Optimal thyroid function is essential to feel and look your best. In fact, it’s also extremely important for hormonal balance. When your thyroid is imbalanced, you can be left feeling fatigued with foggy thinking, hair loss, and more. This is why it’s important to make sure you’re consuming enough of these six nutrients for thyroid health!
Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It is responsible for producing all of your thyroid hormones. These hormones are utilized by every single cell in your body and help control daily, parasympathetic functions such as your metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, fertility, digestion, energy production, and more. It’s clear just how important a healthy thyroid is for optimal health (and hormones)!
Unfortunately, thyroid imbalance is becoming increasingly relevant in America, today. This is likely due to consuming the Standard American Diet, living sedentary, high stress lifestyles, and being exposed to high amounts of everyday toxins.
When experiencing thyroid imbalance, your thyroid can be overactive (Hyperthyroidism) or underactive (Hypothyroidism). In some cases, autoimmunity can also affect the thyroid gland, leading to Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease.
As we now know, your thyroid can be overactive or underactive. In either case, you’ll likely notice tell-tale physical and mental symptoms. In fact the symptoms of a sluggish, slow thyroid are often the opposite of a high functioning thyroid. Common symptoms of thyroid imbalance include:
Hypothyroidism (Underactive) Symptoms: Feeling cold, weight gain, low heart rate, infertility or heavy or irregular periods, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, constipation or slowed digestion, and brittle nails
Hyperthyroidism (Overactive) Symptoms: Heart palpitations, feeling shaky, diarrhea, intolerance to heat, trouble sleeping, weight loss, increased appetite, and swelling of the thyroid gland
Since your thyroid is critical for many functions in the body, any kind of imbalance will likely be noticeable. However, it’s important to work with a practitioner who can test your thyroid using a comprehensive full thyroid panel, including the following lab markers:
Together, these markers give you a comprehensive look at your thyroid and how well it’s functioning (or not).
Taking a food-first approach is an effective way to restore thyroid health. If you are deficient or lacking in any of the thyroid-supporting nutrients below, you might be experiencing thyroid imbalance. These 6 nutrients for thyroid health will support your body in producing the right amount of thyroid hormones:
As a functional practitioner, I use micronutrient lab testing to address thyroid imbalances with my thyroid clients. This helps identify any nutrient deficiencies that might be contributing to thyroid disorders. To learn more about how we can work together to heal your thyroid, click here!