Having weight gain and/or stubborn pounds that won’t budge may mean your thyroid isn’t working properly. The thyroid is to provide you with the proper amount of hormones. There is a link with weight, metabolism and thyroid health but there are many things that can interfere with the efficiency of the thyroid. So how do you get a handle on it and have the weight loss you’re wanting? I have a few suggestions. Once you begin to do these, mostly likely you’ll have other healthy side effects that can be seen as well. Like more energy, healthier skin and thicker hair, less anxiety, joint and muscle pain.
As important as exercise is, too intense of a workout can cause too much stress and adversely affect the thyroid. Try taking it easy in your routine then working up to a goal you set, but without feeling tired afterwards, is what you want to make sure of. You can always ease up if it’s too much, then build it up over a few a weeks to a month or more. Yoga, walks, Tai Chi, or other gentle, easy exercise may be a good place to start for some of you.
Watch the stress levels in your life. Good sleep is included in this. Turning off all electronics 90 minutes before bed lets melatonin be produced and allows you to get 7-9 hours of a good night sleep. Then knowing when you need to take a break during the day is important, too. Make sure you take a time out in your daily routine with a quiet time of reading, writing, drinking herbal tea or just daydreaming. Relationships can cause stress, as can your work environment. What can help is for you to make a plan for eliminating or reducing that stress. When we feel out of control of things that can be a huge stress factor. Taking the time to think out what is stressing you, writing it down and see what you can do can relieve much, if not, all of it. Reducing stress helps your thyroid to produce important hormones. Relax more, yet stay active so you can get closer to losing those pounds.
Be careful with eating soy products. They have been known to crash thyroid levels when taken in high amounts. There is much controversy around this, although soy can interfere with the thyroid adversely. Soy also, is a highly genetically modified product (GMO) which is still questionable for our health. Some protein shakes, supplements, soy milk and cheese as well as some hormone prescription drugs have soy in them producing high estrogen dominance in the body, so much so, that the body has a hard time breaking it all down and getting rid of it. This makes your hormones imbalanced where it’s difficult to lose weight and look beautiful. Try changing your protein shake and avoid taking soy containing supplements or eating soy for a few weeks. Your thyroid may respond and help you by letting go of the weight.
Be mindful of sugar. Sugar elimination is another way to help keep your thyroid from being inflamed and interfering with hormone levels. We pretty much know it’s a big no, no when it comes to weight loss, but this ingredient causes body inflammation in general by raising cortisol levels. That happens if our blood sugar goes too low. Repeatedly eating sugar causes our insulin to surge which ends up destroying our thyroid. My way around sugar is by reading labels! Read both what’s on food and drink labels. Either eliminate sugar altogether or substitute sugar with either a “natural” sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or with an herb powder called Stevia that has no calories, only a sweet taste.
These are some simple ways you can increase your thyroid’s function and get your weight where you are wanting it to be. Try one of these suggestions this week, like watching your stress and getting enough sleep. Any concerns or insights I would LOVE to hear from you by commenting below. Enjoy this week and have some summertime fun. (…which keeps stress away and weight off!)
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To your health and all my best,
Kathleen, CHHC, AADP