Your thyroid is an incredibly important part of your body. The hormones it produces regulate your body temperature, reproduction, weight gain and weight loss, and metabolism, amongst other functions.
It is fairly easy for the thyroid system to be affected by different contaminants and toxins in the environment. Learn more about how you are unintentionally destroying your thyroid and how you can stop.
The Role of Your Thyroid System
Your thyroid is responsible for creating and excreting thyroid hormones. Your body uses these hormones in dozens of different processes. If your thyroid is overactive or underactive, it can have serious long-term effects on your health.
Find out the five habits and products that are ruining your thyroid and how you can return your thyroid to a state of health.
Even just being around pesticides can have a huge impact on your thyroid. One study shows that women married to men who worked in agriculture were significantly more likely to have thyroid problems.
However, you can also be exposed to pesticides via your food. The majority of conventional produce is farmed using pesticides. Consider switching to organic produce and saving your thyroid.
2. Nonstick Items
Everyone loves nonstick cookware, right? It doesn’t require scrubbing, can usually be washed in the dishwasher, and uses less oil.
Actually, the chemicals found in nonstick products can interfere with your thyroid’s health and its production of hormones. Perfluorooctanoic acid is the chemical to watch out for in these items.
Consider using cast iron instead. Yes, it does require some elbow grease, but the iron that goes into your food can prevent anemia.
3. Flame Retardants
As you learn about how many products have some type of flame retardant, you’ll realize that it can be pretty difficult to avoid these chemicals. Flame retardants are found in everything from children’s pajamas to rugs and electronics.
Overexposure to these chemicals can lead to thyroid problems, and since they are so prevalent, it is easy to become overexposed. When shopping for items for your home or wardrobe, look for items that are specifically advertised as not having flame retardants.
4. Tap Water
In case it wasn’t bad enough that your tap water is likely “enhanced” with fluoride, you now have to worry about it wrecking your thyroid. Percholate, a byproduct of fuel, is extremely toxic. It is also very likely to run off into your water supply. Exposure to this chemical can cause your thyroid to stop producing hormones.
To protect yourself and your family, switch to filtered water. As an added bonus, filtered water tastes much better than tap water.
In manufacturers’ rush to make everything more convenient, they seem to have forgotten that consumers also want products that don’t kill them. Plastic bottles, plastic lunch containers, plastic food storage, and plastic cups can all be a major threat to your thyroid.
Many plastic items also have BPA, a chemical that disrupts the function of your thyroid. Consider switching to glass food and drink storage. They last longer and won’t poison your food.