The thyroid gland plays a major role in regulating the body’s metabolism. It controls growth, the use of energy and oxygen, heat production in the body, fertility, the use of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats and certain immune regulations. When this gland produces less of its thyroid hormones, then a person develops hypothyroidism. Although its cure may be fairly simple, what makes this disease dangerous is the fact that it could easily go undetected for years. There may just be a feeling of fatigue or :
1. Depression, forgetfulness
2. Difficulty in losing weight
3. Dry skin, brittle nails
5. Menstrual problems
6. Recurrent infections
7. Sensitivity to cold, muscle stiffness
8. Muscle weakness and joint stiffness.
What causes Hypothyroidism?
Defective thyroid hormone synthesis due to damaged or impaired thyroid glands is Primary Hypothyroidism. This can occur due to our own antibodies attacking thyroid tissues, surgery, iodine deficiency or physical trauma to the thyroid.
Secondary and tertiary conditions (rarer) can occur due to disorders in the regulating glands in the brain. A person being treated for Hyperthyroidism may also experience Hypothyroidism due to excess medication. There are other drugs used to treat epilepsy, heart arrhythmias and psychiatric disorders that reduce thyroid levels in the blood.
Foods to avoid
It is important to nutritionally support the thyroid gland by avoiding foods that block iodine utilization required to synthesize thyroid hormones. Such foods are termed as goitrogens, normally rendered harmless once cooked
6. Pine nuts
• Exercising everyday is an important aspect of treatment
• Choosing organic foods which are have a higher amount of trace minerals
• Using iodized salt
• Increase intake of iodine and zinc by taking sea fish and sea vegetables like kelp
• Increase intake of eggs, yeast , nuts and seeds as they contain good amounts of copper.
• The best source of B Vitamins are yeast and whole grains
• Eat more Brazil nuts for their Selenium content.
Individuals under a physician’s care should seek the advice of their physician before taking nutritional supplements or beginning a new exercise program.High potency multi-vitamins and minerals
Zinc : 25 mg / day
Copper : 5 mg / day
Selenium: 200mcg / day.
The nutritional suggestions in this material are not offered to treat, mitigate, or cure disease, and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. This information is designed to be used in conjunction with the services of a trained, licensed healthcare practitioner.
Your health is in your hands!Eating the right foods can go a long way in managing hypothyroidism.Exercising daily can help prevent decline in metabolic rate
Choosing alternative therapies that have been useful in treating an under active thyroid can be tried, viz. Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and Naturopathy.Managing stress through relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing etc.
Treatment should begin with optimization of nutrients through right eating. Only if there is no positive response, thyroid replacement therapy should be indicated. One can choose what kind of thyroid preparation to take:The natural, desiccated thyroid ( from a pig) contains the relevant amino acids and micronutrients along with the hormonesSynthetic hormones which have consistent dosages.
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2.American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists-www.aace.com