• How To Treat Hypothyroidism

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  • Hypothyroidism

    The thyroid gland or simply, the thyroid, in vertebrate anatomy, is one of the largest endocrine glands. The thyroid gland is found in the neck, below the thyroid cartilage (which forms the “Adam's apple”).

    HypothyroidismYour thyroid is a hormone producing gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It has an impact on every cell, organ, and tissue of the body. It regulates your body’s temperature, body weight, heart rate, metabolic rate, and production of energy. Although it's a very small organ, it's optimal function is vital for your overall health and well-being.

    An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from a thyroid disease. And almost half of those people are currently undiagnosed. The risk of a thyroid malfunction increases with the age and women are more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid issues than men.

    Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, is when your thyroid gland doesn’t work properly and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism on the other hand is when your thyroid gland goes in overdrive and produces too much of its regulatory hormone.

    Common Causes Of Thyroid issues

    • Radiation and heavy metal exposure
    • Food intolerance's
    • Hormone imbalances

    How To Treat Hypothyroidism Naturally

    Curing hypothyroidism is a slow process that can take up to a year, or longer. Treatments involve assisting your thyroid to heal and avoiding possible triggers. Hypothyroid drugs are highly addictive and most people are advised to take them forever. So for those who have been taking those for years, you must slowly reduce the intake. Abruptly stopping your medication can even push you further down the lane and cause extreme fatigue and additional thyroid problems. So make sure to contact your doctor or health care provider first.

    1.      Healthy, Whole Food Diet

    Reduce or eliminate caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, refined grains, and processed foods. Increase your intake of healthy sources of protein and healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, nut butters, quinoa, legumes, organic grass meats, and sustainable farmed fish. Proteins help your body to transport thyroid hormone to all your organs and tissues.

    2.      Eliminate Soy And Balance Estrogen Levels

    Too much estrogen slows down the thyroid gland. Avoid birth control medication, all non-organic meat (the growth hormone in meat can cause hormone imbalances), reduce dairy intake, and increase fiber in the diet. All soy-products should be eliminated as they contain phytoestrogen that cause major hormone imbalances and can also cause an enlargement, or goiter, which disrupts the iodine usage.

    3.      Eliminate Following Thyroid Disruptors
    • Eliminate Non-Stick Cookware
    • BPA’s found in plastic bottles
    • Heavy metals: you could use a combination of milk thistle, turmeric, chlorella, and cilantro to eliminate heavy metals from your body

    Hydrogenated or processed oils like canola oil should be avoided at all times as they interfere with the production of thyroid hormones.

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