Dr. Nancy Lin
PhD, Holistic Nutritionist
Many Theories Lay Claim To The Causes of Thyroid Issues, But Few Explore The Harmful Effects Of Essential, Trace Mineral Deficiencies
For years, we’ve heard how a deficiency of iodine contributes to hypothyroidism and contributes to the weight gain, low energy, and a number of other debilitating symptoms that comes with the disease. However, since the introduction of iodized salt, iodine deficiency has nearly been eradicated here in the United States, yet the number of people experiencing debilitating symptoms of thyroid disease has continued to increase both in the U.S. and around the world.
So, what gives? How can we nearly eliminate the supposed cause of the condition only to have the number of people suffering from hypothyroidism and other thyroid conditions continue to increase each year?
Understanding The On-Going Mystery Of Thyroid Conditions
While we are still trying to discover the answers to several of these important questions, there is one thing we now know for certain - new research is showing us thatthe symptoms of your thyroid condition may not be caused by what you, or your doctor, originally suspected.
Researchers searching for nutritional solutions to common conditions have made great progress when it comes to the thyroid. They have discovered several simple, all-natural ways to support thyroid health.One of their greatest discoveries is how the little-known trace minerals - magnesium and boron are absolutely essential for the health of the thyroid and for overall health and wellbeing in general.
But first, it’s important to understand a few things about the thyroid itself.
Your Thyroid: It Looks Like a Butterfly, But Stings Like a Bee
The thyroid is a small gland, shaped like a butterfly, and is located right in the middle of your lower neck. Your thyroid’s primary function is to control the body's metabolism, which it does by producing specific hormones, known as T4 and T3; it’s the health of these often misunderstood, but really important hormones, that is essential in determining how much energy the cells in your body use on a regular basis.
When your thyroid is functioning as intended, it maintains the right amount of hormones needed to keep the body's metabolism functioning at a satisfactory rate. As the hormones are used, the thyroid creates replacements and keeps the cycle in perfect balance.
The amount of thyroid hormones in your bloodstream is monitored and regulated by your pituitary gland, which is located in your skull and just below your brain. As your pituitary gland senses fluctuations in your level of T3 or T4, it responds by adjusting its own hormone, known as TSH, to help regulate the functions of the hormones.
T3 & T4: The Hormones Behind The Scene
Speaking of the functions of T3 and T4 hormones, they are actually responsible for several important, and many essential functions, within your body; these functions include regulating your metabolism; determining energy needs; supporting the health of your skin and strength of your bones; determining the quality of sleep; and regulating your sex drive - and that is just the start. So, as you can quickly see from the sample of responsibilities above, your thyroid is one of the most important - but also most misunderstood - glands in the human body.
Thyroid Disease By The Numbers
The American Thyroid Association currently estimates that over 20 million Americans, and 300 million people worldwide, have some form of thyroid disease and frighteningly nearly 60% are unaware that they are suffering from a thyroid condition. People of all ages and races can develop thyroid conditions; however, it is important to point out that women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have a thyroid condition.
Little Known, All-Natural Ways to Support Thyroid Health
Quit Eating Your Vegetables
Yes, you heard correctly - your thyroid issues might actually be intensified by eating too many vegetables; not all vegetables, but specifically cruciferous vegetables and vegetables of the “nightshade family”.
According to the findings of a recent study published in theJournal of Clinical Diagnostic Research, cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, cabbage, and collard greens, are more difficult for your body to digest and metabolize than other vegetables and, as a result, are associated with an increased risk of several thyroid related diseases. Cruciferous vegetables also contain glucosinolates, which are naturally occurring substances that block iodine absorption and disrupt your body’s production of T3 and T4 hormones.
Nightshade vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, and eggplants, act in a similar fashion to cruciferous vegetables and significantly impair the thyroid’s ability to regulate production of T3 or T4 hormones, which results in significant thyroid hormone imbalance and leads to the symptoms most often associated with thyroid disease.
Recycle Your Plastic Once & For All
We use plastic for nearly everything, which isn’t good for the environment or for your health. Specifically, plastic used for water bottles, food containers, and other plastic household storage containers contain BPA, a molecule that has demonstrated to have negative effects on your health, including being linked to estrogen and hormone disruptions that affect the health and function of your thyroid.
To better support thyroid health, avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles and storing your food in plastic storage containers. Instead, switch to glass or ceramic storage containers and steel water bottles.
Avoid Triclosan At All Costs
We love our soap, body washes, cosmetics, and deodorants; but as it turns out, there is one common and dangerous ingredient used in many popular brands that doesn’t love us. According to a study released by the EPA, the ingredient, triclosan, is a chemical added to these products to prevent bacterial contaminations, but is also a known endocrine disruptor; even minor exposure to it has been shown to alter the balance of T3 and T4 hormones produced by your thyroid.
For the sake of your thyroid and for your overall health, look for all-natural soap, deodorants, toothpaste, and makeup products; and if these products are not available, make sure you read product labels and make sure they never contain the dangerous chemical triclosan.
Give Up The Gluten For A Healthier Thyroid
For years, we have known that there is a direct correlation between eating gluten and thyroid conditions, specifically an underactive thyroid. Western medicine is quick to diagnosis your hypothyroidism and even quicker to “treat” you by prescribing synthetic thyroid hormone replacements, presumably for the rest of your life.
However, what we didn’t know, or more likely, what medical professionals failed to tell us is that thyroid function often quickly returns to normal levels when you completely eliminate gluten from of your diet.
There is also a clear correlation between thyroid disease and celiac disease; it appears there is a genetic link between the two conditions. If you have a thyroid issue, strongly consider giving up gluten.
Fluoride: Prevents Tooth Decay While Promoting Thyroid Issues
Since we’ve been kids, we have been told how important fluoride is for the health of our teeth — and that is true; however, recent research also has us asking “at what cost”. Specifically,several studies have raised concerns about fluoride's overall effect on health, including problems with bones, neurological development and thyroid functioning.
In fact, a recent study in theJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health demonstrates a clear link between fluoride consumption and a higher rate of people suffering from an inactive or underperforming thyroid.
Fluoride has also been shown to damage your parathyroid glands, which are essential for regulating hormones responsible for absorbing, storing, and using calcium throughout the body. Abnormal levels of parathyroid hormone, or PTH, can lead to brittle bones, the inability to absorb calcium from food, and increased amounts of calcium in your blood.
As an adult, you do not need nearly the amount of fluoride as you once did. Lessen your risk of thyroid issues by drinking filtered or purified water and brushing your teeth with all-natural, fluoride-free toothpastes.
Eat Your Seaweed
Your thyroid needs a steady supply of iodine in order to produce essential hormones, including T3 and T4. The most common source of iodine in our diet today is iodized table salt; however, what do you do if you use only natural sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt? Eat more seaweed!
There are several types of delicious and edible seaweed, including kelp, nori, and dulse. Seaweeds are packed full of iodine, calcium, potassium and tons of other essential vitamins and minerals. They are also available in powdered form, which makes it really convenient to add to soups, stocks, and even smoothies.
And Then There’s These Essential Thyroid Minerals…
Many people suffering from thyroid issues often do everything suggested by their doctor, yet still see little relief from the symptoms of their thyroid disorder. However, few ever consider that they might be suffering from a mineral deficiency that is causing these thyroid issues.
We constantly hear about the iodine-thyroid connection, but that’s not the only critical mineral we need to support thyroid health. In fact, our thyroid cannot function without two essential, but virtually unknown, minerals - magnesium and boron.
Magnesium: The Thyroid Regulator
Magnesium, like iodine, is essential for regulating the production of the active form of your T3 hormones; it does this by converting inactive forms of T4 into the active form of T3, this improves your metabolism and regulates the function of your thyroid.
Magnesium is found in a number of foods, including nuts, pumpkin seeds, dark leafy greens, avocado, and even dark chocolate; however, these foods often contain too little an amount of magnesium and we find ourselves chronically deficient in the required amount needed for adequate thyroid function.
Boron: The Essential PTH Mineral
Along the same lines, boron is a virtually unheard of, but absolutely essential trace mineral for the function of your parathyroid glands. Specifically, boron, when present in adequate amounts, regulates the amount of calcium and vitamin D in the body - a crucial function to ensure your thyroid is functioning properly and your thyroid hormone production is well-balanced.
Boron is also what is known as a co-factor of magnesium, meaning the two are required and paired together to ensure the parathyroid gland is supplying the proper amount of hormones required to regulate calcium release and absorption in your bloodstream and your bones.
Natural sources of boron include apples, pears, apricots, and grapes; but like magnesium, we very often find ourselves deficient in the mineral when sourcing from natural foods alone.
Trace Mineral Deficiencies: The Often Overlooked Contributor to Chronic Health Issues
Not getting enough minerals, especially magnesium and boron, in the right amounts, and from the right sources, can have a seriouslong-term impact on your thyroid and longevity as well.
And it’s more common than you think.
In fact, chances are you are deficient right now…even if you take a traditional multivitamin.
The bottom line is that there is an unavoidable truth when it comes to our health– without assistance from a properly dosed and organic (versus synthetic) sourced multi-vitamin and mineral supplement mostAmericans will continue to have a daily nutrient deficiency. To make matters worse, the negative health effects of these nutrient deficiencies are cumulative – which means they build up and get worse over time.
Blueprint for the Perfect Thyroid-Supporting Multi
When adding a multivitamin and mineral to your diet it’s important to understand that the old-fashioned multi-tablet is cutting it anymore. And probably never did.
A historic10-year multivitamin study with over 100,000 participants changed everything. It provided the exact blueprint for that perfect multivitamin formula - while also revealing the hidden dangers of daily multivitamin tablets.
For decades, marketers of multi vitamin and mineral supplements (multi’s) have been pushing more is better, often promoting many nutrients in their formulas above the 100% RDA level, that’s the“recommended dietary allowance” set by the FDA.
But is more healthier?
Multiple studies have concluded that the answer is NO! Including conclusions reached by one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever done on dietary supplements - an independent, multi-cultural study with over 100,000 participants, aptly named “The Multi Study”.
The Multi Study, funded by theUS Department of Agriculture, provided all theinformationyou need toknowabout multi’s.The purpose of the study was simple. Health officials wanted to know once-and-for-all if the multi tablets, we’re really doing what they were supposed to do, provide the right amount of missing vitamins and minerals that we don’t get enough of from the food we eat called the “the nutrient shortfall amount”. The study determined 2 important things about how we get our vitamins and minerals.
The Multi Study laid out exactly which vitamins and minerals our diets are deficient in, and which ones we are not.
The Multi Study provided information on what’s called “the nutrient shortfall” of each vitamin and mineral that we don’t get enough of from food.
Shocking Discovery Revealed in The Multi Study
It was found that American multi-users were simultaneously getting too little of many important key nutrients, while at the same time getting too much, even dangerously high and toxic harmful levels, of other key nutrients from their multi tablet.
The Multi Study Exposed Popular Multi Tablets Formulated All Wrong
The health impacts of thisimproper nutrient dosing(the wrong amount of a vitamin or mineral), exposed in The Multi Study, can mean serious negative health consequences over time. For example, getting too much iron, which The Multi Study found to be common with conventional multi tablets, can cause your brain to malfunction and age much faster than normal.
Conventional Multi Tablets Miss the Mark
The medical researchers’ dual findings from The Multi Study clearly showed that Americans were getting an overdose of certain nutrients, and an underdose of other nutrients, from their multi tablets. In general, the findings concluded that, when diet is factored in, Americans are getting too much of some vitamins and not enough of other vitamins and minerals. These conclusions were presented to the National Institute of Health (NIH), and published in peer reviewed medical journal articles.
A Smarter Way: Formulating the Perfect Multi
Using the real nutrient shortfall Smarter Nutrition formulated 2019’s supplement of the year,Smarter Multi, with just the right amount of each nutrient for optimum health – not too little and not too much. It’s truly the “first and only” perfect multivitamin and exactly what we need daily to help provide the nutrient support we need to help with thyroid symptoms and for overall long-term health.
Smarter Multi: We Eat Plants… We Don’t Eat Dirt!
As with vitamins, getting a daily intake of essential minerals is extremely important for your health. That’s why nutritional experts encourage us to get our minerals from fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables along with a daily supplement. Since your body can’t manufacture minerals, unlike it can with many other nutrients, you cannot truly be healthy without a daily intake of the key essential minerals!
But here’s the problem. Most minerals in multi tablets are synthetic and inorganic, derived from crushing mineral-rich rocks. Now mankind only started taking multi mineral supplements about 60 years ago. But for hundreds of thousands of years humans derived their minerals from food, not rocks. This means they were from organic-food, not inorganic-dirt. So, it’s highly unlikely our genes have yet fully adapted to the “unnatural” inorganic form of minerals in everyday multi tablets.
Using Rocks Versus Fruits & Vegetables Just Isn’t Right
If inorganic “dirt-like” minerals in multi tablets are not natural to the body, then why do the supplement manufacturers still use them? It all comes down to money. It’s extremely cheap and easy just to pulverize rocks, extract the minerals, and press them into a hard tablet. But is this good for you? Here’s some examples of synthetic and inorganic sources of the 5 top minerals used by typical multi manufacturers.
- Calcium. The typical type of calcium in traditional multi tablets is calcium carbonate. Chalk you find in a classroom is mostly calcium carbonate – but have you ever thought about eating it? Calcium carbonate is so very poorly absorbed in the body, to meet your daily requirement for calcium you’d have to take a handful of big, hard calcium carbonate tablets each day. One of the most commonly used sources of calcium carbonate for supplements is discarded oyster shells. This is not a food source!
- Magnesium. Magnesium oxide is the most typical form found in popular multi’s, and its absorption rate is also dismal. It is derived from pulverizing limestone and periclase, a mineral found in marble.
- Potassium. The most common form in multi’s is potassium chloride. It’s found in a rock called sylvite.
- Zinc. The most common form found in multi tablets is zinc oxide, which is also used as a lip and face cream to prevent the skin from sunburn. Most zinc oxide is produced synthetically and inorganically in overseas factories.
- Boron. Although very few multis on the market contain it, though they should, the few that do most commonly use synthetic boric acid as their source. Boric Acid is used as an insecticide, flame retardant, cockroach killer, and as a precursor to many dangerous chemical compounds. Do you really want this in your daily multi?
A Smarter Way – Organic Food Derived Minerals the Pain-Free Body Craves
Now for the good news, with Smarter’s Multi you’re not stuck with inorganic minerals. You now have a great, natural alternative to poorly digested inorganic minerals found in multi tablets - organic minerals from REAL FOOD!
“Going Organic” now also applies to your intake of daily essential minerals. Your body is much more receptive and responsive to organic minerals from food – real fruits and vegetables. Here are the natural and organic food sources of minerals found in the Smarter Multi. Now compare with the inorganic list above in typical multi tablets. Which would you rather have in your body?
Smarter Multis Natural & Organic Mineral Sources
- Calcium from almonds, Amaranth grain and the superfood red-green algae.
- Magnesium from sesame and sunflower seeds, spearmint leaf, dill and okra.
- Potassium from spinach and banana.
- Zinc from wheat germ, pumpkin seed, watermelon, banana and cocoa.
- Boron from prunes, broccoli, peach and pear.
Smarter Multi – Important Part of a Healthy Daily Routine
Smarter Multi ensures you get the exact right amount of each vitamin and mineral daily. Smarter Multi delivers all your daily essential nutrients in the most bioavailable form possible - not a rock-hard compressed tablet, but vitamins that come in a veggie softgel with a digestive-friendly ginger oil base, and minerals that come in an easy to digest and absorb fine, loose-pack powder.
For not just supporting thyroid health, but for overall body and brain health wellness as well, Smarter Multi is an important part of a healthy daily routine.
For more information on ways to help support thyroid health naturally, and how to get started on the Smarter Multi CLICK HERE!