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Hypothyroidism and Diet

Tom Brimeyers Hypothyroidism and Diet

Thyroid Problems in Women- A Natural Cure

Thyroid problems are common in women; so common in fact that there has long been a discussion regarding the possibility of implementing national screening programs for this condition. Few women struggling with stubborn pounds are aware that hypothyroidism could be the culprit. Undiagnosed thyroid problems—that affects millions of women—could be preventing you from getting pregnant and cause you to become overweight; hypothyroidism may also lead to depression. That’s why it’s so important to recognize the symptoms of hypothyroidism and to learn about how to prevent or cure the condition.

The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4-Week Plan To Living Well, Living Vibrantly is the ultimate guide to treating hypothyroidism naturally.

Thyroid Problems in Women

Hypothroidism Symptoms woman looking unwell.The thyroid gland could be imagined as the switch on your heat-meter. The thyroid should be keeping your energy levels high and help your organs to perform their work optimally. But sometimes the thyroid function is impaired and your body put on energy-saving mode.

The cause for hypothyroidism is not yet known for certain by the scientists and health care providers. One theory is that the thyroid cells are destroyed by the body’s immune system, but research has shown that the food you eat may have a larger effect on this organ than previously thought. When its function goes down—as it does in hypothyroidism–the switch on your meter has been turned to energy-saving. When your metabolism rate goes down, as little calories as possible will be used to keep your body going. The access calories are stored as fat. A bad thyroid will also make you feel colder since your body is not burning enough calories to keep your body temperature up. Your organs will be performing as little work as possible; your heart rate goes down and your mood and energy levels will be at an all-low.

When your body works hard to save energy, where is it all stored? Well, take another look at those love handles you have been struggling so hard to get rid of. Hypothyroidism makes you body old and fat, and your social life and carrier could also be suffering; a body put in pause-mode will not be much fun during family activities or very active at work.

Of course this is a trick of the mind; can’t you feel it? This unnatural state of inactivity and lack of energy will make you sick and fat if you don’t act now. You need to be aware of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism and to be proactive when it comes to the choices you are making in your life as well as in the kitchen.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms in Women

Performing a quick check for thyroid symptoms in women could save you a lot of pain and suffering. Maybe you have already had your thyroid levels measured? What you doctor may not have told you is that even if your thyroid hormones are only slightly of chart—but not enough for it to be classified as hypothyroidism—you could be suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism.

Hypo- and hyperthyroid symptoms in women can appear at any age but the risk of it affecting you will increase the older you get. The risk is also higher in the extra vulnerable time after giving birth.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism in women:

– Increased body weight. Your body is saving fat and it’s almost impossible to get rid of your fat-depots.

– Dry skin and dull hair.

– Being frozen. Putting on extra clothes and yet feeling cold.

– Are you struggling to keep your eyes open behind the wheel? Lack of energy could indicate hypothyroidism.

– Difficulty conceiving is one of the consequences of thyroid problems; this is one of the most psychologically painful conditions that affect women with low levels of thyroid hormone.

– Are you losing focus and finding it difficult to concentrate? This may be a sign of hypothyroidism.

– Feeling blue? Depression and feelings of worthlessness are signs of low thyroid levels messing with your brain.

– Poor memory? Fixing your thyroid levels can help you with your memory problems.

– That swelling on your neck may be more than just fat. A soft enlargement on the neck may indicate a malfunctioning thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroid Symptoms in Women

The thyroid may also go crazy and release all your stored thyroid hormones at once; this is called hyperthyroidism and is also common in women, especially after delivery. You will be jittery and nervous; you may lose weight quickly and have a hard time unwinding in the evening. Even though a quick and effortless weight loss might sound appealing, this is actually no joke. You will feel horrible and after the hormone-stores are depleted, the condition is often followed by a low thyroid function—hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroid symptoms in women are:

– Increased heart rate. The heart is beating faster than normal.

– Are you constantly feeling anxious? Do you get annoyed and irritated for no reason? This can be a sign of a thyroid in overdrive.

– Hyperthyroidism makes it very difficult to unwind and relax and you may find yourself lying awake for hours before finally going to sleep.

– Are you sweating a lot? Or are feeling intolerant to heat? Also a sign…

– Shaking of the hands. The hands and fingers may tremble.

– Have you been mysteriously losing weight without dieting? This is another symptom of hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid-Function and Pregnancy

Thyroid Problems in WomenHypothyroidism puts the body into pause-mode; the organs and bodily functions will work at a slower pace. Low thyroid-levels make it harder for the affected women to become pregnant. Miscarriages may also be caused by hypothyroidism. These fertility issues can be reversed when the hormone levels are restored. Many women who previously suffered fertility issues or multiple miscarriages have a normal pregnancy after correction of thyroid-hormone levels.

In other words, a well functioning thyroid gland is important for women in the process of starting a family; it may increase your chances of getting pregnant and lower the risks of miscarrying as well as help you cope with the stress of pregnancy. A well functioning thyroid-gland will also serve you well during all those exhausting nights and busy days after your baby is born into the world.

Dr. Hugh D. Melnick—an endocrinologist from New York who has published several articles and books on the subject—is of the firm belief that many women could be suffering from hypothyroidism even though it will not always show up in the blood tests. He recommends that all woman with symptoms of hypothyroidism should be treated for this condition, even if this deficiency doesn’t shows up in the blood-tests.

Natural Remedies for Thyroid Problems

So now to the pressing questions: is there a natural remedy for thyroid problems? The research is making progress and more and more diseases are being shown to have a connection with the diet; many diseases that were once thought to be incurable are now being reversed through changes in the diet. Several studies have investigated id the diet may have an impact on the development of thyroid problems, and an increasing number of studies show that this may in fact be the case.

Research has shown that for the millions of women suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism—meaning a poor function of the thyroid gland that is not severe enough to show up on blood tests—there may be reason to investigate natural remedies for thyroid problems. Fats and cholesterol from the diet has been shown to impair thyroid function. Other studies have shown that alcohol and smoking may affect the thyroid preventing it from performing its best.

Many women are avoiding pharmaceutical drugs and would rather tackle the core problem of the disease; thousands of them are exploring the option of treating their thyroid problems naturally and many of them are getting great results! Why not you?

References

The 4-Week Plan To Living Well, Living Vibrantly is the ultimate guide to treating hypothyroidism naturally
(A great read) Just click the link above.

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Hypothyroid Treatment

Hypothyroid TreatmentAccording to the United States National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, over 27 million Americans are afflicted with some sort of thyroid malady. As many as 13 million affected individuals may go undiagnosed at any one time. The thyroid is a large gland located at the base of the neck, and it plays a significant role in human metabolism. As you age, the thyroid becomes increasingly susceptible to damage from a number of sources, principally radiation. Unfortunately, this is especially true in women, who are up to seven times more likely to develop a thyroid issue than men. There are relatively few hypothyroid treatments available, but there are several paths you can take to minimize symptoms.

 

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Some doctors estimate that as many as 90% of people who suffer from hypothyroidism also have a condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This condition is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. In Hashimoto’s, the body confuses thyroid tissue with that of a foreign invader and sends antibodies into the gland. This causes swelling, and eventually, it can hamper the thyroid’s ability to produce metabolic hormones. It is entirely possible that you could be diagnosed with hypothyroidism and yet show no signs of Hashimoto’s. In fact, the disease does not always present with symptoms. However, if your hypothyroidism is caused by undiagnosed Hashimoto’s, there are a few natural treatments that your thyroid may respond to.

 

Typical Treatment Options for Hypothyroidism

 

First off, it’s important to understand standard hypothyroid treatment. Your doctor’s first priority will be to restore your metabolic hormones. This is crucial, as if left unchecked; you could experience significant weight gain and other health issues. Your doctor will treat the condition with either natural or synthetic hormones. The former option, desiccated thyroid, contains raw, freeze-dried thyroid tissue from either pigs or cows in tablet form. The latter is a tablet containing a synthetic hormone, levothyroxine.

 

Both of these medications can alleviate hypothyroid symptoms within two weeks, although the synthetic medication is said to be more consistent. The potency of desiccated thyroid tablets tends to vary from dose to dose, although many patients prefer them to the synthetic variety, claiming that they make them feel better. Note that some doctors prescribe only levothyroxine, believing the more modern approach superior.

 

Both types of medication are taken by mouth with a glass of water. Your doctor will observe you carefully and may need to adjust your dose from time to time. Should you miss a dose, simply take your missed dose as soon as you can. However, if it’s time for your next dose, take that one. Don’t double up.

 

The Importance of Diet

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), autoimmunity is the number 2 cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Many autoimmune conditions respond well to healthy diet changes. Often, people suffering from autoimmune conditions have a food sensitivity that they’re unaware of. Reactions from foods like gluten are receiving a good deal of press as of 2014. Gluten is a known aggravator of Celiac disease, but it has also been implicated in overall systemic inflammation. Gluten is a protein contained in wheat, semolina, Khorasan wheat, rye and barley. Therefore, you may find it worthwhile to switch to gluten-free breads and pasta and see how your body responds.

 

It’s important that you stay on any medication that your doctor has prescribed you while you experiment with diet changes. If you find diet to be a viable hypothyroid treatment, your success will show up in your blood work, and your doctor will reduce the dose of your medication.

 

Unfortunately, one of the first suggestions that many functional medicine experts provide is to cut out caffeine and sugar. Many affected individuals rely on these substances to get them through the day, but these stimulants put additional stress on the adrenals, which can cause cortisol levels to plummet. Your thyroid and adrenals work closely together to you keep you functioning. If you exhaust your adrenals with constant hits of caffeine and sugar, you’ll likely find your energy levels chronically low.

 

The next facet of diet change is to assess your protein and fat intake. It is proteins that ferry thyroid hormones into your cells. Remember: your body can’t produce protein on its own. Healthy sources of protein include tuna, salmon, beans, eggs, milk, poultry, cheese and grass-fed meats. Note that soy products like soy milk and tofu have been known to disrupt the endocrine system. If you rely on these products and don’t eat meat, consider replacing them with dairy.

 

Unfortunately, in the U.S., at least, the grain lobbyists have been on a quest to demonize fat since the mid-1970s. Fat is an essential nutrient. Fatty acids are required for the production of cholesterol, and cholesterol in turn regulates several hormonal pathways. If you’re taking in too little fat, in other words, you could be inhibiting the hormones your thyroid is able to produce naturally. Taking levothyroxine will only mask this as your doctor will simply increase your dose should you not respond sufficiently.

 

Finally, while raw vegetables and fruits are extremely healthy, they can actually impede your progress. Some vegetables fall into a class of foods known as “goitrogens.” Goitrogens are foods that directly or indirectly impede thyroid function. Here’s a quick list: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts, watercress, radishes, peanuts, soybeans, strawberries, peaches, millet and spinach. Fortunately, you can neutralize goitrogens by cooking them.
Whether diet and lifestyle changes will prove a viable treatment for hypothyroidism for you depends on the root cause of the condition and your own genetic makeup. However, you can safely experiment while taking your medication, and with perseverance, you may be able to isolate foods that exacerbate your condition, restoring some thyroid function.

To start your journey to a healthier and more proactive life, free from the constraints of Hypothyroidism, watch Toms video CLICK  HERE where he explains his own journey and how it empowered him to a healthier happy lifestyle and to develop his Hypothyroid Treatment.