Thyroid health is crucial for our overall well-being, and it's time to recognize its significance in our lives. If you've been feeling fatigued, struggling with weight management, experiencing memory lapses, or battling the middle-age spread, your thyroid might be at the root of these issues.

Think of your thyroid as the conductor of your health, orchestrating numerous functions in your body. This small butterfly-shaped gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism, energy levels, and brain function. When our thyroid isn't functioning optimally, it can affect us in profound ways.

While conventional thyroid testing often focuses solely on thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a more comprehensive understanding of your thyroid health requires testing TSH, T3, and T4 levels. These additional tests provide a clearer picture of how your thyroid is truly functioning. If you suspect an autoimmune condition, working with a functional practitioner for comprehensive functional testing is recommended. Remember, you can self-request basic T3 and T4 testing from your local pathologist in New Zealand.

To support your thyroid health through nutrition, it's important to be intentional and provide it with the necessary nutrients. Essential nutrients for the thyroid include B vitamins, vitamin D, iodine, selenium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Take a moment to consider if you're getting these nutrients through your diet or if you might benefit from supplementation.

Another crucial aspect to remember about our thyroids is their ability to absorb and store toxins. Just like kitchen sponges, thyroids soak up everything. If our bodies aren't effectively eliminating toxins, they can accumulate in our thyroids, further disrupting their function. Prioritising detoxification and liver health can significantly support thyroid well-being.

It's time to stop blaming ourselves for feeling low or lacking energy. Many women are unknowingly struggling with thyroid imbalances that make everyday life challenging. Whether it's during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, or as we navigate perimenopause and menopause, these hormonal shifts can impact your thyroid health and mood.

If you're ready to take charge of your thyroid health, start by incorporating thyroid-supportive foods into your daily routine. Begin with small steps, such as adding Brazil nuts for selenium, including seaweed or kelp noodles for iodine, or indulging in raw cacao powder for its rich nutrients, including magnesium. Don't forget the importance of sunshine, which provides natural vitamin D. Other thyroid-friendly foods include chicken liver pate, oysters, red meat, and fatty fish.

By understanding the significance of your thyroid health, making intentional dietary choices, and supporting detoxification, you can take control of your well-being and unlock newfound vitality. Please don't settle for another day of symptoms and not feeling your BEST!! You deserve the best, as that's how we can have more of an impact and fulfil our life's dreams and purpose.

Shelley Gawith is a Member of Co.OfWomen and a highly respected Functional Nutritionist
You can get in touch with Shelley | 021 168 3699 |