6 Steps To Decrease TSH Levels Naturally

6 Steps To Decrease TSH Levels Naturally

6 Steps To Decrease TSH Levels Naturally

With the onset of hypothyroidism, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels will elevate. Although there can be multiple causes for this to happen, there are steps you can take to decrease your TSH levels naturally.

What is TSH? What is a Normal Level of TSH?

TSH, also known as thyroid stimulating hormone, is a hormone in the pituitary gland. The hypothalamus in the brain tells the pituitary that the body needs more thyroid hormone to circulate. Then, the pituitary sets out TSH to the thyroid to say, “make more T4!” The higher your TSH levels means that your brain is trying to communicate with your thyroid to say that your body needs more thyroid hormone. Just like it sounds, thyroid-stimulating hormone stimulates the thyroid. The higher your TSH level is, essentially is like your brain yelling at your thyroid to work harder.

However, even with the slightest elevation of TSH, you can begin to feel off-center. I find that a TSH range between 2.0 to 4.0 works best for most people. Have you ever had labs done and your doctor says your numbers are normal, but you don’t feel normal? Not only are conventional thyroid lab ranges so wide, many doctors do not test for a comprehensive thyroid panel.

The best news however, is that TSH levels can be influenced and altered by diet and lifestyle. There are changes you can do to lower your TSH levels naturally as set out below.

6 Steps To Decrease TSH Levels Naturally

  1. Assess the thyroid. What is causing your TSH to elevate? By getting a full thyroid panel done, you can gain insight to see what other thyroid hormones may be impacted as well. If T4 is low, you have a thyroid issue. If T3 is low, you may have liver congestion. If rT3 is high you may be dealing with a stress issue. If antibodies are high, you have an immune system issue.
  2. Support your adrenals. With an elevated TSH, we also acknowledge an imbalanced HPA-axis. For those with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue is often evident. When the body is under chronic stress, the adrenal glands produce more cortisol and tell the thyroid to slow down metabolism and other functions. There are steps to take to improve adrenal fatigue.
    1. effective stress management
    2. moderate physical activity
    3. no fasting or strict diets
    4. removing environmental toxins and eating a diet rich in natural, wholesome foods
    5. improve sleep quality
  3. Manage immune system for those with Hashimoto’s. When it comes to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, the autoimmune component must be recognized and managed properly.
  4. Minimize regular caffeine intake. Unfortunately, with chronic consumption of coffee (and other caffeinated products), caffeine can overtax the adrenal glands. Many of those with hypothyroidism have overburdened adrenal glands. Removing caffeine can be a great first step.
  5. Improve nutrient absorption and digestion. Many chronic illness can develop from faulty digestion. With poor digestion and mealtime habits, food is not being broken down, absorbed and utilized effectively. Also, many parasites, pathogens and bacteria enter the GI tract and eventually nestle deep into tissue and create chronic inflammation. Following the standard American diet, low stomach acid is also very common. There are steps you can take to improve heartburn and low stomach acid. Following proper mealtime habits is a great step to better health.
  6. Sleep well. Disrupted sleep or sleeping well, but waking up feeling unrested can cause a cascade of hormonal issues. Cortisol levels can elevate and thus TSH can be impacted, rT3 can elevate and poor sleep often causes poor dietary choices (hello sugar and refined carbohydrates for energy). If you are impacted by your sleep, read this article that addresses why you may not be sleeping well and what the root cause could be for you.



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