Guest Article by Magdalena Wszelaki, a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Josie Lincoln, Naturopathic Nutritional Advisor and Detox Specialist
Most thyroid patients (we are talking around 90%) suffer from a secondary thyroid disease. This means that it’s not the thyroid that originally (or primarily) failed.
The most common reason for the gland to fail (go under- or over-active) is an autoimmune attack; the immune system launches an attack on the thyroid.
Modern medicine does not have the answers as to “why is it happening” but the alternative medical world attributes much of it to toxicity. In other words, most people with thyroid conditions have a high toxic load.
Where is it all coming from?
7 Key Toxic Thyroid Factors:
Thyroid Factor #1: Food
The way we process our food today has contributed to the loss of its nutritional value and introduced substances like preservatives and additives that our bodies are simply not built to ingest.
Furthermore, pasteurization, homogenization and refining of food have given it a new form which many people have problem digesting.
Food manufacturers have embarked on many pseudo-diets like low-fat; replacing fat with sugar and additives to make things tasty.
In short, our food today is very different from 100 years ago and not coincidentally, the rate of diseases has escalated too.
The key is to re-design your diet in a way that is practical, affordable and does not create overwhelm to you and your family.
Thyroid Factor #2: Water
The United States is one of very few countries in the world that adds fluoride to its drinking water. This is a battled and controversial topic (this is why no fluoride is allowed in most European countries) that is well worth your attention.
We are now finding out that fluoride inhibits iodine’s ability to bind with the thyroid gland. This means if we drink water with high amounts of fluoride, our thyroid is interrupted and cannot produce enough T4.
Insufficient T4 means insufficient T3 (the active hormone that fuels us). It is also believed that fluoride slows down the conversion of T4 to T3 hormone which explains why in spite of being on medication like Synthroid many people still feel far from well.
Thyroid Factor #3: Household cleaning items
Many people know about the health danger of BPAs and parabens. It has taken the FDA over 10 years to finally acknowledge it which means it might take them another few years to admit that other chemicals like the PERFLUROOCTANOID ACID (PFOA) found in non-stick pans or TRICLOSAN found in anti-bacterial soaps are equally dangerous.
Simply put: these widely used chemicals all are known to be synthetic estrogens or xenoestrogens which means they pretend to be estrogen in your body but they don’t do the hormonal work of the real estrogen.
Why is this important? Because estrogen, same as your thyroid, are directly dependent on each other and they balance each other out.
Thyroid Factor #4: Skincare products
We are often led to believe that much of what we put on our skin is safe. The reality is far from it. It’s also worth noting that our skin in the largest exposed organ, it therefore really matters what we put on it.
You might have heard of parabens (even though surprise, surprise all the large cosmetic companies are still using them) being a big contributor to cancer but have you heard of PHTHALATES? They make things smell nice but are synthetic and very dangerous to the thyroid.
Now, you did not know that, did you?
Thyroid Factor #5: Antibiotics and drugs
“Doc, my sinus is in a mess, I need help”. You know that your doctor will subscribe you a dose of antibiotics – which is a great, quick fix to get you back on your feet.
The problem is – it won’t get your well for very long. Antibiotics wipe out the bad AND the good bacteria in the gut, and your gut needs the good bacteria too in order to support a healthy immune system.
So, how do you boost your immune system so you stop falling sick that often?
Thyroid Factor #6: Parasites & Infections
H.Pylori, a pathogenic bacterium known to cause chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers is now also linked to creating a pro-inflammatory response in the body which can manifests itself in the form of Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease.
Parasites are more common than we realize and want to acknowledge. It’s therefore important to test for common parasites like ringworms, pinworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms or liver flukes as they deplete us nutritionally and their presence creates another toxic load.
Thyroid Factor #7: Negative emotions and stress
You know when a stressful event at work or at home finally comes to an end, you collapse and come down with a flu (at best)? We have all experienced that at some point. This is why: when we are stressed out, our adrenal glands secret a hormone called cortisol which gives us focus, energy and clarity of mind.
Cortisol is also responsible for stimulating our immune system. The problem is when we are producing too much cortisol for too long; the adrenal glands get too tired and they stop producing sufficient cortisol. And this is why our immune system gets weakened and we get sick. Furthermore, too low or too high cortisol levels also impact the thyroid.
Stress is more of a factor in your thyroid’s health than you realize. We see it over and over again in thyroid patients. Stress is not only for busy Wall Street executives; anyone with past trauma, low self-esteem, self-sabotaging behavior, stress from financial situations, romantic stress (they are all stress!) is very likely to experience adrenal exhaustion which triggers the thyroid.
We most often cannot remove stressful events, people and things from our lives but we can look at them and respond to them differently to spare our adrenals that chronic load. Do you know where to get started here?
Wow! That’s a lot of sources to worry about as most of them are very present in our lives. So, what do you do? Where do you go from here? You need to learn to recognize where the toxicity is coming from and how to eliminate, neutralize or minimize it without too much fuss and expense.
The authors of this article, Magdalena Wszelaki (thyroid nutrition coach) and Josie Lincoln (detox expert). In their upcoming guided program Mastering Hashimoto’s YOU can experience first-hand how revitalizing your gut and liver the right way can improve YOUR thyroid function and make you feel energized, clear-minded, optimistic, inspired to heal further and also lose some of that stubborn weight.
To help you get started they put together an information-packed FREE Thyroid Workshop where you can learn more about triggers of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism.