What is Hypothyroidism?
(from: ‘How To Control Your Hypothyroidism Naturally’ – Off the Grid News)
Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects up to 5 percent of the U.S. population. In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the hormones called thyroxine and triiodothyronine. The condition can cause weight gain, depression, fatigue, muscle atrophy, and constipation. The large majority of sufferers are women.
Hypothyroidism is found in people who suffer from excessive stress or have had a history of autoimmune disease. It can show up post-partum, but may also show up in people who have had a lot of head or neck x-rays. It may be more common in people over the age of sixty-five.
Typical treatment of hypothyroidism will include medication that replaces the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Drug therapies are effective in treating the symptoms (but not the disease). Such medications are sold under brand names such as Synthroid, Armour Thyroid, and Levothroid. Ignoring the symptoms of hypothyroidism can be dangerous, so medication is often necessary.
Since medications often have uncomfortable side effects such as insomnia, irritability, weight changes, and headache, some seek alternative methods of treating their lazy thyroid. Also, certain medications, such as birth control pills, interact with thyroid medications. For this reason, many sufferers of hypothyroidism seek alternative methods of controlling symptoms.
Americans eat too many refined sugars and carbohydrates. These can cause fat storage and can lead to Metabolic Syndrome. Two characteristics of Metabolic Syndrome are belly fat and insulin resistance. The result of Metabolic Syndrome is a heightened risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, all which can lead to premature death.
What Should We Eat?
Some suggest the “Paleolithic diet” to treat any number of diseases, not the least of which is hypothyroidism. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate fresh, organic food and did not succumb to cancer, diabetes, or hypothyroidism, or so the theory goes. Their food consisted of what they could find within the environment—namely, fresh fish, free-range meat, organic vegetables, nuts, and fruit. They did not have the luxury of pasteurized dairy products, refined sugars, or grains. They were only able to eat what they were able to catch or gather—which means they weren’t grazing all day like we do. Arguably, our bodies have not adapted to the way we are able to eat now.
Eating Trace Elements – Minerals Our Bodies Need
Your thyroid requires specific elements to create hormones. Iodine is one of them. Iodine is an amino acid that is essential for health and works with selenium to iodize tyrosine. Iodine is simply crucial to hypothyroidism sufferers. Without it, the thyroid doesn’t function. Some of the best sources of iodine are liver, cod, haddock, and prunes.
Selenium is an anti-oxidant deficient in most North American diets. Anti-oxidant rich foods not only fight off the harmful effects of stress, but are required to help produce hormones. Selenium plays several roles in the maintenance of thyroid health. It helps metabolize the thyroid hormone, regulates the amount of hormone in the organs and blood, and preserves the health of the thyroid gland while we are under stress. One of the best sources of selenium is Brazil nuts. Tuna, cod, turkey, sunflower seed kernels, and chicken breast are also good sources.
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‘How To Control Your Hypothyroidism Naturally’ – Off the Grid News
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