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Thyroid hormones: how to increase it naturally

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in our neck that is responsible for producing hormones. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are called thyroid hormones.

Thyroid hormones play an integral role in regulating the body’s temperature and production of energy in our body, more known as our metabolism. In addition, thyroid hormones regulate protein synthesis and enzyme production at the cellular level.

Prevalence and Impact of Thyroid Disorders in the UK

Thyroid disorders are prevalent in the UK, affecting approximately 1 in 20 people and being more common in women than men. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is more common than hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), with estimates indicating around 15 in every 1,000 women and 1 in every 1,000 men diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Women are particularly susceptible, especially during pregnancy and menopause, where about 1 in 20 women over the age of 60 may have hypothyroidism.

What are the signs of thyroid hormone imbalance?

Underproduction or overproduction of thyroid hormones will with time show signs and symptoms in our body. The main symptoms, but not limited too are:

Underactive thyroid symptoms

Fatigue, weight gain, hair thinning, low energy, depression, mental asthenia, coldness or cold extremities or fluid retention,.

Overactive thyroid symptoms

Excess energy, palpitations, anxiety, nervousness (“like I’m going to jump out of my skin”), short sleep, or feeling like everything is moving too fast”, unexplained weight loss, fine tremor.

How to increase thyroid hormones naturally

A poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle can affect the production of thyroid hormones on your body. Before you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and you need medication you might be able to boost the hormone production by improving your diet and lifestyle.

A dietitian can help you to have the right guidance designing a personalised meal plan to boost thyroid hormone production so you will feel the benefits much quicker.

Types of foods to include:

-iodine rich foods or salt (seafood, seaweed, dairy, iodised salt)

-selenium (brazil nuts, grains)

-zinc (shellfish, legumes, meat)

-omega 3 rich foods (salmon, sardines, seeds)

-vitamin A foods (carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash)

-vitamin D (sunlight, supplements)

Lifestyle changes:

– manage stress

-sleep regularly

-engage in physical activity

What to do if you have symptoms?

If you suffer from any of the symptoms above, seek professional advise. It is recommended to do a blood test and check your hormones regularly.

The right medical treatment combined with the best diet helps to normalise the thyroid hormones and to improve health and quality of life.

You can book a free assessment with one of our dietitian and discuss your symptoms and best treatment for you.