Struggling with Hypothyroidism or Hashimotos?
Improving thyroid health can be tricky, as there’s a lot of moving parts and factors. Nutrition, exercise, lifestyle habits, environmental exposures, adrenal health, liver health, gut health, and certain nutrients all play a role in the health of the thyroid.
If looking for great resources to read more on thyroid health, we love Izabella Wentz’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Hashimotos Protocol, as well as Avivva Romm’s Adrenal Thyroid Revolution.
There’s certainly no magic pill, so while supplementation is great, don’t forget that we need to also consider changes to diet, lifestyle, exercise, and environment as well.
See below for some supplements worth highlighting to maximize thyroid health-
Zinc plays important roles in both gut and thyroid health. A deficiency can contribute to intestinal permeability and also inhibits the conversion of T4 into active T3 hormone. Dealing with acne and poor skin? Zinc is also a natural antimicrobial. Keep in mind that hormonal birth control depletes zinc!
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) can have a variety of benefits. NAC helps replenish glutathione (a powerful antioxidant in the body), supports liver detoxification, may help heal intestinal permeability, and may even help reduce thyroid antibodies. We love combining NAC with milk thistle to help support the liver in properly firing on all cylinders.
Bone broth, collagen, and L-glutamine are all great for supporting healthy gut lining and improving intestinal permeability.
Selenium is crucial to thyroid health and is required for conversion of T4 to active T3 hormone. Supplementation may even reduce TPO antibodies!
Magnesium is another crucial supplement for thyroid health. Deficiency can be related to goiter (enlarged thyroid) and magnesium is also crucial for T4 to T3 conversion, in addition to helping the body ample T4.
Vitamin D & Vitamin B12 levels are often lower in those with hypothyroidism. Consider bloodwork to rule out deficiency.
A quality adrenal support product containing adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, American Ginseng, Eleuthero, and others can help support a healthy stress response and promote healthy cortisol levels.
Make sure to use quality brands! We love @zhounutrition, @thorneresearch, & @pureencapsulations brands.
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