A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hypothyroidism
I had a question the other day about hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism means your thyroid isn’t making enough thyroid hormone.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck.
It makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy.
Having a low level of thyroid hormone affects your whole body.
It can make you feel tired and weak.
If hypothyroidism isn’t treated, it can raise your cholesterol levels and make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
During pregnancy, untreated hypothyroidism can harm your baby.
Luckily, hypothyroidism is easy to treat.
People of any age can get hypothyroidism, but older adults are more likely to get it.
Women age 60 and older have the highest risk.
You’re more likely to get the disease if it runs in your family.
In the United States, the most common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
It causes the body’s immune system to attack thyroid tissue.
As a result, the gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone.
Other things that can lead to low levels of thyroid hormone include surgery to remove the thyroid gland and radiation therapy for cancer.
Less common causes include viral infections and some drugs, such as lithium.
Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:
>Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
>Dry skin and brittle nails.
>Not being able to stand the cold.
>Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
>Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.
Symptoms occur slowly over time.
At first you might not notice them, or you might mistake them for normal aging.
See your health care provider if you have symptoms like these that get worse or won’t go away.
Thyroid hormone pills are usually prescribed to treat hypothyroidism.
Most people start to feel better within a week or two.
Your symptoms will probably go away within a few months.
But you’ll likely need to keep taking the pills for the rest of your life.
It’s important to take your medicine just the way it’s prescribed.
You’ll also need regular follow-up visits to make sure you have the right dose.
Getting too much or too little thyroid hormone can cause problems.
To deal with hypothyroidism it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Avoid fluoride and chlorine (filter your tap water) as these can upset iodine levels.
*Heavy metals, particularly mercury from amalgams may affect iodine levels.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners.
*Avoid toxins, chemicals, pesticides, etc., as these can affect thyroid hormones and function.
*Check adrenal function.
*Chronic stress, inflammation and illness can affect function.
*Consider liver cleanse.
*Investigate “hidden” allergies.
*The hormone communication system throughout our body is very complex and can easily be “thrown off” by various chemical influences.
*This “malfunctioning” in turn can affect numerous systems throughout the body resulting in any number of symptoms and/or weight issues.
*The spirulina coating on the VitaLea tablet contains essential nutrients to feed and support the thyroid.
*Eat food rich in iodine, like kelp and sea vegetables.
*Exercise, rebounding on a mini-trampoline.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, soda pop, alcohol, and nicotine.