The Gut Health/Thyroid Health Connection

The more I study about gut health, the more convinced I am that maintaining a healthy gut is the foundation to overall health and well-being.  Today I am providing information about thyroid health.  Actually, this little gland can make or break your health and well-being.

What Is The Thyroid?

This small gland is the true powerhouse for your entire body.  Every cell has a receptor for the thyroid hormone which is like gas in your tank–a steady, consistent stream of it is needed to fuel each cell.  When the cells are receiving the proper thyroid “fuel”, you feel terrific, energetic and optimistic.  When this process is out of whack, you feel rotten. The body cells cannot reproduce properly without the right amount and type of thyroid hormone.  And your organs cannot operate effectively.  But it is important to understand that you can’t have “some” thyroid hormone.  Every cell needs just the right amount.  If the cells receive too little of this hormone, your metabolism bogs down (hypothyroidism).  With hypothyroidism, you feel cold, depressed, have no energy, become constipated, and gain weight easily.  If your cells get too much of the thyroid hormone, your metabolism is at warp speed (hyperthyroidism).  Think panic attacks, anxiousness, frequent bowel movements, weight loss even though you eat constantly, weak muscles and shaky hands.

How To Keep Your Thyroid In Balance

As I mentioned above, a healthy balance of the thyroid hormone must be provided to the body’s cells.  So it is imperative that you have a nutrient rich diet consistently.  There are certain nutrients that are optimal is maintaining thyroid balance:  iodine, protein, iron, selenium, zinc, omega-3 fats, vitamins A, B, and D.  Care must be taken to avoid inflammatory foods which attack your immune system.  Since 80% of your immune system is located in the gut, it’s a fact that a damaged gut is one of the most common sources of chronic inflammation.  So if your thyroid is not working properly, you must first heal your “leaky gut” which is one of the primary triggers for all autoimmune disease. For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease. Since most of the immune system is situated in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, poor gut health is a significant factor in triggering and exacerbating autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s.  An important step in taming Hashimoto’s is to repair gut health.  Are you beginning to see how all of this is inter-related?

Be Honest…Is Your Diet Really “Healthy”?

Have you locked in what constitutes a “healthy diet?”  First and foremost, all processed and fast foods, sugar and caffeine (all are inflammatory foods) must be eliminated from your diet.  These food allergens should also be eliminated:  gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, all grains, legumes and soy.  So then we look to the other foods to fill in our diet.  But unfortunately, we may be exposed to the industrial chemicals that saturate our air, water and soil in which the food is grown.  Thus toxins are introduced into our bodies that disrupt the thyroid function, our immune system and digestion.  We can get toxins from so many sources; e.g., airborne chemicals from industrial polluters, endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in ATM receipts, conventional cleaning products, personal care products, home furnishings, and more.  There is no way to escape these toxins unless we live in a bubble!  Then add in the stress of daily life and lack of good, quality sleep, and you have a ticking time bomb ready to reek havoc on your body.  This dire inability to depend on a “healthy diet” to establish and maintain a healthy gut is the primary reason I look to quality supplements to fill in the deficiencies of my diet.

Please take time to watch this short video to get a doctor’s explanation of how you may fix your thyroid problem by fixing your gut problem.

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