233: How To Protect & Heal Your Thyroid – Part 2

Did you listen to part 1 of how to protect & heal your thyroid? If you’re wondering how to improve thyroid health, this series is right for you! Make sure you start with part 1!

You absolutely can improve thyroid health. You can protect your thyroid and prevent future problems.

You can & you should!

Your thyroid is about way more than your weight or your metabolism.

Every single cell in your body has receptors for thyroid hormones and your thyroid plays a role in just about every aspect of health.

Your overall health, metabolism and body composition all depend on the health of your thyroid.

In part 1, we covered what the thyroid is & what it does. I shared my recent thyroid diagnosis and the symptoms which preceded it.

In researching how to improve thyroid health & function, I’ve shared several diet & lifestyle strategies that will make a big difference!

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How to Protect & Heal Your Thyroid – Part 2

What is your thyroid?

Your thyroid is a small gland in your throat. It’s an endocrine gland, secreting hormones your body needs for nearly every bodily function.

What does it do?

Your thyroid controls the metabolic rate of every organ in the body. Remember that your metabolic rate isn’t just about body weight. It’s about energy & fuel. Metabolic rate refers to the ability & efficiency of your body to get the energy & nutrients it needs from fuel you consume or fuel stored in your body as well as the ability & efficiency of your body to store fuel in the form of fat, muscle and bone.

Your thyroid regulates & influences countless bodily processes including breathing, heart rate, menstruation, muscle development, fat burning, sleep, body temperature, cholesterol production and more.

What can you do to protect and heal your thyroid?

  • Control your blood sugar by limiting processed foods & following the Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss
  • Minimize stress
  • Support your microbiome
  • Get enough vitamin D via food, sunlight and/or supplementation
  • Cut out gluten and gluten-like components (corn, oats, etc)
  • Identify & eliminate food allergens (even mild ones!)
    Common food allergens include dairy, eggs, wheat, grains, nuts & seeds
    The food allergen test I am taking can be purchased here
  • Consume enough (but not too much) iodine
  • Eat selenium rich foods like brazil nuts, turkey, chicken
  • Eliminate trans fats and limit unsaturated fats

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Resources

Chris Kresser’s Free Thyroid Report

Fall 2016 Fat Loss Fast Track

Metabolic Effect Adrenal & Thyroid Protocol

Gluten reactions can last up to 6 months (research)

Benefits of reducing iodine

The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser

The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried

Food Allergy Testing

Vitamin D Supplement

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3 replies
  1. Robyn Pressy
    Robyn Pressy says:

    So, you mentioned another thing that is on my to do list…meditation. My question is “HOW”?? How did you get started? Did you use an app? How long do you meditate for? Any guidance in this area would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Robyn,

      There is no “wrong” way to meditate. You aren’t doing it wrong if you’re thinking. You aren’t doing it wrong if you’re laying down or if you’re sitting. The goal is to just stop and slow down. As you practice that, it gets easier and you can adjust. I like the headspace app (they have a free 30 day trial) – I don’t use it anywhere but it was helpful to me when I was starting out. Start with just a minute if that’s all you can. Then 2. Or if you start with headspace, I think it’s 6 or 7 minutes. Ultimately, don’t measure yourself against some ideal of what you think meditation should be. Just practice starting from where YOU are at.

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