Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hypothyroidism and Hoshimoto's Thyroiditis

Today I would like to address Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I cannot tell you how many times people I know have brought up the fact that they know someone who has gained weight, been depressed, felt sluggish, can't get motiva...ted, has felt aches/pains, cold feet, dry skin/hair, and after some testing find out that they have Hypothyroidism. 
What is not talked about is that Hashimoto's Thyroiditis has a multitude of the same symptoms. A blood test can verify whether or not you have a high TSH level which will indicate just how low your thyroid level is. I have Hypothyroidism and take a Naturethroid of 2 grains from a naturopathic doctor. It has stabilized my thyroid and I make sure to eat protein, nuts, and the other foods to keep my thyroid healthy. It is also important to take vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins. You can take them in pill form or you can find these in foods that you can eat. Vitamin D is important all the way around and D1000 taken daily with Calcium in the evening will process into the body. Calcium is not only good for our bones but is a natural relaxant while Vitamin D helps to ward off cancer. It is best to get your Iodine from seafood, eggs,asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, Swiss chard, and garlic. 
Our Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements have many medicinal properties to help the body stay strong and help the mind stay healthy. To ensure that your body has enough of the Vitamins, Minerals, etc. have a blood test to verify what your body is lacking in it's nutrients. There are many tests available in various forms. If your conditions persist than you may want to have a MRI or Ultrasound to have your Pituitary Gland checked. I have both a primary doctor and a naturopathic doctor that I go to, but have found for my thyroid the naturopathic doctor was more detailed in diagnosing. This may not be your case, but educate yourself as much as you can prior to going in to be checked so that you can ask valid questions that will both provoke thought and follow through from your physician. I have written a book called Nutrition Made Simple that goes into incredible detail about what foods help with the functions of the body and how not getting enough will promote various symptoms listed. Nutrition Made Simple is now available for sale on my website