Environmental Chemicals & Thyroid Function: Part 2

Issue # 104 May 30, 2013
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I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. As promised, here is Part 2 of the article by Louise O’Connor. Louise has some great detox tips you can implement immediately to protect your thyroid health.
Environmental Chemicals & Thyroid Function: Part 2
By Louise O’Connor

Top everyday detox tips to safeguard thyroid health

When it comes to a healthy thyroid diet research confirms choosing organic produce whenever feasible is the way to go. This is due to the fact that most conventionally grown fruits and vegetables harbour an array of pesticide residues.

Pesticides are toxic by design and are created specifically to eradicate living organisms such as insect pests, noxious plants and fungi. Pesticides also pose health dangers to humans, particularly the thyroid.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides cutting edge research to help consumers make healthier food choices. The EWG recently released their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Dubbed the ‘dirty dozen’ the fruit and vegetables the EWG found to have the highest levels of pesticides included; apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, capsicums, nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.

When given a choice more and more people are opting for organic fruits and vegetables. Your decision to purchase good quality organic produce can significantly lower your pesticide intake. The EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce is a great place to start your research.

Ditch processed foods These days low cost food is being produced on an unprecedented scale. However the high cost trade-off is long term health. If you are concerned about hidden chemicals in your food, or chemicals leaching from food packaging, or just plain confused by food labels that state a long list of unpronounceable ingredients it makes sense to ditch processed foods.

Whenever possible choose local farm fresh organic produce picked at the peak of its nutritional quality. In other words, choose the kind of food your great grandmother would have recognised as food. This simple ecological step reduces exposure to a wide range of thyroid disrupting chemicals lurking in the food chain.

Green cleaning Household cleaning products can host an array of hazardous chemicals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) think keeping your home clean shouldn’t be a health risk. Their Guide to Healthy Cleaning shines the spotlight on cleaning products. One of the key concerns raised by the EWG is the lack of disclosure regarding the numerous ingredients found in household cleaning products.

For example; a lemon fresh or pine scent isn’t necessarily healthy or natural. Fragrances are often synthetic aromas engineered by combining dozens of chemicals. The EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning will help you sidestep harmful cleaning products and find eco-friendly alternatives.

Filter your drinking water First and foremost drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water daily to flush your system. It must be filtered as urban water supplies can contain traces of industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fertilisers, fossil fuels, household chemicals and human waste.

Fluoride compounds are commonly added to public water supplies. This includes; sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate and fluorosilicic acid. The US National Research Council (NRC) states these fluoride compounds act as broad endocrine disruptors and young children or individuals with high water intake are at far greater risk.

Bathe in clean water Shower filters reduce exposure to fluoride, chlorine and other water impurities that are readily absorbed via the skin. Chlorine is very drying so when you shower in chlorine free water you will notice your hair becomes softer and your skins becomes more radiant. In addition I suggest you stay out of pools and spas this summer as they contain high levels of chlorine. Chlorine and fluoride both block thyroid activity.

Choose natural beauty care products Most companies gloss over the use of chemicals in their products. This is despite the fact that hidden toxins from perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products are inhaled or absorbed rapidly and enter into the blood stream directly. Remember…anything going on you, goes in you.

Once a chemical is in the bloodstream it eventually washes through the thyroid as this gland has a rich blood supply. Find out what is in your product and discover safer alternatives at the Safe Cosmetics website.

Choose to wear natural fibres When possible buy clothes made locally from fibres such as cotton, hemp, silk and wool. These are safer fabrics to place against your skin, reducing absorption of chemicals such as formaldehyde resins. Formaldehyde is used to make clothing wrinkle free. Without strict controls, especially in developing countries the tendency is to use this and other chemicals too freely.

Make your home your health sanctuary Your home is your health sanctuary. Encourage a ‘shoes off at the front door’ policy to reduce the amount of dirt and toxic particles that are tracked into your home. Replace chemical air fresheners with freshly picked flowers or mix a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle and use this as a natural room deodoriser. It goes without saying that visitors should not smoke in your home.

Improve indoor air quality Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt that builds up indoors. Cleaning with clove oil is a simple step to ensure your home remains mould free. You could also use the power of nature to help clean the air indoors by adding in some plants. However if air quality is a particular concern you may need to invest in a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to help purify the air.


Louise O’Connor is a leading Australian Naturopath & Wellness Coach who specialised in thyroid health. The Natural Thyroid Diet is her top-selling e-book that contains a wealth of information on recovering your thyroid health from a holistic, Naturopathic viewpoint. Louise believes that when you are empowered with credible information and an awareness of new opportunities it really is possible for you to finally take control of your thyroid health… to reclaim the vibrant health YOU deserve!


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