Healing the Thyroid Naturally

20 December 2013
Written by Colette Maat
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Our guest writer  this month is Integrative Health Coach,  Colette Maat who shares her personal journey of discovering and healing  Hypothyroidism naturally 

This little butterfly-shaped gland, which sits in the throat area and is responsible for metabolic rate as well as temperature regulation and overall energy, has to be one of the most commonly discussed and underestimated glands, which I am now on the journey of getting to know intimately.

Back in July this year, I returned to NZ after spending a long awaited month long vacation back in Europe.  I started to notice my energy slowly decreasing and the urge to withdraw from participating in my usual out and about ‘spring in my step’ routine, which I am well known for. I just felt ‘out of kilter‘ and put it down to the huge transition of international travel and hoped it would fade in time.  However, my spark had well and truly departed and I began to notice a distinct increase in my waistline.  

That was my indicator I needed to check this out.

I am reluctant to go down the route of conventional approaches, so after some blood tests which showed up as my having ‘Hypothyroidism’, a chat with my wonderful and open minded General Practitioner, I decided to follow my instincts and get this thing back in balance as naturally as I could.

Here are the avenues I have taken and so far, six months of experimenting with several modalities and approaches have passed and already I feel that the cloud has lifted and my energy is returning.  One thing I do know, is that this takes time and that time will vary from person to person.  I am still on my journey and I want to share it with you.  Remember, whether you are diagnosed as Hypo or Hyper, when it comes to the Thyroid being out of balance, the key lies in restoring this balance and allowing the body be the magical wonder that it truly is.

1. Gut health / Dietary additions and adjustments

The gut is the first angle I would recommend exploring and I started with a good probiotic supplement daily.  What I have learned both from self research and from well-reputed evidence, is that imbalances in the body most often begin in the gut and in my case the thyroid being out of balance was enough for me to head here first. In addition to this, I took out one of the biggest energy zappers and *adrenal stressors - coffee! Love it and leave it is what I did! This is something I recommend doing gradually, especially if you are reliant on your early morning wake up brew or an afternoon pick me up, but it is definitely worth the effort. *Yes, the adrenals also play a huge part in the over all picture when it comes to thyroid health.  I finally replaced my morning brew with a big mug of my favorite leaf green tea and I no longer feel ‘Tired but Wired’!  In addition to this, I have a daily cuppa of Nettle Tea, which is known for it’s nourishing effects on the Thyroid - tastes delicious too!

This is also the perfect time to ditch the sugar.  Being mindful of the foods that the body sees as sugar regardless of how it looks going in, such as highly processed foods, ‘white flour’ options, especially baked goodies!! boxed cereals and juices.  Luckily, I already had a good handle on the whole sugar thing, though I am a sucker for rice cakes, however I do give them a topping of a healthy portion of good fat and protein (mostly in the form of a good nut butter or avocado).

Gluten! now there’s a big one.  It’s the buzz word at the moment and everyone seems to be experimenting with this one.  For me it was a no-brainer and with the link between thyroid disfunction and gluten consumption, it made sense, plus I could see how my body responded negatively when I indulged in gluten containing foods, especially breads and cereals.  Remember, not all gluten free foods are healthy! Get clever about reading the labels.  Most of the Gluten free products on the market are loaded with sugar, are highly processed and many are not as healthy as their gluten-containing counterparts.

Other dietary additions I include on a regular basis and which play a role in nourishing my thyroid are;  Kelp, Sea Salt, Seaweed/sea vegetables.

There is one supplement which I feel is worth a huge shout out to and that is Ashwaganda root. This is an adaptagen and helps to balance that which is out of balance, regardless of whether ‘Hypo’ or ‘Hyper’.  It is also recommended for those who have irregular sleep patterns, or shift workers.

Ditch the Flouride! Bit of a controversial subject, but I have no hesitation in voicing my encouragement in drinking water that is free from this disruptive and unnecessary impact to our hormones.  It has been well documented that flouride plays a role in hormonal imbalances. I am on a journey to heal my thyroid naturally and I owe it to my body to take every path that this entails.

2. Modalities I turned to in my journey, all of which have a direct correlation to improving the thyroid function and balancing the bigger hormonal picture.

DESTRESS: Breath yoga, using meditation and mantra, which allows for the throat and voice area to become stimulated and healed, as well as working on lowering stress effects on adrenals.

COLOUR: The Thyroid/throat chakra is Blue, so regularly wearing blue around the neck will help stimulate this chakra and unblock stored energy, as does SINGING! Yes, this has to be one of my favourite modalities of all.  I think I did Adelle proud in the process - a great album to let the vocals rip regardless of how critical glances of embarrassment are hurling your way from your teen offspring!

REFLEXOLOGY: Interestingly, the thyroid representation on the foot is the ‘bunion’ area.  I like to call it the ‘foot knuckle’.  I just happen to have pronounced ‘knuckles’ on both feet, so this is an area I am currently working on manipulating at the end of each evening, as I finish a 5 minute stretch and wind down session and snuggle with my dog.  Win win, I get to feel loved up and wound down!

Lastly, something which I am deeply passionate about and something I have been doing instinctively for many years is FENG SHUI. The area in my home that represents Health, is one which I insist on keeping fresh, de-cluttered and enhanced with representations that are sympolic of health to me.  

I am not by any means complete with my journey in healing my thyroid and there’s no telling how long it will take, however, with the steps I have taken already, I have begun to see very clearly how we really have our health in our own hands, it’s just a matter of making the decision to do what ever it takes, step by step, to live with the optimal health that is our birthrite.

 

Our guest writer  this month is Integrative Health Coach,  Colette Maat who shares her personal journey of discovering and healing  Hypothyroidism naturally 

This little butterfly-shaped gland, which sits in the throat area and is responsible for metabolic rate as well as temperature regulation and overall energy, has to be one of the most commonly discussed and underestimated glands, which I am now on the journey of getting to know intimately.

Back in July this year, I returned to NZ after spending a long awaited month long vacation back in Europe.  I started to notice my energy slowly decreasing and the urge to withdraw from participating in my usual out and about ‘spring in my step’ routine, which I am well known for. I just felt ‘out of kilter‘ and put it down to the huge transition of international travel and hoped it would fade in time.  However, my spark had well and truly departed and I began to notice a distinct increase in my waistline.  

That was my indicator I needed to check this out.

I am reluctant to go down the route of conventional approaches, so after some blood tests which showed up as my having ‘Hypothyroidism’, a chat with my wonderful and open minded General Practitioner, I decided to follow my instincts and get this thing back in balance as naturally as I could.

Here are the avenues I have taken and so far, six months of experimenting with several modalities and approaches have passed and already I feel that the cloud has lifted and my energy is returning.  One thing I do know, is that this takes time and that time will vary from person to person.  I am still on my journey and I want to share it with you.  Remember, whether you are diagnosed as Hypo or Hyper, when it comes to the Thyroid being out of balance, the key lies in restoring this balance and allowing the body be the magical wonder that it truly is.

1. Gut health / Dietary additions and adjustments

The gut is the first angle I would recommend exploring and I started with a good probiotic supplement daily.  What I have learned both from self research and from well-reputed evidence, is that imbalances in the body most often begin in the gut and in my case the thyroid being out of balance was enough for me to head here first. In addition to this, I took out one of the biggest energy zappers and *adrenal stressors - coffee! Love it and leave it is what I did! This is something I recommend doing gradually, especially if you are reliant on your early morning wake up brew or an afternoon pick me up, but it is definitely worth the effort. *Yes, the adrenals also play a huge part in the over all picture when it comes to thyroid health.  I finally replaced my morning brew with a big mug of my favorite leaf green tea and I no longer feel ‘Tired but Wired’!  In addition to this, I have a daily cuppa of Nettle Tea, which is known for it’s nourishing effects on the Thyroid - tastes delicious too!

This is also the perfect time to ditch the sugar.  Being mindful of the foods that the body sees as sugar regardless of how it looks going in, such as highly processed foods, ‘white flour’ options, especially baked goodies!! boxed cereals and juices.  Luckily, I already had a good handle on the whole sugar thing, though I am a sucker for rice cakes, however I do give them a topping of a healthy portion of good fat and protein (mostly in the form of a good nut butter or avocado).

Gluten! now there’s a big one.  It’s the buzz word at the moment and everyone seems to be experimenting with this one.  For me it was a no-brainer and with the link between thyroid disfunction and gluten consumption, it made sense, plus I could see how my body responded negatively when I indulged in gluten containing foods, especially breads and cereals.  Remember, not all gluten free foods are healthy! Get clever about reading the labels.  Most of the Gluten free products on the market are loaded with sugar, are highly processed and many are not as healthy as their gluten-containing counterparts.

Other dietary additions I include on a regular basis and which play a role in nourishing my thyroid are;  Kelp, Sea Salt, Seaweed/sea vegetables.

There is one supplement which I feel is worth a huge shout out to and that is Ashwaganda root. This is an adaptagen and helps to balance that which is out of balance, regardless of whether ‘Hypo’ or ‘Hyper’.  It is also recommended for those who have irregular sleep patterns, or shift workers.

Ditch the Flouride! Bit of a controversial subject, but I have no hesitation in voicing my encouragement in drinking water that is free from this disruptive and unnecessary impact to our hormones.  It has been well documented that flouride plays a role in hormonal imbalances. I am on a journey to heal my thyroid naturally and I owe it to my body to take every path that this entails.

2. Modalities I turned to in my journey, all of which have a direct correlation to improving the thyroid function and balancing the bigger hormonal picture.

DESTRESS: Breath yoga, using meditation and mantra, which allows for the throat and voice area to become stimulated and healed, as well as working on lowering stress effects on adrenals.

COLOUR: The Thyroid/throat chakra is Blue, so regularly wearing blue around the neck will help stimulate this chakra and unblock stored energy, as does SINGING! Yes, this has to be one of my favourite modalities of all.  I think I did Adelle proud in the process - a great album to let the vocals rip regardless of how critical glances of embarrassment are hurling your way from your teen offspring!

REFLEXOLOGY: Interestingly, the thyroid representation on the foot is the ‘bunion’ area.  I like to call it the ‘foot knuckle’.  I just happen to have pronounced ‘knuckles’ on both feet, so this is an area I am currently working on manipulating at the end of each evening, as I finish a 5 minute stretch and wind down session and snuggle with my dog.  Win win, I get to feel loved up and wound down!

Lastly, something which I am deeply passionate about and something I have been doing instinctively for many years is FENG SHUI. The area in my home that represents Health, is one which I insist on keeping fresh, de-cluttered and enhanced with representations that are sympolic of health to me.  

I am not by any means complete with my journey in healing my thyroid and there’s no telling how long it will take, however, with the steps I have taken already, I have begun to see very clearly how we really have our health in our own hands, it’s just a matter of making the decision to do what ever it takes, step by step, to live with the optimal health that is our birthrite.

 

Colette Maat | Integrative Health & Life Coach

 

I began my passion for health and fitness in the mid eighties at the age of 23 and have dedicated the last 20+ years to developing myself and others who are searching for their own slice of peace with their body, who are working to create a healthy balance in their health, lifestyle/quality of life and overall wellbeing.

I am fiercely passionate about supporting individuals, groups and families to implement small changes that create a healthy environment, beginning in the kitchen, so that they can enjoy life as it is meant to be lived, with vibrance, sustained health and joy.

I incorporate several modalities within my ‘Life Upgrade Coaching’ programs, such as; ‘Feng Shui for the western home’; Healing with food first; Loving the self -The Louise Hay approach; Fitness prescription without the gym membership; Emotional Freedom Technique for those stubborn and destructive unconscious beliefs; Basic cooking guidance for bringing simplicity into the kitchen; and Addressing the ‘Stress Factor’ for restoring balance in Mind, Body and Spirit.

I grew up in Northern Ireland, youngest of a large Irish catholic family. I flew the nest at the early age of 17 and during the subsequent years, wove in and out of a very nomadic lifestyle, collecting treasured experiences, certifications & diplomas, challenges, life lessons, life long connections and wisdom. Eventually in 2007, I made my way down to New Zealand together with my Dutch husband and our Daughter who is now 13 yrs, where we get to experience life in all it’s simplicity here on the Kapiti Coast.

 

Colette Maat
www.coachcolette.com
021 2926897

 

 


 

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