Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy spring feeling as renewed as the world around you? You can! Recharging a weary thyroid — the gland that acts like batteries for your body — revs metabolism to boost energy, mood, and motivation. Plus, a healthy thyroid cuts your risk of certain diseases.
Skip the gym.
Vigorous workouts deplete the gland, but research in the Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences found gentle activities like walking enhance thyroid function by up to 76 percent in 12 weeks. Moving at a moderate level for 30 minutes three to five days a week strengthens the gland without causing strain. Plus, studies show the vitamin D you get from the sun nourishes the thyroid and boosts pep.
Swing away stress.
A 30-minute daily R&R break, like swaying on a porch swing, may cut your production of the thyroid-sapping stress hormone cortisol. Utah State researchers report that relaxation is key to doing so.
Upgrade your toast.
Trade white bread for whole wheat and you’ll get up to more thyroid-nourishing selenium per serving. In a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, researchers said that selenium-rich foods can enhance your thyroid function. Bonus: Whole-wheat bread contains magnesium, and ample stores of this nutrient cut the risk of thyroid slowdowns.
Try a tropical ‘shot’.
Sipping 1 to 2 ounces of aloe vera juice daily helps protect the gut lining from damage that hampers thyroid health, notes Taz Bhatia, MD. Plus, Italian research suggests aloe compounds enhance function of the gland by 49 percent in nine months. Try: Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Buy from Swanson Vitamins, $8.36).
Savor this spice.
New research in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that enjoying ½ a teaspoon of ginger daily boosts the thyroid so effectively, it cuts fatigue and brain fog in one month. It also wards off oxidative stress, a cell-damaging process that sabotages thyroid function.
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.