Thyroid disorders affect over 4% of American citizens and are often misdiagnosed as sleep disorders or anxiety, leading to further health issues. If you are dealing with a thyroid disorder, the most important thing you should do, is to make some dietary changes.
Hormones have a role to support the communication between every function in
the body, so any imbalance can be the cause of a list of health issues.
The thyroid gland affects almost all of our metabolic processes, and these thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland) that does not require any treatment, to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones: hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism.
Please see the below video from WebMD explaining the basics of the thyroid gland
As with all organs in the body, a regular intake of key nutrients are required to keep the thyroid gland healthy, like zinc and selenium, so if you want to treat this condition, make sure the levels of these nutrients are optimized. We have found the best to be Innate Response Formulas which you can find on Amazon, just click here: Selenium *
is a condition of an underactive thyroid,
which is characterized by weight loss, fatigue, slow metabolism, constipation,
and brain fog. It is most often a result of:
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis a type of hypothyroidism that occurs when the immune system does not recognize the thyroid gland cells, or their enzymes and inhibits the production of the thyroid hormone. This is caused by:
- Exposure to excessive amounts of iodide. Cold and sinus medicines, the heart medicine amiodarone, or certain contrast dyes given before some X-rays, or MRIs, may expose you to radioactive Iodine.
- You may also be at greater risk for developing hypothyroidism if you have had thyroid problems in the past.
- The use of certain drugs
- Removal of the thyroid gland (the thyroid may have been surgically removed or chemically destroyed)
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Foods to eat for Hypothyroidism
The following foods are incredibly beneficial in case you suffer from hypothyroidism:
Nuts and nut butters
Hyperthyroidism is developed when the thyroid gland is hyperactive, elevating the levels of the thyroid hormone.
The most common causes include:
Toxic adenomas: Nodules develop in the thyroid gland that release thyroid hormones, upsetting the body’s chemical balance
Graves’ disease: The excessive production of thyroid hormones.
Subacute thyroiditis: Inflammation of the thyroid that urges the gland to “leak” excess hormones, leading to temporary hyperthyroidism that in most cases lasts for a few weeks but may persist for months
Pituitary gland malfunctions or cancerous growths in the thyroid gland
Which leads to symptoms such as anxiety, muscle weakness, trouble sleeping, nervousness, and accelerated metabolism.
Foods to eat for Hypothyroidism
If you are suffering from hyperthyroidism then make sure you increase the intake of the following foods:
Thyroid disorders are usually diagnosed via a blood test.
Because the endocrine system has an integrated nature, if you suspect a thyroid disorder, you should also go and test your sex hormones.
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Thyroid Disease or Menopause?
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), millions of women with unresolved menopausal-like symptoms, even those taking estrogen, may be suffering from undiagnosed thyroid disease. While symptoms such as fatigue, depression, mood swings, and sleep disturbances are frequently associated with menopause, they may also be signs of hypothyroidism.
A survey done by the AACE showed that only one in four women who have discussed menopause and its symptoms with a physician, was also tested for thyroid disease. The thyroid plays a role in regulating overall body metabolism and influences the heart, brain, kidney, and reproductive system, along with muscle strength and appetite.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause and the symptoms persist despite appropriate therapy, ask your doctor to do a thyroid screen (TSH). A blood sample is all that is needed to make the initial diagnosis of hypothyroidism and treatment is easily achieved with thyroid replacement therapy.
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