In my practice, I am often asked about thyroid gland issues. This is a common problem and is becoming a bigger issue with younger and younger people. Traditionally, women are more affected by thyroid problems than men are, however that is changing and I am seeing younger and younger kids with thyroid problems.
There are many signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction,
Common Hypothyroid (underactive) symptoms are:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance (can’t tolerate the cold like those around you)
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroid (overactive) are:
- Heat intolerance
- Increased bowel movements
- Light or absent menstrual periods
- Fast heart rate
- Trembling hands
- Weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Warm moist skin
- Hair loss
- Staring gaze
Now, do not get confused, people will often have symptoms of both hyper and hypothyroid, so when you look at the list you may say “I have signs of both”, either way, your thyroid is not functioning properly.
Additionally, thyroid issues may present with emotional signs! Insecurity, muddled thinking, sluggish memory, feelings of deserted, abandoned, and emotional instability, that is just a partial list.
The medical profession will often check the thyroid with a blood test, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), this hormone is produced by the pituitary. Sadly, this blood test is not an accurate test for the thyroid. The Medical Doctors will also recommend Synthroid (levothyroxine) and sadly this may bring the TSH within normal limits but more often than not the patient does NOT feel that much better.
What is causing all these thyroid issues? Well, certainly the foods we eat. And even some foods can be harmful to the thyroid. These foods are considered goitrogens. Vegetables in the genus Brassica group for instance. The list is long and surprising, to name a few; soy, strawberries, peaches, spinach, cabbage, and peanuts. I suggest you look up a complete list on the internet.
The thyroid is also being poisoned with chemicals that are used to “purify” the water. Chlorine and fluoride used in water are Halogen molecules and will compete with and win over iodine in the thyroid by filling the space reserved for iodine. Also in the 1970’s flour companies stopped using iodine in flour and started using bromide which is also a halogen molecule and will win out over iodine. The thyroid is now getting toxic chemicals instead of the desired iodine.
So what can YOU do to support your thyroid and help it work better?
The thyroid gland, like ALL tissues in your body, needs the right nutrition. The thyroid NEEDS Iodine! Iodine is found mainly in seafood and food grown along coastal areas. The thyroid needs fatty acids found in butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
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