Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy spring feeling as renewed as the world around you? You can! Recharging a tired thyroid – the gland that acts like your body’s batteries – speeds up metabolism to boost energy, mood and motivation. Additionally, a healthy thyroid reduces your risk of certain diseases.
Avoid the gym.
Vigorous workouts exhaust the gland, but research into the Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences found gentle activities like walking improve thyroid function by up to 76% in 12 weeks. Moving at a moderate level for 30 minutes three to five days a week strengthens the gland without causing tension. Plus, studies show that the vitamin D you get from the sun nourishes the thyroid and boosts vitality.
Take the stress away.
A daily 30-minute R&R break, like swinging on a swing, can lower your production of cortisol, the stress hormone that saps the thyroid. Utah State researchers report that relaxation is the key to achieving this.
Improve your toast.
Swap white bread for whole wheat and you’ll get more thyroid-boosting selenium per serving. In a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, researchers said that selenium-rich foods can improve your thyroid function. Bonus: whole-wheat bread contains magnesium, and large stores of this nutrient reduce the risk of a slow thyroid.
Try a tropical shot.
Sipping 1 to 2 ounces of aloe vera juice daily helps protect the intestinal lining from damage that hinders thyroid health, notes Taz Bhatia, MD. Additionally, Italian research suggests that aloe compounds improve gland function by 49% in nine months. Try: Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Purchased at Swanson Vitamins, $8.36).
Enjoy this spice.
New research in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that consuming half a teaspoon of ginger daily stimulates the thyroid so effectively that it reduces fatigue and brain fog within a month. It also wards off oxidative stress, a cell-damaging process that sabotages thyroid function.
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.