Thyroid vs. Adrenal–Which One Are You?


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In this post I’m going to be covering some of the major symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Problems, how they differ and then the foods that will be most beneficial for each.

Adrenal Symptoms

  • Tired in the morning
  • Tired after lunch (need of a nap)
  • Wakes up in the evening closer to bedtime
  • Craves salt
  • Difficulty sleeping (wakes at 2:00am trouble falling back to sleep)
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Anxiety
  • Irritational fears
  • Belly fat

Thyroid Symptoms

  • Tired all day and night
  • Craves carbohydrates and sugar
  • Weight gain all over
  • Depression
  • Melancholy
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of the outer 1/4 of the eyebrows
  • Weak nails
  • Ridges in the nails

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Adrenal Foods

The following are foods that help feed the adrenals when they are under stress.

3 Key Carbohydrates

  • Blueberries–highly anti-inflammatory
  • Black rice–similar antioxidant profile as blueberries and a great starch
  • Kiwi–very high in vitamin C, which is extremely important for adrenal health

3 Key Proteins

  • Hemp seeds–a complete vegetable based protein and highly anti-inflammatory
  • Wild caught sablefish–great source of protein and fantastic omega fat profile for inflammation reduction
  • Pasture raised eggs–perfect protein and fats for the production of adrenal hormones

2 Key Fats

  • Blackseed oil–super powerful anti-inflammatory fat that may help to reduce cortisol by reducing inflammation
  • Coconut oil–helps the adrenals make hormones

Thyroid Foods

The following are foods that help feed the thyroid to help healthy function.

3 Key Carbohydrates

  • Asparagus–great detoxifier
  • Sweet potato–high carotenoid levels
  • Apples–aid liver detox which can assist the conversion of T4 to T3

3 Key Proteins

  • Wild caught salmon–great source of protein and anti-inflammatory fats
  • Pasture raised eggs–high in iodine and tyrosine to manufacture thyroid hormone
  • Hempseeds–complete protein and high in tyrosine for thyroid hormone production

2 Key Fats

  • Brazil nuts
  • Olive oil–anti-inflammatory

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Adrenal Rationale

The adrenals need quality fats that are higher in cholesterol or are saturated as all the adrenal hormones are made from cholesterol.

In addition, the adrenals are the anti-inflammatory glands of the body and it is inflammation that will stress and fatigue these glands over time.  So the adrenals require lots of anti-inflammatory foods like berries, hemp seeds and wild caught sablefish.

Thyroid Rationale

For the thyroid we want proteins that are high in the amino acid tyrosine because the thyroid needs tyrosine to manufacture iodine.   We also want foods high in selenium and iodine like eggs and brazil nuts.

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