It’s right around the corner.
The runny nose, fever and chills, I gotta head cold or flu season.
And, if you’ve got a low functioning thyroid, then you know that you’re a target for the sniffles if you’re not prepared.
What’s my thyroid have to do with colds and flus
Your thyroid just so happens to be one of your body’s best defenses against the cold and flu. Wanna know why?
Check this out:
1. Your thyroid uses iodine as an “antiseptic”- There is a high concentration of iodine in your thyroid gland. Iodine helps your thyroid function at it’s best and it’s an anti-septic at the same time. All the blood in your body circulates through your thyroid gland about every 7 minutes. While your blood flushes through your thyroid, your master endocrine gland cleans the blood with it’s high concentration of iodine.
2. Your thyroid regulates calcium levels in the blood- your thyroid puts out 3 hormones: T3, T4, and calcitonin. Of the three hormones, T3 gets loads of attention, T4 comes in second place and no one mentions calcitonin. Calcitonin regulates calcium levels in the blood. Calcium is one of the most important immune regulators in the body as it tags germs (to be attacked) once they enter the body.
3. Your thyroid manages energy- your adrenal glands make energy and your thyroid glands manage where that energy goes. Eat a big meal and your thyroid will put more energy into digestion. Likewise, if you’re exposed to a virus, your thyroid will put more energy into your immune system.
If your thyroid isn’t up to snuff, it’s easy to catch a cold and it can be even harder to shake it.
Now is the time to prep
Here’s my best tips to keep you sniffle free (…..that you can share with your friends):
1. Garlic tea: I know it sounds gross, but this crazy inexpensive (and seriously easy) remedy works like a charm. Even my kids will swallow this down in the name of feeling better. Make it in a mason jar with your favorite flavor of tea. Chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and add it to the brew. Sip throughout the day to give your immune system a boost.
2. Fire Cider: This one might be my favorite cold and flu cure all, but you need to make it in advance. Get the directions right here and sip it throughout the season. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Wishgarden’s Kick Ass Immune: Hands-down this is something to keep stocked in the medicine cabinet. Kick Ass is a “anti-viral” tincture that will help stop any bugs as soon as you feel ‘em. Everyone in my family takes the adult formula throughout the day when we feel something coming on.
4. Get to bed early: Momma was right when she said, “Rest is the best medicine.“ Research has shown that it’s not necessarily the amount of sleep that makes a big difference, it’s when the sleep happens. Getting to bed before 10 will give your body an immune advantage that will keep you healthy for the season.
Try 1 or 2 of these tricks and let me know how it goes. Remember- your body wants to thrive, so let’s give it the love that it needs.
To a sniffle free season and a healthy thyroid