As a Thyroid Health Coach, many of my clients know that eating organic is “good for you” but some want to know more. Will eating organics improve thyroid health?
To answer this question, let’s start with the big picture. Every day we are bombarded with toxins. Toxins are found in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, chemicals in the water, pollutants, pesticides, household cleansers, and beauty products (including makeup, lotions that many thyroid patients use for dry skin, shampoo, hair dyes and perfumes).
The liver is responsible for removing toxins and helping process hormones your body creates. Toxins enter the bloodstream, and the liver works hard to detoxify the body of these harmful substances. When the liver becomes overworked and sluggish, all the detoxification pathways suffer, and your health suffers.
Now, let’s talk thyroid. The body takes T4 thyroid hormone (the inactive form) and converts it to T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone) in many a few organs including the liver. If your liver is sluggish from all those toxins, converting T4 to T3 can be sluggish, too. And if you already have a thyroid condition, you want to do what you can to boost sluggish function.
One step you can take to lessen the toxic load and love your liver is to buy organic produce. Avoid foods that have pesticides, herbicides, nitrates, steroids, or hormones. Organic produce has a higher antioxidant value than traditional produce.
The best resource I found and continue to use regularly is the Environmental Working Group. Each year, they update their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
Here’s an infographic I created to help your prioritize your organic purchases based on how “dirty” or “clean” the produce is: