THE LOW THYROID EPIDEMIC (AKA LOW NUTRIENT DIET EPIDEMIC)
Thyroid problems are a growing mega-trend in America RIGHT NOW. You may have heard that your thyroid controls metabolism and works as the body’s thermostat, but what is it?
It is the thyroid gland, lying in front of the throat below the Adam’s apple and just above the breastbone, which regulates the rate at which the body utilizes oxygen and controls the rate at which various organs function and the speed with which the body utilizes food,” Broda Barnes, M.D. in Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness.
The following signs and symptoms can indicate your thyroid function may be low:
Can’t lose weight
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Sluggish, lack of initiative
SAD Seasonal affectiveness disorder
Easily fatigued, sleepy
Cold hands and feet
Waking body temperature of under 97.8 degrees
If this describes you, it might be a good time to THYROID PROOF your diet!
A LIVER STRENGTHENING DIET IS A PRO-THYROID DIET. INCLUDING:
1) An abundance of “whole animal” proteins. Why? The body (especially the liver) needs the amino acid balance that is achieved when we eat the “whole animal.” When we eat only particular proteins from the animal, for instance muscle meats, your body trends toward inflammation!
2) Nutrient rich sources of sugar (aka carbohydrates). If the word “sugar” is scary to you or you have blacklisted it from your diet, you might want read this for some context.
3) Pro-thyroid saturated fats like coconut oil & butter, and the elimination of unsaturated fats (PUFA), as they suppress thyroid function. Coconut oil is very pro-thyroid food.
4) Eat meals that support blood sugar balance. Poor blood sugar handling causes the adrenal glands release stress hormones and signal the liver to break down proteins and fats for energy. This process releases amino acids that are anti-metabolic to our thyroid. “Muscle catabolism also releases a large amount of cysteine, and cysteine, methionine, and tryptophan suppress thyroid function,” Dr. Ray Peat, PhD.
5) Get the undigestible foods out of your diet (especial soy products), and instead focus on easy to digest foods.
6) Adopt a nutrition plan that gives you enough food and calories to support your body’s cellular metabolism and energy production.
7) Reduce stress and get enough SLEEP. If you struggle with insomnia, these tips are for you!