Hypothyroidism or under-active (lazy) thyroid is affecting a good majority of the population. Still most of the people suffering from it have no idea, as their doctor might overlook this “simple” yet devastating health condition.
“Sub-clinical” hypothyroidism is what doctors call it when you have no obvious symptoms and only slightly abnormal lab tests. The problem is that “the normal range” thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) has changed constantly over the years. So then, when is it normal and when do we have to worry about it? That numbers appears to be anywhere over 1.5 TSH, but checking the symptoms is the more reliable method.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism – or the underactive thyroid – is known as a condition where the thyroid gland, supplier of hormones that keep metabolism functioning as a well-oiled machine, is working in slow motion. The low level of hormones thus provided are messing with the body’s ability to function properly.
- lack of energy
- weight gain
- goiter (swollen throat)
- depression or irritability
- dry skin and/or hair
- intolerance to cold or cold hands/feet
- constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion
- painful periods
- muscle pain
- poor memory
- sore throat or nasal congestion
What causes hyperthyroidism?
- Over stimulation of the endocrine system – by living with stress, stimulants and estrogen dominance (check out ‘hormonal imbalance’ article)
- Poor function of the pituitary and adrenal glands – lack of Vit B complex, Vit. C, manganeses, zinc, selenium (building blocks of these hormones)
- Thyroiditis – an autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid gland
- Overtreatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) – radiation or surgery
- Severe iodine deficiency – resulting in a reduction in the production of thyroid hormones
- Radiation, pollution, pollutants
- Sleep and relaxation techniques for stress management
- Keep radiation, pollution and toxic burden to a minimum
- Good diet
How to treat hyperthyroidism without drugs – Most Important 5 Steps
1. UNDERLYING CAUSES
Identify and treat underlying causes (e.g., iodine deficiency, hormone imbalance, environmental toxicity, inflammation)
Adapt your diet to the needs while accepting and learning the important role of nutrition (iodine, as well as tyrosine, selenium, vitamins A and D, zinc, B vitamins, and omega-3 fats), food allergies, gluten intolerance, and foods that contain goitrogens, such as soy, which interfere with the utilization of iodine
- Enjoy lots of sea vegetables such as seaweed, which are rich in minerals and iodine (hijiki, wakame, arame, dulse, nori, and kombu).
- Brazil nuts = rich in selenium.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as dandelion greens, carrots, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, and sweet potatoes.
- Make sure you are eating enough omega-3 fatty acids.
- Saunas and hot soaks for detoxification,
- Infrared sauna to help your body combat infections and detoxify from petrochemicals, metals, PCBs, pesticides and mercury.
- Chlorella is another excellent detoxification aid.
4. STRESS MANAGEMENT
Minimize your stress = relaxation, meditation, hot baths, EFT, prayer, etc.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Pure, organic coconut oil – for your cooking. It has saturated fat comprised of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss.
Being a very stable fat, coconut oil does not interfere with T4 to T3 conversion the way other oils can.
Get plenty of sunlight to optimize your vitamin D levels; if you live where sunlight is limited, use vitamin D3 supplementation.
- Filter your drinking water and your bathing water.
- Filter your air.
- Choose your make-up (laid on your skin goes directly into your bloodstream)
- Toothpaste (fluoride attacks thyroid)
- Tampons (commercial ones are full of chemicals)
- Non-stick cookware — “PFOA and other perfluorinated chemicals are used to create heat-resistant and non-stick coatings on cookware, as well as grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant clothing. Studies have linked these chemicals to a range of health problems, including thyroid disease, infertility in women, and developmental and reproductive problems in lab animals. ” Dr. Mercola
- Packaging for greasy foods
- Stain-proof clothing
- Carpet and fabric stain protectors
- Flame retardants and products that contain them
- Throw away your microwave.
- Cell phones, EMFs
- Minimize x-ray exposure.
- Opt out at “rape” scan at the airport.
If necessary for nutritional support.
- Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 1992, 37:535-548 “Evidence of Thyroxine Formation Following Iodine Administration in Sprague-Dawley Rats”
- Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 1991, 32:89-101 “Comparison of Toxicity Induced by Iodine and Iodide in Male and Female Rats”
- Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 1998, 55:93-106 “Comparison of the Effects of Iodine and Iodide on Thyroid Function in Humans”
- Biological Trace Element Research 2006, 110:193-209 “Analyses of Toxic Metals and Essential Minerals in the Hair of Arizona Children with Autism and Associated Conditions, and Their Mothers”
Test for “antithyroid antibodies” allergies – see if your own body is to blame as it’s destroying the thyroxine (thyroid hormone) = hypothyroidism. If so, you might have an allergy that’s causing it, like gluten allergy. What happens in this case is that the immune system becomes hypersensitive to a certain food and attacks thyroid tissue by mistake.