Monday, February 22, 2016
Listen to your Thyroid
Thyroid issues are becoming an epidemic.
The thyroid is known the “heart” of the endocrine system. The main job of the thyroid is to maintain energy levels and disperse hormones throughout the body. When the thyroid is working correctly, we feel great and function right. When it doesn’t? Our body can be wracked with frustrating and hindering symptoms.
Millions of people suffer from the symptoms of low thyroid – anxiety, irritability, depression, brain fog, weight gain and fatigue – but are often left with negative lab results and doctors unable to give them answers. These symptoms can be absolutely debilitating, and for many, a consequence from the toxins they come in contact with every day.
In our discussions about skincare products and chemicals, we’ve touched on only a small sample of the chemicals that harm our body and disrupt our operating systems, including the thyroid gland. At a glance, here are a few of the chemicals that pose major threats to the thyroid:
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) increase the level of the thyroid-stimulating hormone, causing dysfunction and, in some cases, cause a body to become resistant to the thyroid hormone.
Chemicals found in soy proteins have been found to inhibit thyroid peroxidase, the enzyme made by the thyroid gland that is crucial to the thyroid hormone’s production.
Pesticides, BPA and Triclosan have all been linked to decreasing thyroid production, causing an overall disruption to hormones.
While it is nearly impossible to completely avoid chemicals, as they are integrated into our very environment, we can become aware and alert to reducing the amount of chemicals we come in contact with and work towards ridding our body of these harmful compounds.
First, take charge of your eating. Clean eating and taking a whole foods approach is a great place to start. Include foods that support thyroid health. Become a savvy shopper, and be asking questions of the brands you buy: where and how are these products made? Scrutinize ingredient lists and make more food at home from scratch. The closer you are with your food and the less processed your pantry is, the less you are coming in contact with chemicals.
Second, consider taking supplements. Iodine is necessary for hormone production, as the thyroid converts the iodine we take in naturally through food into hormones. It has been found that supplementing with iodine is a step towards helping protect the thyroid gland.
Trash the Toxins
Lastly, take ownership of the toxins that enter your house. Get rid of the cleaning chemicals in your cabinet and choose products that instead clean naturally. Take it a step further, and create DIY cleaning sprays and compounds from things you already have in your home, such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice!
Toxins are not just in our cleaning products: most of the skincare and beauty products on the market are laden with chemicals (remember our Dirty Dozen?). Therefore, it makes sense choosing the right kind of products for our body can make a big difference in how our body functions. Skin is the body’s first line of defense, and as it is highly permeable, skin allows for a greater opportunity for absorption into the body. Using products with a lot of chemicals in them means your body is absorbing a lot of chemicals! These are the very chemicals that are disrupting thyroids and hindering our hormones.
[Text Wrapping Break]We feel best and function best when our body is working in it’s natural state. By making wise choices about the skincare and beauty products you use, such as the Max & Madeleine product line, you are reducing your chemical intake and protecting your major systems from disruption.
Whole body health starts with making changes.
If you want to prevent thyroid issues and to lessen the effects of chemicals on your body, you need to lessen the chemicals in your life. Making small changes can lead to big health results!