Is this you in morning? It could be your thyroid keeping you tired.
Most of the individuals that come to see me for help with low energy levels suffer from some degree of Adrenal Fatigue. However, there is another imbalance closely tied to Adrenal Fatigue that also hinders energy, mood, and weight. It’s an imbalanced of the thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck. It’s the master gland of metabolism and optimal body function across all of your body’s systems. Thyroid and adrenal health is so closely related that stressed out adrenals can contribute to a thyroid imbalance, and a thyroid imbalance can further stress your adrenals.
Symptoms of an under functioning thyroid can include:
- Unexplained weight gain with an inability to lose the weight
- Waking up (even after getting a full eight hours of sleep) still feeling tired
- Feeling sluggish
- Mood swings, anxiety, depression
- PMS, irregular periods, infertility and low sex drive.
- Muscle and joint pain
- Cold hands and feet.
- Feeling cold even when everyone else is not
- Dry cracking skin
- Brittle nails
- Brain fog, poor memory or concentration
- A chronically hoarse voice
In some extreme cases medication may be required to heal your thyroid. However, there are things that you can do nutritionally to help bring balance.
Foods to Incorporate:
- Foods containing iodine such as sea salt, sea vegetables (Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame), baked potatoes, cranberries, strawberries and navy beans.
- Foods high in selenium – Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, whole wheat bread, mushrooms, rye, oats
- Lima Beans
- Foods High in Omega 3 such as walnuts, hemp, flax and chia seeds.
Note: When using nuts, all you need is a small handful. They are great in stir-fry or on top of salads.
Additionally, coconut oil will help to balance the thyroid. Use it instead of other oils when you cook, on your oatmeal or put it in your smoothie.
Foods to Avoid:
- Broccoli – unless cooked – do not eat raw
- Cauliflower –unless cooked- do not eat raw
- Brussels sprouts- unless cooked – do not eat raw
- Sugary foods (refined sugars, agave, high fructose corn syrup)
- Fatty foods (not including avocados and foods high in Omega 3)
- Processed foods
Additionally, thyroid imbalances are tied to poor communication and the suppression of feelings. Take some time to meditate and journal on areas of your life where you may not be expressing yourself the way you would like. Are your feelings being heard and understood? What feeling are you avoiding dealing with?
Thyroid imbalances also represent blocked creativity. Now would be a great time to set aside some time to explore your creative side. Explore all mediums until you find what make your heart sing, your energy sore and your communication become easier and more open.
If you are not sure which system is out of balance, a holistic nutritionist can help you sort it out, alongside a naturopath or a doctor that specializes in functional medicine.
As always, if you have any question, please feel free to contact our office for a complimentary consultation at 604-831-6506.
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