About over 130 million people consume alcohol in the U.S. and the World Health Organization estimates that over 2 billion people across the globe drink. With the prevalence of thyroid related problems, we feel it important to discuss the relationship between the thyroid and drinking alcohol.
A thyroid condition does not have to impact every corner of your lifestyle. Thyroid specialist, Dr. Arem’s, favorite alcohol is dry red wine because of its very low glycemic index, high resveratrol and melatonin content, and because nothing beats a good bottle of red. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that can help you fight against autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis because it acts as an antioxidant, reducing bodily inflammation. Indeed, one study indicates that red wine has a particularly high antioxidant potential (AP) and non-enzymatic superoxide radical scavenger activity (NSSA), suggesting a high antioxidant potential. This may suggest an inverse relationship between moderate consumption of red wine and hypothyroidism. Melatonin is the chemical that our body naturally produces around bedtime that makes us feel sleepy. This is important as proper sleep is vital for a healthy immune system and thus optimal thyroid wellness. Not only is dry wine tastier than sweet wine, in Dr. Arem’s opinion, its low glycemic index is important because high glucose spikes in the evening cause high insulin levels which negatively affect fat burn.
While drinking won’t always hurt diet efforts or worsen thyroid disorders, it should always be done in moderation! Drinking too much can lead to liver problems, heart problems, respiratory problems, and will even weaken your immune system, which is the worst for autoimmune thyroid diseases. A glass of wine (4-6oz depending on your weight, health, etc…) is the recommended amount of intake for maximum benefits with minimal potential negative side effects. It is all about balance, like everything else in Dr. Arem’s mind-body program.
If you are looking for other natural ways to boost your immune system in order to support your thyroid, consider some of Dr. Arem’s supplements for thyroid wellness, ThyroLife Optima and the Body Slim Delight Detox Smoothie which provide the best amounts and ratios of high quality ingredients and antioxidants necessary for overall body and thyroid wellness. To learn more about Dr. Arem, thyroid wellness, and his thyroid supplements for weight loss, visit www.aremwellness.com and www.aremnutritionals.com.