Are Your Household Chemicals Contributing to Your Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid diseases are alarmingly common and often take years to be accurately diagnosed. This is because they are typically overlooked by conventional medicine doctors. With thyroid disease cases on the rise in recent years, many researchers have started to hone in on what is causing the high incidence rates.
Studies have shown that environmental toxins play a key role in the development of thyroid disease, many of which can be found in the most common household items. In fact, you most likely have several of them in your home right now, and may even use them on a daily basis.
So, why are these household products so harmful to the thyroid? Many of them contain chemicals with molecular structures that are similar to other natural compounds. For instance, the thyroid relies on iodine for hormone production, but there are many environmental toxins that are similar to iodine. As a result, the thyroid will absorb these toxins, mistaking them for iodine due to their comparable molecular structure. Toxins begin to collect in the thyroid and eventually lead to health complications.
Which Harmful Chemicals Are in Common Household Products?
Many common household products contain the following harsh chemicals:
- Heavy metals
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Some of the products that contain these chemicals include:
- Hand soaps
- Food additives
- Food storage containers
Let’s talk more about the specific toxins that are lurking in your home at this very moment, how they affect your health, and what you can do about it.
Triclosan and Heavy Metals
Triclosan is a chemical that is added to household products such as soap, bodywash, and toothpaste, to prevent bacterial contamination. The problem is that while it wards off bacteria, it also inhibits thyroid function.
Additionally, heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury, lead, and cadmium are also hiding in many common household products. Aluminum is found in many deodorants, cookware, food additives, and even vaccines. Dental fillings and seafood such as tuna contain high levels of mercury. Old paint, costume jewelry, and even children’s toys contain lead, and cadmium can be found in batteries, fertilizers, and certain plastics.
Heavy metals are harmful because they inhibit the thyroid’s ability to absorb key nutrients like iodine, and over time these compounds can accumulate and lead to thyroid-related health complications such as cancer, a goiter, and hypothyroidism.
BPA and Phthalates
BPA and phthalates are particularly sneaky because they hide in plastic food containers, water bottles, and many children’s toys. PFOA is abundant in non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and food wrappers. These toxic chemicals disturb the thyroid’s function by imitating some of the most essential nutrients that the body requires for hormone production. As a result, they disrupt the entire endocrine system.
PBDEs are also known as flame retardants and are found in the vast majority of commercial furniture, synthetic fabrics, electronic devices, and the padding beneath your carpet. PBDEs imitate the structure of the thyroid hormone, which means that they bind to proteins that carry thyroid hormones through the bloodstream. This affects normal hormone activity, especially estrogen levels, and puts women at a higher risk of harmful side effects.
Combat Toxic Chemicals by Limiting Exposure
Research shows that toxic chemicals disrupt thyroid function and lead to a myriad of health complications. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles expose us to a variety of these chemicals every day, which is taking a toll on our collective thyroid health. The most foolproof way to combat toxic chemicals is to limit your exposure and avoid coming into contact with them in the first place.
Some effective strategies to avoid contaminants are to drink only filtered or purified water, eat as many organic foods as possible, and pay attention to the labels of every product you purchase. Actively avoiding harmful environmental toxins will support your thyroid health, and help you prevent common thyroid diseases.
Novis Health Salt Lake Offers Proven Methods to Remove Toxins from Your System and Heal Your Thyroid
At Novis Health Salt Lake, we focus on getting to the root cause of your health issues. We promote proven strategies that are conducive to healing, optimal thyroid health, and symptom management. Since many thyroid conditions go undetected for years, many patients are left suffering from debilitating symptoms such as weight fluctuations, fatigue, anxiety, and poor sleep quality.
There’s hope for your thyroid condition!
Schedule a free consultation with Novis Health Salt Lake to receive a personalized treatment plan. We take a multi-step approach to healing your thyroid which includes detoxifying your body from exposure to harmful chemicals, lifestyle modifications, and educating you on the household products that may be affecting your health, as well as thyroid-friendly alternatives.
Visit our website and speak with one of our coaches to learn more about healing your thyroid and optimizing your life and your health!