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“The thyroid gland controls the metabolic rate of every organ in the body – From the production and regulation of sex hormones, adrenal hormones, body temperature, brain function, heart rate, to every other element that keeps the human body functioning” – Elle Russ, Author of Paleo Thyroid Solution

In English?
Our thyroid directly impacts us on a physical, emotional, & mental level. The most common symptom of an underactive thyroid? Weight gain or inability to lose weight.

It is estimated that:
– 1 in 8 women have a thyroid disorder
-20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid disorder
– 60% of those with thyroid issues have zero idea they have an issue

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
– Weight gain/ inability to lose weight
– Low energy
– Hair loss
– Digestive issues, slow digestion, constipation
– Brain fog / inability to focus or concentrate
– Menstrual irregularities (heavy periods, lack of a period)
– Difficulty regulating temperature (always feeling cold)

Potential Contributing Factors to Hypothyroidism:
– Low fat diets
– Low-carb diets
– Hormonal birth control usage
– Insufficient calories / chronic dieting
– Poor adrenal health / too much stress
– Poor liver health
– Overconsumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
– Overexercising / too much time in the gym
– Deficiency in nutrients like zinc, magnesium, selenium, B Vitamins, Vitamin D
and more (:

Labs Necessary to Evaluate Thyroid Function:
– Free T3 (Ideal: 3.0-4.5)
– Free T4 (Ideal: 1.0 – 1.53)
– TSH (Ideal: 1.8-3.0)
– TPO / Thyroid Antibodies (<10)

**You need ALL of the above labs pulled.
Bug your doctor to ensure they request the correct blood labs.
And then doublecheck your results – They typically go off large & outdated ranges, so reference suggestions above

Naturally Remedying Hypothyroidism:
– Consider working with a doctor and transitioning off hormonal birth control
– Slowly reverse calories up to maintenance (check my ebook!)
– Load up on healthy fats (i love to see a minimum of 60-70g, if digestion permits)
– Switch to a lower-intensity exercise (we love Paragon Training Methods)
– Prioritize 8-9 hours of sleep daily
– Consider supplement zinc, magnesium, b complex, vitamin d (if low on labs), selenium
– Consider incorporating adaptogens & a thyroid support product (@zhounutrition)
– Up the ante on gut health – probiotics, bone broth, collagen, fermented foods – and don’t be afraid to do testing if things don’t seem right
– Ample water & fiber intake (30-35g daily)
– Reduce exposure to plastics, parabens, pesticides
– Consider minimizing dairy/gluten/soy if Hashimoto’s / presence of antibodies

Worth mentioning that not taking thyroid medicine if we need it might be arguably more dangerous than taking meds. Work closely with your doctor to draw regular labwork, monitor thyroid function, and find what works best for YOU.

Avivva Romm’s Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Izabella Wentz Hashimotos Thyroiditis, and Hashimotos Protocol might be life changing reads (:

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