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As a Naturopath I believe taking supplements is one of the easiest things you can do to naturally support healthy thyroid function. You may even discover the right supplements make a noticeable difference to how you feel, even put an end to the frustrating symptoms of hypothyroidism.
But the problem is knowing what is right for you.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, and confused you’re not alone! The dietary supplement market is daunting…there is just so much to choose from.
So before you try something new here are a few quick go-to tips to consider.
Check These Expert-Approved Tips To Finding the Best Thyroid Supplements
1. The Best Supplements Supply A Range of Thyroid-Supporting Nutrients.
Not all thyroid supplements are created equal. The best natural thyroid remedies contain specific nutrients that are beneficial for hypothyroidism.
Let’s take a closer look at iodine, zinc, selenium, and B-vitamins.
I can’t stress enough the importance of making sure you are getting enough of this mineral. The body cannot produce iodine on its own so this trace mineral must be sourced from the diet, or a supplement to achieve optimal levels.
Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormones. When the thyroid doesn’t get enough iodine it is forced to work harder. Deficiencies can lead to iodine induced hypothyroidism, and enlargement of the thyroid.
There is a ‘sweet spot’ when it comes to taking iodine as you rarely need mega amounts. So it’s about getting the balance right between too much, and too little. Around 150 micrograms daily from dietary, or supplementary sources is generally considered safe. Be cautious when a label states milligram, not microgram quantities of iodine.
Zinc and Selenium
Zinc and selenium are integral to thyroid function and are therefore often featured in thyroid supplements. These versatile minerals team up to support conversion of thyroxine (T4) to triiodothyronine (T3). When working well this biochemical pathway helps maintain optimal free T3 levels. This can make a real difference to how you feel.
Furthermore, studies show selenium is beneficial in reducing raised thyroid antibodies. In these studies, women with a diagnosed autoimmune thyroid disorder were given 200 to 250 micrograms of selenium per day. Over time they saw a marked reduction in their thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibody levels.,
The B-vitamins play a central role in many biochemical processes, including methylation which is a core pathway that supports proper thyroid function.
When there is lowered intake of specific B-vitamins this life-sustaining pathway stops working as it should. Poor methylation leads to fatigue, mood changes, food allergies, lowered immunity, a build-up of toxic heavy metals, and other health changes.
You may also want to consider topping up on single nutrients such as magnesium, probiotics, essential fats, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and D3 if testing shows low levels.
2. Look For Copper-FREE Supplements.
You’ve probably seen copper-FREE supplements promoted online.
It’s rare to be deficient in copper. We get more than enough copper from drinking water, and dietary sources. So essentially taking copper is often unnecessary, even downright risky as this trace element easily builds up. When copper builds up the body has trouble clearing the surplus.
Copper overload is common, especially for women as estrogen, the oral contraceptive pill, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increase retention. Intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCD) containing copper also contribute to systemic copper overload.
You may also want to avoid copper because it blocks zinc. Science tells us these two minerals are natural antagonists. So, when copper goes up, zinc goes down. And that’s not what you want when you have hypothyroidism…zinc is one mineral you need working properly.
Zinc supports activation of T4 to T3. And not only that, zinc aids wound healing, is required for proper taste and smell reception, and this ‘beauty mineral’ contributes to the maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails.
Check It’s Manufactured According to Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP)
You want to know that your supplements are manufactured in approved facilities according to strict standards set by the code of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established these good manufacturing practices (GMPs) to ensure consumers get consistently high-quality dietary supplements that deliver exactly what’s stated on the label.
Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to eat well 100% of the time. When taken as recommended top quality nutritional supplements are an important addition to a healthy diet, and are incredibly useful to fill any potential vitamin and mineral gaps.
I do hope my expert tips will make it easier to find the best supplements to naturally support healthy thyroid function.
And finally please bear in mind, achieving optimum thyroid health is no easy task so it’s wise to consult your healthcare practitioner before trying any new dietary supplements. Your healthcare practitioner is ideally suited to guide you on making informed decisions to ensure you are taking the right supplements to meet your individual needs.
Louise O’Connor, aka The Thyroid Naturopath is a registered Australian Naturopath. Louise’s mission is to create greater awareness of the vital importance of optimal thyroid health from her holistic perspective. In 2011 Louise formulated ThyroSynergy® to help make a difference to those struggling with hypothyroidism. It’s now a top selling supplement that supplies TEN synergistic vitamins and minerals to provide powerful support to help you get back to feeling well!* Louise is also the author of the popular e-Book: The Natural Thyroid Diet. Your Holistic Guide to Living Well, Living Vibrantly. (2018 Edition). Be sure to subscribe to her monthly Thyroid Health eNewsletter and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
* Product statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Note: This information should not be used as a substitute for treatment, or advice from your qualified healthcare practitioner. This is especially important if you have a diagnosed medical condition, or are taking prescribed medication. Some natural dietary supplements are not recommended during pregnancy, or breast feeding.
The thyroid is a tiny gland in the throat that affects numerous bodily functions, most notably the metabolism. There are two main types of thyroid dysfunction: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the the thyroid is underactive. A few common symptoms of hypothyroidism are: brain fog, fatigue, muscle pain, dry skin, thinning hair and a heightened sensitivity to cold. Arguably the most widely known symptom of an underactive thyroid is inexplicable weight gain, and the inability to lose this weight.
A compromised metabolism can make weight management seem like an uphill battle, but there are a few things that can be done.
Weight Loss And Hypothyroidism Tips
Here are some ways to lose weight with an underactive thyroid.
1. Take Thyroid Medication
It is important to take your thyroid medication. This will help keep the thyroid hormones in your body at optimal levels. Once the thyroid levels are controlled, it will really help with weight management. Thyroid medication should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach (although some people have had success taking it at night).
2. Avoid Refined Sugar
Refined sugar is bad for everyone. And unfortunately, it can also be very difficult to avoid, present in soft drinks, sweet treats, fruit juices, etc. Sugar is actually worse for us than fat. Fat has been given a terrible reputation over the years, despite good fats (like those found in avocados and coconut oil) having various benefits for the body. Consuming healthy fats can help hypothyroidism sufferers.
Anyway, before I get sidetracked singing coconut oil’s praises, back to that (unfortunately delicious) sweet deceiver: sugar. Trying to avoid it can have a massive impact on your well-being. It is better to keep your sugar intake limited to natural sugar (fruit, vegetables, raw honey).
Constant fatigue can make exercising seem impossible, but if you do have the energy for it, moderate exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight. I say “moderate” because over-training can actually have a detrimental effect on hypo sufferers. Walking, yoga, pilates and some light weight-training are beneficial.
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4. Coconut Oil
Yay! Now I can talk about one of my favourite things. I only cook with cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and ghee. Both are rich, fatty, and good for us. Coconut oil is pretty amazing. It can be used as a skin moisturiser (hypo often causes dry skin, so this is very helpful), cooking oil and hair conditioner! The medium-chain fatty acids present in coconut oil help the thyroid to function normally, and can therefore help with weight loss.
5. Healthy Snacks
When one has an underactive thyroid, it is important to eat small meals throughout the day. Healthy morning and afternoon snacks can help with weight management. Nuts and seeds are a great choice. Nuts contain selenium, a vital mineral for the thyroid. Seeds, like flax and chia, are great for fibre and omega 3s.
We can also make our own health bars and snacks, just with a quick Google search. There are various health food bloggers out there who have incredible, delicious recipes. Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, and The Domestic Man are some good resources for mains and snacks.
6. Take Fish Oil Supplements
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which we must get from food. These can improve the functionality of an underactive thyroid. Omega 3s are also present in spinach, chia seeds and fatty fish (e.g. salmon).
7. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may also help deal with hypothyroidism and weight gain. Consuming ACV is also a great way to detox. It can regulate thyroid hormones and improves the metabolism. Keep in mind, however, that vinegar can create a histamine response in some people. (and if you have known candida, it might be best to avoid ACV.)
Divania Timmal is an avid writer (and book reader). She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease in January 2015, and has tried since then to educate herself, her friends and family as much as possible on these conditions. Check out her website, DivAndBeanWrite, with her friend Kate (Bean). Click here to check out her typical weekly meals. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
I love my thyroid with all my heart. I really do. Sometimes though, my thyroid can act like a little brat and start picking on various parts of my body like a schoolyard bully. Lately, it seems like the target of my thyroid’s harassment is once again my poor brain. This results in “brain fog”, a classic symptom of hypothyroidism, fatigue, toxicity, Lyme’s disease and a host of other conditions. Wait a second, what was I saying? Oh yeah, brain fog. For me, brain fog manifests in my inability to concentrate, lack of focus, poor memory, difficulty coming up with words/poor grammar, lack of mental clarity. The days truly seem to float by.
I like to make lists of ideas how to manage my symptoms when I am clear-headed so that I can easily reference those ideas for help when I need them.
One of the many lessons I have learned, in dealing with thyroid disease, is that the more attention I give to feeling bad, the worse I feel. However, I certainly do not ignore my symptoms at all. Recognizing and managing symptoms are a crucial part of my healing process. This also takes away the attention from feeling bad and puts it towards a plan to feel good! I document how I am feeling and a list of my current symptoms in a journal. This allows me to look back and see where I am at, see what symptoms are coming and going and see if there is a pattern which may illuminate a particular food or action that needs to review. Keeping a journal makes it easier and more efficient to communicate with my doctor. And of course, it takes some of the pressure off of my already pressured brain to keep everything in order. I think it would also be lovely to do something along the lines of a spreadsheet that one could simply check off their current symptoms once a week.
I like to make lists of ideas of how to manage my symptoms when I am clear-headed so that I can easily reference those ideas for help when I need them, because brain fog can sneak up on you. Here are 6 of those ways I help to reduce the fog:
The Zen Thyroid List to Managing Brain Fog
One of the strongest tools I have is acceptance. I spend a lot of time working to accept that this is part of my life now. I try not to think about how it used to be or how it could be. It is now and this is what is happening. It sabotages to my healing process to be upset for too long about it or anything else. If I need to be upset, I get upset, let it out and I try really hard to move on to healing thoughts. This is not always easy but I am making it a habit so it just simply becomes natural…eventually.
As always, I tell other people so they understand. (disclaimer: as always, I try my best to do this) I find that my relationships are smoother and more supportive when others know what I am going through. Even the most wonderful loved ones are not mind readers. Communication minimizes misunderstandings, as well.
3). Set Reminders
I set a bazillion reminders in my phone to do literally everything that I have even the slimmest chance of forgetting. Watering the plants, meeting a friend, taking my second dose of Cytomel each day…all things that I would forget. And, no no no, I definitely do NOT want to miss that Cytomel (and if you take it, you know what I mean). Everything goes in the reminders. Otherwise, well, it probably won’t happen.
4). Be Diligent In Diet
Be diligent in my allergen-free, protein-rich, healthy diet. I try to eat plenty of healthy fats which nourish the brain. Giving my digestive system the best chance of doing its job ensures that toxins are removed from the body as quickly as possible. I keep my home free of toxic chemicals as well.
5). Practice Patience
Practice patience and know that I am doing the best that I can to heal. I am doing my best every day!
Meditation, along with acceptance, has been the most powerful part of my healing process. It affords me focus, stillness, calm and the occasional moments of clarity. It relieves my physical and emotional stress and allows me to plant seeds for health and happiness. Sometimes I meditate for a few minutes once a day, sometimes longer and more often. Sometimes I meditate in silence, sometimes I listen to guided meditations, sometimes I meditate while I walk. Each individual’s meditation practice is uniquely their own. There is no right way or wrong way, only your way. Deepak Chopra and the wonderful Chopra Center usually have a 21-day meditation challenge underway, complete with daily guided meditations and support.
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Mikelle Hebeka’s hypothyroidism diagnosis in 2012 came after years of working to determine the cause of her symptoms. By finding the right doctor and getting optimal treatment, she has been able to regain her health while uncovering several undiagnosed health problems along the way. Mikelle has approached her illness with complete acceptance and believes that this mindset has been the most important part of her healing process. She has a strong desire to help others find their own path to wellness, as well. Connecting with people in the amazing online thyroid community has been a tremendous gift to her and has led her to volunteering with ThyroidChange. Check out Zen Thyroid for more information or follow her on Twitter.
Now, it’s your TURN: What has worked for you? What hasn’t? Are you noticing an improvement in your thyroid function and brain fog? You may just help someone else in need.
Dr. Datis Kharrazian, Guest Thyroid Nation
Managing Hashimoto’s Autoimmune
There is not one easy fix to successfully managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, an autoimmune thyroid disease. As many people have learned the hard way, using thyroid hormones to get TSH within lab ranges certainly doesn’t guarantee a fix for most people, although it can help.
For Hashimoto’s patients to truly manage their autoimmune Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to it.
10. Immune Reacting Fillers in Thyroid Hormone Replacement
Many thyroid supplements use corn starch or modified food starch that contains gluten. You need to make sure your thyroid hormones are gluten-free and free of corn starch if you react to corn. If your medication is in capsules make sure the capsules are gluten-free. Otherwise you could be taking hormones every day with dietary proteins that stimulate your autoimmunity.
9. Taking Immune Enhancing Supplements
Nutritional supplements can either help or flare up your autoimmunity based on an individual’s T-helper dominance (whether you have a TH-1 or TH-2 dominance). Supplements such as echinacea, green tea, acai, astragalus, licorice, and a variety others. can either help or aggravate autoimmunity depending on your dominance. If you are unaware of this you may be taking supplements that promote an autoimmune response. Please refer to Chapter Three of my thyroid book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? for more information and lists of supplements and herbs to be aware of.
8. Fixating their focus on thyroid hormone replacement only
Many thyroid patients believe that if they could only figure out the perfect version of thyroid hormones (natural versus bio-identical or T3 versus T4) they can correct all of their symptoms. Unfortunately, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is a complex autoimmune disorder and thyroid hormone replacement is only one part of a large puzzle. However, if you need help learning more about thyroid hormone variations please refer to a previous newsletter article titled, Which thyroid hormone is right for you?
7. Increasing Stress
Emotional stress activates pathways involving the inflammatory immune messengers IL-6 and TH-17. This activity creates an autoimmune flare-up. Unhealthy relationships with your spouse, co-workers, or friends can promote autoimmune flare-ups, as can a bad work environment, or other significant and chronic lifestyle stressors. If you have Hashimoto’s you need to create a healthy emotional environment for yourself. Bad personal relationships or poor work environments can be detrimental to Hashimoto’s patients.
6. Not Strictly Gluten-Free
You are either 100 percent gluten-free or you’re not gluten-free. Choosing to eat gluten-free only when it is convenient is not a gluten-free diet. If you are not strict about your food being 100 percent gluten-free when you eat out and you continue to consume condiments that have gluten, regular beer, and foods fried in fryers that use the same oil for breaded foods, then you are still being exposed to gluten. Gluten is a major trigger for most Hashimoto’s patients and many cannot improve until they are 100 percent gluten-free.
5. Not avoiding gluten cross-reactive foods
Although a strict gluten-free diet is a great place to start, if you are still eating foods that cross-react with gluten you may not recover well. Cross-reactive foods have proteins similar in structure to gluten and can trigger the same immune response as if you were eating gluten. The most commonly ignored cross-reactive food is milk (casein), followed by rice, corn, sesame, and gluten-free oats. In fact, it is best to avoid all grains and adopt a diet such as a Paleo diet when you have Hashimoto’s.
4. Ignoring their brain health
The most common form of collateral damage in chronic Hashimoto’s patients is accelerated brain degeneration. Brain degeneration leads to identical symptoms of hypothyroidism, including fatigue and depression. I strongly suggest all thyroid patients become experts in identifying and supporting their brain health by referring to my second book, Why Isn’t My Brain Working?
3. Ignoring insulin sugar spikes
Surges of insulin that follow eating or drinking something sugary or starchy (sweet coffee drinks, desserts, bowls of pasta or rice, bread, etc.) trigger the inflammatory TH-17 activity, which promotes autoimmune flare-ups. Eating sweets throughout the day or overeating promotes insulin surges, which can be identified by symptoms of fatigue or sugar cravings immediately after eating. If you have those symptoms after eating it means you are not managing your insulin levels and your Hashimoto’s autoimmune response will be hard to tame.
2. Missing meals
When blood sugar gets too low it raises the inflammatory messenger IL-6 and promotes autoimmune flare-ups. Symptoms of low blood sugar are most noticeable between meals or if you skip meals and include shakiness, blurred vision, crankiness and irritability, and loss of function. If you feel a jump in your function and energy after eating it confirms your blood sugar was low—when your blood sugar is stable the only thing you should feel after eating is not hungry. Constantly skipping breakfast and missing meals will aggravate your autoimmune response and promote autoimmune flare-ups.
1. Passive attitude
The passive patient does not question or challenge her doctor. If you are a passive Hashimoto’s patient and you do not take your health into your own hands you may not fare as well as the person who educates herself. The conventional model is based only on lowering your TSH with whatever thyroid medication your insurance plan or doctor prefers. Once TSH is within lab ranges, this model has nothing more to offer except to check your TSH once a year. It takes time and effort, but the thyroid patient who wants to feel better needs to roll up her sleeves and master the various mechanisms of Hashimoto’s. The more you understand Hashimoto’s the more likely you are to successfully manage your health.
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Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS is considered one of the leading experts in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, and complex neurological disorders. Patients from all over the world fly into his practice located in San Diego, California to understand his perspective regarding their condition and to apply natural medicine alternatives to help them improve their quality of life. Dr. Kharrazian has become the referral source for many doctors nationally and internationally when their cases becomes too complex to evaluate and diagnose. Dr. Kharrazian’s first book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? quickly became the best-selling thyroid book. It has been listed as the number-one selling thyroid book on Amazon since its release in October of 2009. Dr. Kharrazian earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York with honors and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences, where he was distinguished with the Mindlin Honors at Entrance Award, the Dean’s List, and the Delta Sigma Award for Academic Excellence. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a Master of Neurological Sciences from the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies, and a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in health sciences with doctoral research in immunology at Nova Southeastern University. Be sure to like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.
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Magdalena shares her 6 myths of Hypothyroidism versus Hashimoto’s
Like with most things in life: there is no black or white. With new and complex conditions like a compromised autoimmunity, there are only many shades of grey.
I was compelled to write this article as I get daily emails and calls from people stating the things they have done and how frustrated they are with the results. Let’s get right into them…..
1. “I don’t have Hashimoto’s, only hypothyroidism.”
Have you been tested to rule out Hashimoto’s if you have hypothyroidism? Most people have not. Doctors don’t like to test for the TPO and TGB antibodies as there is no medication to reduce the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland. 90% of people with hypothyroidism have it due to Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition. This means that the immune system gets mutated and starts attacking the thyroid – which causes hypothyroidism. 70% of your immune system lives in your small intestine (duodenum). This is important to know as in the case of Hashimoto’s, it is the digestive tract that needs your help and not the thyroid alone.
2. “I’m already off gluten, dairy and soy but…”
But, you are still not feeling good, right? It’s great that so many of us make these life-altering nutritional changes. For many, however, they do not produce desired results and this is when frustration and doubt step in. If you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) and/or any other autoimmune condition, chances are that you have had digestive issues or infections that triggered this conditions a long time ago. Integrative doctors say that we walk around with Hashimoto’s for an average of 8 years before getting diagnosed. During this time, the digestive tract lining gets damaged by the food we do not tolerate well (see more on this below), pathogenic bacteria, yeast overgrowth (aka candida) and parasites. Any of them can be the trigger for an autoimmune condition. So yes, gluten, dairy and soy are considered big food triggers but for many people there may be more. Read on.
3. “I eat really well.”
This is one of the first sentences that I hear from people who contact me. It’s not surprising; after all, if they did not eat well and have love and appreciation for good food and nutrition, they won’t be searching for diet and thyroid-related solutions. There are a couple of challenges with this belief: what does “eating well” really mean? Many people would perceive, for example, protein powders, to be healthy food. In my practice I see amazing results every time I switch a person from the miracle product marketing claims to real, unadulterated and whole food. However, the bigger issue is this: for people with autoimmune conditions –
it is not so much about what we eat but what our body does with the food we eat.
Take eggs as an example. They are one of the superfoods, in fact they are so rich in nutrients that we can survive eating them and nothing else. However, if our body does not tolerate eggs well they become a toxic substance that will inflame the immune system even further. Sadly, the list of “good food” that many people with autoimmune conditions cannot tolerate is long and can include:
A simple elimination diet would help reveal what food a person is reactive to. For a person with an autoimmune condition, it is of paramount importance to remove food that causes digestive distress.
4. “I’m already a vegetarian.”
I know I’m not going to get in good books with the vegetarians here but if you want to heal yourself, you need to remain open-minded. Please bear in mind that I’m a big proponent of bio-individuality which honors the distinct nutritional needs of every human being. I’m not saying everybody needs to eat meat. I’m saying: listen to your body if it needs meat. Sadly (or not), I found many of my ex-vegetarian clients turn a corner with even small amounts of animal proteins in their diet. This is why: VITAMIN B12 and IRON – you probably know this part already: we get plenty of vitamin B12 and iron from meat. Both Vitamin B12 and iron are key in converting the T4 to T3. GLUTAMINE – provides cells in the digestive tract with a vital source of energy that is required for regulating their production. Its role in re-building and strengthening the gut lining is critical. TYROSINE – is also the precursor amino acid for the thyroid gland hormone thyroxin, and a defect in this may result in hypothyroidism. I wrote a full article explaining why some people need meat with hypothyroidism to reclaim their health, on my website, ThyroidDietCoach.com.
5. “I’ve stopped eating goitrogenic vegetables.”
This is another highly controversial topic. It is true that food high in goiter will inhibit the thyroid gland’s ability to uptake iodine to produce the T4 hormone. This can be highly frustrating as this food includes some of our all-time favorites like cabbage, broccoli, spinach, Brussels’ sprouts, kale, collard greens, etc. Here is the good news: when cooked, these vegetables lose 70-80% of their goitrogenic properties. Let’s remember that when we have Hashimoto’s, our primary focus should be restoring our digestive tract and detoxifying the body – as they were the original triggers of this condition. Omitting these vegetables completely will not address this concern. These vegetables are richer in vitamins and minerals than any other of their distant veggie cousins. As it stands, most Americans are undernourished, taking out food like these will further make us rely on supplements – which is not the way we should be living and healing. Lastly, goitrogenic vegetables are rich in a substance called DIM (diindolylmethane) which is key in liver detoxification as well as elimination of mutated estrogen metabolites. Most pre-menopausal women I work with have some level of estrogen dominance which is barely surprising given the estrogenic cocktail of skincare products, cleaners, packaging and food we live in today. Keeping a healthy balance of estrogen, progesterone and thyroid hormone is key not only to the overall hormonal balance but also to the immune system.
6. “I lost my thyroid, is there anything that I can do?”
The short answer is: absolutely YES! I want to empower you with some understanding why that is so: a. Even if you lost your thyroid, the meds you are taking depend on your gut and your liver for proper break-down and absorption. b. If you are only on synthetic T4 (like Synthroid), your body still depends on the health of your liver to convert the inactive T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone utilized by your cells. c. If you have/had Hashimoto’s Disease, you have an autoimmune condition. Why would removing the thyroid gland stop this immune mutation? This is why 50% of people with Hashi’s develop other, often far worse, autoimmune conditions like MS, fibromyalgia, lupus, RA and so many more (it’s a pandemic now). In all three points, nutritional changes can make a huge difference. Starting with cleaning up your gut and liver to maximize the drug (like Synthroid) utilization to preventing other autoimmune diseases from developing. It’s true that once you have Hashi’s you have it forever – this includes me. But, you can get to a place of remission, be symptoms-free and live a full life!
About the Author
Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her education from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Before becoming a health coach, she had a long, fast-paced career as a strategic planner for the advertising powerhouse called WPP in both Asia and the US. She is also a regular Vipassana (insightful) meditation practitioner and a Level II reiki healer (a form of energy healing). Check out her website, here. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. You can read the original article, here.
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“Life is 10 % what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
As thyroid patients, sometimes life happens in a mess of brain fog, to-do lists and stress. As much as we hate to admit it, we don’t have control over every little thing that happens in our lives. There is almost always something that happens to throw a wrench in things even though most days we do, generally have a good idea of what to expect. Whew! Life can be stressful. And healing that much more. Unfortunately, too much stress is often associated with thyroid problems.
Fern Olivia of Thyroid Yoga® is here to share her wisdom and help you alleviate some of that stress using yoga. As a complementary therapy for thyroid issues, yoga is a perfect, low intensity exercise that can be practiced anywhere. A 2017 study found that yoga may reduce the symptoms of stress and can improve overall well-being and may be considered as supportive therapy in conjunction with medical therapy for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Good news!
Fern’s Stress Immune Buster Yoga Video – 9 min.
Fern’s techniques can help you to support, manage and understand the root cause of your symptoms and is much more than just exercise. Showing up for yourself every single day, putting yourself first and expressing yourself unapologetically through your voice and creativity with a yoga practice, can change the way you feel and live. The most important thing in your healing journey is that you are consistent in being there for yourself. It’s like taking the thyroid medication your doctor gave you – when you practice at the same time daily and make it part of your sacred routine, you will be gifted with a medicine that is more potent than any quick fix. Invite this practice to uplift you, refresh you, and reveal new parts of you that will ignite your healing.
Helping to support and possibly improve your thyroid function may be as simple as a few yoga postures? Like all parts of your body, your thyroid is only as healthy as its blood supply. Yoga postures can compress the thyroid and the surrounding lymphatic tissues to squeeze out the blood and intracellular lymphatic fluids making room for fresh replacements. Think of it like wringing out a washcloth under running water.
~Dr. Alan Christianson
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Danna Bowman is the founder of Thyroid Nation. She developed Hashimoto’s after years of unknowinly suffering with hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue. Hypothyroidism runs in her family but it was never discussed, unfortunately. Her husband, 2 kids and her, picked up and moved, sight unseen, from Texas to Costa Rica in 2008. She was accurately diagnosed, however, they only offer Levothyroxine or Thyroidectomy as a solution for the disease. After a year of suffering, she turned to the internet. She found a doctor in Arizona that would consult with her and send Natural Dessicated Thyroid to her. After learning and realizing the misinformation and lack of information in Costa Rica and worldwide, she founded the website to help educate others. In 2015, she launched Thyroid Nation RADIO, a weekly thyroid and health, LIVE radio show with her co-host, Tiffany Mladinich.