Thyroid Function Must Be Controlled Before You Get Pregnant
Treating thyroid problems right away is important if you are wanting to have a baby. Preconception planning is essential to a healthy pregnancy for women with thyroid problems. Women with untreated or neglected thyroid problems may affect their baby’s growth and brain development. Untreated thyroid problems may also lead to infertility, miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects.
It’s important to see a doctor bout thyroid issues. Make a plan with your doctor. If you desire natural treatments it is important to speak with your doctor to see if that is a possibility for you. Here I will present some ways to supplement and support proper thyroid function. If you are interested in any of these, talk to your doctor – we can help with a plan of action to help.
Iodine Rich food sources
A diet rich in whole foods should always be the first way to support overall health, including thyroid health. Poor diet and nutritional deficiency is one of the top reasons for thyroid problems. Choose organic foods when possible, as the thyroid is very sensitive to environmental toxins. Too much iodine can also cause goiter, so do not go overboard. More is not always better. It is about balance. It is important to get a balanced amount of iodine in the diet. People with hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency may benefit from increasing the recommended daily allowance of iodine rich foods.
- Raw cranberry
- Whole-fat yogurt
- Raw dairy products
- Navy beans
- Potatoes with skin left on
- Himalayan Crystal Salt
Key nutrients to support the thyroid hormone:
- Zinc with vitamins E and A function together in the manufacture of thyroid hormone
- Selected B vitamins and Vitamin C are also necessary for normal thyroid hormone manufacture
- Zinc, copper and selenium are required co-factors for normal blood levels of thyroid hormones and normalization of thyroid activity.
- Thyroid hormones are made from iodine and tyrosine
- Ashwagandha and rhodiola create a balanced polyglandular support of the thyroid gland as well as the rest of the endocrine system.
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The thyroid is very sensitive to poor diet and environmental toxins. It plays a key role in our body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism associated with iodine deficiency may be treated with simple iodine supplementation. Adequate amounts of iodine rich foods in the diet have been found to protect the thyroid. A great source is seaweed. Too much iodine can be damaging so be mindful of consuming too much iodine.
Reduce stress, support the adrenal glands
What role does stress play in thyroid function? We live in a time when there is more chronic stress than ever. Our adrenal glands can handle acute stressful situations, but they cannot handle chronic stress. Chronic stress taxes our adrenals. When our adrenals have a lot of stress placed on them it puts our body in a state of catabolism. Catabolism is the break-down of our bodies; destructive metabolism. Over time the body will slow down the thyroid as a protective measure. Many natural health care practitioners will agree that in order to treat the thyroid effectively, you must first address stress reduction and adrenal support. Adrenal fatigue may lead not only to thyroid issues but a compromised immune system as well.
If you have a stressful life, have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue or have found your body is not responding as well as you thought to thyroid medications or natural supplements, consider supporting your adrenal glands as well. We can help with supplementing and helping to support your adrenals. In order to fully support your body through stressful times, you must also learn methods of coping with stress in a healthy and positive way. We can help with adrenal and thyroid support.
The key to getting pregnant and carrying to term successfully, in the best health, is to address thyroid issues prior to conception. Preparing today is best! Research signs and symptoms of thyroid problems, to help you determine if you should seek help for these issues. Ask about testing for thyroid function. Exercise regularly, eat a whole food diet, while working to keep stress at bay to protect your body from thyroid problems.
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