For people that need to take thyroid medication or supplementation, it can be difficult to stay on a consistent dose as there are many things in life that can affect how our thyroid functions, and just how much additional, supplementary thyroid we need. One of the most common factors affecting our thyroid function is stress. But how does stress affect the thyroid, and what can we do about it? How stress affects your body For many people, 2020 has been a rather stressful year so far, and this can affect how your body functions in many ways. And aside from feeling more anxious, stress can cause many, very real physical affects in your body. For example, stress can cause metabolic changes and make it easier to put on weight and harder to lose. Stress can raise your blood pressure and even lead to heartbeat irregularity. Stress can lower your immune system and make you more
In recent years the number of health advocates promoting low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets have exploded, offering simple ways to lose weight, reduce inflammation, and control blood sugar. But are low carb and keto diets good for people who have a thyroid condition like Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? The short answer is no, but let’s look at why this is. For a long time, we were told that carbs were good and to avoid saturated fat as this lead to disease. But as saturated fat consumption went down and chronic disease rates skyrocketed, it became clear that the science on this was wrong and consumption of the right fats was actually good for you, and perhaps the over consumption of carbs, especially sugar was more of an issue. While there is a large degree of truth in this, the current trend of cutting almost all carbs from the diet is presenting a new set of problems. Drastically
The thyroid gland is much more essential than most are taught growing up. Sure, you may have learned about the brain, the heart, our lungs, and your joints, but you likely did not gain a thorough understanding of the thyroid before reaching adulthood. Understanding thyroid health along with conditions such as hypothyroidism is essential whether you have been diagnosed with an underperforming thyroid or an autoimmune disease which has inadvertently impacted the health of your thyroid. With a clear understanding of the thyroid and conditions associated with it, implement a healthy and nutritious diet to keep flares and imbalances at bay as you work towards providing yourself and your thyroid some relief.What is the Thyroid's Job?The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating the hormones in the body by making thyroid hormones and secreting them equally into the blood. It is located in the front of your neck, with glands on both sides beneath the jaw.