Issue #110 June 20, 2013
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope everyone is enjoying a great summer.
I also know that some of you are not having a great summer because you are hypothyroid. Your energy is nowhere to be found and you just want to lay on the couch instead of enjoying all of your summer activities.
So, today I have some natural options from answers.com to help your thyroid function. The first is your diet. Many processed foods have additives that harm your thyroid function. The second is supplements. There are supplements that will help your thyroid improve it’s output of thyroid hormone.
Also, in today’s Check It Out! I will give you the resources I use to support my thyroid so you can give your thyroid the extra help it needs to get you up and moving. After all, you don’t want to miss all the summer activities!
Natural Treatment Options for Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is an endocrine system problem that can cause irritating symptoms, such as fatigue and difficulty losing weight. There are many prescription drugs on the market to treat hypothyroidism. For various reasons, you may choose a more natural approach. Diet can help reduce the effects of hypothyroidism whether alone or in conjunction with prescription therapy. There are also several supplements that can help increase function in your thyroid gland.
Iodine is a trace element necessary for synthesis of the thyroid hormone. Iodine deficiency is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in the world although in the United States, the leading cause is autoimmune disease. Too much iodine can also prevent the thyroid from functioning properly, so it is important to work with your doctor to find a balance with your supplements and diet.
Echinacea is a supplement that helps with immune function. If your hypothyroidism is caused by autoimmune disease, echinacea may boost immune function relieving some of your symptoms from hypothyroidism. With echinacea as well as with many other supplements, it is important to purchase a high quality product to receive optimum results as there are many inferior products on the market.
DID YOU KNOW?
Iodine’s connection with thyroid disorder is evident in the vast decrease in the incidence of goiter that has resulted from adding iodine to salt sold for human consumption. Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland, and it is associated with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Selenium works in conjunction with iodine to produce thyroid hormone and convert thyroid hormone into usable energy. Since the most common complaint among people suffering from the disease is fatigue, selenium may provide the energy boost you need to make it through the day.
Zinc is a mineral thought to boost the production of thyroid hormone. It is not considered generally to be harmful though it does increase the level of testosterone in men. It is thought that people with hypothyroidism have an imbalance in their zinc to copper ration. Too little copper is associated with hyperthyroidism while too little zinc is associated with hypothyroidism.
No matter what route you choose, natural or prescription, always consult your primary care physician. It is important to discuss the possible side effects of any supplements before starting them to prevent doing more harm than good. This list is a good starting point for informing yourself about natural treatments for hypothyroidism.
Check It Out!
Give your thyroid the boost it needs with iodine supplements. You can use a total thyroid support supplement or you can choose to use kelp, which is know to be a great normalizer for your thyroid.
If you want to follow an all natural thyroid diet; then check this out: