Do you have thyroid issues? Chances are, you might. It has been estimated that 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease and 13 million are likely undiagnosed. Your risk of thyroid disease increases as you age and if you are a woman. The thyroid is a small gland in your neck that impacts every cell, organ and tissue in your body. You can imagine why you would feel so awful if your thyroid hormone is out of whack!
The most common causes of thyroid disease are toxicity from radiation or heavy metal exposure, iodine or selenium deficiencies, food intolerances (especially gluten) or hormone imbalances. There are actually two different types of thyroid issues: an underactive thyroid and an overactive thyroid. The underactive is called hypothyroidism and the overactive is called hyperthyroidism. We are going to discuss mainly the most common in this article, which is hypothyroidism.
If you have the following symptoms or suspect you might have a thyroid disease, see your doctor. Ask that you receive all different thyroid tests, because often the most common test they give you doesn’t show full results and can lead to misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight gain
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Vision and eye issues
- Sleep disturbances and problems
These are just short lists, so please ask your doctor.
Here are some natural hypothyroidism treatments:
- Try an elimination diet and go gluten free. Bonus points if you go dairy free as well or try a clean eating diet.
- Do not use anything that may contain BPA. Stay away from plastic and only drink out of glass, stainless steel or BPA free plastic bottles.
- Stay away from the microwave and don’t use it to heat up food.
- Ask your doctor to check your iodine levels and use an iodine supplement if necessary.
- Talk to your dentist about removing any silver fillings.
- Try a heavy metal detox. You can use milk thistle (comes in tea form or capsules), turmeric, chlorella and cilantro to detox.
- Add more selenium to your diet. Include foods like brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, beef, mushrooms, salmon and onions.
- Try supplements like Ashwagandha and Tulsi.
- Lower your intake of sugars and carbs and replace with healthy fats like coconut, avocado, beef, salmon, chia, hemp seeds and flaxseeds.
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