Toxins from the environment disrupt your thyroid function and can trigger the immune system to attack and damage thyroid cells. This injury can lead to the most common cause of low thyroid: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. When toxins reduce T3 levels, your resting metabolic rate drops, and you tend to gain weight.
Preventing exposure to these toxins is the first step, but in today’s toxic world, improving detoxification is equally important.
For low thyroid sufferers, toxic buildup impairs your thyroid function and metabolic symptoms like weight loss.
However, there are three powerful habits you can use to detox your body and safeguard your thyroid from toxic damage.
1. Break a Sweat
Exercise detoxes the body by increasing circulation and producing sweat, which carries toxins out of the body.
Regardless of fitness level, increasing activity gives your thyroid a boost!
2. Turn Up the Heat
Spending time in a sauna or steam room is a great way to relax. Besides providing some downtime, this practice will also help flush thyroid-damaging toxins out of your system. The heat causes sweating that can rid your body of toxins, and the sauna and steam room can help with weight loss, too. When fat is lost, toxins like PCBs and pesticides that store in fats cells have an opportunity to leave the body as well.
3. Fill Up on Fiber
Eating a high-fiber diet by increasing vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and other plant-based foods is one of the best ways to boost your health, improve the immune system, and decrease toxins. Fiber improves your liver and kidney detox while binding to toxins in the digestive tract and moving them out of your body. It’s important to eat a variety of plant-based foods because different forms of fiber have a variety of benefits for the body.
Improving your body’s natural detox systems is a great first step. To optimize detoxification, I recommend thorough toxin screenings to identify and target the specific pollutants that are impairing your thyroid health. No two people have the same toxic burden, so one-size-fits-all treatments never yield the best outcomes. Reversing the trajectory of low thyroid means identifying and addressing each patient’s unique imbalances and making the adjustments needed to correct the disease at the source. Each patient deserves a treatment plan that considers his or her unique needs so that every individual gets the best shot at regaining his or her health.