Top 5 Ways To Deal With Thyroid Better
It was in the year 1983 I was detected as suffering from Thyroid malfunction. That was the time when we had hardly heard of this ailment and to me and my family it all sounded as if I was suffering from some kind of cancer or any other life-threatening ailment. My mom used to cry hiding in toilet and bed thinking she is soon going to lose her daughter and I decided to live my life once and for all as soon I won’t be around to enjoy this world. 😛 So I was eating all kinds of goodies and enjoying especially when I was observing that despite of eating all sorts of junk food (read samosa, Pakode, Aaloo Tikki, and all other possible sugary stuff and lots and lots of cakes, biscuits and white bread), I was losing weight in place of gaining. Now when I consider those days the golden period of my life. Life was different from the present day when I hardly eat anything to maintain my weight loss at a respectable level. 😛
After many years of swinging between hyper and hypo thyroidism, I have understood that thyroid system plays a critical role in our metabolism. Thyroid hormone is one of the main three hormones that control your metabolism and weight. A sluggish thyroid can lead to a stalled metabolism and other health problems.
Most of the doctors just check Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which actually cannot give a full picture of the thyroid. As per the latest guidelines of the American College of Endocrinology, anybody with a TSH level over 3.0 is hypothyroid while most of the doctors think that only anything over 5 or 10 is worth treatment. As a result there are so many patients left suffering.
A good practitioner must get your other symptoms too like gluten intolerance, food allergies, as well as vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats deficiencies along with TSH, free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies.
Correcting thyroid malfunction needs an integral approach. Correcting Thyroid involves the right nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, supplements, treating inflammation, and even a detox from heavy metals like lead and mercury.
So today I am going to write about a holistic approach to handle your Thyroid issues.
Look for the reason
You need to carefully think about the reason for your problem. There are so many things that can impede thyroid functioning. Think about the diet first. There are certain foods that have a reputation for playing a role in thyroid dysfunction like soy, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels, and collard greens. According to the researchers, gluten also is one of the reasons for this autoimmune disease. Gluten sensitivity with thyroid problem can cause many symptoms like migraine, fatigue, and even weight gain. Doctors say that eliminating gluten from diet for three weeks can make the symptoms go away. Self-testing by reintroducing gluten after three weeks to observe affect is a good idea. Finally eating organic foods, and eating detoxifying foods can be very helpful to heal thyroid.
In one of the studies stress was found to be affecting thyroid function negatively. A research study on Military cadets in training were subjected to intense stress and was found that they had higher levels of cortisol, inflammation, TSH levels, and lower testosterone, and T3 levels. Treating thyroid without dealing with excessive stress is just not possible. Chronic stress leading to adrenal gland burnout can become dangerous for hypothyroidism. Adrenal gland exhaustion takes place when the adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the physiological needs created by stress. Yoga and meditation are best strategies to deal with stress.
Exercise stimulates thyroid gland secretion and keeps increasing tissue sensitivity to thyroid hormones. All you need to do is exercise vigorously.
Eat thyroid boosting food
Choose foods that offer nutritional support to thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones require iodine and omega-3 fatty acids to help T4 and T3. Thyroid-boosting foods include sea food which contain iodine like fish especially sardines and salmon that contains iodine, omega-3 fats, and vitamin D. Dandelion, mustard, and other dark leafy greens contain vitamin A. Smelt, herring, scallops, and Brazil nuts contain selenium.
Use Supplements to Support Thyroid
Including a multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains selenium, iodine, zinc, vitamins A and D, and omega 3 fats (fish oil) is a good idea to heal thyroid malfunction. Certain herbs like ginseng etc can actually worsen things if your adrenal glands are burned out from long-term stress.
If you think you have an undiagnosed thyroid problem, insist that your doctor perform these tests or find a doctor who will. Thyroid is not all about looking for your T3, T4 ot TSH data but it’s a puzzle where all the pieces should fall in place.
Altering your diet and your lifestyle will certainly help tremendously. It’s important to know what your ailment is linked to as it can really empower you with better ways to deal with your problems.
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