Issue # 161 December 16, 2013
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope you are enjoying your holiday season!
Today, Tom Brimeyer is going to explain how Olympic athletes protect their thyroids while training.
How Olympic Athletes Protect Their Thyroids
I don’t consider this a true supplement because in reality, it was never designed to be one.
But I also find it amusing how 99% of supplements out there are either ineffective or downright dangerous.
And somehow something that helps clean your laundry and keeps your refrigerator smelling fresh can help protect your thyroid and add years to your life.
While you might spend fifty dollars on the newest fad weight loss pill, this generally costs less that 50 cents.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Before I was wiser, I took supplements that today I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.
But the good news is that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.
While I don’t personally coach Olympic athletes, a lot of my clients have experienced the same benefits as Olympic athletes by using this.
Research shows that sodium bicarbonate, better know as baking soda, when taken prior to exercise improves exercise performance and prevents muscular fatigue.
Normally, your muscles fatigue when the supply oxygen is not great enough to meet the energy demands of your muscles.
So, baking soda works by increasing the carbon dioxide concentration in your bloodstream, which in turn makes oxygen more available to your muscles allowing it to produce energy longer without fatiguing.
No wonder this is used by the world’s best athletes.
It gives them the edge.
It allows them to push their bodies to the highest level.
While it may be all about performance for these athletes, this simple technique also helps protect both your thyroid and metabolism.
-It helps prevent the stress response associated with exercise, which is quite thyroid suppressive…
-It helps prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your bloodstream, which is quite thyroid suppressive…
-It helps keep your metabolism in a state that encourages your cells to use thyroid hormone efficiently…
And the list goes on.
Now don’t get me wrong…
While baking soda is quite protective, it can’t preform miracles.
Using it can help you achieve many of the benefits of exercise without the exercise itself being harmful to your thyroid.
But if you still overdo your exercise or exercise in ways that are well known for harming your thyroid, it can only protect you so much.
So, use it but still exercise wisely.
I have more to teach you about exercise, but with the holidays quickly approaching and exercise likely not being on your mind this busy time of year, I think we will dive into that a little later.
Like one of the most common exercise supplements that I once used but wish I hadn’t, and what I use today instead.