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Thyroid health and mood – Do thyroid problems affect your mood?

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The connection between thyroid health and mood is often pushed aside. The truth is a thyroid problem does affect your emotional health.

 

If you are experiencing changes in your mood you may be told you are ‘just stressed’. However there is a definite connection between a drop in thyroid hormone activity and mood changes.

 

When your thyroid is working below par it is common to experience emotional problems. For some individuals they may even be told they have anxiety, depression or some type of psychiatric illness.

 

The thyroid hormones are widely distributed in the brain, and for good reason. These hormones play a critical role to help regulate your mood.

 

However the connection between thyroid health and mood changes is not always recognised. For some individuals they can feel as though their life is out of control; they feel apathetic, stressed out and are experiencing mild to severe mood swings.

 

Ongoing scientific research confirms the link between your thyroid health and thyroid-related mood symptoms. Recovering your thyroid health may therefore be the key to help naturally lift your mood.

 

Your feel good brain chemicals

 

The thyroid hormones play a key role in neurotransmitter production. These potent ‘feel good’ messengers are naturally produced by your body to help regulate your mood.

 

The most prominent neurotransmitters include serotonin and noradrenaline. When these neurotransmitters are in balance life feels good and you have an optimistic outlook.

 

Alterations in serotonin levels within the brain can have a direct effect on your mood and when levels drop it is possible to feel less than happy, even down in the dumps. That’s because serotonin is the crucial ‘happy’ neurotransmitter. It also plays a controlling role to assist learning and restorative sleep.

 

Has life lost its romance?

 

An interesting study conducted by Oxford University found that serotonin influences the perception of intimacy and romance. When researchers lowered serotonin activity in healthy volunteers and showed them photographs of couples the volunteers with lower serotonin activity rated the couples as less romantic than the volunteers with normal serotonin activity.

 

Keeping pace in a busy world

 

Noradrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands, the small glands situated on top of each kidney. These glands are important to survival as they produce both noradrenaline and cortisol; the critical ‘fight or flight’ hormones that help your body take charge in stressful situations.

 

When the adrenals are firing on all cylinders it’s possible to keep up with the demands of a busy lifestyle.  However prolonged physical and psychological stress can take a toll on the adrenal glands.

 

When the adrenals are overworked these glands eventually struggle to keep up with the strain of day-to- day life. Often the first warning signs that the adrenals are reaching breaking point are feelings of ongoing fatigue and a noticeably reduced ability to handle stress.

 

You may remember a time when tense situations did not bother you. Now small things irritate you, and the slightest bit of stress leaves you feeling flat and worn out.

 

From my clinical experience adrenal fatigue frequently leads to an exhausted thyroid as these two glands are closely linked. In fact, the symptoms of adrenal fatigue closely resemble the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid.

 

Watch this Video Below about Thyroid health and mood

 

How Thyroid Function Impacts Your Mood

 

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Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details about Thyroid Health and Mood, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com

 

Why Cruciferous Vegetables Should Be Strictly avoided if you have Thyroid Problems?

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Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are full of nutrients that help keep you healthy.

 

However if you have thyroid problems and are taking vital steps to recover your thyroid health you may want to strictly avoid these vegetables, especially in their raw state.

 

What’s the go with cruciferous vegetables?

 

Cruciferous vegetables are also known as Brassica vegetables. These green vegetables are members of the Cruciferae, or mustard family. Their name is based on the shape of their flowers which have four equal sized petals that form the shape of a crucifix.

 

The most commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables include; kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccolini, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, radish, mustard greens, collard greens, choy sum, horseradish, turnips, rocket and wasabi.

 

The health protective effects of cruciferous vegetables

 

One of the unique things about cruciferous vegetables is that they are rich sources of glucosinolates. These sulphur containing compounds give these vegetables their pungent aroma and spicy taste.

 

Glucosinolates break down into several biologically active compounds that are being studied for their promising anti-cancer effects. For most people consuming cruciferous vegetables may help lower their risk of developing cancer.

 

However for people with thyroid problems or a low thyroid these vegetables should be strictly avoided, particularly in their raw state or in excessive amounts.

 

Cruciferous vegetables block healthy thyroid activity

 

The word ‘goitrogen’ is derived from the word ‘goitre’, a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes enlarged. The term is also used to describe a food that interferes with proper thyroid function. The most common goitrogenic foods are vegetables from the cruciferous family, and soy foods.

 

Goitrogenic foods may not necessarily cause a goitre, but they do have the potential to block proper thyroid activity by inhibiting the action of iodine and causes thyroid problems. This goitrogenic effect is far more noticeable when a person has an iodine deficiency.

 

The kale craze and green smoothies

 

Kale has become a very popular ingredient in freshly prepared green smoothies. This means some health conscious individuals could be consuming kale on most days. The fact is, consuming too much of this cruciferous vegetable can shut down the thyroid and causes thyroid problems.

 

Whenever you over consume one vegetable you are also taking in a greater quantity of the anti-nutritional factors of that particular plant. Plants have different chemicals to deter animals, including plant eating humans, from over grazing on them.

 

Can you return to eating cruciferous vegetables?

 

When your thyroid health is restored it is possible to re-introduce small amounts of a variety of cooked, or lightly steamed cruciferous vegetables to your daily diet. This should be done along with providing your thyroid with the nutrients it requires to function properly.

 

One of the most important nutrients to support ongoing thyroid health is iodine. Zinc, selenium, tyrosine and B group vitamins are also very important.

 

Watch this Video Below HereHow Kale & Other Vegetables Can Cause Thyroid Problems

 

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Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com