5 Supplements That Support Thyroid Health
Having an optimally performing thyroid is essential for your health. Unfortunately, many of us may not be getting the vitamins we need to ensure the continued functionality of our thyroid.
In this blog post, we will explore five essential vitamins for thyroid health and how they can help keep your thyroid functioning properly. We will also discuss the differences between oral supplements and IV treatments and why IVs can be a more effective way of restoring low vitamin levels.
Iodine is a crucial mineral for thyroid health, responsible for producing the hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Since iodine is primarily obtained in seafood, dairy products, eggs, and iodized salt, an iodine deficiency is common in parts of the world where dietary sources of iodine are limited and can lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter), fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and hair loss.
Supplements are available if you need more throughout your diet, but they are only effective when hypothyroidism is caused by an iodine deficiency.
B Complex Vitamins
The B family of vitamins can help support thyroid function, while deficiencies can decrease hormone production, energy levels, and metabolism. Many of these vitamins are plentiful in food sources like eggs, fish, leafy greens, legumes, and dairy products.
Selenium is a critical trace mineral imperative to thyroid health by converting the inactive form of thyroid hormone (T4) into the active form (T3), which regulates metabolism.1 Low selenium levels can contribute to hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid).
Zinc is an essential mineral for thyroid health and is also vital for regulating hormones.2 Zinc helps enhance the immune system and assists thyroid hormone production. Regarding thyroid health, zinc deficiency can cause hypothyroidism and reduce the production of TSH, the hormone that regulates metabolism. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, crab, beef, pumpkin, and sesame seeds.
Tyrosine is an amino acid essential to thyroid health, supporting the creation of hormones that the body uses to regulate metabolism and other body functions. Without enough tyrosine, the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormones, leading to fatigue and other symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Tyrosine is found naturally in certain foods, such as eggs, fish, dairy products, nuts, and seeds, and as a supplement in pill form.
Oral Supplements vs. IV Infusions
There are two primary ways to ensure adequate vitamin and mineral intake: oral supplements or intravenous (IV) treatments. Oral supplements come in pills, liquids, or chewable tablets without a doctor’s supervision. IV treatments, on the other hand, are administered directly into the bloodstream via an IV line at a doctor’s office or hospital.
IV treatments are more effective at restoring low vitamin levels because the digestive system breaks down oral supplements before they reach the bloodstream, reducing their efficacy. By bypassing the digestive system, IV treatments deliver nutrients directly to the bloodstream, allowing them to be absorbed more quickly and efficiently.
The other advantage of IV treatments is that they can meet specific needs. Doctors can adjust the dose, type, and concentration of vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal absorption and results. With oral supplements, it can be challenging to determine precisely how much of each nutrient you are getting, as some need to be fully absorbed by the body and excreted in the urine.
In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration
Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.
You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!Learn More