Hypo vs Hyper-Thyroidism, The Common Symptoms and Foods To Support Re-Balance.
Hypothyroidism is by far the more common form of thyroid imbalance and includes intolerance to cold, having cold extremities. Being cold all the time is big sign that you have an underactive thyroid.
Weight gain is a very, common cause of hypothyroidism. So, if you’re exercising and eating healthy and still overweight or simply not able to lose weight, it’s likely you have an underactive thyroid.
Other warning signs include heavier periods, If you’re tired and struggle with fatigue all the time. Constipation, bloating, indigestion and other digestive issues. Hair thinning or more dry, coarse hair. A goiter (swelling in the neck), as well as slow heart rate even when exercising it’s likely you’re experiencing symptoms of Hypothyroidism.
Hyperactive thyroid or Hyperthyroidism signs and symptoms include: Intolerance to heat. If you have more frequent and intense hot flashes, or you just feel like you get hot easily. Increased weight loss even when not dieting. Periods often stop or become light or infrequent are all signs of hypothyroidism.
Additionally, if you feel tired but restless at the same time or you’re tired but can’t sleep at night, have insomnia or restless leg syndrome, it’s likely you are suffering from symptoms of an overactive thyroid.
Anxiety is also a very common indicator for overactive thyroid.
Diarrhea or loose stools, or IBS or loose bowel movements.
Hair thinning, goiters, and even a faster heart rate than you think you should have are all linked with anxiety and hyperthyroidism.
Continue reading for the top foods that help support a balanced thyroid.
Key nutrients that could be deficient in your diet include selenium, iodine, protein, probiotics, and Omega-3s.
- Selenium: the most selenium-rich food on the planet is the Brazil nut. Eating Brazil nuts daily can support thyroid function.
- Iodine: This is key to remember if you DO have an iodine deficiency and that is, in fact, causing your thyroid issue, iodine will fix the issue. BUT you must be sure this is the cause.
Did you know that ONLY 10% of the time, iodine deficiency is the reason behind thyroid issues but 90% percent of the time, it is NOT an iodine issue.
Be aware of over-consuming iodine.
Seaweed is high in iodine. If you’re eating seaweed, or strawberries, or foods that may have iodine, you don’t need to typically worry about getting a goiter but if you are taking a supplement of iodine and eating foods with large amounts of iodine it can cause a big issue. So be very careful not to overconsume iodine.
- Probiotics and Probiotic rich food: We know probiotics support the gut, but they also support hormone balance and cellular function. Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir are excellent food sources. If you prefer to take a supplement Plexus Probio5 is the best supplement on the market and travels extremely well.
90% of serotonin, the feel good hormone, is made in the gut and released from your body via your gut. Probiotic support is essential for a healthy gut but is also crucial for hormone balance. Priobiotics are essential for not just digesting nutrients, but probiotics also create nutrients and hormones.
- Wild-caught Salmon: Very high in Omega-3 fats, very high in protein, fantastic for thyroid health.
Protein sources: It is so important that you are getting plenty of quality protein in your diet. And this is also important for blood sugar. Women tend to have this issue the most. Many women with thyroid problems are vegans or vegetarians and are low in protein. If this is the case for you, consider getting more high quality protein in your diet.
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Cheers to better health.
Carlene Saelg, Your online health coach.
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