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Stress the silent offender

Stress the silent offender »

Did you know that your thyroid and adrenal glands are like best buddies in your body’s stress response team? Yup, they work hand in hand to keep things in balance. Your adrenal glands, those little glands above your kidneys, are pros at handling small doses of stress. When stress knocks on your door, they release a hormone called cortisol, which kicks various bodily functions into high gear.Now, let’s talk thyroid. It’s a tiny but mighty gland in your neck that can sometimes go a bit haywire. The most common issues are autoimmune disorders, where your body mistakenly attacks your thyroid tissue. There are two main players here: Graves’ disease, which revs up your thyroid, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which puts the brakes on its activity. Stress alone won’t give you a thyroid disorder, but it can definitely stir the pot if you’ve already got one.When stress comes knocking, it can slow down your body’s metabolism, which might mean some unwanted weight gain. This happens because stress messes with your thyroid hormones like T3 and T4, making them dip. Plus, the conversion of T4 to T3 might not happen smoothly, leaving you with higher levels of reverse T3. 

One study I found said “Stress affects the immune system, either directly or indirectly, through the nervous and endocrine systems. These immune modulations may contribute to the development of autoimmunity as well as the susceptibility to autoimmune disease in genetically predisposed individuals. Stress can be one of the environmental factors for thyroid autoimmunity“.Stress can also mess with your blood sugar balance and make your body less sensitive to insulin, all while lowering levels of another hormone called TSH. It’s like a delicate dance between stress hormones and cortisol, and if that balance gets thrown off, your thyroid symptoms might kick into overdrive.Lab tests and medications can be helpful, but they don’t always tell the full story or keep up with the rollercoaster ride that stress puts your body through. Sometimes, chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body long before any lab results show a problem.So, if you’ve been feeling tired, gaining weight, or battling with mental health issues, it might be worth giving your thyroid some extra TLC. After all, sometimes what seems like a case of the blues could actually be your thyroid trying to tell you something.

So, how can we show our thyroid a bit of extra love?

The first way is to eat clean.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a vegan or carnivore, reducing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar in your diet will help with your overall energy levels.Also, think about how you’re eating. Make sure to take the time to sit and enjoy a meal, which will help your body digest food better.  While this may seem tough to do in your busy lifestyle, your body and thyroid will thank you for it.

Add some supplements.  Supplements are just that – they supplement where you are deficient in your diet.  As we all know, our soils just don’t have the minerals that our grandparents knew, so sometimes we need to add a capsule or liquid supplement to our daily wellness routine.  Supplements for thyroid health include – iodine selenium zinc iron copper Vit A, B, C & E So now, here’s where our beloved Beta Caryophyllene (BCP)comes in.  Add Canna Oils BCP to your supplement list to help lower those nasty stress levels.  Here’s the conclusion from another scientific study, “BCP improved chronic stress related behavioural and biochemical changes. These results suggest that BCP may be effective in treating depression and stress related mental illnesses”.  In addition, because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, BCP can also help us to get a better sleep.  Which, by the way, is also very important for the health of our thyroid. 

Remember, stress might be a part of life, but it doesn’t have to dominate our life. Alongside nourishing foods and ditching the not-so-good ones, giving your body some extra love with the right supplements can make a world of difference. Including Canna Oils BCP! Not only does it help dial down the stress, but it’s also a champion when it comes to promoting restful sleep. So, next time stress comes knocking, arm yourself with healthy habits and a bottle of BCP. Your body and your thyroid will thank you for it!

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/health/hypothyroidism/stress-and-your-thyroid#Stress-and-hypothyroidism; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15650357/; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/thyroid-vitamins#general-thyroid-health; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31862467/; https://releaf.co.uk/education/medical/psychiatric/insomnia/the-five-best-terpenes-for-insomnia-and-how-they-wor

Disclaimer:  The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only.  Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.

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