Why Thyroid Health

       For optimal body and mind benefits of thyroid hormone, it is important that the thyroid patient takes an adequate and well-balanced amount of the micronutrients that are crucial for thyroid hormone to work efficiently in the cells. Dr. Arem’s thyroid program addresses these three targets to achieve optimal thyroid wellness (thyroid gland, immune system, and thyroid hormone efficiency in the body).

If the patient does not have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or hypothyroidism, but has a family history of thyroid disease or other autoimmune conditions, Dr. Arem often recommends following these healthy guidelines to help support overall thyroid health and function:

  • Minimize saturated fats and trans-fats in foods because research has shown that bad fats can disturb the immune system and could promote autoimmunity.
  • Follow a healthy weight loss diet, preferably low-glycemic, high protein, and high fiber, to reduce leptin levels because high leptin could cause the immune system to attack the thyroid gland.
  • Pay attention to vitamin D deficiency because vitamin D levels can promote and exacerbate poor immune and thyroid function.
  • Supplement with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) because these provide immune system benefits as well as other metabolic benefits.
  • Maintain adequate stress management and practice relaxation techniques.
  • Supplement with a well-balanced complete mix of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other ingredients that help support the immune system.

These steps will support the immune system, which in turn will support the overall health of the thyroid and perhaps other parts of the body as well.

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