Staying in Balance: Adrenal & Thyroid Health

Staying in Balance: Adrenal & Thyroid Health

Your thyroid and adrenal glands regulate some of your body's most important functions; your thyroid manages metabolism, while the adrenal glands are responsible for your stress response (among other things). Fortunately, by making good lifestyle choices and increasing your intake of healthy nutrients, you can promote adrenal and thyroid health. Follow these simple tips to enjoy the benefits of a body in balance.

  1. Keep Calm and Meditate On

    The more you are able to stay cool under pressure, the less stress you will put on your essential adrenal and thyroid glands. Carve out time throughout your day to find your "zen" through meditation and controlled breathing—these simple steps may help you manage stress levels.

  2. Nourishing Nutrients

    Thyroid and adrenal health starts with what is on your plate. That's why it's so important to avoid excessive amounts of added sugar, overly processed foods and caffeine. Instead, choose foods from the Mediterranean diet that are rich in healthy fats, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.

  3. Targeted Nutrition Can Help You Stay in Balance

    Nothing beats a healthy lifestyle—but, some nutrients can take your stress-less efforts to the next level. For example, extracts from green tea can offer extra support by promoting a healthy biological response to day-to-day stressors; this nutrient also may help maintain already-healthy levels of cortisol. And, adding a little ashwagandha may go a long way when it comes to your thyroid health—this herb has been admired for generations because of its benefits to mind-body balance. Recent research suggests that it supports healthy thyroid activity and function.

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Keeping your thyroid and adrenal glands healthy promotes healthy energy, cognition, healthy weight management and more.

Thyroid / Adrenal Information & Research

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Are there supplements to support thyroid health?

Thyroid hormone production often changes with normal aging. Blood testing can help you monitor your thyroid hormone levels. Nutritional supplements that may help support thyroid health include vitamins A, B12, D and E, ginseng and guggul. Iodine, selenium, zinc, iron and copper may also help support optimal thyroid health.

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Why does iodine support thyroid health?

Iodine is a trace element that is essential for supporting your thyroid health. Its primary role is in the creation of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Iodine is available in certain foods, including iodized table salt. But if you’re not getting enough through your diet, an iodine supplement can help maintain healthy levels.

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What is cortisol?

Cortisol, produced in a part of the adrenal gland, is one of our body’s primary stress hormones. Stress is a normal part of life, but it is essential to maintain healthy cortisol levels to support a healthy stress response. Adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and meditation are great ways to promote a healthy stress response. Specific nutrients from magnolia, phellodendron, lychee fruit and green tea extracts can also help you maintain a healthy cortisol balance.

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