hypothyroidism as it aids detoxification, restores acid alkaline balance, facilitates weight loss, and helps regulate hormones and improve their energy metabolism.

Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and mix in a little honey. Drink this daily to feel relief.

9. Slow down your eating

As the thyroid gland is located in your throat area, it is important to treat the area well. When you rush while eating, the food moves so quickly from mouth to stomach that it can irritate the area. This is good health advice no matter what: sit down, slow down, breathe and chew your food. Since the thyroid controls your metabolism, eat slowly so it can record the message that food is entering the body.

Tell us, do you have a thyroid issue? How do you manage symptoms?

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  1. Good luck on really finding something that does work so much is out there. Here’s a few don’t eat raw cabbage no dark chocolate no normal coffee depending on you it can either make your heart race or make you very tired Italian coffee has less caffeine and won’t interfere with thyroid most dr’s won’t believe u that u have thyroid breath but u do & you’ll know you’ve got it by the horrible yucky taste in your mouth. Don’t forget heat isn’t your friend even in winter standing too long in the shower to warm up will only over heat u by the time u warm up & then shower. Thyroid controls every major organ in your body on hot days u don’t cool down cause it controls your own heat control that is in your body. Hope this helps from someone who has had under active thyroid for over 25 years

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    • Strange i have no thyroid, take my meds periodically when i feel like remembering, i dont get hot and freeze my proverbials off all winter long. What is a sign or symptom for you isn’t necessarily a symptom for all. Btw if you are having issues with heat, and racing heart you sound more like you are hyperthyroid not hypo. But as i said before not everyones symptoms are the same, some are completely opposite. Take it from one who has been both hyper (Graves) followed by hypo (post RAI) for over 23 years.

    • Hi Rosamaria, Just reading your post made me think that what I’ve been diagnosed with is possibly wrong as I can relate to most of the materiel in your post time for a change thank you you have help me more than you know regards Julie. Sherry

  2. Had mine nooked a few years ago am on meds now for the rest of my life. B careful what meds you take as they can interact with thyroid meds

  3. I have had an underactive thyroid and control it with medication. My symptoms were mild apart from some incidents of depression which disappeared when I started the medication. It was picked up through a routine blood test for a surgical procedure. It pays for women to ask for this to done routinely cos you just never know. It is also important that medication is kept in the fridge which I found out! My count dropped to extremely low levels and I was very sick. 6 months to build them up again and I was fine. This is often referred to as the “Hidden” disease.

  4. Taken on empty stomach 1 hour before food. No dairy, antacid medication for at least 2 hours after….i take mine 4 bed at least 3 hours after food

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