20 Tips To A Healthy Thyroid

20 Tips to a Healthy Thyroid

1. Use Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil:
  • Medium chain triglycerides such as caprylic acid, lauric acid, and mystic acid that are abundant in coconut oil stimulate the thyroid  and metabolism
  • Only oil you should ever cook with
  • Eat it raw as well for the greatest metabolic and thyroid stimulating effect
2. Get Regular, Vigorous Exercise:
  • Perspiration rids the body of acidic wastes and toxins
  • Naturally stimulates fat burning mechanisms
  • Improves circulation and natural detoxification process
  • Enhances cellular oxygenation and bodily healing processes
3.  Drink Plenty of Water:
  • Good hydration revs up every metabolic function in the body
  • Optimal hydration stimulates fat burning mechanisms
  • Minimum – half your body weight in ounces of water
  • Ideal – your body weight in ounces of water
4. Avoid Soy Products
  • Unfermented soy is extremely toxic – this includes soy protein, soy isolate, soy lecithin, soy milk, soybean oil, edamame, processed tofu, soy nuts, soy flour, etc. Fermented sources are beneficial and include tempeh, miso, fermented tofu, and natto.
  • Phytates – bind zinc, magnesium, and iron causing nutrient deficiencies
  • Enzyme inhibitors that steal energy away from us in order to process
  • Isoflavins (goitrogens, genstein) that block T3/T4 hormone production
5. Thyroid Stimulating Herbs & Supplements:
  • Cayenne, ginger, nettle, green tea, dandelion, and ginseng stimulate the thyroid and increase metabolic rate
  • Seaweed, kelp or any other salt-water sea vegetable is naturally high in iodine (the major mineral) involved in thyroid hormone production
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – common in grass-fed animal products such as raw, grass-fed milk, grass-fed meats, and protein powders
6. Get Out in the Sun: stimulates vitamin D production which is a potent immune boosting brain detoxifying pro-hormone.
  • Minimum of 20 minutes daily without sunscreen
  • Avoid commercial sunscreens (they are highly toxic)
  • Use coconut oil as a sunblock and/or post-sun moisturizer
  • Watch sunrise and sunset as often as possible: extraordinary health benefits – genetrically codes your cells for a harmonious vibratory frequency
 7. Maximize Your Nerve Supply:
  • Brain-body connection – the bodies innate healing network
  • maximize thyroid stimulation and metabolic function to enable the body to regulate its weight naturally
8. Good Sleep & Rest:
  • Highest levels of healing and fat burning take place while you sleep
  • Average individual needs 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Bed before 10pm – secrete the most immune building growth hormone (HGH) between 10pm-2am. Sleeping optimizes this endocrine response
  • Melatonin (a powerful brain detoxifier) is secreted naturally in response to a lack of light stimulation . . . causing a drowsy feeling
9. Avoid Toxic Inflammatory Foods:
  • Trans fats – hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • High omega 6 fats – canola, cottonseed, corn, peanut, safflower, soy, sunflower oils (fats with CPS) – inflame and destroy the heart vessel walls
10. Use a High Quality Fish Oil:
  • Fatty acid imbalances cause massive inflammation and fatty, acidic wastes
  • Must be purified in an independent lab – “pharmaceutical grade”
  • Look for one with a lot of EPA & DHA per serving with an approximate ration of 1:5-2:1 (EPA-DHA) for best absorption
 11. Reduce Exposure to Chemicals and Toxins: Toxins that cross the blood brain barrier have an affinity for the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. These regions have a direct control over thyroid function through the release of thyroid stimulating hormone. If these regions are damaged . . . thyroid dysfunction is a common symptom. To reduce toxins . . . minimize exposure to:
  • Medications and vaccinations
  • Processed foods and chemical additives
  • Air pollutants
  • Artificial lighting
  • Smoking/Alcohol
  • Electromagnetic pollution: cell phone/radio
  • Chlorine and tap water contaminants
    • Air Filters – cleans the toxins out of your air
    • Lighting – full-spectrum natural lighting
    • Cell Phone – air tube, q-link or bio-link
    • Water Filters – for drinking and bathing
    • Healthy Cooking/Food Prep
12. Detoxify Naturally:
  • Do a quarterly colon cleanse with a high quality cleansing product
  •  Use spirulina, chlorella, wheat, barley, and oat grass regularly to pull toxins from deep within our system including the blood-brain barrier
  • Juice fasts – try a 1,3,5, or 7 day juice fast where you drink supergreens and other juiced vegetables but eat no solid food
13. Go Organic:
  • 50% more nutrients than conventional
  • No toxic pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
  • Stand up for a system that works in harmony with nature and God’s intention as opposed to a system that focuses on manipulating nature for profit with little to no regard for God’s design
14. Essential Thyroid Nutrients:
  • Copper – leafy green vegetables
  • Zinc – pumpkin seeds, grass-fed meats
  • Iodine – sea vegetable (kelp)
  • L-Tyrosine – almonds, avocados, grass-fed meats
15. Avoid Table Salts and Use Vital Salts:
  • Table salt is an industrialized waste product that toxifies the body and causes dysregulation in cellular fluid volumes, blood pressure, and heart rate
  • Vital salts – himalayan sea salt, celtic sea salt, and/or real salt – 84 trace minerals that function in harmony and balance cellular fluid volumes
  • Regulates blood pressure and stabilizes heart rate
16. Healing Diet:
  • No grains, fruit (other than berries) or starchy foods)
  • Eat non-starchy vegetables, grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils
  • Eat 5 small meals and make fat your primary energy source each day
17. Avoid Sugar:
  • Causes high insulin, inflammation, thyroid dysregulation and weight gain
  • Minimize/eliminate processed foods
  • Avoid high sugar, high potassium fruit (orange juice, bananas, melon)
  • Avoid dairy – mucus-producing and immuno-suppressing
    • Best – kefir, goat cheese, raw cheeses, grass-fed raw milk
    • Worst – milk, sugary yogurts, ice cream, cheese, etc.
  • Reduce grain consumption
    • Best – sprouted grains, brown rice, quinoa
    • Worst – wheat, oats, barley (contain gluten)
18. Use Probiotics and Vitamin D:
  • Support and nourish your digestive system and gut flora
  • 20% of thyroid hormone production comes from gut flora
  • Major immune modulators. Take between 50-100 billion probiotic organisms daily and 10-20,000 I.U. of vitamin D (20-30 minutes sunshine)
  • Inhibits toxic bacteria and virus invasion that leads to gut fermentation, swelling, and weight gain
  • Auto-immune thyroid treatment – general recommendations include 150-200 billion probiotic organisms, 30,000 I.U. of vitamin D daily, healing diet, liver detox, super greens capsules/powder, 10grams/daily EPA/DHA for 90 days
19. Practice Deep Breathing:
  • Enhances cellular oxygenation and blood flow to major tissues
  • Increased oxygenation – increased fat burning
  • Reduces harmful amounts of stress hormones
  • Relieves stress, fear and worry
20. Increase Anti-Oxidant Intake:
  • Eat a salad and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables everyday
  • Use a super-greens powder
  • Increase glutathione – bodies most potent anti-oxidant
    • Blue green algae – spirulina and blue green algae
    • Grass-fed whey

adapted from Dr. David Jockers