Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. If you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism by now you have figured out that by merely taking a pill isn’t going address all the other aches and pains your experiencing. Hypothyroidism does have a root cause. Once you start to address these underlying issues only then can your body can start heal but 1st what are you addressing exactly?
Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s like a domino. One thing in your body that is overworked can cause a major shift in how things operate. Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. There is not one size fits all.
See we have to get your thyroid isn’t working properly it can wreck havoc on your life. Your thyroid is responsible for so many things. it regulates your metabolism, makes energy, adjusts your mood, helps you sleep, even helps aid in good digestion but your see this is where you come into play. Like anything else in life you get back what you give. Start today following these tips and you will start healing your thyroid naturally.
You have to be in charge of your health.
#1 Find a good holistic practitioner or a doctor who will listen to you and run the proper tests. A practitioner will also start searching for the underlying issues of your hypothyroidism. They will give you advice and solutions to work towards finding the answer. We all are different and make up uniquely. What is my reason for having hypothyroidism might not be your reason.
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
TSH – This is a pituitary hormone that responds to low/high amounts of thyroid hormone that is moving around in your blood stream. In some cases of Hashimoto’s and primary hypothyroidism, this lab test will be elevated. In the case of Graves’ disease the TSH will be low. People with Hashimoto’s and central hypothyroidism may have a normal reading on this test.
- Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) & Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies)
- Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) – People with Hashimoto’s will have an elevation of one or both of these antibodies.
- Free T3 & Free T4
Free T3 & Free T4 – These tests measure the levels of active thyroid hormone moving around in the body.
- Reverse T3
- Basic Metabolic Panel
- Ferritin level ( iron)
So, don’t allow your doctor to perform a standard TSH test. Those in itself are simply unreliable. You want to have vitamin panels, hormone panels, candida test, Lyme tests, and adrenal tests too.
#2 Keeping your Blood Sugar in Check
Low GI (glycemic index)/ Low Carb diets are based on the principles of balancing your blood sugar. The reason for keeping your blood sugar in check is to not have your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise to fast and high. This roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows will activate your stress hormones and are catabolic to our tissues including the gut lining, lungs and brain. Your body is in one of two states throughout the day. You’re either in an anabolic state or a catabolic state. If your body is in a constant catabolic state the protective barriers will become worn down over time and it over activates the immune system creating chaos where the body gets confused and attacks itself and wasting away as is the case with Hashimoto’s or basically any autoimmune condition. Three things also can contribute to a catabolic state. Not working out smart. Not eating the right food. Not getting enough rest. If you are in a catabolic state you take the change of your body cannibalizing muscle. If you’re in an anabolic state is it means that you’re exercising correctly, you’re eating the right foods and you are getting plenty of rest. Remember you can be creating more cortisol to store in your mid-section by over exercising. You want to stimulate the metabolism, not annihilate it. The easiest way to balance blood sugar and remain in an anabolic state is to eliminate processed carbohydrates and sugar, plan meals around protein and healthy fats then load up your plate with low carb/low GI.
#3 Eat more Nutrient Dense Foods
Think about what you’re putting in your body. Either you’re fighting disease or feeding disease. You must get a concept of nutrient density. Many of the foods we tend to eat, block nutrients from being absorbed. Gluten, dairy and soy products create inflammation in the digestive tract. In ancient times grains were prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting but that tradition in making them been long forgotten with our fast-paced culture. If you have inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often makes your thyroid issues worse and can lead to a leaky gut which causes other problems.
- Cooked Cruciferous vegetables (Limit this to no more than 2x per week)
- Fermented foods
- Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon trout, tuna and mackerel. )
- Chicken and Turkey (organic hormone & Antibiotic free)
- Grass Fed Beef
- leafy greens
- Nitrate free bacon
- Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
- Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
- Coconut Flour, Almond Flour and hemp seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Kelp and seaweed
- Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
- Low carb/ Low-glycemic fruits and vegetables
- coconut oil
- organic butter (preferably Grass fed)
- Bone Broth
- Eggs: Look for pastured or omega-3 whole eggs. (if you don’t have a food allergy)
- Cheese: Unprocessed cheese (cheddar, goat, cream, blue or mozzarella).
- Fish oil (EPA/DHA)
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Ancient Nutrition- Bone Broth Collagen Loaded with Bone Broth Co-Factors
#4 AVOID SOY
You must be confused about soy as so much has been said about this little bean. Well, if you have a thyroid condition, it’s likely that your hormonal health overall has been compromised. It’s best to avoid soy as it elevates the estrogen levels.
Food to avoid: tofu, soymilk, soy lecithin (used as fillers in f.eg veggie burgers), and soy oil.
Fermented soy like miso and tempeh are OK though. Always pick non-GMO (non-genetically modified) and MSG-free miso and tempeh)
#5 FIND OUT WHAT FOOD SENSITIVIES YOU MIGHT HAVE –
It is believed that as much as 70% of our current population has some form of food sensitivities (different from allergies) and the main culprits are:
How do you know if you have it? Eliminate one food culprit at a time for 2 weeks, see if you feel any better, and then re-introduce it in large amount after the 2 weeks. If symptoms (such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, foggy brain, eczema, acne, etc.) come back, you know the culprit. It’s critical to cut out the culprit(s) as it aggravates your immune system.
#6 GETTING ENOUGH IRON– it’s said that 60% of people with thyroid conditions are iron deficient. It’s best to get a blood test to know for sure but typical symptoms include anemia, cracking of corners of the mouth, inflamed tongue, dizziness, hair loss, brittle nails, fragile bones, sensitivity to cold, depression and confusion. Be generous with food rich in iron: liver (of any animal) and organs, beef, chicken, fish, clams, cooked spinach, lentils and butter beans. Iron is best taken by itself; on an empty stomach but if it irritates your stomach take it with a vitamin C type food. Also when you are taking an iron supplements avoid coffee, tea, calcium rich products, antacids’ and soy products this will interfere with the absorption of the iron.
#7 LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF GOITEROUS FOODS– Goiter is a substance that slows down your thyroid. If you have hypothyroidism: You must limit them.
#8 Supplements and Medication Interactions
When it comes to thyroid medications, it’s important for you to know the medications can interact with common nutritional supplements. Calcium supplements have the potential to interfere with proper absorption of your thyroid medications. Wait 4 hours after your thyroid medication before you take anything with calcium in it.
#9 AVOID GLUTEN
Gluten causes an autoimmune reaction. Research has shown a link between wheat allergies and thyroid disease.
#10 START COSUMING COCONUT OIL
Raw, Virgin Coconut oil has been used as just one hypothyroidism natural treatment. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids known as medium chain triglyceride’s (MCTs), which help with metabolism and weight loss, coconut oil can also raid basal body temperatures – all good news for people suffering from low thyroid function.
#11 NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
The most common nutrient deficiencies are Protein, iodine, Magnesium, B-12, Zinc, Iodine, B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and iron. Have your doctor run a panel to check for these. The best way to prevent a deficiency is to eat a balanced , real food-based diet that includes nutrient-dense foods ( both plants and animals)
#12 DRINK BONE BROTH DAILY
Bone broth is the new green juice. it is full of vital nutrients that will start healing your gut and strengthens your weaken immune system. Most people have a leaky gut and doesn’t even know it. Add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt and some kelp flakes for an extra added boost of nutrition. Read here for more information on bone broth and a great easy recipe.
#13 Avoid unnecessary body chemicals
These are commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant, lotions, and makeup. These things are poisonous. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. I can’t preach this enough. If you can’t eat it, then don’t apply it to your skin. I understand this might not be 100% doable but every little bit helps your body.
#14 Start Loving YOURSELF Again
All you seem to do is run, run and run! You are exhausted and feel guilty anytime you need to have down time because there are always things that need to be done. So why don’t you start to allow yourself to take a day and do nothing. I mean absolutely nothing. WHY? Because your body needs to recharge and stop being ran into the freaking ground. You are not a machine. Start simple like an Epsom salt bath. Get up take a shower and put on more pajama’s. Make a movie day.
#15 BE YOUR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATE
Research and study. No one needs you more than yourself. After being diagnosed my priorities were made more clear. I had to start listening to my body, stop taking my health for granted and continuing to research to figure out what I needed to do to “fix me”. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power
#16 Boost your Immunity with Better Gut Health
We are consumed with little fiber and an excess of sugar, salt, and processed foods. Stress, changes in the diet, contaminated food, chlorinated water, and numerous other factors can also alter the bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. When you treat the whole person instead of just treating a disease or symptom, an imbalance in the intestinal tract stands out like an elephant in the room. Read more on Booting your Immunity with better gut health here.
#17 EAT SEA VEGTABLES TWICE PER WEEK
Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid. It’s super easy to add start adding some sea veggies into your diet. You can add a piece of kombu to a pot of beans or soup during cooking or sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or add to hot dishes just like you would use salt and make a nori wrap.
#18 BE KIND TO YOUR ADDRENALS
Your adrenals and your thyroid have a strange relationship. They contradict each other all the time. They have a topsy-turvy relationship in which when one goes up, the other goes down. If you are always exhausted you might want to start addressing your adrenals. You can find more information on this topic in my latest book . Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving
#19 Start practicing YOGA
Yoga can stimulate and support the entire endocrine system and not over stress your adrenal gland which can raise your cortisol levels and add fat around your waist.
#20 Up Your Selenium and Zinc
Studies have shown that a severe zinc or selenium deficiencies can cause decreased thyroid hormone levels. Never take zinc on an empty stomach. Brazil nuts are high in both zinc and selenium. Selenium is a micro-nutrient and antioxidant contained in foods like shellfish, cold-water fish, nuts and seeds. the recommended daily intake of this essential mineral is only 70 micrograms and extreme selenium-deficiency is rare, minor to moderate cases are not unheard of. Over time, selenium-deficiency can lead to Hashimoto’s disease which causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. Signs to look for include unexplained muscle and joint pain, very dry or brittle hair, and an abundance of white spots on the fingernails.
#21 Avoid all sources of fluoride
As I’ve mentioned in everyone of my books and on blog website. Fluoride suppresses the thyroid and can be your leading cause of hypothyroidism. We all are unique Start drinking spring water, avoid soft drinks, use fluoride-free toothpaste, use a shower filter, and throw away non-stick cookware. Keep in mind that coffee and tea naturally contain fluoride.
Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write my books to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written my books to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this new book Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed.
I want to thank you for reading my latest blog. Please let me know if you need any support with it.
Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet? If not let’s do that now, healing Hypothyroidism. I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com . You can also Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.
Health and Happiness,
The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements. Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health
A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism , A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.
1) Cooper DS. Subclinical Hypothyroidism. NEJM. 2001 Jul 26;345: 260– 265.
(2) Persky VW, Turyk ME, Wang L, Freels S, Chatterton R Jr, Barnes S, Erdman J Jr, Sepkovic DW, Bradlow HL, Potter S. Effect of soy protein on endogenous hormones in postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Jan; 75( 1): 145– 153. Erratum in: Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Sep; 76( 3): 695
(3) Toscano V, Conti FG, Anastasi E, Mariani P, Tiberti C, Poggi M, Montuori M, Monti S, Laureti S, Cipolletta E, Gemme G, Caiola S, Di Mario U, Bonamico M. Importance of gluten in the induction of endocrine autoantibodies and organ dysfunction in adolescent celiac patients. Am J Gastroenterol. 2000 Jul; 95( 7): 1742–1748.
(4) Ellingsen DG, Efskind J. Effects of low mercury vapour exposure on the thyroid function in chloralkali workers. J Appl Toxicol. 2000 Nov– Dec; 20( 6): 483– 489.
(5) Galletti PM, Joyet G. Effect of fluorine on thyroidal iodine metabolism in hyperthyroidism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1958 Oct; 18( 10): 1102– 1110.
(6) WJ, Pan Y; Johnson AR, et al. Reduction of chemical sensitivity by means of heat depuration, physical therapy and nutritional supplementation in a controlled environment. J Nutr Env Med. 1996;6: 141– 148.
(7) Pelletier C, Imbeault P, Tremblay A. Energy balance and pollution by organochlorines and polychlorinated biphenyls. Obes Rev. 2003 Feb; 4( 1): 17– 24. Review.
(8) Bland J. Nutritional Endocrinology, Normalizing Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis Function, 2002 Seminar Series Syllabus.
(9) Gaby AR. Sub-laboratory hypothyroidism and the empirical use of Armour thyroid. Altern Med Rev. 2004 Jun; 9( 2): 157– 179.
(10) Goglia F. Biological effects of 3,5-diiodothyronine (T( 2)). Biochemistry (Moscow). 2005 Feb; 70( 2): 164– 172.