Thyroid complications can be brought on by any number of reasons. Although the thyroid is a tiny gland, it can pack a big punch to your health if it isn’t working properly. Taking on a healthy and organic lifestyle may help to combat thyroid symptoms.
The chemicals we ingest each day are making us sick. There is simply no way around it. From the air we breathe to the foods we eat, we are ingesting chemicals that are doing our body great harm. Some of the foods and drinks we consume may not seem so bad, but our thyroid is telling us that they are.
There are three major culprits that are believed to be causing your thyroid to malfunction.
The Big 2: C8, Soy and Bromides
In recent studies over several years, researchers have linked the bulk of the world’s thyroid problems to the chemicals found in our environment. Two studies, one in 2010 by the University of Exeter and the Peninsula Medial School and the most recent by the University of West Virginia in 2011, have even gone so far as to link thyroid disease to exposure to PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid (also known as C8). C8 is used as a processing agent to make Teflon and other non-stick products and stain-resistant textiles.
Another culprit in our countries failing thyroid health is soy. Yes, soy is good for you, but only when it comes from fermented seeds. When the seeds are unfermented they can act as an endocrine blocker and can disrupt the production of hormones by the thyroid.
The last culprit is bromide. This tricky chemical can be found in food and everyday household items. Bromides are found in foods such as bread and certain sodas and sports drinks. They are also found in pesticides on food (some farm grown) produce and as anti-inflammatory agents in mattresses, upholstery, carpets, fabrics and car interiors. Bromides can also creep into hygiene products such as mouthwash, toothpaste and in medical items like asthma inhalers.
Despite these chemicals being in everyday items, there are some steps that you can take to avoid coming into contact with them. Going green may be the best option for your thyroid. LuxEcoLiving has compiled a list of things that you can do.
- Buy organic bread and flours. Both potassium bromate and soy can be found in many commercially baked goods. Pepperidge Farm products are produced without potassium bromate.
- Avoid eating unfermented soy. (Many processed foods contain soy; be sure to read labels, or try to stick to unprocessed foods).
- Take iodine supplements or increase your intake of foods high in iodine, such as seaweed.
- Buy organic fruits and vegetables.
- Consider buying an organic mattress and buy upholstered furniture that does not use fabrics treated with stain protectors such as Scotchgard.
- Never have your carpets or furniture treated with stain protectors after cleaning.
- Do not use non-stick cooking pots and pans for cooking.
- Avoid drinking orange-colored sports drinks or sodas.
- Consider an air filter for your car interior. Aireox Research makes a car model called the D-22.
Be sure to contact your doctor before making major lifestyle changes.
By adopting an organic lifestyle, you may greatly decrease your thyroid disease symptoms.