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The thyroid gland produces and stores hormones that are essential for cellular function throughout the body. Fitness guru ...
Jillian Michaels and plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explain how to keep thyroid levels in check.
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How to Balance Thyroid Levels
Dr. Travis Stork: Even getting to the next one we’re going to discuss which is really important both for men and women -- the thyroid hormone.
Dr. Drew Ordon: Such an important blend that produces two thyroid hormones. Let me show you first of all where it’s sits. It sits in the neck. It wraps around your Adam’s apple at the trachea, your windpipe. Actually one of the largest glands in the body and very important for a couple of things and basically it’s the master gland of metabolism, energy, again, you have to keep it in balance because if it’s not in balance it literally can affect every part of your body.
If it’s over secreting thyroid hormones, you’re going to have things like weight loss, anxiety, high blood pressure, mood changes, all of those things. One thing you typically see with thyroid changes are those bugged eyes. In fact, that’s one of the earliest signs you may see. You may look at somebody on their eyes are a little bulging that maybe an early sign of thyroid disease.
And then finally, if you’re not producing enough thyroid hormone, other symptoms, you’re going to gain weight, you’re going to have no energy, you’re going to be lethargic, you maybe depressed, your hair thins, your skin changes, so a lot is going on if your thyroid gland and your thyroid hormones are out of sync.
Dr. Travis Stork: And there are great foods to balance. I do have to add the caveat. There are certain medical conditions where regardless of how you eat, regardless of how you live your life, you’re going to either need thyroid supplementation or removal of your thyroid glands. So in other cases though, otherwise healthy people --
Female: With the kind of average bear so to speak. Someone like myself for example, I went to the doctor and found out, I was hypothyroid. This was several years ago and it’s what prompted me actually to begin working on mastering metabolism. And the idea here really is that these processed foods, the chemicals do throw all your hormones out of balance like you said.
So when it comes to thyroid, again avoid soy. Soy has something in it called phytic acid which can block mineral absorption and minerals are critical to the function of your thyroid selenium, iodine, zinc, all of which you’re going to see up here, mixed nuts, particularly sunflower seeds, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, yogurts, you could also go with beef, lamb, pork, all have zinc.
Salmon also is a great source of these minerals. Those kinds of things are going to help your thyroid produce the necessary thyroid hormones.
Dr. Drew Ordon: And since that gland sits in your neck, that’s something that you can examine yourself. I mean if you feel, if there’s any pain there, nodules, changes, if it’s getting bigger, something that you need to look into --
Dr. Jim Sears: Everybody’s looking at their neck right now.