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Tips for Thyroid management.

Posted on April 23 2022

Struggling with Thyroid?- Read this.

The thyroid gland in our body is one of the essential parts of the endocrine system. It helps in regulating our metabolism, our body temperature, our heartbeat, our weight, our mood, and even digestion.

Interestingly enough, this gland is constantly changing to adapt to our current state of health. Therefore, it is vital to keep the gland on track.

Tips to keep our thyroid healthy?

Increase your iodine intake

Iodine is essential for good thyroid health. Interestingly, most cases of hypothyroidism can really be solved by just adding iodized salt to your diet. Watch this video to understand more:

Pink, black, and sea salt mostly do not contain iodine. Check the label on your salt to make sure it contains iodine. Without iodine, our thyroid hormone will not be able to function well.

The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 150 micrograms of iodine (I.e., about 3/8 teaspoon of iodized salt) daily for anyone above the age of 14. The suggested amount is significantly more for pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.

Avoid Starving. 

Crash diets and fasting regimes are awful for our thyroid. When we dramatically lower our calorie intake or even deprive our body of sustenance for a certain period, we signify to our body and thyroid that we are experiencing famine. And our body and thyroid will do everything they can to help us survive. The thyroid releases the T3 hormone, which acts to slow our metabolism as a survival mechanism.

Any ‘diet’ with a deadline is a NO. Make lifestyle changes instead that are sustainable in the long run and will help you stay fit all year round.

Impact of Dairy consumption.

Humans cannot digest galactose (the sugar in milk). More than half of the world’s population (and over 80% of the Indian population) is lactose intolerant. When we consume dairy products, the body treats them as toxins and releases antibodies to fight these toxins. Ironically, some of these antibodies (designed to protect us) end up damaging the thyroid gland.

The thyroid hormone takes a hit in the cross-fire, thus reducing its function.

According to a BOOST Thyroid survey, 3 out of 10 people experience problems after consuming cow milk and other dairy products.

With changes in lifestyle and nutrition, Thyroid imbalance can often be reversed.

Loving you always,

Roshni Sanghvi.

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