There are many triggers that can lead to thyroid problems. Toxins, especially affect the health and function of the thyroid. Below are specific situations that are helpful to be aware of so the body can be supported in healthy ways to fight back.
Take a look at the following 9 situations that can trigger thyroid problems:
Trigger # 1: Scientists Link Spike in Thyroid Disease to Fukushima Disaster and Chernobyl
The meltdown in Japan that took place in 2011 has affected the United States significantly. Radioactive chemicals were released in the air and have managed to travel around the world. These chemicals have gotten into our water, air and food supply. This has caused an increase in hypothyroidism, especially in children and infants. The thyroid gland is very susceptible to radiation including radioactive iodine that when ingested, goes immediately through the bloodstream where it attacks and kills cells in the thyroid. Radiation from this disaster is a major cause for the increase in hypothyroidism, especially in children.
Trigger # 2: Heavy Metals and Pesticides
We are exposed to pesticides on a daily basis and there are numerous studies that link thyroid dysfunction to pesticide exposure. For examples, the pesticides that are sprayed on fruits and vegetables have been found to alter the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and cause thyroid nodules. Pesticide exposure can also be found everywhere from your personal care products to outdoor playground equipment.
Trigger # 3: Standard American Diet (SAD)
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of sugary, starchy and highly processed foods that lack nutrients and fiber. Add medications and antibiotics to the mix and the combination creates an imbalance in the digestive system, particularly good bacteria.
When your body lacks good bacteria in your gut and intestines, your body cannot produce enough digestive enzymes to properly digest your food and all of this affects your immune system. Inflammation results, and perpetuates an attack on your thyroid gland, preventing absorption of nutrients including zinc, iron, selenium and B-vitamins – all of these nutrients play a major role in proper thyroid function.
Trigger # 4: Allergies
Allergies wreak havoc on any thyroid condition, making symptoms worse and creates more of a challenge to restore good health. Food allergies can be best defined as your body reacting to food ingested that results in an immune system response, leading to inflammation and many symptoms. The most common foods that you might be allergic to are wheat, dairy, sugar, corn, soy, peanuts, and eggs. Managing symptoms requires changing your eating habits to address your allergic reactions, especially if you have a thyroid condition. Eating highly reactive foods create inflammation, making your thyroid condition worse. Avoiding these foods is, without question, one of the best things you can do for your body and thyroid gland.
Trigger # 5: GMO Foods
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) is food where the DNA has been changed or altered. In a nutshell, genes are taken from one species and inserted into another species. Crops become resistant to herbicides and are able to produce their own pesticides to kill organisms, leading to nutrient deficiencies. These can harm both animals and people and warrants continued warnings because your body simply cannot process these GMO foods. Your immune system considers them a foreign invader to your body, creating an immune response and inflammation resulting in various health problems, including thyroid issues. GMO foods can inhibit healthy, thyroid gland activity.
Trigger # 6: Artificial Food Additives
Processed foods may be quick, easy and convenient, however, they are full of artificial preservatives and additives that increase their shelf life but they do nothing for your shelf life. Additives are also added for flavor and can become quite addictive with extra fat, sugar, and salt. The problem with these additives is that they decrease your body’s ability to absorb any nutrients from the food and cause weight gain. Artificial sweeteners are just one example of chemicals that make food sweeter without the extra calories of sugar, however, they have been shown to promote hunger.
The brain registers it received something sweet, but the stomach says, “Where is it?” They create cravings for more sweet foods or sugar, leading to increased hunger. Your body is simply not getting the nutrients it needs so it is hungry all the time. They can also interfere with your body’s system of signaling to other systems, including nerve cells. Stay away from foods with artificial sweeteners, additives, and preservatives.
Trigger # 7: Synthetic (Harmful) Ingredients In Cosmetics, Personal Care & Cleaning Products
Endless cosmetics, personal care, and cleaning products contain hazardous industrial chemicals that contain pesticides, carcinogens, degreasers, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), and endocrine disruptors. They can get absorbed into your skin and your environment. Look for chemical-free products at natural health food stores to help your body cut back on exposure to these toxins. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/04/10/you-have-the-right-to-know-17-chemicals-to-avoid-in-cosmetic-and-personal-care-products/#sthash.ftYQu9WH.dpuf
Trigger # 8: Emotional Stress
Stress, especially emotional stress, wreaks havoc on your body including the adrenal glands. Food allergies and intolerances, environmental toxins, chronic infections, inflammation and blood sugar swings, stress out the adrenal glands. They pump out the stress hormone cortisol, disturbing your body’s natural balance. Stress affects your body in so many ways including:
- Caffeine and sugar cravings
- Poor sleep habits
- Mood swings
Hypothyroid symptoms can be brought about by weak adrenal glands. One of the best ways to address these issues is to focus on supporting your adrenal glands that will ultimately improve thyroid function. One of the most effective ways to support your adrenals is to stabilize blood sugars levels by avoiding dramatic spikes in blood sugar. This means eating mini-meals of protein and fiber every three hours to avoid blood sugar imbalances, one of the main causes of hypothyroidism. Keep in mind that if your adrenal glands are stressed out, they have a major impact on thyroid function.
Trigger # 9: Sleep Issues
Women are affected by a lack of sleep and an underactive thyroid more than men. Your thyroid gland affects energy levels, metabolism, and patterns of sleep. If your thyroid is not running at optimum levels, then sleep deprivation may arise. You can wake up after 9-10 hours of sleep and still feel tired and exhausted – this type of fatigue is not normal and usually caused by a slow metabolism due to hypothyroidism. If left untreated, it can lead to sleep apnea, a dangerous condition where one stops breathing.
No matter what disease or health issue you might be dealing with, it is important to get to the bottom of it. If you have ever dealt with a thyroid issue, you would, most likely, agree that the condition was not brought about by a lack of synthetic thyroid hormone, something most doctors or endocrinologists automatically prescribe. However, very few make the effort to find out why or how you developed the condition in the first place. You may have thought the symptoms you were experiencing, were caused by menopause when in reality, it is a thyroid issue. The good news is it is possible to restore your health through holistic healing methods and treatments. Figuring out the trigger of a thyroid problem is the first step to healing.
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