Supplement with iodine. Iodine is an essential trace mineral that is used by every cell in the body but is especially important for the thyroid gland. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Hormones like T3 and T4 help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism.
There’s a reason that iodine supplementation, in addition to an overall healthy lifestyle and diet, is being called the new essential breakthrough in the wellness community. Many people's iodine levels are dropping at an accelerated rate... and it’s not being replaced in the standard western diet.
As we age, our bodies’ begin to dramatically get depleted of vital vitamins and minerals. If you're over the age of 30 your body is probably not getting enough iodine as quickly as you are losing it, since it depletes with age.
Normally iodine is found as 2 molecules of iodine paired together and this is called “I2”. Unfortunately I2 has been shown to be difficult for the body to process and as a result, doctors in that past have used potassium iodide with I2 to supplement iodine with limited success. In fact, iodized salt is table salt in which potassium iodide is added in small amounts. The problem with potassium iodide is that it can cause an inflammation in the thyroid.
The word “nascent” means newborn. Nascent iodine is a special form of iodine that is made by taking molecular iodine, I2 and exposing it to a strong magnetic field. This form of iodine does not cause congestion in the thyroid gland like other forms of iodine and because it is very bioavailable, you will only need to take it in small amounts. The body can easily eliminate this form of iodine through the kidneys if you take more than your body needs and it is not toxic.
An electromagnetic nascent iodine, like Thyroid Warrior, is superior to any other form of iodine because it creates the only consumable form of iodine which can be taken internally to provide iodine to the entire body. Other non-consumable forms of nascent iodine have very short lifespans and have limited uses, mostly for external uses.
Exercise Regularly. To maintain proper health, and optimal hormone levels, your body needs to exercise regularly. Light exercise can help lower cortisol and may even help regulate hormones inside the body. Exercises like swimming, walking, hiking, pilates or yoga are great choices for lowering the "stress hormone" cortisol.
There's also evidence to suggest that higher intensity workouts like HIIT, resistance training and long distance running may raise cortisol levels. If you're looking to lower stress hormones, choose light exercises instead of highly intense workouts. Another study found that exercise can help hormones level improve for those with an under-active thyroid. (3)
Understand your Medications and Birth Control. Did you know that some medications can disrupt your natural hormone production? It's true, they can even lead to fatigue, depression, affect sleep patterns, and even trigger low libido. Some of the medications linked with a hormonal imbalance are stimulant, statins, dopamine agonists, corticosteroids, and glucocorticoids. Take caution when using medications, and always consult with your doctor about the negative side effects and when possible research natural wholistic approaches.
Birth control drugs are another medication that can actually change hormone levels and should be used with caution. Some birth control pills can raise estrogen to dangerous levels which can cause many complications. Instead, explore other ways of preventing pregnancy like abstinence or condoms. Data suggests that long-term use of birth control can cause increased breast cancer, migraines, weight gain, back pains, mood changes, heavy menstrual bleeding, and increased uterine bleeding, blood clotting, heart attack, and even stroke.