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Nourishing the Thyroid: Harnessing Food as Medicine to Support Detox Pathways and Restore Menstrual Health

Have you ever come across someone who skipped their period during a stressful time? Or maybe lost their period because they didn’t eat enough? This is because our hormones as women are directly related to our thyroid.

The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism, energy levels and hormonal balance. When the thyroid becomes imbalanced, it can impact various bodily functions, inducing menstruation. Amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation, is often linked to thyroid dysfunction. As a nurse practitioner, understanding the intricate connection between the thyroid and menstrual cycle is vital for providing holistic care. In this article, we dive into how leveraging food as medicine and supporting detox pathways can unlock the thyroid-menstrual connection and restore menstrual health.

Understanding Thyroid Dysfunction and Amenorrhea

Thyroid dysfunction encompasses conditions such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). These imbalances can disrupt the production and regulation of reproductive hormones, leading to menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea. Addressing underlying thyroid issues is essential for restoring menstrual health and overall well-being.

Nutritious Food that supports thyroid function

The Role of Nutrition in Supporting Thyroid Function:

Food serves a powerful tool for nourishing the thyroid and supporting its optimal function. Key nutrients that play a role in thyroid health include iodine, selenium, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating thyroid supportive foods into one’s diet can help rebalance hormone levels and promote menstrual regularity.

Thyroid-Supportive Foods:

  1. Iodine-rich foods: sea vegetables (seaweed), wild caught fish and iodized salt are excellent sources of iodine, which is essential for thyroid hormone production.
  2. Selenium-rich foods: brazil nuts (just 2 a day), wild caught seafood, pasture raised eggs and sunflower seeds provide selenium, a mineral that supports thyroid function and helps regulate hormone levels.
  3. Zinc-rich foods: include foods like oysters, grass-fed beef, pumpkin seeds, and legumes to ensure adequate zinc intake, which is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis.
  4. Vitamin D: exposure to sunlight and consumption of vitamin D rich foods, such as wild caught fish and mushrooms, can support thyroid health and immune function.
  5. Omega-3 fatty acids: incorporate sources like wild caught fish (salmon, mackerel), flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts to reduce inflammation and support thyroid function.

Supporting Detox Pathways:

Toxins and environmental pollutants can disrupt thyroid function and contribute to hormonal imbalances. Supporting the body’s detoxification pathways is crucial for eliminating these harmful substances and restoring hormonal equilibrium. Key ways to support this include:

  • Dry brushing: regular dry brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system
  • Hydration: proper water intake supports kidney function and helps flush toxins from the body
  • Fiber rich foods: incorporate fruits, vegetables and legumes to support bowel regularity and facilitate toxin elimination
  • Sweating: incorporate infrared saunas and regular exercise to help eliminate toxins
  • Herbal support: certain herbs like dandelion root, milk thistle and burdock root can aid liver detoxification and support overall hormonal balance. OWL’s Liver Boost supplement is a simple way to support this natural detox process.
  • The OWL Reset: Crafted with medicinal herbs known to aid in removing toxins and heavy metals from the body, completing the OWL Reset quarterly is the perfect way to keep inflammation down and eliminate toxins in the body.
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Navigating Amenorrhea with Nutritional Support

Addressing amenorrhea requires a multifaceted approach that addresses underlying hormonal imbalances, including thyroid dysfunction. By incorporating thyroid-supportive foods, promoting detoxification pathways, and addressing nutrient deficiencies, we can support the restoration of menstruation regularity and overall hormonal balance.


As a nurse practitioner, recognizing the intricate interplay between thyroid function and menstrual health is essential for providing comprehensive care to women experiencing amenorrhea. Harnessing the power of food as medicine and supporting detox pathways can unlock the thyroid-menstrual connection and empower women to reclaim their reproductive health. Through education, guidance and personalized nutritional interventions, we can facilitate the journey towards hormonal balance, vitality and well-being.

Medical disclaimer: The information provided in this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The author and publisher of this article are not liable for any potential health consequences arising from the use of the information contained herein.

Eleni Genagritis

Eleni Genagritis

Eleni is a women's health nurse practitioner deeply committed to holistic health who specializes in supporting women through various life stages, including fertility, pregnancy and menopause. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and a master's from Georgetown University, where she transitioned to become a nurse practitioner. Currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing, Eleni's focus is on holistic practices to alleviate dysmenorrhea, including cycle syncing. Having personally overcome hormonal imbalances and health challenges, she finds fulfillment in empowering women to feel confident in their bodies. Eleni's approach integrates the best of Western, Eastern, and functional medicine to provide comprehensive care tailored to individual needs. Whether seeking guidance on enhancing fertility, navigating pregnancy, managing gynecological issues or easing into menopause, she provides compassionate support to empower women on their journey to optimal health and healing.


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