Hypothyroidism

HypothyroidismWhat is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism refers to the condition by which the thyroid gland is not functioning really well. In short, one is suffering from low thyroid gland function, as denoted by the word “hypo”.

 

Aside from having a low thyroid gland function, the metabolic rate significantly decreases and there is an increase in oedema. In the intercellular spaces, swelling also occurs which results to puffiness.

 

The thyroid gland is located just right below the voice box. Its shape is likened to that of a butterfly. This gland is essential for a good metabolism, development and growth in children, and also for good immune system functioning.

 

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

The following are the causes of this condition:

  • Excessive iodine intake. This sounds interesting because taking iodine excessively could lead to autoimmune thyroid disease, eventually resulting to hypothyroidism.
  • Congenital. There are cases when the glands, hormones or receptors are already defective at birth. These instances could still be treated through a hormone replacement.
  • Radiotherapy treatment for thyroid gland.
  • Removing thyroid glands surgically.
  • Certain anti-thyroid drugs and those used for mental illness such as lithium could cause hypothyroidism.
  • Taking in foods that block the use of iodine excessively.
  • Halogens like fluoride, lithium and chlorine that are often found in treated water could lead to iodine deficiency.
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Virus
  • Family history of having thyroid problems
  • Deficiencies in nutrition like vitamins and minerals, along with essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. These deficiencies could lead to hypothyroidism most especially with the elderly.
  • Chronic long-term stress could contribute to the weakening of the thyroid
  • Oestrogen overexposure

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

One has to take note of the different signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism since they often appear as normal body conditions.

  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Goiter
  • Lethargy and sluggishness
  • No motivation to do exercise activities
  • Swollen face and eyes
  • Hoarse voice
  • Problems conceiving
  • Finding it hard to lose weight even when doing the proper exercise and diet
  • Headache
  • Dry hair, skin and nails. Hair loss also occurs.
  • High cholesterol
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Feeling cold

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Hypothyroidism

The naturopathic way of treating hypothyroidism would include giving the thyroid glands the right nutrition and adhering to a proper diet. Low thyroid conditions that are considered as non-medical could be assisted with the right herbs and supplements. However, those medically diagnosed hypothyroidism must not treated without medical supervision, and also without a naturopathic supervision. Hypothyroidism in rare and worst cases could be life-threatening.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Avoid using an electric blanket or a water bed. The metabolism of the body is slightly raised if it is forced to produce heat to maintain warmth.
  • Taking a cool morning shower could help in stimulating metabolism. If you can, try to take a shower in the evening too.
  • Alternate cold and hot compresses on the thyroid area.
  • Stop smoking and drinking altogether.
  • Try to keep warm by wearing clothes in layers.

Exercise

  • Exercise could help the secretion and metabolism of thyroid glands. Make sure that you exercise 3-4 times every week. Try to exercise 20-40 minutes. Mix some resistance and cardiovascular exercises.

Diet for Hypothyroidism

  • Try to avoid seaweeds and kelp in your diet.
  • Avoid saturated fats. You can also minimise them. This would include margarine, butter, cooking oil and nut butters.
  • Salt and sugar have to be avoided too.
  • Avoid foods that could reduce the thyroid function, particularly, foods that have high thiourea content. This would include foods like cabbage, spinach, walnuts, almonds, strawberries, soy, apples and turnips. If you would be eating them try to make sure that you were able to cook them so that their inhibiting action on iodine could be deactivated.
  • Avoid drinking chlorinated water. Drink distilled or filtered water.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Hypothyroidism

  • Multivitamins help in manufacturing thyroid hormones and supports the thyroid gland. Taking a multivitamin everyday which includes the following vitamins would be beneficial to the body. 5000iu of Vitamin A, 1g-4g of Vitamin C, 400iu of Vitamin E, 15mg of Vitamin B2, 25mg-50mg of Vitamin B3, 25mg-50mg of Vitamin B6, 30mg-40mg of Zinc and 2mg-4mg of Copper.
  • Tyrosine (250mg daily). This is an amino acid that helps in making thyroid hormones.
  • Milk Thistle (210mg-630mg daily) with 80% silymarin could help in stimulating the thyroid function. It also improves conversion of thyroid hormone.
  • Bladderwrack. This helps iodine deficiency and also stimulates thyroid function.

 

 

 

 

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