Subclinical hypothyroidism is rampant in many nations due to high stress levels and inadequate diets. As people become fatigued and overweight, they tend to turn to fad diets, “cleanses” and other extreme measures, often not even aware that it’s their thyroid that is causing the problem. As you will read below, these extreme measures may do more harm than good in the long run and can become especially damaging to your thyroid and liver. Instead of taking the unhealthy route, try these 3 essential thyroid diet principles to help your body naturally achieve its best thyroid function.
Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable
Blood sugar balance is essential, but keeping blood sugar stable is harder than it sounds. Most people only worry about the dangers of high blood sugar because this can cause diabetes, but low blood sugar can be just as harmful. This is because your brain absolutely must maintain a constant blood sugar supply for it to function. If you don’t have enough sugar in your brain, then your body goes into survival mode to preserve brain function and a backup process called gluconeogenesis takes over. When you are in gluconeogenesis, healthy muscle tissue breaks down to release amino acids. These acids are then converted in the liver to glucose that your brain can use.
This might not be so bad, but we must over-produce stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline to push this process. These stress hormones have the unfortunate side effect of blocking your liver’s process that converts thyroid hormones into T3, the active form that your body needs. Worse, neither you or your doctor are likely to discover that you are lacking in this active thyroid form because the most common thyroid tests only check for the precursor thyroid hormones and not active T3 levels. The result is that you have all the symptoms of an underactive thyroid, including hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, cold sensitivity and depression, but you don’t know why you feel bad.