The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located near the base of the neck. Some of the thyroids functions are:
– To control how well we sleep
– To regulates heart rate, breathing and body temperature.
– Affects the ability of a woman to become pregnant
– Relates to how our skin looks and how fast our hair grows
– Relates to metabolism
If we have an under-active thyroid, we will have slow metabolism and therefore gain weight easily. If our thyroid is over-active, we will have fast metabolism and become too thin.
When we lack minerals and nutrients, the thyroid has trouble making its hormones. Our thyroid needs iodine, selenium, zinc, iron and copper appropriate levels of Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are some foods that support the thyroid:
– Superfoods like maca, spirulina, goji berries and blue-green algae are helpful for thyroid imbalances. Spirulina, goji berries and blue-green algae contain B vitamins.
– Brazil nuts contain selenium, which helps regulate thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.
– Coconut oil and coconut butter stimulate the thyroid and support proper thyroid function.
– Kelp has the crucial trace element for thyroid function: iodine. Our thyroid can stop functioning well just because of an iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient, taking at least 2 tablespoons of kelp per day can help. You can add it to your salad and mix it with a bit of sea salt. Always consult with a doctor before making diet changes.
When we don’t have enough healthy iodine in our body; iodine-131 (avaporous gas) is breathed in and it gets into our thyroid and other glands. Iodine-131 is not healthy and it doesn’t leave our body. That’s why we need to make sure that we have enough of the healthy iodine.
Exposure to bromines depletes our body’s iodine. Bromines can be found in pesticides, plastics, sodas (BVOs = Brominated vegetable oils), flour (potassium bromate), and personal care products, so it’s better to use chemical-free ones.
– Cranberries also contain iodine. You can juice them with an apple and lemon.
– Radishes. According to Dr. Mercola, radishes contain a sulphur compound that is a regulator of calcitonin and thyroxin. When we have enough of this sulphur compound the thyroid is less apt to over-produce or under-produce these hormones. You can juice radishes with cucumber, carrots and lemon. Radishes contain goitrogens. Some doctors recommend not using them when someone has hypothyroidism so it really depends on our individual needs and beliefs around food.
– Green Vegetables are rich in Vitamin A. These include Swiss chard, collard greens, and dandelions. Avoid raw cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and Brussels sprouts because they contain goitrogens that interfere with iodine uptake; other foods that contain goitrogens are millet, coffee and soy. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable as well, but it has a balancing effect on the endocrine system and supports the thyroid.
Here are some foods that slow the functioning of the thyroid:
– Seed oils, soybean oil, canola oil and corn oil
– Table salt
– Conventionally grown foods with pesticides
– Goitrogen containing foods: soy, coffee, cruciferous vegetables, millet, pine nuts, peanuts and mustard.
– Refined Grains
Natural ways to support the thyroid:
– Letting your skin receive sunlight
– Laying down or walking barefoot on the beach or the grass
– Swimming in a lake, ocean or waterfall basin
If you take synthetic hormones like Synthroid, Levoxyl or Levothroid you may want to ask your doctor about Armour thyroid, which is desiccated thyroid since synthetic hormones like Synthroid have side effects. Please, read more about Armour thyroid by clicking here.
Fluoride and Mercury
Avoiding fluoride and mercury as much as possible is beneficial. Water contains fluoride. Using a good filtration system for water or drinking spring water is a good alternative. Use fluoride free toothpaste and if you have amalgam fillings that contain mercury it will be good to have them removed from your mouth.
The power of grounding
The Earth contains healing energy. Science has described this energy as free-flowing electrons which are constantly replenished by lightning strikes and solar radiation. These electrons can be transferred up throughout the body when we have direct contact with the ground which helps discharge electrical stress from the body and restore our natural rhythms.
How to get grounded?
– You can also get grounded energetically. Here is a simple exercise to get grounded:
1. Stand up straight and feet wide apart. Bend your knees a little and feel your feet on the ground. Imagine a golden ball of light melting inside of you starting with the head, the shoulders, the arms, belly, hips, and legs until you reach your feet.
2. When you reach your feet, imagine roots growing down and reaching the center of the Earth, feel the safety of this connection. You can envision yourself as strong tree with big long roots.
3. Now bring the energy from the Earth up to your feet and legs with your intention. At this point you may feel more relaxed and supported. Let the Earth hold you.
Grounding helps relieve stress, fear and anxiety. Every disease in the energetic perspective is caused by disconnecting ourselves from the energy of the Earth. We do that by closing our first chakra and shutting off our life force.
Grounding energetically has been something that I have learned and practiced for more than four years during my training at the BarbaraBrennan School of Healing. To give a healing I need to be centered and connected with the energy of the Earth. It brings deep relaxation to the person that I am healing, exactly as the Alpha waves.
Supporting Your Thyroid with Energy Healing
With Brennan Healing Science I work on the thyroid gland and balance the endocrine system. Healing the thyroid gland is about helping the glands in the body to communicate with each other to function properly.
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