Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy the spring feeling that is as renewed as the world around you? You can! Recharging a tired thyroid — the gland that acts like batteries for your body — increases metabolism to boost energy, mood and motivation. In addition, a healthy thyroid reduces your risk of certain diseases.
Skip the gym.
Vigorous workouts exhaust the gland, but research in the Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences found that gentle activities such as walking improve thyroid function by up to 76 percent in 12 weeks. Exercising at moderate levels 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 the pep.
Swing away tension.
A 30-minute daily rest, such as rocking on a porch swing, can reduce your production of the thyroid-destroying stress hormone, cortisol. Utah State researchers report that relaxation is the key to doing this.
Upgrade your toast.
Swap white bread for whole wheat and you’ll get more thyroid-nutrient selenium per serving. In a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, researchers said selenium-rich foods can improve your thyroid function. Bonus: Whole-wheat bread contains magnesium, and adequate supplies of this nutrient reduce the risk of thyroid slowdowns.
Try a tropical shot.
Sipping 1 to 2 ounces of aloe vera juice daily helps protect the gut lining from damage that hinders thyroid health, notes Taz Bhatia, MD. In addition, Italian research suggests that aloe compounds improve gland function by 49 percent in nine months. Try: Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (buy from Swanson Vitamins, $8.36).
Enjoy this spice.
New research in Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine found that enjoying ½ teaspoon of ginger daily stimulates the thyroid so effectively, it reduces fatigue and brain fog in one 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.