The thyroid is located around the throat, which symbolizes communication. If you have an under-functioning thyroid gland, it may be symbolic for not speaking your truth, or problems with communicating. Stress can also cause estrogen dominance, and excess estrogen also blocks thyroid hormones.
Inflammation in the digestive tract will influence many aspects of our body, and especially the thyroid. If inflammation is high, it will block important thyroid nutrients from being absorbed (like zinc and selenium), and may stimulate the immune system to attack the thyroid, as in the autoimmune hypothyroid condition Hashimoto’s. The gastrointestinal tract also absorbs thyroid hormones, and may also play a role in the regulation of hormone activity. Antibiotic use, NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen/advil, naproxen etc), sugar, processed foods, chronic stress, candida overgrowth, parasites...all affect the health of our gut and thyroid.
Very few people realize the importance of our liver and kidneys in thyroid function. We take these organs for granted while they are being overloaded with toxicity. It is important to keep the colon clean and have a healthy liver and urinary system.
We can support the thyroid glands with herbs, Bach flower remedies, acupuncture, nutrients, eating some protein within 30 minutes upon rising in the morning, and avoiding stimulants like alcohol and coffee. Meditation, prayer, emotional healing and fun sweaty activities are great ways to de-stress and balance the mind, body and spirit.