How to Strengthen the Thyroid
Everyone is unique and their body types are different from one another. Not everyone’s will need the same nutrients or supplementation because of genetics, toxicity, environment, and stress. But here are the general suggestions I give each patient and any individual who asks me what they should do to increase overall, general strength when dealing with conditions such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease or hyperthyroidism.
Every morning for a month take your axillary temperature, which is your arm pit. Place a thermometer in your armpit in the morning and hold it tightly against your body for five minutes. Record the temperature for one month. The normal temperature should be between 97.6-98.4. If your numbers are above this, then it could indicate an under active thyroid. If your temperature is above 98.4 and your symptoms match with hyperthyroidism, you could have an over functioning thyroid. Do not rely on this diagnosis soley, there can be many causes for altered body temperature. This is just to give you some simple steps to identify any thyroid dysfunction.
Find a holistic health practitioner. Such as an applied kinesiologist, Chiropractic physician, naturopathic physician, acupuncturist/TCM doctor, functional medicine physician, or aryuvedic doctor. It would be a good thing to find a practitioner who knows you and what you specifically need.
I would suggest finding a practitioner who can test for:
Identifying these possible conditions and cleansing/detoxing the body of these toxins will boost your thyroid energy and strength tremendously. Your thyroid will have 50% of it’s innate capabilities just by removing these problems.
Eliminate or moderate the intake of:
Processed and White Sugar
Hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s – decrease foods with thyroid inhibitors which include:
Cabbage, broccoli, Collie flower, peanuts, and soy beans. Reduce excessive vitamin A (more than 10,000 IU a day is too much) or zinc (excess over 30mg daily). Eat food higher in iodine like seaweed, dark green vegetables, kale, collards, etc. If you do not tolerate iodine well, be careful. Get a practitioner to help you absorb it better, then see if you can handle them.
Hyperthyroidism – Eating Foods higher in thiourea (thyroid inhibitors) has been suggested, such as: Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, soybeans and peanuts. Avoid bananas and oats since they are thyroid stimulators.
Take a hot compress and place it over the thyroid for 30 seconds and then put an ice bag over the thyroid for 30 seconds. Alternate the hot and cold packs six times for one set. Do this morning and night for 1 to 2 weeks.
There are two reflex points for the thyroid in acupuncture. They will help normalize and strengthen the meridian for the thyroid. It is a point between the second and third ribs on each side of the breastbone (sternum). Rub them vigorously for two minutes, two times a week, for one whole month.
L – Tyrosine is an amino acid that turns directly into the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Supplementing with this may help the body naturally balance these hormonal levels. Some suggest 500 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night. Additionally a natural iodine supplement like Alaria supreme can help as well, 2 capsules with breakfast. Endo supreme, which is suma root, can help strengthen thyroid energy as well – 2 capsules daily on empty stomach.
Again, these are just general things that can help strengthen the thyroid. If you have questions or suggestions DM me. Hope this helps!