The Thyroid Health Protocol
My thyroid balancing protocol can be used to help support and restore thyroid function. Since the thyroid is involved in nearly every process in the body, it greatly influences overall health and quality of life. Therefore, balancing thyroid hormones should be part of a healthy lifestyle. There are eight pillars to this protocol.
These will be approached one step at a time. Recommendations within these pillars will be made with your health needs in mind. I will tune into your bio-individuality every step of the way, and adapt the intervention accordingly. Your opinions and feedback before, during, and after each step will guide the way.
First, we will work to restore and improve gut function. Together we will find foods that are nourishing and healing. We will add foods that are scientifically proven to promote gut health, and slowly remove those that aren't serving you.
Secondly, foods that improve thyroid health will be added in. Ensuring the thyroid has an adequate amount of iodine is necessary for thyroid health and is the third pillar. The thyroid is dependent on iodine to make thyroid hormone. Thyroid dysfunction worsens when iodine levels in the body are low. Many new clients are relying on iodized table salt, which is not a natural or quality source of iodine, or iodine supplements which are even worse.
The fourth pillar is micronutrients: magnesium, selenium, iron, vitamin d, and zinc. We will figure out what is missing and how to naturally implement them into your diet. An iron deficiency signals your thyroid to conserve energy, leading to lower thyroid hormone production. While it’s possible to take iron supplements, it’s better to obtain iron in its natural form. A magnesium deficiency is related to goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Abundant sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Selenium is required for converting the thyroid hormone, T4, into T3 in the body. It also increases levels of glutathione – an antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and lower thyroid antibodies. Clients with digestive issues, such as Crohn’s disease or leaky gut, are many times are deficient in selenium. Clients who wish to take selenium supplements should consult with their doctor first, I will help create a plan with rich food and lifestyle sources. Vitamin D helps protect the body from autoimmune diseases. It’s found in some fatty fish and many organic vegetables. If supplemented, the D3 version should be taken – not the D2 version – to ensure bioavailability.
Pillar five is exposure to environmental toxins. The polychlorinated and brominated chemicals, like PCBs and flame retardants, block iodine from doing its job. They are present in drinking water and many foods. Other environmental toxins include BPA and other plastic softeners, like phthalates. We will plan ways to reduce exposure to environmental toxins. Considering your lifestyle and needs.
For female clients, regulating menstrual cycle and balancing estrogen dominance is key. Some of the best ways to improve estrogen dominance include are through simple lifestyle shifts.
If you would like more information on the on other thyroid health protocol pillars or the pillars on this page, send me a message.