Supporting Your Thyroid: A Closer Look at Hyper and Hypothyroidism

Have you ever felt slightly “off” but couldn’t quite pin-point why? The answer may just lie in your thyroid! The thyroid produces thyroid hormones, which are the main regulator of the body’s metabolism. When the thyroid gland doesn’t function properly, it can affect many aspects of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

What causes poor thyroid function? Many factors could contribute to this, including genetics, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, nutritional deficiencies, or toxins in the environment.

What Are Some Signs of Poor Thyroid Health?

Signs you may have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid) include:Fatigue and lack of energy, dry skin and hair, low mood, constipation, low libido, unexplained weight gain, cold hands and feet

Signs you may have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) include: Feeling jittery or anxious, increased appetite without weight gain, difficulty concentrating, feeling too warm

Nurturing Foods for Restoring Thyroid Function

A healthy nutrition lifestyle encompasses some key principles:

  • Opt for nutrient dense whole foods that are highly absorbable (Juiced vegetables, raw extra virgin oils, flaxseed or olive oil).
  • Eat regular meals that include complex carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Ensure adequate intake of protein (especially vegetable and fish protein), healthy fats/oils, complex carbohydrates, anti-oxidant rich foods and dietary fiber (especially soluble).
  • Consume a diet that focuses on whole unprocessed foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables (ideally 5-7 types/day), fruits (ideally 3-4 types/day); nuts and seeds).
  • Avoid trans fats (found mainly in processed foods, takeaways and dripping), as well as highly refined foods and foods high in sugar and salt.

Hyperthyroid? I would suggest that you consume soy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, peaches, pears, radishes, spinach, turnips - these foods contain natural components that can support healthy thyroid function. It is best to avoid iodized salt and caffeine which may speed up metabolism.

Hypothyroid? I would suggest you try to eat plenty of seafood, seaweed, apricots, dates, egg yolks, molasses, parsley, potatoes, prunes, raw seeds, whole grains, fish, and chicken. Seafood and seaweed in particular are high in iodine which help to support the thyroid gland.

Xtend-Life Supplement Protocol

We have paired our Total Balance with Omega-3. These supplements can offer support for thyroid health and function. It is important to remember to also pay attention to other organs and glands that are functioning well to maintain them before problems arise, and the great thing about these two products is they do just that.

So how do those two products support thyroid function specifically?

Total Balance contains ingredients helpful to support healthy glandular inflammation, such as vitamins A, E, C, B complex, selenium and zinc which are needed in the conversion of T4 to T3 hormone, as well as amino acids (essential for balanced function), enzymes and other essential digestive ingredients (can be upset by reduced thyroid function).

Essential fatty acids are also necessary for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, so an initial boost of these may help. We recommend our Omega 3 / QH Premium CoQ10 for maintenance with our two capsule per day dose. This product also features Kaneka QH Ubiquinol (CoQ10), which is an important nutrient for energy production that can be affected by thyroid disruption.

Proper sleep and moderate exercise may help regulate thyroid function, and so does controlling the stress you experience. If you feel you may need support in these areas, you may also wish to have a look at our Serene Saffron.

While supplementation is an important part of overall health and well-being, it should be taken in conjunction with regular appropriate exercise, plenty of filtered water (1.5L-2L per day), quality sleep, stress management, healthy weight management, a positive mental attitude, and a varied and healthy nutrition lifestyle.

In good health.

6 Responses

Hi Tan, Thank you for your query. As the blog suggests, a diet of seafood, seaweed, apricots, dates etc could be beneficial in supporting your thyroid.
In addition to this we also recommend our Omega 3 /DHA Fish oil and Total Balance for further support as they included ingredients such as Selenium and Zinc. Please refer to the section under Xtend-Life Supplement Protocol. In good health, Sheela.

Customer Relations December 07 2022

What’s good for hypothyroids ?

Tan December 07 2022

Hi MrsT,

Thank you for your comment.

We have a fantastic product called Systemic Care which supports immune, nervous and endocrine systems in the body. It contains a large number of potent enzymes and extracts to support whole body function for better overall health and wellbeing.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the product or if you wish to place an order. You can contact us at

In good health,


Xtend-Life Expert May 12 2015

No thyroid how do I support the rest of my system, otherwise known as my endocrine system?

MrsT May 06 2015

so if we worry about our thyroids why are you promoting the consumption of unfermented soy such as soy milk and tofu which is known to disrupt thyroid function? 

catherine May 31 2015

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for your comment.

We have recommended soy for individuals with overactive thyroid instead of those with an underactive thyroid.

As with all foods, moderation is key. Tofu and soy have been used for many years as part of a balanced diet and as a good protein source.

Please be aware that our articles are meant to be a general guide. We always recommend discussion with your health practitioner if in doubt as they will be able to offer specific advice to your individual needs.

Please feel free to email if you have any further questions.

In good health,


Xtend-Life Expert June 02 2015

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