Your Thyroid May Be Affecting Your Health Goal

Feeling tired, depressed, or unable to manage your weight?

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is thought to be one of the most under-diagnosed health conditions in the United States. Many of its symptoms like depression, fatigue, and weight gain are simply attributed to other factors, and therefore thyroid disfunction isn’t always diagnosed.  Women and men both suffer from the condition, but the risk does increase with age.  Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid/the opposite of hypothyroidism) is just as concerning, as the thyroid gland controls your metabolism, energy, memory, muscle strength, body temp, and so much more.

The good news is you can support your thyroid with diet, supplements, and exercise.We talked with Christa Orecchio, Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of The Whole Journey, to get her best tips on how to boost your thyroid function.
Christa’s Health and Nutrition Tips to Build and Boost the Thyroid:
  • Avoid unfermented SOY like the plague. Soy blocks the uptake of iodine to the thyroid, thereby starving it of the essential nutrients it needs to function. This means no tofu, no soymilk, no edamame and no intentional use of soybean oil (check all your labels because soybean is genetically modified and make in excess in the US, therefore it is very cheap and used in a TON of products). Wheat-free Tamari (soy sauce), Tempeh (like a veggie burger/tofu replacement), and Miso (fermented soybean paste) are the only acceptable forms of soy.
  • Avoid GLUTEN like the plague too. Gluten is over acid, again genetically modified, overproduced and more often than not in the US devoid of nutrients. In the U.S., our wheat contains 3x the amount of gluten than Europe or South America. It is overly acidic and can cause immune antibody production.
  • Persistent thyroid problems can have underlying causes like HPV and Herpes.  Get your thyroid checked.  Here are the tests/markers to ask your doctor or naturopath for:
Absolute CD3, CD4 and CD8 (3 sets of T cells)
Natural Killer Cell Activity (Function, not count)
Immunoglobulin G
IL-1B, IL-4, TNF alpha
C-reactive protein
When a virus is present in the system, it is like going against the wind and whatever you do to boost the thyroid will be in vain, until you remove the wind so the thyroid can fly.
** To better understand the science of how your thyroid works and how to read your lab results, link toChrista’s Thyroid Blog.
  • Get more iodine in your diet.  Eat sea vegetables or take Kelp at 3000mg/day to give the thyroid more iodine. There are so many ways to get seaweed in the diet now. Check out Christa’s condiments & snacks section of her review site or have a look at her recipes for sea vegetables. 
  • Eat the following vegetables COOKED, not RAW. Cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, bok choy, and watercress.  They contain a chemical called goitrogen, that when eaten raw, can block thyroid hormone production. Cooking partially inactivates goitrogen.
  • Avoid peanuts.  They too have goitrogens.
  • Get your gastrointestinal and adrenal health evaluated by a good, holistic practitioner to look for root cause issues that must be concurrently addressed.
  • Melt 2 tsp of organic extra virgin coconut oil into hot water at night and drink it before bed. This will support GI and immune health, which indirectly assists the thyroid.
  • See Christa’s blog on healing chicken bone broth. Drink one cup of that per day with celtic sea salt (matches the exact mineral profile of our blood) with 1tsp. of kelp flakes.
  • Use ghee (clarified butter) with no milk solids at 1-2 teaspoons per day in cooking to strengthen GI and immune health.  Ghee is a clarified butter that is lactose free.

Kelp Noodle Salad with Tamari and Ginger Dressing

Prep and cook time: 20 minutes     Serves 6-81    bag kelp noodles
1    1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1    clove garlic, minced
2    large carrots, shredded
1    cucumber, seeded and shredded
2    cups fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
½   cup fresh mint, julienned
1    orange, juiced
1    lime, juiced
3    tablespoons tamari
¼   cup grapeseed oil
Put whole bag of kelp noodles in hot boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside to cool.Combine juices, tamari, garlic, and ginger. Whisk grapeseed oil into liquid mixture.
Pour over cooled kelp noodles, add chopped cilantro and mint, and combine thoroughly.
Add carrots and cucumbers. Taste.  Add more tamari if desired.

Christa Orecchio is a clinical and holistic nutritionist, and founder of The Whole Journey, a private nutrition practice and informational website established to help people live healthier, happier, and more energetic lives through whole food nutrition, quality supplementation, and healthy lifestyle guidance. Christa’s clinical approach is always uniquely tailored to individuals, focusing to holistically heal common chronic health concerns from the root cause, in lieu of addressing individual symptoms.

Christa has been regularly featured as a health expert on TV and in print nationwide. She is the Fox5 San Diego weekly health expert where she speaks about using food as medicine and a mind-body approach to eating.

Follow Christa at The Whole Journey

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