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Loving Your Thyroid

By Emily Lindholm

Do you sing in the shower?  It's OK to admit because actually, this is very good for your thyroid.  Your thyroid has a big job, working as a major hormone gland.  By constantly releasing a steady amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream, it regulates many functions.  

Many Americans these days suffer from hypothyroidism, which is also known as low thyroid function.  A good majority of people are unaware of it, which is why I want to dive into this because no one needs to live with a sleepy thyroid.  

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism can linger around in people for a long time while they play guessing games with their health until finally, someone suggests checking it out.  This is because the symptoms are so varied in people, and the severity of the condition can be varied as well.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get your thyroid checked out:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Leaky gut
  • IBS
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Challenges losing weight
  • Hair loss

Causes of Hypothyroidism

The two main causes of hypothyroidism are stress and lack of sleep!  Learning to manage your stress levels and finding a decent bedtime may produce surprising results in just a couple of weeks.  It's important to know these other causes:

  • Exposure to toxins and heavy metals
  • Drug use
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory foods

How to Help Heal Hypothyroidism  

The good news here is that hypothyroidism can be helped.  If you suspect your thyroid needs some love, what it takes is some lifestyle changes.  Change can present challenges at first, but when you start to feel the results, you may forget about your old routines of Netflix until 2 a.m. and coffee first thing in the morning.  That's just an example by the way.  Maybe you're staying up late with wine and good conversation.  The point is, most of us can pinpoint the tweaks we need to make in our lifestyle for our lives to work better.  

Even if you are unsure whether or not your thyroid is functioning optimally or not, it's always beneficial to give it some love by doing these things:

  • Meditation and breathing
  • Going to bed earlier
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Yoga nidra for stress relief and better sleep
  • Limiting caffeine intake
  • Sing in the shower

Loving Your Thyroid

I was serious about singing in the shower.  Since the thyroid is connected to the throat area, singing raises the vibration of the thyroid.  Think of it as giving your thyroid a massage. Singing will do this.  

Your thyroid has a big job, and with a little help, you may notice a huge difference in the way that you feel.  To get your thyroid checked, ask around for recommended nutritionists or naturopaths in your area that do testing.  If you're not ready for testing, make some tweaks to your routine and see if they make a difference!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carlsbad, Calif.

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