Hypothyroidism or low thyroid is a condition in which there is too little of the thyroid hormone in the body. Since every cell in your body is dependent on your thyroid, this poses a major problem.
Hypothyroidism is 10 times more common in women than men, but even with these startling numbers, many women are unaware of the symptoms they need to know.
Hypothyroidism symptoms range from moderate to severe and usually develop gradually over a period of months and, in some cases, years.
These symptoms include :
Extreme tiredness–even after a good night’s sleep
Unexplained weight gain
Intolerance of cold and/or heat,
Low motivation and ambition,
Headache or migraines,
Dry skin and hair,
Irritability, anxiety, depression,
Mental confusion or “brain fog,”
Constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Low sex drive,
Sleep apnea and snoring,
Increased menstrual flow in women,
Swelling of face–puffy eyes,
Dry thickened skin and fingernails that are dry, brittle and break easily.
Keep in mind that not all of these symptoms are always present.
If you have hypothyroidism or symptoms that you think are related, I have some natural remedies that worked for me in my own battle with this disease.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are natural hormones and synthetic hormones. Natural hormones are always better, in spite of what some doctors may tell you. Natural hormone replacement is easier for the body to process. In some people, synthetic hormones can cause more problems than they solve.
Increase your activity level. Get out and exercise! This is extremely important for those with a low thyroid. Exercise will boost metabolism and help with weight loss. A 30 to 40 minute workout is best.
Eat a Naturally Healthy Diet
Natural foods that boost your thyroid function include carrots, spinach, asparagus, olive oil, avocado, sunflower seeds, whole grain cereals, bananas, bran, Brazil nuts, tuna, onions, tomatoes, and broccoli. Organic fruits and vegetables, fresh and whole foods are great choices. Lean proteins such as chicken, fish, turkey, and lean red meats trimmed of excess fat all help boost metabolism.
Foods that should be eaten in moderation because they can interfere with thyroid function include brussel sprouts, turnips, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, lima beans, linseed, sweet potatoes, peanuts and soy products.
Avoid stimulants such as caffeine drinks like coffee and colas. Smoking and alcoholic drinks also affect thyroid function.
Rather than 3 meals a day, aim for 5 smaller meals eaten more frequently. These meals should consist of a protein/vegetable for breakfast and snacks and a protein/vegetable/carbohydrate for lunch and dinner. These combinations help keep the metabolism running.
Following the advice outlined in this article will provide you with a means to both prevent and treat hypothyroidism. I am not, however advocating not seeing a doctor if you have these symptoms.
My experience with this disease taught me the seriousness and the dangers of it. Now, through sharing this information, so will you.