Thyroid gland is like a butterfly-shaped gland located just below your Adam’s apple. It is chiefly responsible for energy and metabolism. But, a minor thyroid problem can make you gain weight, drain your energy, and leave you irritated, bloated, and moody all at once. Experts say that making some lifestyle changes can help in preventing or delaying symptoms of thyroid disorder. Here are four smart steps.
A healthy thyroid requires good content of iodine, selenium, and magnesium. Iodine acts as a building block for thyroid hormone. Your eating habit has a lot of say in keeping your thyroid levels healthy. Therefore, it is best that you include foods in your diet that are rich in iodine such as sushi, seafood or sea vegetables. You can also eat multivitamins to meet your requirement of selenium and magnesium. All these foods will help you metabolize your thyroid hormone.
We all know that raw cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage contain healthy nutrients, but what we often fail to realize is that they also come with compounds that are capable of hindering our body’s ability to use iodine for production of thyroid hormone. So, when you cook them, most of such bad compounds get destroyed, preventing them from harming you.
Every time you brush your teeth in the morning or after a meal, make sure you rinse your mouth thoroughly to avoid swallowing fluoride toothpaste. Furthermore, avoid drinking too much fluoridated tap water. According to studies, intake of fluoride may decrease production of thyroid hormone in your body and may even, directly or indirectly, interfere with how the hormone moves through your blood.
Try to avoid situations that put you under stress. Be active and get more sleep. Exercise helps boost circulation and can thus make you relaxed. Exercising regularly keeps production of hormone cortisol under control, thereby helping you in improving your thyroid function whereas ample sleep helps you fight off that feeling of low energy. Image source: Getty