When you thyroid is compromised, so are your adrenal glands and vice versa. Let’s start wit the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland that is located at the base of your neck below the Adams apple. Each lobe of your thyroid lies on either side of you windpipe. The function of your thyroid gland is to make, store and release thyroid hormones into your bloodstream. These hormones are called T3(liothyronine) and T4(levothyroxine) which affect every single cell of your body. Too little thyroid hormones slows your body down and its called hyPOthyroidism and too much hormones produces speed your body up and its called hyPERthyroidism. The amount of hormones made in your thyroid are controlled another gland in your brain called the PITUATARY gland which is also helped by your hypothalamus. You see how all these parts of your body need help functioning from each other? It’s amazing how God created each part of us to depend on one another. Problems with the thyroid gland can be caused by nodules which are structural or function problems. Both can be caused by a diet consisting of processed foods, sugars and chemicals, toxicity of the body or deficiency or lack of necessary vitamins and minerals necessary to function.
Your adrenal glands are also necessary for proper thyroid function and like I mentioned before, they go hand in hand. Your adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and are located above each kidney. “AD” means over and “RENAL” means kidney. Their function is to secrete cortisol (sress hormone), estrogen and testosterone. These glands will regulate every function in your body and also most importantly how you feel and how your body responds to stress.
Some symptoms but not limited to adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems are these:
- body aches
- trouble concentrating
- racing thoughts
- moodiness and irritability
- feeling overwhelmed
- hormone imbalance
- cravings for sweet and salty foods
- chronic illness
- cold hands and feet
- weight gain or rapid weight loss
- hair loss
- always tired or so fatigue
(sourced by draxe.com)
I want to share some diet tips and great amazing supplements that I use to keep my thyroid gland and adrenal gland functioning properly.
lower or take out caffeine, add coconut oil and coconut meat or coconut milk to your diet, add healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed meats and wild salmon to your diet. Eat lots of green veggies like kale, chard, spinach and seaweed which contain iodine to support your adrenals.
foods to avoid are gluten, sugars, conventional non organic dairy and dyes. Foods that help support a healthy thyroid are wild caught fish, seaweed, probiotic foods like kombucha, low sugar coconut yogurts, kim chee, natto, saurkraut, sprouted seeds like flax, hemp and chia, bone broth, fruits and vegetables and purified water.
Supplements that I use to support my thyroid and adrenal glands that are amazing. They help you sleep better, regulate hormones, mood, energy, pain etc..
I also use two amazing supplements by GAIA called Adrenal Health and Thyroid Support, you can check those two and out read up on them, just see the links. These two contain powerful adaptogenic herbs and minerals that help the body relate to stress and support both the thyroid and adrenal glands which need each other for proper function.
Note: I am not a doctor, I am just giving you foods and supplements that I use and love. If you are taking any medications you need to read up on interactions or speak with your doctor. Hope this helps you to start healing your thyroid and adrenals or help those who need to.