Thyroid Support Short Course


When there is an overload on stress and blood sugar imbalance, the endocrine (hormonal) system operates in a ‘cascade’, where the Pituitary gland under or over functions.  This in turn cascades to the Adrenal glands, which go through 3 stages: Shock, Fatigue, and then Exhaustion.  Once you reach the Fatigue stage, the ‘cascade’ extends to your thyroid gland which takes its cue from your adrenal glands. As a result the thyroid gland becomes compromised and under-functions, leading to difficulties with circulation, body temperature control problems, weight gain due to inefficient carbohydrate metabolism, depleted mitochondrial function (the foundation for all energy in the body) and great difficulty losing weight.  It is essential to stabilise blood sugar to support healthy overall endocrine function.  This will lead to improved stress response, increased energy, better concentration and efficient weight loss.

A diet that supports unstable blood sugar, through consuming the following sugary and/or refined, white carbohydrate foods and stimulant drinks, will reduce endocrine efficiency, and ultimately keep you from losing weight:

  • White rice
  • White potatoes (especially mashed), chips, crisps
  • White wheat foods such as pasta, bread, wraps, pancakes, biscuits, cakes, etc – anything made from white flour.
    • Cautionary Note: Brown or wholewheat flour still disrupts the gut,  therefore is not a healthy substitute for white flour
    • Carbonated drinks
  • Coffee and tea
  • Alcohol and cigarettes
  • Other stimulants such as Red Bull
  • Caffeinated drinks such as coca-cola (including ‘Diet’ Coke, etc)

All the above impact your adrenal glands in a similar way to the way stress does, and therefore has a disruptive effect on thyroid gland function. Such a diet will ensure that you are virtually unable to maintain a stable blood sugar and inflammatory response, which in turn leads to more stress and inflammation, and keeps you locked into the vicious cycle of weight management difficulties

In addition to blood sugar imbalance, poor digestive and liver function will have a detrimental impact on your thyroid gland.  The reason is the little known fact that your thyroid hormones are largely converted in these two key body systems. Thyroid hormones that are not converted appropriately, will inevitably lead to a slow functioning, or sluggish thyroid glands. This is commonly referred to as Hypothyroidism, which usually attracts a prescription of Thyroxine or such medications,. This treatment strategy unfortunately just puts a ‘plaster on the wound’ because it ignores the crucial role played by the digestive system and the liver. It is therefore essential that you revisit these two sections in this short course/module.  

Side Note:  This is the very reason that we, at The Academy of Wellness, have chosen to educate our students in the art of ‘Integrative Therapy’ as opposed to single modality treatment strategies ..,i.e ‘just’ nutrition, as well as to elaborate on the way that the body systems and organs work together in harmony, to create an overall optimum health profile. We teach our students to be aware of the fact that very few symptoms manifest where they originate in the body! It is critical to ‘go looking elsewhere’ in the body if you wish to resolve an identified health issue.

A further little known condition of slow thyroid function and poor metabolism is ‘Sub-clinical hypothyroidism’. This is where the condition often goes undiagnosed, and even though the client feels awful and cannot lose weight, or continues to gain weight, it is not ‘picked up’ in blood tests which appear ‘normal’. The reason it appears normal is that the standard medical laboratory reference ranges are not wide enough to diagnose this ‘pre-hypothyroidism’ condition.  It is for this reason that we educate our students in Functional Blood Chemistry Assessment. Please refer to the Short course/module on this subject.

Supplements, like a good quality B vitamin complex and a Multivitamin with minerals that  include seaweed and iodine, can be extremely beneficial to assist with stress management and thyroid support, until you can find a way to support a less stressful lifestyle.  

Glandular supplements are outstanding for achieving safe, fairly quick and long term positive improvements to the endocrine glands, be it Pituitary, adrenal or thyroid glandular supplements (Note: these are non vegetarian).

Additional foods that help your Thyroid:

  • Seaweed (for the iodine)
  • Butter (for the iodine)
  • Liver and digestion supporting foods, as the thyroid hormones are converted primarily in these organs
  • Blood sugar stabilizing foods for Blood sugar balance (as per the adrenal food guidance)
    • Appropriate nutrition can support stress levels by reducing the foods that raise blood sugar, and introducing foods that contain high levels of stress managing B vitamins and minerals (especially zinc and magnesium).  
      • These are found in fish, eggs, organic green leafy vegetables, nuts.
      • Low GL (Glycaemic (sugar) Load) fruits such as berries, apples, kiwi fruit, plums stabilize blood sugars as well as support gut bacteria, which produce B vitamins.
  • Magnesium rich foods such as pumpkin, watermelon and butternut squash seeds, buckwheat, epsom salts.  
    • Magnesium is known as ‘Nature’s relaxing mineral’ and supports sleep patterns extremely well.
      • Sleep increases leptin levels in the fat cells, and as you may recall, leptin levels help the feast or famine response by making you feel satisfied, and telling your fat cells to release stored fat.  
    • Magnesium also raises leptin levels, therefore high magnesium content foods are helpful to promote weight loss and stress management all at the same time.  

Foods that hurt your Thyroid:

  • The same foods that hurt your liver, digestion and adrenal glands, and destabilize your blood sugars, will harm your thyroid, which is reliant on these body systems for optimal function.
  • Calm stress levels are critical.
    • Your thyroid ‘takes its cue’ from your adrenal glands.  So caring for one, takes care of the other   
  • High sugary and refined, processed foods hurt your thyroid.


A free Home test that helps you to assess your adrenal and thyroid function is called the Barnes Temperature test  A healthy thyroid function will be represented by temperature readings that depict a wavy line (as opposed to an erratic curve) on the graph that falls mainly between 36.5 and 36.9 degrees centigrade.  

Please print the graph on the next page and follow the instructions


Recipes that support your Thyroid:

At the Academy of Wellness, we recognise that providing information is not enough, when it comes to practical support.  As a result we have a created supportive eBooks:


If you have purchased the Short Course relating to this section, you will qualify for a discount on the Therapeutic Recipes eBook/s BY USING THE COUPON CODE: . These can be purchased independently of this short course/module by visiting by visiting the link below:

The following recipes in the eBooks support the Thyroid Gland:


  • Spice Up Your Life Tea
  • Mary-Lou’s Homemade Liver Flush
  • Happy & Healthy Hot Chocolate
  • Summer Fruit Ice Blend
  • Sweet Kiwi Surprise Smoothie
  • Seeds and Pears in Small Ramekins
  • Kallo brown rice cakes with Mackerel Pate
  • Wheat free bread or Oatcakes with Coriander or Sundried Tomato Houmous
  • Low GL Cereal Bar
  • Quality Fibre Guacamole with crudités, Almonds & Brazil nuts
  • Devilled Egg with a Difference
  • Apple and nuts
  • Dark chocolate and nuts/pumpkin seeds
  • Creamy Water-based Power Oats Porridge
  • Scrambled Egg with Tomato and coriander
  • Granola with Low GL Fruits
  • Turkey & Bean Soup with Oat Cakes
  • Salmon and Seaweed ‘Thyroid’ Soup
  • Pea and Mint Soup (and smoked salmon optional)
  • Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
  • Spinach, Lentil and Turkey Rasher Soup