Many Americans suffer with thyroid problems, yet most are not even aware of it. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are both common disorders that affect women more than men, and can affect a wide age range. Thyroid problems are often confused with other diseases or disorders, simply because the symptoms are very similar to other diseases.
Your thyroid is a gland that is responsible for your body’s internal thermostat. When it is not working properly, it can put undue stress on many other glands in your body. This stress can cause symptoms, such as, muscle cramps, anemia, back pain, fatigue, easy bruising, hair loss, depression, always feeling cold, and many more. Because these symptoms are similar with other disorders, a problem with your thyroid can go undetected for a long period, causing more severe symptoms and more damage.
It is thought by many natural health professionals that thyroid problems is caused by vitamin and mineral imbalances and deficiencies. Therefore, if you correct those imbalances and deficiencies, you will correct your thyroid hormone imbalance. If you have a thyroid problem or want to take precautions to protect your thyroid, here is what you must know in regards to natural thyroid health:
- Eat healthy foods that will help heal your thyroid and keep it healthy. A healthy diet is the back bone of regulating your hormones, including your thyroid. Foods such as raw fruit and vegetables, and sprouts are beneficial. Cooking grains or rice in a thermos, will help retain natural enzymes in the food which feed and help heal your glands. Also include seeds and nuts in your diet – raw, unsalted, natural are best.
- Include the right amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet. If you do not obtain enough via your diet, then you should supplement with good quality, pure supplements. Vitamin A and B-complex vitamins are essential in glandular health. Extra B3, B5, B6, and B12 may be necessary to help build your adrenals and thyroid. Most that have thyroid issues, have a deficiency in Vitamin C, D and E. It is critical that you get the appropriate amounts of these vitamins.
- All minerals are involved in your glandular health, therefore it is important to get adequate amounts of all minerals. In particular, you should have the appropriate amounts of calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc and silicon – a mineral not to be confused with silicone).
- Essential fatty acids have been shown to help improve thyroid symptoms and correct imbalances.
- Natural therapies can include Evening Primrose Oil, Black Walnut, Kelp, and White Oak Bark.
Having healthy thyroid functions are critical to many of your body’s daily functions, including controlling weight, regulating the body’s temperature, and using energy throughout the body. It is important that you keep your thyroid healthy and functioning properly. Avoid eating junk food, as this will overstimulate your glands and cause exhaustion throughout your system. It is best to stay stress-free and eat a diet mainly of raw, live foods.
NOTE: Please consult your Primary Physician before taking any new supplements.
Written By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for 50 Plus Report