If you ask me Hypothyroidism sucks, I have had for years. But every cloud has its silver lining and for me, my silver lining is the fact that my disorder opened my eyes to so many truths about food, nutrition and of course Wheatgrass (more on that later).
No one told me I had Hypothyroidism (a specialist later confirmed it for me). At first, I started to feel tired. Then came the sudden weight gain. I was so tired I couldn’t exercise enough to lose weight. Even when I thought I was doing and eating everything right… I was still overweight! I knew something must be wrong.
I started to research Hypothyroidism. I read so many articles. One thing I read over and over was that people with Hypothyroidism are often deficient in Selenium and Vitamin D. As it turns out they are needed by our body to produce hormones. If you lack these your thyroid is slow and doesn’t produce the hormones needed to regulate our metabolism. No wonder I was fat!
Another factor I learned about is liver health. You see the liver needs to convert one of the hormones your thyroid makes. It’s called T4. For your body to use it, it must be converted into the active form called T3. So, it is essential to make sure out liver is kept clean and functioning well.
So, what can I take that will clean my liver and provide the necessary amounts of Selenium and Vitamin D? The answer: Wheatgrass!
Wheatgrass not only has the necessary vitamins and minerals for supporting the thyroid and liver, but it also has bioavailable proteins which further support liver health.
Wheatgrass for thyroid: As it turns out, Wheatgrass is loaded with Amino Acids.
You see, Wheat (as we all know) has a protein called gluten. The problem with gluten is it is very hard to break down. It is a long chain protein. That big heavy chain is hard for our digestive system to break down.
The Amino Acids found in Wheatgrass, however, are like individual chain links as opposed to the whole chain. Much easier for our body to digest, absorb and use. Since Wheatgrass is made from sprouting wheat and letting it grow into grass, it is gluten free! But loaded with digestible protein, one that can support the liver in converting T4 into T3.
Also, If because of Hyporthyroidism you have inflammation, it is often because your body is creating mucus to coat undigested proteins like gluten. This coating is the body’s attempt to reduce the damage these undigested proteins do as they pass through our digestive system. Wheatgrass has valuable digestive enzymes that help further breakdown these undigested proteins, making your body create less internal mucus/inflammation.
As you remember, those with Hypothyroidism also commonly lack vitamin D. As you know, the sun provides this (providing you don’t block it all out) but our skin can only absorb it if it is clean and has chlorophyll. You can think of chlorophyll as a kind of solar panel. It promotes the absorption and conversion of the nutrients and energy provided by the sun. Your skin is not what burns, it’s the toxins in your skin that burn. Chlorophyll will reduce these toxins and promote a more glowing sun tan while reducing burning.
So for me, Wheatgrass has become a daily part of my life with Hypothyroidism. I Just add two tablespoons and a quart of clean drinking water to a water bottle and in 20 seconds I have done what I need to do to lead a normal life with Hypothyroidism.
To summarize the benefits of wheatgrass I mentioned above:
- Chlorophyll for Vitamin D
- Natural liver cleanser
- Amino acids (bioavailable protein)
- Enzymes for digestion
- and electrolytes like magnesium and calcium
If you read more about Wheatgrass for thyroid you will see it not only has these benefits that are the most important to us with Hypothyroidism, but many more benefits as well. I strongly encourage you to research more about Wheatgrass and add it to your daily life!
I personally drink wheatgrass in powder form. It takes me less than 20 seconds to add two scoops into a quart size mason jar and fill it up with clean drinking water. You can find organic non gmo grass here. It’ s the one I use