The thyroid gland, which is located in front of the windpipe, is constantly working with the pituitary gland to distribute the appropriate amount of thyroid hormone. However, many people are afflicted by hypothyroidism, which causes the thyroid to be underactive, or hyperthyroidism, which is when the body overproduces the hormone. Today, Dr. Robert G Thompson, MD in Soldotna and Anchorage, AK, will explain some integrative medicine tips to help combat these conditions.
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables with antioxidants like bell peppers, blueberries, and squash will help maintain your thyroid health. Avoiding refined and processed foods like white bread, fast food, and desserts will also aid in your thyroid and overall health. Taking vitamin A supplements and avoiding alcohol and tobacco may also help. Eat foods rich in iodine like mushrooms, garlic, and onions as well as foods with selenium like tuna, shrimp, and turkey.
Try incorporating at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your routine at least five times a week. Not only will physical activity including jogging, dancing, and cycling improve your health overall, but it will help support a healthy thyroid as well. Any activity that gets your heart rate up and your blood pumping will suffice.
If you’re exhibiting signs of a thyroid issue such as weight gain, depression, joint pain, hair thinning, increased heart rate, fever, or dehydration, visit a doctor right away. Depending on the unique circumstances of your condition, you may be a candidate for alternative medicine, thyroid medication, thyroid replacement surgery, or a number of integrative medicine techniques.
For effective integrative medicine techniques to treat thyroid conditions and a range of other issues, look no further than the best health clinic in Soldotna and Anchorage. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Robert G Thompson, MD today at (907) 260-6914. For more information, visit the health clinic’s website.