Look over these symptoms. If you have a number of them, it might be worth having your thyroid checked.
- Fatigue – feeling exhausted when you wake up, even after 8-10 hours sleep. Hyperthyroidism – or overactive thyroid production also causes insomnia.
- Weight Changes – you can be on a diet but are not losing any weight – Low thyroid production or hypothyroidism may be responsible
- Depression & Anxiety – hypothyroidism is associated with depression, hyperthyroidism with anxiety
- Cholesterol Irregularities– if you are taking medication for high cholesterol and it’s not working, maybe you have undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Low cholesterol could mean hyperthyroidism. Only a blood test can tell for sure.
- Thyroid Problems Run in Your Family
- Neck Swelling – discomfort in the neck
- Hair Loss – Coarse Thick Skin
- Constipation – this can be a symptom of many health problems
- Muscle & Joint Pains – weak arms, carpel tunnel can be related to thyroid dysfunction
- Cold hands and feet – intolerance for cold, for example, wearing socks in bed.
Is Salt Ok for People with Thyroid Dysfunction?
According to Dr.Edward Bauman, Ph.D. use of commercial iodized salt is not good if you have a thyroid dysfunction. Iodized salt contains aluminum and sugar as stabilizing elements, which irritate the thyroid, triggering imbalances.
Aluminum in Commercial Salt?
Who wants to consume aluminum in salt? BTW, aluminum is never mentioned on iodized salt containers. So we are consuming hidden aluminum. He also says that the body runs into difficulty metabolizing refined salt, because the salt is heated at high temperatures.
What Alternatives to Commercial Salt Are Available?
Switch to an unrefined salt, such as: Celtic salt, Japanese salt, or sea salt, available at natural and health food stores and grocery stores like Whole Foods. These also offer some trace minerals needed by the body.
Dulse is another healthy way to get that salty taste on your foods. It’s a seaweed but it’s not like kelp. And it’s good for an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. You can get it ground up in powder form or in leaf form, which are great when you let them dry out and pulverize in your food processor for a few seconds. You can then sprinkle it on anything you want to taste mildly salty.
What Else Can I Include in My Diet to Prevent Thyroid Dysfunction?
Chlorella is also good. It’s high in chlorophyll has high trace minerals, amino acids, tyrosine, and even omega 3 fatty acids which are necessary nutrients to keep the body operating at peak proficiency. Chlorella even has a mild detoxifying effect and we can all use that.
Important: Those with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – please ask your doctor first before adding Chlorella to your diet. This autoimmune condition is subject to food sensitivities. So certain foods can create problems because the body develops allergies to them.
Want to Kick-start your Thyroid?
Here’s what Dr. Bruce Fife has to say about what Coconut Oil can do for your thyroid.
Be sure you get Pure Virgin Coconut Oil not the hydrogenated kind!
Dr. Bauman believes fatty acids are vital for the uptake of the thyroid. Wild fish from the seas as opposed to farmed fish are one good source of EFA’s. It’s best to get the fresh variety if you can. I have been avoiding ‘tuna’ for years because of the mercury contamination. Now we have to avoid ‘farmed fish’ if you want the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat). Only ocean fish have Omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies because they feed on algae in the sea. Remember your brain also needs Omega-3’s to keep your memory functioning, to avoid Brain Fog. If you don’t have enough EFA’s in your body, your memory will go, your brain won’t work, and you’ll be in big trouble.
What is a Good Alternative for Cow’s Milk and Soy Milk?
Dr. Joseph Mercola M.D. is a strong proponent of using coconut oil in your diet. Coconut is a key food for nurturing your thyroid. It contains short and medium chain fatty acids which help modulate blood sugar. It also contains strong antiviral properties and helps to regulate your thyroid system. It’s best to buy natural coconut or buy Young Coconuts and make your own coconut milk. See recipe below.
You can easily make your own coconut milk. It’s better than buying coconut milk in cans from Thailand or China. There is no way to know what’s actually in these products from foreign nations. You can’t trust that all the ingredients are listed on the can. You must take an active role as the guard at the gate, making decisions about what you choose to bring home in your grocery bag.
Once you try this recipe, you will love it’s sweet, healthy flavor.
The meat from a young coconut
The water from the young coconut
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
3 Medjool Dates – you can soak them to soften them for 15 minutes.
1 cup of water, more or less depending on how thick you like it.
Drain the coconut water into your blender, scoop out the coconut meat inside the shell. Add the vanilla and dates with pits removed. Blend in a strong blender like the The Blendtec Total Blender or a Vitamix Blender.
Store in the fridge to have it ready for recipes and smoothies.
Information on How to Handle a Young Coconut.
Other Additions for Your Morning Smoothie
If you love your smoothie in the mornings. Along with ground flax seed, you can also add pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, even a scoop of nutritional yeast. Keep a store of these seeds – that you’ve pre-ground, in containers in your freezer, to make it easier to add them.
Watch Your Body’s Reaction to the New Additions to Your Diet
Always be aware of how your body is reacting to what you put into it. Your body will tell you what it likes and what it doesn’t like.
For example, if you experience discomfort in the neck area, like tenderness or swelling, cut back just a little on the new additions to your diet, especially those containing Iodine, until your body adjusts. This is a sign that the foods you are adding are actually working.
Two Supplements that I highly recommend for hypothyroidism are:
1. ThyroPlex for Women and ThyroPlex for Men
Dr. Jonathan Wright of the Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington has developed these glandular formulations based on cell rejuvenation. He takes freeze dried fetal cells from the hypothalamus, adrenals, pituitary, thyroid, and from the ovaries (females) or testicles (males) of pasture-fed cows. A 1/4 grain each day quick-starts those glands, and within 2-4 months, it is regulating the body. The fatigue is alleviated and your body now has a fighting chance to handle the stresses of everyday life. Source: Tahoma Clinic Blog
2. Pure Encapsulations Thyroid Support Complex
This is another supplement that I’ve personally found to be very effective, and it has been recommended by anti-aging specialists. It comes in 1 month and 2 month sizes – 60 and 120 capsules. Thyroid Support Complex contains vitamins A, C & D, zinc and selenium to maintain T3 and T4 hormone function. Iodine and L–tyrosine are found in this supplement, and are key components in the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Also included are: extracts of ashwagandha, coleus forskohli, guggul and turmeric. You can get it for a reasonable price on Amazon.com at the link above. Some people have even claimed that they have been able to come off their medication, although this is an individual thing depending on a lot of independent factors.
Wishing you the best on your Conscious Living journey in avoiding thyroid dysfunction. 🙂
Interview with Dr.Edward Bauman on Nutrition for Your Thyroid
Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem
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