Thyroid Hormone Help: 7 Ways To Boost Your Thyroid Naturally

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Today’s article is about how to boost your thyroid naturally, and there are 6 ways that I’ll share now. First, I want to post a letter that I received which printed in my syndicated column and was printed nationally, as well as in The Gainesville Sun. 

“Dear Pharmacist,
I’m very tired and weak without my thyroid medicine. Now, I’m concerned about the thyroid shortage and worried that there will not be medication for me. What else can I do?”

–M.K., Gainesville, Florida

Thank you “MK” for reaching out with your concerns. It’s completely understandable to feel worried about the availability of your thyroid medication given the current shortages. Here’s what you can do to ensure you continue to manage your thyroid health effectively:

Make Your Cells More Sensitive

There will always be thyroid medication, don’t worry. While this is all getting sorted out by the manufacturers and the FDA, let me assure you that it’s possible to create more thyroid hormone naturally. You can also make your cells more sensitive to circulating thyroid hormone.

The active version of thyroid hormone is called T3 and it makes you feel “awake.” The inactive hormone is called T4. In order for you to feel well, have energy and burn carbs and fat, your body must be able to convert T4 to T3. It’s pretty easy to do.  Low thyroid (T3) can cause depression, weight gain, brittle nails, cold sensations and thinning hair.

Low thyroid (T3) will trigger your brain to produce some TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) which shouts at your thyroid gland, “Make more T3, we don’t have enough!” When the gland makes some more T3, the TSH hushes up. It’s a complex feedback loop, but that’s the gist. 

With that in mind, here’s some more advice that can help you regain healthy thyroid levels.

7 Ways to Boost Your Thyroid Naturally

1. Iron: You need sufficient levels of iron to make thyroid hormone and to get it into your cells where it works. Women with a heavy monthly flow often run short on iron. You can measure iron stores (called “ferritin”) with a simple blood test.

2. Trace Minerals: They help you convert T4 to T3 and include zinc, selenium and chromium. These minerals double as antioxidants which means that they do good housekeeping on your cells and protect the thyroid gland from destructive free radicals. It’s an inexpensive fix, take “chelated” minerals or drink green food supplements that contain marine-derived compounds.

3. Iodine: Another trace mineral that is absolutely critical in making thyroid hormone and also in protecting against breast cancer. It’s shocking but white bread often contains bromine which can cause iodine deficiency and interferes with thyroid functioning. So iodine is helpful to your thyroid, whereas bromine is not.

4. Ashwagandha: In animal studies, this herb stimulates more T3 production.  Additionally, it nourishes tired, stressed adrenal glands. This causes your stress hormone cortisol to come down, and it may help you lose belly fat.

5. Guggul: You get a lot of bang for your buck with guggul because it helps you make more T3, it can lower cholesterol/triglycerides and it may relieve joint pain and osteoarthritis. Healthline has more on this herb. 

6. Insulin: When serum insulin is high, thyroid hormone can’t work well. You can bring insulin levels down by exercising, losing weight and balancing blood sugar. 

7. Betaine with Pepsin: This is a dietary supplement that provides an acid which help you digest your food, and extract minerals from each meal. It can be helpful for some, and it can cause heartburn for others! Before supplementing, consider reading my article, 4 Benefits of Betaine with Pepsin for Thyroid Health.

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