Can’t keep up with all the thyroid info out there, but want to improve your health? Don’t worry – we’ve summarized it for you. Here is all the info you may have missed in April.
April was a busy month. We discussed many things including toxicity in the home, reverse T3, pesticides and organic food, and how to check your thyroid. I shared with you the journey of one of my clients and how diet has helped her. I also gave a few recipes that are great for thyroid health. Here is a summary of all the tips and guidance I’ve shared, in case you didn’t get a chance to enjoy it!
1. Have you had your Reverse T3 (rT3) checked? rT3 mimics T3 (the active hormone that powers you up) but it blocks the real, potent T3 from doing its job. rT3 appears in the body as a response to high stress (cortisol level), trauma in the past, chronic dieting, low B12 or iron deficiency. Symptom: you don’t respond to treatment. It’s key to find a doc who knows how to work with a high rT3 – without fixing it you won’t make good progress.
2. Organic vs. Conventional produce…which food is most loaded with pesticides and which ones are less dangerous? Bottom line to me is: just get organic as much as you can. Check out this Shopper’s Guide if you want to know which products have the most pesticides and which are the safest.
3. Caffeine fix without coffee: MATCHA green tea powder. Packed with antioxidants, this tea (made from a whole leaf, not just a brew) boosts our metabolism – something many of us need when suffering from hypothyroidism.
In a blender, combine almond milk, avocado, juice of 1/2 lemon and matcha powder and purée until smooth and creamy. Sweeten to taste (if needed) and serve immediately. Yum and go, go, go!
– 4 carrots
– 2 stalks celery
– ½ bunch parsley
– 1 juice of one lemon
b) Time for some Spring Cleaning? How about body clean up and tune up? Here are a few great veggies you can eat, juice with, and are safe for the thyroid: asparagus, dandelion, parsley, carrots and fennel – all in season right now. Eating lots of greens this time of year helps to detoxify the liver of toxins. A healthy liver is KEY in thyroid health – this is where T4 gets converted to T3, the potent, active hormone. Try this juice today: parsley, dandelion and apple. To spring!
c) Toxins in skincare products – who knew? Lara Adler, my friend and toxicity expert, recently taught a course in toxicity. The next three tips are some things I learned. PHTHALATES are a chemical used as a synthetic fragrance in skincare products (creams, shampoos) so the smell stays longer. Nice idea, bad consequences, as phthalates are yet another endocrine disruptor and cancer-causing agent. And, brands do not need to list them on the ingredient list – they just say “fragrance”. Solution? Click here for safe brands or to see how your favorites fare.
f) 3 non-toxic cleaning products already in your kitchen: start replacing the toxic-loaded house detergents (from large commercial brands) today:
1. Baking Soda – use it to scrub your kitchen sink. The slight abrasiveness of baking soda makes it a great substitute for harsh cleansers.
2. Lemons – try it next time you need to clean your cutting boards. The acidic properties of lemons make them a natural disinfectant.
3. Vinegar – equal parts vinegar and water make an excellent all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar has been shown to kill most germs and mold due its acidity. Don’t like the smell? Add 2 drops of essential oil like lavender, rosemary to the water+vinegar solution.
Bonus tip: pour equal parts baking soda and vinegar down your drain. Let sit for 5 minutes then flush with hot water. Helps to unclog your drain as well as deodorize.
For a more comprehensive overview, check out the Thyroid Detox Guide where we teach you how to eliminate key toxins for thyroid health.
5. How to do a thyroid self-check?
1. Hold the mirror so that you can see the area of your neck just below the Adam’s apple and right above the collarbone. This is the general location of your thyroid gland.
2. Tip your head back, while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror.
3. Take a drink of water and swallow.
4. As you swallow, look at your neck. Watch carefully for any bulges, enlargement, protrusions, or unusual appearances in this area when you swallow.
5. Repeat this process several times.
6. If you see any bulges, protrusions, lumps or anything that appears unusual, see your doctor right away. You may have an enlarged thyroid, or a thyroid nodule, and your thyroid should be evaluated.
6. Are you on a pill? Well, birth control pills increase thyroid-binding proteins, which in turn decrease the levels of free thyroid hormone (the active forms) available to the body. Functional and holistic medicine docs would always advise to get off them. Also, women who use estrogen tend to have high TGB antibodies, which promote the attack of the immune system on the thyroid. It’s a tough one to get off the pill but a critical path to healing.
7. Coconuts – make them your best friend. I talk a lot about coconut, for a good reason. There is so much research showing the healing ability of this superfood. It helps restore the digestive system, therefore lowering the attack of the immune system, and giving your thyroid a break.
In this video, I help you to understand the difference between coconut oil, butter, milk and water and how to use them in your daily diet.
8. Check out this great e-Book +recipes for this glorious time of the year: SPRING! From the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
9. Amanda’s journey of recovery from depression and hypothyroidism is an inspiring one. She fought them with a new diet and found relief from depression, anxiety, foggy brain, and hair loss. She reclaimed her life with joy and new confidence and so can you. Check out the Elimination Diet Guide that helped Amanda get started on her journey.
P.S. We encourage you to join in our Thyroid Community Calls for targeted thyroid nutrition information and to learn about ways to receive support in your journey to thyroid health.
2 Responses to How Will Thyroid Nutrition Impact You – Not To Be Missed from April
Hi, I rely on coffee too much & I’m interested in the green tea powder smoothie you mention. Where can I get the Macha green tea powder?
Great question. You can order the Matcha powder online from a number of retailers, such as Amazon and Teavana. You may try checking with your local health food stores to see if they carry it as well.