Health Show Episode #13– Steps to Take to help your Thyroid
Thyroid disorders are on the rise, and is a serious problem that’s causing so many health complications. Because millions of people around the world are suffering, we decided to highlight this topic and was the theme of this month’s Health Show. But since we would look at the problem as a symptom, and not necessarily the source of the problem, we wanted to showcase our approach to finding the underlying cause(s) using our whole person approach.
A bit of background about the Thyroid
The Thyroid gland is one organ found in the “Endocrine System”. This system of glands works together to regulate body temperature, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, mood, growth and development. The other glands are the pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries/testicles.
In this Health Show you will learn that it is totally possible for you to take good care of your thyroid health. It is a HUGE topic and while we covered a lot in episode #13 of the Health Show, it can’t compete with getting to the root of your own issues by visiting a practitioner.
Types of Thyroid Conditions
Your thyroid can either be functioning normally, or if not it can either by Hypo-(low), or Hyper-thyroid (high), and when they get chronic enough, you can be diagnosed with either Hashimotos (a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid) or Graves Disease (also a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid). The usual treatment is either surgery or medication to treat the symptoms and to normalise the blood readings of the thyroid hormones. Both men and women can have an underactive thyroid. However, it’s more common in women.
However, in the Systematic Kinesiology when organs are in trouble we look at that as being a useful signal. BUT we also have to be mindful that often – where it IS it ISNT, in that we want to understand WHY the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, and the blame is often not the thyroid at all. Testing through Systematic Kinesiology we can identify imbalances before they become a chronic problem.
Slow wound healing
Itchy dry skin
Hair falling out
Loss of outer eyebrows
Very sensitive to cold weather
As well as the regulation of the menstrual cycle
In this Health Show Siobhan Guthrie demonstrates how we can test for low thyroid, the factors to take into consideration, and talks about the Steps to Help Restore Function
Factors to consider when approaching health from a Whole Person and lifestyle perspective:
M – Mental realm: emotional stresses
C – Chemical realm: toxins in the environment, food sensitivities
P – Physical realm: whiplash and other structural problems
E – Energy realm: energetic blocks.
Here are some of the vitamins/minerals and foods that can help you keep your thyroid health in good condition
B Vitamins – Apart from helping you with your mood health, energy levels, and metabolism, B vitamins can also help you improve your thyroid health. Some of the most common plant-based sources of B vitamins are avocados, broccoli, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, coconut, beans, legumes, and whole grains.
Vitamin D – particularly useful for people who have auto-immune problems as lots of studies link auto immune problems to Vit D deficiency. It also plays an essential part in your mood, bone, blood sugar/diabetes, heart, and muscle pain. Since Vitamin D is primarily obtained from the sun, the best way to get it is to be exposed to sunlight for about 15 minutes every day it is not always that easy in Ireland so consider taking a supplement.
Selenium – Apart from being vital to your skin and hair, selenium is also good for your thyroid health. The best source of plant-based selenium is the Brazil nut.
Glutamine – particularly useful if you suspect digestive or even leaky gut issues.
If you have blood sugar issues, then Chromium and Magnesium and Zinc may be indicated. Zinc if low can impact on the production of T3, a thyroid hormone.
Iodine – You’ve likely heard that iodine is good for the thyroid. However, since it’s a micronutrient you don’t need very much, and since it is possible to get from our diet, may not be a factor in your thyroid issues. Eating seafood is a good dietary source of iodine.
To make an appointment with a Systematic Kinesiologist to get tested to best support your Thyroid and treating the underlying causes, you can find a list on the Association’s website
here – http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/
Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 15th November at 12.30 as usual. We will be covering ”Sleep Problems” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.
If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.