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Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Energy

Acella Pharmaceuticals is partnering with Nicole German Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT, to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is sponsored by Acella Pharmaceuticals.

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A common complaint I hear in my practice from those living with hypothyroidism is a lack of energy and stubborn fatigue. In addition to working with your healthcare provider to bring your thyroid hormones to optimal levels, there are some quick and easy ways that may help you feel more energized throughout the day.

Top 3 Ways to Boost Energy To Combat Fatigue From Hypothyroidism

1. Track your water intake.
Improving hydration is one of the easiest ways to boost energy! Step one is to measure your water intake over a few days. A good goal for the average adult is to drink more than 64 ounces a day. However, there is no universal consensus on the right amount of water to drink, as there are many variables. Some research shows that the average adult tends to drink 1.8 liters (almost 8 cups) per day.1 The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult men consume 3.7 liters of fluid a day and adult women consume 2.7 liters a day.2 This, however, includes all sources of fluid, including fluid from fruits and other water-rich foods.

These recommendations can give you a perspective on how much you are drinking. You can add lemon, lime, or other fruits to your water to improve the taste if you don’t like to drink water. Plain carbonated water also counts toward hydration!

2. Evaluate your nutrients.
There are many ways that common nutrients can support your energy. One of the first nutrients I recommend evaluating is selenium. Selenium affects the health of the thyroid gland and may support the conversion of T4 hormone to T3 hormone.3 Don’t take selenium without approval or on recommendation from your healthcare provider.

Next, check your iron levels. An excellent marker to test is called ferritin. This test will help you evaluate your iron stores and how well they are supporting energy. A registered dietitian or your healthcare provider can help you balance your iron levels.

Third, record your carbohydrate intake for a few days. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy and fuel for the body. We want to make sure we are not under-eating carbohydrates in an extreme way. Research shows that very low carbohydrate diets may reduce T3 hormone which may affect symptoms.4,5 A Registered Dietitian can help you to determine if your diet is adequate, in excess, or too low in carbohydrate. Alternatively, you can start slowly and add a little more fruit or sweet potatoes to your diet to see how you feel with one added carbohydrate source.

It’s important to note that you should not take any vitamins or start a supplement regimen without discussing it with your healthcare provider first. They are your best resource to help evaluate your nutrient levels and what may be right for your individual situation.

3. Improve sleep hygiene.
Time your sleep duration for a few days to see how you are doing. Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep each day.5 Next, you can check the quality of your sleep by addressing all areas of sleep hygiene. This includes:
• Keeping your bedroom cooler and darker
• Turning off all electronics an hour before bedtime
• Limiting heavier snacks two hours before bed
• Avoiding exercise 90 minutes before bedtime
• Avoiding caffeine nine hours before bed

In addition, you can practice relaxation methods that work for you. For example, try using lavender scent for relaxation, playing relaxing music, or meditating for stress relief. There are many options, so experiment with what works for your schedule and personality.

Overall, these are just a few key tips to help you naturally boost your energy, but there are many other areas to explore. Consider working with a healthcare professional if you find this challenging. Each individual is unique, so it is smart to try out different habits and techniques to find what works for you.

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