Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood. Common causes are autoimmune disease, surgical removal of the thyroid, and radiation treatment. Read More HERE
It is normally treated by replacing the amount of hormone that your own thyroid can no longer make, to bring your T4 and TSH back to normal levels. So even if your thyroid gland can’t work right, T4 replacement can restore your body’s thyroid hormone levels and your body’s function. Synthetic thyroxine pills contain hormone exactly like the T4 that the thyroid gland itself makes. All hypothyroid patients except those with severe myxedema (life-threatening hypothyroidism) can be treated as outpatients, not having to be admitted to the hospital.
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a silent epidemic, according to many functional medicine doctors. People can suffer for years with symptoms that our conventional medical system frequently doesn’t know how to treat because complaints seem scattered or vague and often there is no pill for the ill(s).
What’s worse, in most cases, hypothyroidism isn’t rooted in a thyroid problem in the first place. It’s rooted in an immune system gone awry, but most doctors don’t test for the antibodies that show the presence of autoimmunity.
According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; focusing on suppression of symptoms with medication is simply barking up the wrong tree. Read more HERE
So what can I do?
We need to address the fact that a doctor's only cure is more medications. We also need to mention that more pills will equal more side effects, more side effects will require more pills, and you will inevitably take longer to clean your body.
Eat2Live believes the majority of our present day illnesses stem from what we have and have not put into our bodies over a period of time vs. how well our bodies are able to fight off those toxins.
Hypothyroidism is a symptom of a greater problem, and won't go away unless you address the cause, not the symptoms. It's your bodies way of shouting out for you to help it.
Step 1. Start including more fruits and veggies (raw) into every meal. Try to make these two atlas 51% of your daily diet.
Step 2. Stop putting the bad stuff in. If it's made in a garden, eat it. If it's made in a factory, don't. If God made it, it's great, if over 2,000 chemicals and processors made it, its awful.
It's THE simplest standard you can have, yet people tend to overcomplicate it.
Step 3. Be Your Own Hero. Do your own research, try new things, listen to your body.
Step 4. Protein. Protein acids are the building blocks of so much your body needs. Including, your thyroid. Eating clean protein means from it's natural source: organic chicken, organic eggs etc. You'll also have more energy which is a huge plus.
Step 5. Be patient. It's simple, but it isn't easy.
MindBodyGreen.com has written an excellent article on this subject that Eat2Live2Love.com fully agrees with. No need to fix what's not broken- check out their Do's and Don't of eating to heal Hypothyroidism HERE
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"...5. Go 100% gluten-free. The molecular composition of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten. So for those with Hashimoto’s, it’s a case of mistaken identity. Eating gluten can increase the autoimmune attack on your thyroid.
6. Be mindful of goitrogens, which are foods that can interfere with thyroid function. Goitrogens include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, watercress, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans. Does it mean that you can never eat these foods? No, because cooking inactivates goitrogenic compounds and eating radishes..."
Here's some basic info on your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.