When it comes to thyroid disorders, there are highly specific foods like Iodine-rich sea vegetables and maca powder that can help control the symptoms. But what about exercise's role in naturally abating the many emotional symptoms associated with thyroid disorders, such as anxiety in hyperthyroidism and depression in hypothyroidism?
"Did you know that hiking is one of the best forms of exercise for those with certain thyroid conditions and adrenal fatigue?" writes thyroid expert Fern Langham for Mindbodygreen. "This is because, in addition to improved cardiorespiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels), hiking has been shown to reduce depression and help you to sleep better."
Gregory Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, is in agreement: "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," he writes on his personal blog. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
In Langham's experience, hiking has helped her clients move past emotional issues and cultivate a sense of gratitude in their lives—something she credits to the power of nature. "Hiking is a great time to take your mind off of the distractions of the modern world and tap into the essence of nature's gifts," she muses. "The sky really is the limit when it comes to the possibilities ahead of you and all that is around you."
For more, read up on Langham's go-to breakfast for thyroid health, and share your thoughts on her recommended exercise below.