Did you know that a healthy thyroid gland depends on a healthy liver?
The thyroid gland produces two main hormones: T4 (also called thyroxine) and T3 (also called triiodothyronine).
T4 is an inactive form of thyroid hormone. In order for that (inactive) T4 to be converted to the active form, T3, the GUT and the LIVER have to do a lot of work.
If your digestive system and your liver are responsible for a huge portion of thyroid hormone conversion and if you are making (or taking) enough T4, but are not converting effectively to T3, you have one major task to accomplish: you need to improve the health and function of those systems.
How can you do that??
By detoxing and supporting your liver and your digestive system.
We all know that the liver takes a great deal of abuse in our Western lifestyles.
The good news? It is the only organ that can regenerate itself.
As long as we give it the right tools nutritionally and follow a lifestyle plan that avoids nasty environmental toxins.
Here are a few things you can start with as of now to support the health of your liver and your thyroid:
- Reduce the intake of caffeine, alcohol, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
- Add in liver supportive supplements such as milk thistle.
- Consume bitter greens (dandelion, arugula, kale, collards), sprouts and liver loving foods (see a previous article for the list of foods).
- Install a water filter that filters out fluoride and chlorine.(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.)
- Drink more water. Start the day with a glass of hot water with some fresh lemon squeezed into it. Fantastic liver cleanser. Will also aid your digestion and make your body more alkaline.
- Reduce processed foods and increase intake of organic, whole foods.
- Eliminate artificial sweeteners. They are super toxic to your liver.
- Cut out foods you are sensitive to. (The most common trigger foods are gluten, sugar, corn, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts.) Eliminate them for a week or so and then add them back, one every few days, and see how you feel. This is what we essentially do during our Spring Cleanse program.
- Use digestive bitters ( I love Urban Moonshine company's bitters), or take a capsule of Apple Cider Vinegar with meals to boost digestion.
- Learn to deal with stressful situations. Anger affects the liver in a negative way. Interestingly, when your liver is toxic, you feel angry longer, you feel it more intensely, more passionately, and have a difficult time letting it go.
Want to jumpstart your healthy eating an living habits and support this important organ?
Join my Reset.Spring Cleanse Program here.