Bad Habits for Your Thyroid

By Sara Butler

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck, right above your collarbone. It may be small, but it has a big job to do. It secretes hormones that help to regulate some of the most vital activities in your body, such as metabolism, body temperature, and mood. If something isn’t working quite right with your thyroid, it can really impact your quality of life. That’s why it’s important to understand how to properly take care of it. Here are some habits that are bad for your thyroid.

Smoking

Smoking is bad for your whole body, but the toxins in cigarettes have a direct impact on the health of your thyroid gland. Tobacco decreases the hormone that stimulates the thyroid to properly regulate metabolism and cardiovascular activities.

An Inactive Lifestyle

If you’re inactive it can have an impact on the health of your thyroid. Inactivity can cause you to gain weight, leading to other metabolic issues. Also, it can decrease the number of hormones released by the thyroid, leading to a condition known as hypothyroidism. That can increase your risk of cardiac disease, fatigue, and hair loss.

Poor Stress Relief

If you don’t know how to handle the stress of daily life in a healthy way, then it can cause problems with your thyroid. Your endocrine system (of which the thyroid is a part) is sensitive to your emotional state. When you’re going through a particularly emotional or stressful experience, it can have an impact on thyroid hormones. If the thyroid becomes unbalanced, then it impacts the health of other systems of the body.

Low Iodine Levels

If you don’t get enough iodine in your diet, then it can cause problems with your thyroid. Your body needs iodine in order to produce hormones in the thyroid. So, if you don’t get enough, then there won’t be enough hormones made to help regulate body functions.

You can find iodine naturally in foods such as:

  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Salt
  • Marine vegetables
  • Chocolate
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pineapple

You Drink Too Much Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption is bad for your health for many reasons and one of them happens to be your thyroid health. It’s true that the liver is in charge of filtering out the toxins of alcohol, but those toxins still have to travel through the bloodstream to be filtered out, so they do have an impact on the production of hormones in the thyroid.

If too much alcohol impacts your thyroid, it can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight and you may even develop ongoing metabolic issues.

Your thyroid is important, so support its health with good habits! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

 

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