Issue # 70 January 31, 2013
What Is Your Gut Telling You: Hypothyroidism
Everywhere you look; there are articles and suggestions on how to eat. Whether you’re concerned about your weight, facing a health condition or looking to boost your energy, there is a diet just for you. Not feeling satisfied with what you’re finding or eating? Try a supplement or two. In taking just ‘one tablet / capsule a day’, you’ll feel markedly improved! I see this all the time and people buy it because feeling better is what they desire; yet, the results aren’t great which leaves us feeling defeated.
Now don’t get me wrong, what I’m about to share here is not meant diagnose or suggest that living with hypothyroidism (or any physical ailment) is a result of anything other than a physical body in breakdown. All systems are not sync’d for any number of reasons. I am, however, proposing that getting ourselves out of the rut of feeling poorly and restoring our vitality is highly doable. The only challenge is the willingness either you, your friend or family member possess to change your thinking about possibility. In other words, enhance the way you mentally, emotionally, and physically assimilate life’s nourishment.
With this said, there isn’t any need to list out the various symptoms of hypothyroidism. If you’re living with this condition, then you’re familiar with the list. I will, on the other hand, point out the general appearance of symptoms which are an experience of slowing down as well as an inability to fully interact with the world. As I’ve used this approach with several people, we were successful in identifying self-doubt and devaluing of their truth. How does this translate into hypothyroidism? Very simply; everything is energy and what we believe becomes our reality. While there may be times that we speak highly of ourselves, the underlying ‘truth’ is we don’t believe it and in turn, altering the proper functioning of the body. Depending on lifestyle and physiology, we’re sitting ducks for any number of conditions, and in my experience, it all comes down to the same conclusion: our health is directly impacted by our ability to assimilate the many factors of life including our food.
With stress being the one thing most of us have in common, the majority of us are talking ourselves out of good health. Consider the following: “It sucks getting old. Well, my mom had to have a hysterectomy. Diabetes runs in my family OR Aging men experience a drop in testosterone affecting their ability to have sex. PMS, Menstruation & Menopause make it difficult to be around women. Pain, achy joints, lower metabolism, weight gain and more are all related to getting older.” I could go on and why. I believe you get the picture. We’re raised with certain lessons, the preceding statements being common examples AND I say, you don’t have to be a statistic; only if you want to be. The way out from this is by changing our thought patterns and improving our diet. You see, I have seen that by altering your relationship with yourself, many physical ailments, dis-eases and disorders are reversed. In fact, one of my clients had her Endocrinologist scratching her head by making the slightest of changes to her diet.
I’m very aware there are certain foods recommended for restoring life with hypothyroidism. I am not going to change any of that. Then again, I am going to suggest establishing a practice of including probiotics and enzymes into your diet.
Why? Well, first of all, each plays a different role along the GI tract; from breaking down the foods, to assisting with the assimilation. When we are negatively impacted with stress (which could be anything from circumstances to thought processes), our immune system is adversely affected. Keep in mind, 70 percent of the immune system resides in this area, and 99% of our neurotransmitters are actually created in the intestine. As a matter of fact, every brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter is found there which means our gut, plays a very important role in achieving optimal thyroid health and the reason why beneficial bacteria and enzymes are encouraged. They keep the process of assimilation and absorption functioning properly. If an imbalance occurs, the chances for low thyroid function are significantly increased. You see, 20% of the thyroid hormone is converted into its active form in the GI tract and when stressed, the conversion is lessened if not inhibited altogether. Furthermore, the remaining majority of thyroid hormones are activated in the liver and if there is dysfunction in the GI tract, the liver’s ability to metabolize hormones and thyroid-disrupting chemicals is impeded.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. With added, never ending stress, cortisol and estrogen levels rise and testosterone drops causing even more harmful shifts in thyroid hormone metabolism, and let’s face it, it’s not a secret that stress has a destructive effect on our outside world as well, which brings me back to the importance of valuing our truth; expressing it as we can and generating energy rather than allowing it to stagnate. In addition to these suggestions, it’s imperative that you restore your enzyme levels and make certain your GI tract is being nourished with beneficial bacteria.
After all this, the other reason for suggesting enzymes is for the simple reason our digestive enzyme levels are depleted with years of eating processed and refined foods.
Digestive enzymes are simple proteins secreted by the pancreas so that we can breakdown the food into usable nutrients. Food enzymes are present in raw and live foods and actually begin the process making for a far more efficient digestive progression. If our food is devoid of live enzymes, which it typically is, then the pancreas is called upon to work even harder than it’s designed to do causing it to wear out and eventually stop producing the vital little catalysts we need to properly digest our food.
So, what are some examples? As for beneficial bacteria, otherwise known as pre and probiotics, these include: onion, garlic, tomatoes, jicama, apples and berries, whole / sprouted grains (not enriched) along with legumes. The prebiotics facilitate the work of the probiotics which are any fermented food: kefir, kimchi along with other fermented veggies, yogurt, tempeh, or kombucha. There is always supplement forms as well.
The same holds true for enzymes. If your digestion is already challenged, which chances are it is, then a supplement is your best option, in the beginning. Over time, you’ll discover new and different life sustaining foods that you enjoy such as hemp hearts, cacao and pumpkin seeds. These alone contain vital nutrients for energy, weight loss, sleep, healthy skin, hair and more.