Take Care Of Your Thyroid Today The Natural Health Way

When it comes to treating hypothyroidism, an underproduction of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland, conventional medicine does not address the underlying root cause. It therefore fails to treat the deficiency successfully. The purpose of this article is to show how to treat the underlying root cause successfully by treating the deficiency the natural health way.

Signs and symptoms

Whether it’s due to a lack of iodine, the effects of autoimmunity (body attacking itself) or genetic predisposition… the net result is a lack of thyroid hormone needed for the body’s metabolic functioning: Because the thyroid is such a ‘metabolic central station’ the effects of hypothyroidism are wide ranging. It is not unusual for sufferers to experience weight gain, cardiovascular related health problems, a lack of energy… and a whole host of other problems including feeling the cold more than most people, feelings of despondency or dejection, infertility, period problems, sexual dysfunction, menopause, muscle joint pains, bowel irregularities, swollen neck discomfort, voice coarseness, hair and skin changes…

Conventional medicine

When it comes to hypothyroidism, once again, conventional medicine demonstrates its ineffectiveness by only treating the symptoms and not the underlying root cause. How does it do this? Basically, by using hormone replacement therapy and ignoring the patient’s imbalanced immune system.

Makes sense to give someone hormones they are deficient in right? Yes, but it’s not that straight forward. While hormone replacement therapy gives temporary relief it ignores the underlying root cause, which is a failing hormonal situation and an imbalanced immune system. It should also be mentioned, the greater the failing hormonal situation and imbalance to the immune system the less likely the hormone therapy will work.

The Solution

The solution is to not only treat the symptoms but also get at the underlying root cause. This involves restoring balance to the immune system which will in turn quell inflammation. So the answer lies in restoring thyroid health the natural way:

The first thing is to throw out foods considered to be unhealthy such as those that are processed and sugary (or high glycaemic index like pasta or potatoes) which can cause distress to your adrenal glands and thyroid. Those foods containing cheap and nasty fats or having MSG should also be well avoided. Chlorinated and fluoridated water should be missed out, so drink plenty of good clean water. I would also strongly recommend avoiding chlorinated swimming pools.

Natural wholesome food like good supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. Coconut oil is highly recommended. This highly nutritious medium chain fatty acid has the ability to regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. It also has the ability to suppress harmful intestinal microorganisms that can contribute to inflammation… The list of health benefits coconut has goes on…

It is crucial to get iodine levels checked but having said that I would strongly suggest that the person concerned should seek medical advice because, depending on the his or her circumstances, administering iodine could do more harm than good.

Regaining Control of Your Metabolism

Over 20 million Americans are currently diagnosed with some form of thyroid disease, a health problem that impacts every cell in the body and can cause severe weight gain or weight loss, mood disturbances and even infertility in both men and women. While thyroid problems are most common in women, affecting approximately 1 in 8 women between the ages of 35 and 65, men are not immune to thyroid disorders. Common symptoms in men, such as reduced libido, difficulty achieving erection and breast tenderness or enlargement, may be too embarrassing for men to seek medical help and could contribute to the lower instances of thyroid disease recorded in men.

The thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck directly below the Adam’s apple. This tiny little gland shaped like a butterfly is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism which is the rate at which the body uses energy by releasing the thyroid hormone T4 (tetraiodide) into the bloodstream. T4 makes its way to every cell in the body where it is converted to T3 (triiodothyronine), a hormone that controls the rate of cellular metabolism activity. The pituitary gland works in concert with the thyroid by regulating the levels of T3 in the body. When more T3 is needed the pituitary gland sends Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland to stimulate the release of T4 into the bloodstream. When too much thyroid hormone is present the pituitary gland stops sending out TSH and the thyroid stops the production of T4. The process is a delicate balance and if either the pituitary or the thyroid gland is failing to function properly the result will be a body that is not functioning properly.

When the thyroid gland becomes overactive, releasing more hormones than are necessary, the result is hyperthyroidism or Graves Disease which is an autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism is most common between the ages of 20 and 40 and affects roughly 1 million Americans today. With hyperthyroid, everything in the body speeds up. When the rate of cellular activity increases, more calories must be consumed to maintain normal energy levels. If the incoming calories fail to be enough then weight loss will occur. Generally, the more severe the hyperthyroid, the more weight loss will result. It is not uncommon, however, for a person with hyperthyroid to gain weight if more calories than necessary are being consumed.

Patients with hyperthyroidism may also experience fatigue, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, trembling hands, irregular heartbeat, irritability and reduced libido. In severe cases, muscle weakness, shortness of breath and chest pain may result. Often however, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are mild and may occur gradually over a long period of time. Foods that naturally suppress thyroid hormone production are cruciferous vegetables, soybeans, peaches and pears. Have two servings of these foods daily. Carrots, celery, onion and almonds are also beneficial.

Hypothyroidism is a far more common problem, affecting approximately 11 million Americans. The disease can affect both men and women but it is mostly diagnosed in middle-aged women. Hypothyroid is the complete opposite of hyperthyroid. In a patient with hypothyroid the entire metabolism moves at a slower speed and requires less calories than usual to maintain normal energy levels. As a result, the excess calories consumed become stored as fat and weight gain ensues.

Weight gain, while the most common problem associated with hypothyroid, is not the only symptom of an underactive thyroid gland. Other symptoms include low energy levels, depression, irritability, intolerance to heat or cold, decreased heart rate, dry skin and frequent infections, along with decreased sex drive, infertility, hair loss, dry hair and shortness of breath. As with hyperthyroid, it is not uncommon to experience few to no symptoms of this disease.

To combat hypothyroidism, consume foods that contain iodine such as kelp, radish, parsley, potatoes, fish, oatmeal and bananas or look for a supplement that has 150 mg of Iodine. Iodine is needed by the body to form thyroid hormone. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of T3 and T4. Exercise 15-20 minutes per day–enough to raise the heartbeat.

Diseases of the thyroid can be diagnosed with a simple blood test which evaluates levels of free T3 and free AT4 (TSH) in the bloodstream. Another way to measure is by taking and recording the basal body temperature under the arm as soon as you wake up for ten minutes, five mornings in a row. The normal axillary temperature is 97.8 – 98.2 degrees F. If the temperature averages 97.4 or less see your physician.

Once a diagnosis of either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism has been ascertained, treatment is aimed at restoring proper levels of the thyroid hormones. With hyperthyroidism this might require surgery or the use of medication. Hypothyroid is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy. In my practice I have found that natural thyroid hormone can be a safe and very successful means of restoring the appropriate levels. For both diseases, restoring proper levels of the thyroid hormone can result in a reversal of symptoms, including a return to pre-thyroid disease weight.

If you suspect that you might be suffering from a thyroid disorder, see your doctor immediately for an evaluation. Thyroid disease is a serious health problem and one that can be easily treated if properly diagnosed. Call your health care provider today and regain control over your metabolism once and for all!

Improve Thyroid Function Naturally

Thyroid function can be improved naturally by eating thyroid good foods and by reducing the daily stress. Below are some suggestions to naturally improve thyroid function.

Thyroid Good Foods

Iodine is an indispensable trace element that the thyroid requires to function. Iodine is mainly stored in the thyroid gland and a goiter can be a sign of an iodine deficiency. Foods such as yogurt, seafood, dairy products, onions are all good sources of iodine.

Another good source for the thyroid are thiamine rich foods. Some thiamine rich foods include milk, vegetables and whole grains.

Selenium can also help with improving thyroid function. Foods that are a good source of selenium are pork, seafood, Brazil nuts, and whole grain breads and cereals.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods that may need to be avoided include, soy products and cruciferous vegetables. Thyroid function can be suppressed by these foods. Some cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

More With Vitamins

B vitamins, iron and antioxidants can help support thyroid function. The B vitamins are water soluble and include eight different types of B vitamins. These vitamins help convert food into energy which is great for someone who has hypothyroidism. B vitamins also help with the formation of red blood cells.

Iron is used by the body to transport oxygen in the blood, and aid the immune system as well as the healing process. If you are anemic, which is below normal number of red blood cells, will also cause fatigue. Taking an iron supplement will help increase the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of the blood. A blood test should be taken to assess if someone is anemic before taking iron.

Antioxidants are just a good all around vitamin to take. They are not just good for the thyroid but are also good for the body. Antioxidants reduce free radicals in the body and repair the damage that the free radicals have done.

Reducing Stress

Reducing stress can benefit anyone whether someone has thyroid disease or not and by reducing stress, the overall wellbeing can begin to improve. Finding time out of the busy day, to just sit and relax, will help tremendously to improve endocrine health. A body that is in constant state of stress, can be very hard on the endocrine system.

Conclusion

Taking time for ourselves by reducing stress, taking the proper vitamins and eating thyroid good foods will greatly benefit thyroid function. In this article are just a few suggestions that may help in your endeavor to improve thyroid function naturally and of course consulting with a qualified practitioner.