The Thyroid Jolt Time of Year
Monday, September 24, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Fluctuating temperatures in the fall and spring pose a significant jolt to your thyroid. Those with borderline thyroid issues may now feel less energetic, even having a poor mood that is begging to creep in. It just feels like something isn’t right. It feels harder to get in gear, harder to feel like your normal self. Fluctuating fall temperatures are a jolt to your thyroid system. Your mood can feel strained even though it is a beautiful Indian summer fall day (not to mention how it can feel on the cold days).
Thyroid hormone must adjust to the “stress” of temperature changes. In general, it takes about seven days (the half-life of thyroid hormone) to make adjustments. When temperatures swing up and down those on the edge of thyroid problems are likely to feel a significant jolt. This is not imaginary; it either is or isn’t happening. If it’s happening, the recent temperature drops in Northern states will throw off your energy and mood. Optimal thyroid function is also needed for an immune system in tip-top working condition, as thyroid hormone governs the cellular use of energy and your immune system is an energy intense operation.
Extra nutritional support for your thyroid (Thyroid Helper, Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin and Iosol Iodine) are the basics. If you are already taking these you may need higher amounts when the temperatures swing down or up.
Some people will need extra energy support to compensate for their struggling system. In addition to the above you can consider Activator Plus, Q10, and/or Pantethine. Find a baseline amount of nutritional support that keeps your energy up during this time.
Since faltering energy can weaken your natural defense system during the fall and winter months, you may also need extra immune support during this time. This will vary from person to person.
Don’t spend your fall and winter in hibernation - take charge!
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