Underactive Thyroid: 4 Lifestyle Tips

10th February 2020

One of the main functions of the small butterfly-shaped thyroid gland (in the neck just in front of the windpipe) is to produce specific hormones that help regulate the body’s metabolism.

However, they also play a part in breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and muscle strength, among many other vital functions!

These hormones are called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) and many of the body’s functions slow down when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough of them.

What Factors Affect Thyroid Health?

Just like the many functions that the thyroid plays a part in, the factors that can affect its health and proper functioning are many as well.

Among these factors are:


READ MORE ABOUT: How Medications Affect Thyroid Function

Hyperlink: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070767/

What Is An Underactive Thyroid?

This is quite simply when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to maintain proper gland function. It is also referred to as hypothyroidism.


Common signs of an underactive thyroid:



Who develops an underactive thyroid?

Both men and women can have an underactive thyroid, although it is more common in women. Children can also develop this condition and some babies are even born with it.

Most cases are caused either by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland and damaging it, or when damage occurs during treatment for an overactive thyroid or thyroid cancer.


What are other thyroid disorders?


4 Lifestyle Tips to Help Manage An Underactive Thyroid

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid are often similar to those of other health conditions, and because they usually develop slowly, you may not notice them for years.

While prevention or reversing this condition requires a more involved protocol, it IS possible to effectively manage it by improving upon several lifestyle factors.



Hyperlink: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742277




Something that you must understand is that medication may still be necessary even if you’re doing your due diligence with all of the above factors.

However, a qualified and knowledgeable Healthcare Practitioner is key to most effectively manage this condition, and you should ask to be tested for an underactive thyroid if you’re experiencing some of the common symptoms.

Part of the treatment for an underactive thyroid usually involves taking daily hormone replacement, but again, be sure to consult a qualified Healthcare Practitioner before taking any medication or even supplements that claim to support thyroid health.

As many cases of an underactive thyroid are caused by autoimmune issues, this usually signals underlying inflammation. Turning to foods that reduce that inflammation and support the immune system is crucial.

The antioxidant-rich golden spice Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and our recipe for Golden Spiced Chai Milk is a warming way to boost your health and support your thyroid.



 Golden Spiced Chai Milk

Makes 2 servings



456ml unsweetened coconut, cashew, almond, or hemp milk

1 Tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp freshly grated ginger root (equivalent to ¼ – ½ tsp. ground dried ginger)

Dash of black pepper

2 organic chai tea bags (green tea variety suggested)



In a small saucepan – pour all ingredients, except the tea bags

While continuously whisking, bring to a gentle boil until spices are well mixed

Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, but do not allow milk to scald

Give it another quick whisk, then add the chai tea bags

Steep for 3 minutes before serving



Elsevier (Aug 2011): The impact of yoga upon female patients suffering from hypothyroidism

Thyroid (Journal, July 2010): Environmental Exposures and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Very Well Health: 14 Tips for Living Well with Thyroid Disease

NHS: Underactive Thyroid (info page)