What's the weather got to do with it?

Ever wonder why you catch a cold when the weather starts to turn? Believe it or not, your thyroid can be a big factor.

Your thyroid is known to be one of the glands involved in regulating body temperature. It’s one of the reasons why low body temperature is often correlated to a lower functioning thyroid gland.

When the external temperature goes up and down- one day hot and one day cold- it puts a great deal of extra stress on your thyroid gland. Think about it for a minute. Your thyroid has to work harder in these conditions to keep your body temperature at its ideal set point. It's kinda like “stop and go traffic” for your thyroid.

D.C. Jarvis writes in Folk Medicine- that all the blood in the human body circulates through the thyroid gland every 7 minutes. And that it is the iodine that is concentrated within the thyroid tissue that acts as an antiseptic bath for the blood. When your thyroid is stressed due to internal or external factors, this germ cleansing action just doesn’t happen efficiently.

Here are a few of my top tips to help your thyroid when the weather feels a bit chill.

garlic tea
garlic tea

1. Layer up. It’s far better to overdress than underdress. Take a load off your thyroid when the temps go down just by adding some extra layers. You’ll be able to better regulate your body temperature and that will help take a load off your thyroid. Wearing a light scarf can really be helpful for a struggling thyroid.

2. Drink garlic tea. This is my all-time favorite cold buster. Just add a couple of cloves of chopped garlic to your tea. I usually make my tea in a quart jar so that I have plenty to sip on all day.

3. Rest. It may not be easy to get every night of the week, but rest really is your best medicine. Your body is designed to rebuild and repair with each and every hour of sleep that you get. The hours before midnight tend to be bonus hours. If you’re feeling a little scratchy throat, then throw out your “to-do” list and hit the hay. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Now it's your turn. I wonder, how do you keep your thyroid toasty when the chill comes on? Let me know in the comment section.

~ Kristin