Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s are two common thyroid conditions that affect many women. Women suffering from one or both of these thyroid imbalances tend to suffer from symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, hair thinning, cold intolerance, depression, mood swings, irregular periods and more.
Being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s can be very overwhelming and stressful. You may feel hopeless and like there’s no happy ending in sight…
Fortunately, that’s not the case! In fact, you CAN reverse your Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s with the right steps.
However, it can be confusing and overwhelming when you begin a nose dive into your “how to heal your thyroid” google search. You may start seeing horror stories about how nothing works, do this and not that, etc. A common theme you may come across is what are the best supplements for Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos?!
Supplements may seem like a quick fix and it can be easy to swing to one extreme and start supplementing with every nutrient. However, one of the root issues of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s is inflammation, specifically in the gut. When your gut is inflamed, you will not properly absorb nutrients efficiently and you’ll burn yourself out taking supplements needlessly.
The first step is to address inflammation in the gut with diet. My Keto Girls do this by initially eliminating the 4 main inflammatory foods for thyroid disorders: gluten, dairy, eggs and added sugar. While at the same time taking a mindful and gentle approach, improving their relationship with food.
Once inflammation is addressed, you’ll begin to start absorbing more nutrients from food naturally, and supplements can be used as needed. Below are several supplements I recommend for women who are still struggling with specific symptoms or vitamin/mineral levels:
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be synthesized by the skin when exposed to UV rays from the sun. You can also obtain Vitamin D from certain foods like fatty fish (salmon, tuna, etc) and beef liver.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common in those with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism. Research has found that people with Hypothyroidism are more likely to have low levels of Vitamin D and that supplementation may help improve thyroid function in people with a thyroid disorder. It is recommended to take 2000-2500 IU/day.i
Magnesium is a very important mineral that takes part in over 300 reactions in the body and can positively affect sleep support and body aches/pains.
There are several forms of magnesium supplements, such as magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate. Oxide is typically used to treat constipation, citrate is more easily absorbed and can promote relaxation and relieve muscle tension. Glycinate is highly absorbable.
Zinc & Selenium
Zinc and selenium are two minerals with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These minerals are required to convert thyroid hormone T4 into the active version, T3. You also need enough selenium intake in order to create enough thyroid hormone. Increasing selenium and zinc has been shown to lower thyroid antibodies.
Some foods rich in selenium are brazil nuts and turkey. Some foods rich in zinc are oysters, beef, pork and lentils. If your intake of these minerals is inadequate, I may recommend additional supplementation.
Lastly, if you also struggle with PCOS, a myo-inositol like Ovasitol can be a great natural treatment and alternative to Metformin. Myo-inositol is involved in several biological processes, including insulin signaling and the metabolism of glucose and fat.
PCOS is a common endocrine disorder that affects women of reproductive age and is characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormones), insulin resistance and irregular periods.
After a few months of use, research has found that inositol may help improve insulin sensitivity, reduce testosterone levels, increase menstrual regularity, decrease PMS systems, promote ovulation and improve periods in women with PCOS.
Again, the goal is to get to the root naturally. Supplements have their place, but in the end can simply be like adding a bandaid. Always consult with your medical provider prior to starting or getting off any supplements. If you’re looking to get to the root and naturally heal your thyroid with a customized plan, apply today! Limited spots available.