Incorporating 5 Essentials™
See a chiropractor regularly. Often, chiropractors are the first healthcare practitioner to notice you might have a thyroid disorder because, unlike other physicians, chiropractors focus on the health of your spine, and take diagnostic imaging that may identify an enlarged thyroid.(4)
Keep your visits in order to help manage your joint and muscle pain that can be symptoms of hypothyroidism.(5) Your chiropractor will create an individualized health plan and frequency of visits.
Avoid high-sugar foods and refined carbohydrates, like whole grain crackers, pasta, and white bread. High-sugardiets may impair the thyroid’s response to leptin, which helps regulate metabolism.(6,7)
Replace damaged fats and oils, such as vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats, with omega-3 fatty acidsfrom cold-water, wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, and walnuts, and other healthy fats including extra-virgin coconut and olive oils.(8,9,10) Bad fats appear to significantly alter thyroid function and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and can protect against the cognitive decline that can occur with a low thyroid.(8,9,10)
Eat foods rich in selenium; it is a key mineral in the conversion of inactive thyroxine (T4) to the active thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3).(11) Good selenium sources include Brazil nuts, wild-caught fish, and shiitake mushrooms.
Consume at least 150 mcg per day of iodine a day.(12) Iodine is found in fish, dairy, and kelp, but consider taking a supplement, like a multivitamin with iodine.(12) Iodine is another key mineral needed to create thyroid hormone.(11,12)
Drink at least 8 glasses of clean, filtered water daily. Studies show contaminants in unfiltered water, such as fluoride, can adversely impact the thyroid.(13)
Minimize stress. Chronic stress may lead to a stress response sometimes called, “fight-or-flight,” and inhibits thyroidfunction.(14)
Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.(15) Your sleep cycle is tied to the release of your thyroid hormones. Sleep deprivationcan inhibit your thyroid function.(16)
Do what helps you relax to lower stress levels and improve sleep, which will help keep your thyroid hormonesbalanced.(17) Meditate, do yoga, or talk a walk.
Oxygen & Exercise
Perform physical activity on a daily basis.(18) Aim for one hour.(18) Physical activity can increase your thyroid hormone levels.(18)
Don’t overtrain – or workout too much. Exercise, without proper rest, causes undue stress on your body and can lead to thyroid disorders.(19)
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.
Avoid smoking and alcohol. Smoking appears to reduce thyroid stimulating hormone and increase risk of thyroiddisease; alcohol can have a toxic effect on the thyroid and impairs the thyroid hormone response.(20,21)
Use only toxin-free beauty and cleaning products. Many environmental toxins and medications can disrupt therelease of thyroid hormones and impact thyroid function. A few of these, called endocrine disruptors, include: polychlorinated biphenyl, dioxins, phthalates, and some diuretics and anti-anxiety medications.(22,23)
If you have any concerns about your thyroid hormone levels, please consult with your healthcare practitioner about performing the proper blood tests.
Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other supplements in your dietary practices.
Thyroid Health Supplement Recommendations
Instructions for Use
2 capsules with food daily
3 capsules daily with food
1 serving (scoop) daily
Multivitamin (Men's or Women's)
Vitamin D3 + Probiotics
B-Complex with Delayed Release
Instructions for Use
1 capsule twice daily with food
1 capsule daily with food
1 capsule daily
2 softgels - 1 -2 times daily with food
4 capsules daily with food
Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.
*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.
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