Iodine is necessary for the formation of the thyroid hormones.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should not take iodine until the autoimmune response is addressed. Many people with this condition are iodine deficient; their symptoms may worsen if they take iodine before addressing the immune system component.
Vitamin D is extremely important in immunity, and thus is very important for helping people with thyroid disorders. It is wise to find out if you are vitamin D deficient, which can easily be determined through a simple blood test. Of course, a big source of Vitamin D is the sun as we discussed, so while taking supplements can help, you also want to try to get some daily sun exposure as well.
In order for T4 to convert to T3, an enzyme that contains selenium is necessary. A selenium deficiency affects this conversion process, and thus impairs thyroid function. The good news? You can obtain all of the selenium you need by consuming one ounce of raw Brazil nuts every day. If you don’t like Brazil nuts, garlic is also a good source of selenium.
Magnesium is an important mineral to take for maintaining thyroid health. In addition to getting magnesium from your diet through leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and other sources, you should also consider taking a magnesium supplement. This is even more important if you are supplementing with iodine, as magnesium is necessary for the proper absorption of iodine.
B Vitamins is also very important for optimal thyroid health. Like magnesium, taking B vitamins is important for anyone supplementing with iodine. This is because the B Vitamins (specifically B2 and B3) help with the utilization of iodine at the cellular level.
For example, while many people have a vitamin D deficiency, one should be tested to confirm they are deficient in Vitamin D. This will allow them to determine whether they should take a daily Vitamin D supplement.
Here are some very important Herbals to consider when trying to restore endocrine function naturally:
Gymnema- As for nutritional supplements, that can help with the adrenal gland and any blood sugar handling issues. Eleuthero- You also need to manage the stress in your life, and while this does involve modifying your lifestyle, this herb can help with chronic stress. Ashwaganda- One of the best herbs for thyroid support. Rehmannia- Support liver function, stress and immune function Thyroid Complex- Maintain normal thyroid functionCalcium Lactate Powder- I recommend combining with the immune modulating herbs for optimal support.
Great Reading Material:
“Healing with Whole Foods,” Paul Pitchford (Combines whole foods with Traditional Chinese Medicine)