The Mighty Thyroid

The Mighty Thyroid

Located at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple, is a little, butterfly-shaped gland known as the thyroid. Although relatively small in size, the thyroid has a very big function, affecting almost every cell in the human body! The main purpose of the thyroid gland is to make and release thyroid hormones (primarily T3 (liothyronine) and T4 (levothyroxine)) which control the functions of just about every organ, from your heart and brain to your kidneys, liver and skin.
According to Dr. Christiane Northrup (MD), the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, approximately one in 8 women between the ages of 35 and 65 have a thyroid problem.
It is also estimated that over 27 million Americans suffer with thyroid issues. Common thyroid problems include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. One major cause for the rampant increase in thyroid disorders is linked to iodine deficiency. The United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reported that iodine levels have fallen more than 50% in the last 30 years, resulting in an epidemic increase in thyroid disorders. A lack of iodine in the blood can cause the thyroid gland to become considerably enlarged, leading to imbalances in thyroid hormone production and a condition known as goiter. Therefore, iodine supplementation is crucial in today’s world! According to the informative report entitled “Recent Advances in Iodine Nutrition” by Hallelujah Acres’ very own Research Director Dr. Michael Donaldson, “for a generally healthy person following the Hallelujah Diet, an intake of 1-3 mg of iodine per day is quite likely to be safe and effective without complications.” Toxin-free sea vegetables like kale, seaweed and spirulina are also great ways to increase your iodine intake naturally. Avoiding bromine is especially important to maintaining healthy iodine levels. Drinking natural, filtered water, using chemical free personal care products and eating only organic, whole grain breads are great strategies for avoiding bromine. Also, as with many ailments, a low-glycemic, high-fiber diet, such as The Hallelujah Diet, and proper nutritional supplementation are excellent ways to improve thyroid function. Fiber rich whole grains, plants and vegetables are low on the glycemic index, making The Hallelujah Diet an optimal choice for those suffering from thyroid dysfunctions. In terms of supplements, vitamin C and selenium are important antioxidants that could help to reverse autoimmune thyroid disease. Vitamin B2 (300mg/day) and B3 (500mg/day) along with magnesium (200mg/day) can also be very helpful in healthy thyroid maintenance. Eating organic foods is also especially important for thyroid health since many pesticides are known endocrine-disruptors. Omega -3 rich foods and supplements can help keep the thyroid operating at an optimal rate, as well. With thyroid disorders on the rise, it’s important to consider the impact that our diet and lifestyles has on maintaining this crucial gland. By correcting nutritional imbalances, following the guidelines of a healthy, plant-based diet, and getting plenty of exercise, it is possible to overcome thyroid disorders without drug intervention. Has a plant-based diet helped you to manage thyroid issues? Scroll below the related articles to comment!

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