Podcast Episode 149:Environmental Toxins That Harm Your Thyroid

How can we take better care of our thyroid health? Let’s take a look at it from the perspective of environmental toxins.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • What the thyroid is and how it works
  • Thyroid disorders and diseases
  • Diagnostic testing for thyroid health
  • Environmental toxins and how we can avoid them
  • Detoxification

Key Takeaways:

  • The thyroid is governing the overall metabolism in your body and plays a role in brain development, breathing, heart and nervous system functions, body temperature, muscle strength, skin dryness, menstrual cycle health, and cholesterol levels.
  • Thyroid function can be affected by a variety of factors such as genetics, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, pregnancy, underlying infections, liver disease, medications, and oral contraceptives.
  • Thyroid disorders are more common in women than men.
  • Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is underactive and often develops later in life. This leads to a general loss of energy, potential weight gain, difficulties in concentration, constipation, sensitivity to cold, changes in your skin, issues with your voice, dry and brittle hair, decreased libido, and in some cases, depression.
  • Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system is attacking the thyroid gland.
  • Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid overactive and speeds up the energy metabolism of the body. This leads to hot flashes, sweating, trembling, weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, nervousness, hyperactivity, emotional instability, irritability, insomnia, restlessness, and in some cases, bulging of the eyes.
  • Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition causing a form of hyperthyroidism. 
  • Thyroid auto-antibodies develop when a person’s immune system mistakenly targets and attacks the thyroid gland. This can lead to chronic inflammation, tissue damage, and autoimmune disorders.
  • The toxins that affect the thyroid include the following:
  1. Phthalates – typically found in plastics and some personal care items
  2. Perchlorate – found in food and water
  3. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – found in breastmilk, electronics, cars, and buildings
  4. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – found in non-stick pans, water-resistant coatings, stain-resistant carpets, and microwave popcorn bags
  5. Organophosphate pesticides – found in agricultural spaces that end up affecting the produce that we eat

Action Steps:

  • Get diagnostic testing for your thyroid health.
  • Use glass instead of plastic containers for packing your meals.
  • Read the labels of personal care products and look into product ratings.
  • Avoid using non-stick pans and be conscious about wearing water-resistant clothes and accessories.
  • Buy fruits and vegetables that are treated with the least amount of pesticides.
  • Detoxify.

 

Samantha said:

“Your thyroid is governing the metabolism overall in your body. Weight is a part of that, but it’s not the only piece… Metabolism means more than just weight gain and weight loss.”

“Sometimes your antibodies are just going to go up and down for no real apparent reason. You can’t just pinpoint one thing that’s going to trigger [it].”

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