How to protect your Thyroid
The Autoimmune Disease Series
Your thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism in your body…if it slows down, you feel fatigue, can put on weight and start losing hair (check the last quarter of your eyebrows). If it speeds up, you can get hand tremors, suffer from anxiety and insomnia and have a rapid heart beat.
Your thyroid gland relies on iodine to produce it’s thyroid hormones, that control this metabolism.
An inadequate or an overabundant supply can result in your thyroid hormone production going awry, presenting you with tell tale symptoms.
In this post I am going to suggest some likely culprits that can affect your iodine supply.
I have talked in previous posts about some triggers that can lead to autoimmune disease, but in this post I would like to highlight exposure to certain chemicals, namely chlorine, fluorine and bromine that seem to be everywhere in the environment and are posing a very real threat to your health.
These halogen chemicals are found in the bread that you eat, your shower, bath and drinking water, your toothpaste, pesticides on your fruit and vegetables, your furniture and in the plastics that you eat and drink from.
The problem with these halogens, and with bromine in particular, is that they compete for and displace the all important iodine in your system, disrupting your thyroid hormone production and in turn sending your whole endocrine system into imbalance. You can read more about this issue at Mercola.com
You see it is not just your thyroid gland that suffers. There is a cascade effect throughout your body, as each gland in turn tries to take up the slack from the under performing thyroid gland.
For example your adrenal glands may also become overworked resulting in stress and then fatigue and also raised food sensitivities and immune function issues. Your sex hormones may also be affected, resulting in mood swings and poor sex drive. Depression is another common side effect to thyroid problems.
So what to do?
- Go organic – look for organic breads that are bromine free, but also use organic fruits and vegetables to minimise your risk.
- Use glass bottles rather than plastic
- Get outside more – furniture, paints, upholstery and appliances contain flame retardant chemicals, dyes, plastics and additives that make your inside environment far more toxic than your outside world. If you can’t spend more time in a park or in the woods, then leave a window open to freshen up that air.
- Work with a nutritional adviser or functional medicine Doctor to detoxify your body from such toxic chemicals and help you to stabilise your system. (Sign up to my newsletter on the form to the right for more information)
Of course avoiding bread could also be the best thing that you do for your autoimmune condition due to the gut damaging gluten that it contains, but that is a whole other story!
Please let me know of any ways that you have managed to clean up your environment and how this has helped your symptoms.