Is this shutting down your thyroid?
Well, it’s almost the end of September. How’d that happen? 🙂
That means we are at the end of our focus on thyroid health. Why have we spent an entire month on this? Because:
- So many people are experiencing thyroid dysfunction (whether officially diagnosed or not).
- Your thyroid affects so many systems. If it isn’t working properly, you can’t be your best YOU. And your best YOU is what the world needs!
- There are simple, natural strategies you can implement to improve the health of your thyroid!
In previous emails, we’ve talked about toxins, food sensitivities, and critical thyroid nutrients.
Today I want to focus on the thing that has the biggest impact on your thyroid (and overall) health: Stress.
In today’s world stress runs rampant and often lies hidden as one of the root causes of disease. In a study performed by the Cleveland Clinic, the number one factor they discovered that improves health across the board is pro-actively reducing stress.
How does stress affect your thyroid? Well, when we are under stress, our adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol, which produces a number of effects in the body. Concerning the thyroid, when there is too much cortisol in the body, TSH conversion in the brain gets blocked, leading to a buildup of reverse T3, which “puts the brakes” on the thyroid. (TSH and T3 are hormones that play an important role in thyroid function.)
For those of us who recently experienced the extended stress of Hurricane Harvey or Irma, our adrenals were probably working overtime producing excess cortisol. You may have noticed that you felt fatigued, or your appetite was off, for several days after the event passed. I know I did. That’s your adrenals affecting your thyroid.
It’s time to take a comprehensive look at how stress shows up in your life and begin to take small steps to lessen it.
In my coaching practice, I share my 3-layered approach to stress management, as depicted in the Stress Management Pyramid:
- Resilience – cultivating a frame of mind and body that is resilient in the face of stress so that you experience stress less frequently, and when you do, you don’t react as strongly.
- Reactivity – shifting your mindset through cognitive flexibility exercises so that you are less likely to react to situations in a stressful way.
- Release – building a menu of tools that will help you effectively release stress when it does occur.
While I can’t get into all these layers here, I will share my top 3 strategies for building stress resilience:
- Mind-Body Nutrition – this includes giving your body adequate vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and adaptogens to help it be stress resilient. But it goes far beyond just what you eat.
- Meditation – regular meditation practice can contribute greatly to improving your stress resilience.
- Sleep quality – poor sleep is a stress on your system, while getting consistent, good quality sleep will help you build stress resilience.
If you are looking to reduce your stress, whether its to improve your thyroid health or your overall health, let’s chat! As you know, I offer affordable, effective self-study courses and coaching programs, and I’d love to talk to you to see how I could serve you further.
Just reply to this email and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone. What’s the worst that could happen? And what’s the best that could happen?
Now go ahead and rock your day!