September is all about the Thyroid!
Welcome to September! Lots of good things happening this month, including the first day of fall, and the return of all things pumpkin – in just about every food imaginable.
September is also National Thyroid Cancer Awareness month.
Thyroid health is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. So many of my clients and friends suffer from thyroid dysfunction. I guess that’s not surprising, since about 300 million people worldwide are experiencing thyroid issues, half of which are undiagnosed. And women are more susceptible to thyroid irregularities, and thyroid cancer, than are men.
Your thyroid plays such a big role in your overall health. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are all over the place – unexpected weight change, lack of energy, foggy brain, difficulty sleeping, feeling cold, thinning hair, dry skin, depression, anxiety, and more. Yup, it affects lots of things.
That’s why my emails this month are going to focus on what you can do to keep your thyroid healthy, or improve its health if you are experiencing some degree of dysfunction.
One of the major influences on thyroid health is toxic load. More and more evidence suggests that thyroid problems can be caused or exacerbated by toxins in our environment, such as chemicals like chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water; pesticides, hormones, and other chemicals and preservatives in our food; toxins in cleaning and self-care products; environmental pollutants; air fresheners; and more.
Yes, there are a lot of toxins in today’s world. The good news is that our body is equipped to handle at least some level of toxicity. The better news is that there are some simple changes you can make to decrease the toxic load on your body.
1. Improve the quality of water that goes in and on your body. This includes drinking water and bathing water. Try to get a good filter for your drinking water, and avoid drinking plastic bottled water as much as you can. You can also get filters for your shower. You are looking to filter out chlorine, bromine, and fluoride, as these chemicals can interfere with thyroid function.
2. Up your food quality. Begin by using the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen lists (also available as an app) to prioritize which foods you purchase in organic form in order to reduce your pesticide intake. Also look for meat products that are free of hormones and antibiotics and fish sources that are low in mercury.
3. Choose less toxic personal care products. Start by swapping out your 3-5 most used items, for example, shampoo/conditioner, body wash/soaps, lotions, makeup, deodorant. Check out the app “Think Dirty”. It has many common products broken down into their ingredients and categorized by toxicity level.
4. Switch conventional household cleaning products to non-toxic alternatives.
I suggest you focus on making small shifts in one of these areas at a time.
If you’d like some additional support in detoxing both body and mind, I’m running my popular 14 Day Mind Body Reset Challenge starting September 13. This challenge combines a whole-food cleansing elimination-reintegration protocol with body and mind practices to release toxins and excess bloat from your tissues, reset your digestive system and appetite, and renew your baseline of well-being. You owe it to yourself to check it out!
Stay tuned: in upcoming emails, I’ll reveal another major factor that affects thyroid health and what you can do about it, plus two key nutrients your thyroid needs and how to get them.