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This is a guest post by Ginger Jilek.
A common goal this month has been to learn how to naturally treat ones health. Often times this can be done with simple changes in lifestyle that one might not even realize are linked to the health problems occurring. Hypothyroidism has increasingly become a common problem in today”s society. Often it is treated with medications that have their own list of adverse side effects that at times can be worse than the condition itself. For many, changes in diet can greatly improve this condition and set them on the path to recovery.
What Is The Thyroid?
The thyroid is located in the front of the throat wrapped around the larynx. The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate the metabolism and the glucose within the cells in the body and protein metabolism. It also controls metabolic activities – growth rate, sodium/potassium pump, cholesterol secretion in the bile, heart rate, heart strength, blood pressure, respiration, oxygen consumption (basal metabolic rate (BMR)), digestion, lipid, carbohydrate and protein metabolism, central nervous system function, and the actions of other endocrine glands. Needless to say it does a lot!
Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism
- weight gain
- dry skin
- muscle weakness
- puffiness around the eyes
- hoarse voice
- poor memory
- enlarged heart
- lowered cardiac output
- reduced sweating
- drooping eye
- And many more.
There is a process to produce an active form of the thyroid hormone, which involves the pituitary glands in the brain. The pituitary glands, which are located on top of the hypothalamus in the brain, release thyroid-stimulating-hormone (TSH) that travels to the thyroid gland. When TSH reaches the thyroid, it stimulates the thyroid to release thyroxine, T-4 into the blood stream. In order for the body to produce Thyroxine from the thyroid, it needs to have sufficient levels of iodine and the amino acid tyrosine.
Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction
Common causes include: toxic heavy metals, auto- immune, T4 to T3 conversion defects, nutrient deficiency and Candida. The array of influences for hypothyroidism can affect people differently, and the overall effects of toxic heavy metals, conversion defects, and nutrient deficiency can vary from person to person. It is important to account for other factors as well, including dietary intake, stress management, individual biochemistry, and environmental factors to address the multitude It is strongly recommended that you receive professional treatment at a qualified treatment facility. of aspects of this disease.
An alternative to synthetic drugs to replace naturally occurring hormones in the body is to adjust and improve one’s diet. Reduce goitrogens (substances that reduce production of the thyroid gland) and all the brassicas family vegetables; cabbage, brussel sprouts, soy, kale, spinach, and bok choy. If you do decide to eat these foods, you can cook them down to eliminate a lot of the goitrogens. You will also want to make sure your diet is rich in foods like sea salt, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and liver that contain many valuable vitamins and minerals to counteract hyperthyroidism.
Certain vitamins and minerals play a huge part in the thyroid:
- Vitamin A is an important nutrient to optimize receptor sites
- zinc helps convert and product hormones
- Selenium is the most important mineral to convert hormones, and essential fatty acids to optimize thyroid hormone binding/action
Eating a whole foods diet, eliminating processed or refined foods, and eliminating hydrogenated oils will contribute greatly to the healing process of the thyroid.
Have you had thyroid problems? Did a dietary change fix or improve them?
My name is Ginger Jilek and I am currently attending Hawthorn University to become a Nutrition Consultant. I am a mother to 2 1/2 year old twin boys which is why I wanted to become a Nutritionist to help them succeed nutritionally and now I have a passion to help others. I love to cook, read, play with my boys, be with my husband and educating others about whole foods.
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