So, you’ve had your thyroid tested and everything is ok, except you still don’t feel ok your birth certificate? Or have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Along with any medication prescribed by your doctor, here’s what you can do to boost and support your thyroid function:
- Exercise! Ideally every day, but at least 3 times a week, get 30-40 min of exercise where you raise your heart beat, sweat and get out of breath. Running, walking, swimming and circuit training are all great options
- Eat to support your thyroid! Eat more iodine rich foods such as low fat dairy products, eggs, fish, soy sauce and seaweed – did someone say sushi?! Eat less almonds, peanuts, spinach, cabbage and soy, as uncooked these foods may slow your thyroid function.
- Supplements! A good quality multivitamin (ensure it contains iodine, zinc, selenium and the B vitamins) plus an Omega 3 supplement.
Written by: Dr. Lynelle Hoeks.