Where to get Tyrosine and Iodine? Essential to a healthy thyroid!

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As I am continuing into 2014 I do need to eat diligently to keep a healthy thyroid, which is fueled by the adrenal glands. Today I'm focusing on tyrosine and iodine as it seems I may be low. I had very enlightening visit with Dr. Gray at Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic to get a clear picture of my labs that state these 2 things being low are affecting my thyroid and adrenals. How do they relate? Why are they low? How can a person eat to fuel their thyroid and adrenals? How can a person LIVE in 2014 and keep a healthy thyroid and adrenals? Let's check it out! 

What does tyrosine have to do with the thyroid and adrenals? The article by Naturalendocrinesolutions.com says it best when it says, “What’s important to understand is that in most cases, the malfunctioning thyroid gland isn’t the actual cause of the problem. Other areas of the body are usually responsible for the thyroid condition, and while different areas of the body can be affected, in many cases it’s the weakened adrenal glands that lead to the development of the thyroid condition. The reason this is important to understand is because when the adrenal glands are causing the thyroid gland to malfunction, if a healthcare professional aims their treatment directly at the thyroid gland and ignores the adrenals, there is absolutely no chance of restoring the patient’s health back to normal.” Know your labs and where the symptoms originate. I go into more information about where my case comes from later.

How does iodine tie in to this? I wondered the same thing! Isn’t iodine something to do with salt? What does that mean for my thyroid and adrenals? Well a LOT actually! Iodine-Resource.com advises, “The thyroid gland, which uses iodine, is considered the master gland for metabolism.” And “There are many factors which work against us in our quest for foods high in iodine: nutritional depletion of the soil, crop land naturally deficient around the mid-west and the Great Lake region of the U.S.; and, chemical additives to our food including bromate, bromide and halogens which displace iodine in our system. The high prevalence of sugar, refined carbohydrates and rancid vegetable oils prevent the absorption of iodine in the body. We have all invariably ingested these toxins into our systems - knowingly or unknowingly in one way or another.” This is just another reason to know your grower and eat local foods from credible sources. Being winter we are all low on local produce but we can learn to make foods from what is available.

How did my adrenals take a dive? Personally, I had the sudden passing of my dad, Gordon, due to suicide in May of 2013. I also took ownership of a catering business, Katering Kitchen, and opened Honest Living by Jackie Fetter in May 2013. It was a wild month! Any stressful event, either big or small, can create a hazard on a body's nervous system. As Adrenalfatigue.org explains it, "Adrenal fatigue occurs when adrenal gland function becomes less than optimal—usually as a result of stress. It can affect anyone who undergoes frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. Adrenal function can also be an important factor in health issues ranging from allergies to obesity." My low iodine I believe is from no longer consuming table salt but rather pink Himalayan salt and filtered water (removes radioactive iodine which in turn removes all iodine). I chose the pink salt at home due to it is unprocessed and table salt is stripped of minerals and additives to prevent clumping and caking. So many foods have been fortified to contain things they don't naturally poses...but that comes with a price, highly processed "foods" and not natural to work in the human body! I prefer to eat things as they are grown; whole foods, natural and unaltered. I do eat snacks and a cookie from time to time but I try to make sure it is made with quality ingredients. Sometimes I do eat something unnatural, I am not perfect nor do I claim to be. 

What can I do about my iodine, thyroid and adrenal glands? Your FORK! I purchase my produce from local farmers at the outdoor section of NewBo City Market, Downtown Cedar Rapids Market, Hiawatha Market and Iowa Valley Food Coop! To find one that fits your schedule check here. Robert and I have not been available to garden due to the time demands of our jobs but hope to soon once we have more land. What I have come to know is that nutritional content is not the same across the board, it depends on the soil in which the produce has grown. Each meal you eat decides whether you will be healthy or ill, choose wisely! Your STRESS! The way a person, rather their body, reacts to stress will dictate how their body uses things like their adrenals. A person can train their body to react differently than their initial knee jerk reaction. Relax, meditate, go to yoga or take a walk! Learn what your body feels like in a relaxed state and try to keep your mind at a calm level when you are approached with something stressful. Do some sort of regular exercise, running, swimming, dancing, bicycling, anything! I go to J&S Total Fit and will even be giving some nutritional talks starting April 5th! If you need additional help always feel free to reach out to a friend, spiritual guidance or a mental health professional, I use Kalleen at KRP Therapy to process through the loss of my dad.  Your DOWNTIME! Try a new hobby; get your creative juices flowing. Join a new group to make friends! Meetup.com is very helpful; my group is Cedar Rapids Meet and Eat.  Your SUPPLEMENTS - Make sure you get them from a credible source! IHHC, Institute for Health and Hormone Clinic, offers some very great quality brands. I have some in my Essentials page also and hopefully some soon from Frontier! 

How to add IODINE – asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, egg yolks, garlic, lettuce, lima beans, miso, mushrooms, onions, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, sea vegetables, sesame seeds, spinach, soybeans, strawberries, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip greens. There is also a salt alternative noted on Iodine-Resource.com called Season's Sea Seasonings, Organic Dulse Granules. “This dried seaweed can be used as a condiment. It provides a rich source of iron, potassium, iodine, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and fiber.” It is said that an adult needs 150 mcg per day. There are also liquid drops (Zeolite) or iodine oral pills. An appointment with Dr Gray would be beneficial before beginning any additional vitamin or mineral regimen. I also may be able to sell dulse through my Frontier Coop membership. I am reviewing this now. Dulse granules contain 57 mcg per serving size of 1/4 tsp, and leaf flakes contain the same.   

How to increase TYROSINE – almonds, avocados, bananas, kidney beans, legumes, lima beans, mustard greens, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, soy products, sesame seeds, tofu. Livestrong.com states, “When you consume protein foods, amino acids released from protein enter your bloodstream. The amino acids that make it to the brain can determine your moods and behavior. When tyrosine crosses the barrier from the bloodstream to the brain, it increases production of dopamine and other energy-inducing neurotransmitters, the Franklin Institute explains.” Because I choose an 80/20 plant based diet, something like a flexitarian, I look for plant based foods. 

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