Action Plan – The Best Thyroid Diet

Action Plan – The Best Thyroid Diet

What is the Best Thyroid Diet?

If you have a thyroid problem, the way you should eat is very similar to that of an individual who does not have a thyroid issue. Organic foods contain fewer amounts of chemicals and pesticides which, as you know from the thyroid-disrupting chemical chapter article, can have a negative effect on the thyroid gland. The main goals of a thyroid diet are those which remove any stress from the thyroid gland itself and any systems that may be affecting the thyroid gland. Read more

The Thyroid and Thyroid Hormones

The Thyroid and Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid is a small gland that lies in the neck about the level of the Adam’s apple and weighs approximately one ounce.  It produces thyroid hormone and calcitonin.  The parathyroid glands are very small and lie on the outside portion of the thyroid gland and secrete parathyroid hormone.  Thyroid hormone ignites your metabolism so you can burn fat and produce energy.  We will be focusing on thyroid hormone.

The thyroid gland is stimulated to make thyroid hormone by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced in the pituitary gland located in the brain.  The pituitary is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain which monitors the amount of circulating thyroid hormone.  Iodine must enter the thyroid gland through a transport system that is repaired with the intake of vitamin C.  There is usually about 20-30 mg of iodine in the body and 75 percent of it is stored in the thyroid.  In addition to iodine, iron, tyrosine, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins B2, B3, and B6 are required for thyroid hormone production. Read more

The Gut Thyroid Connection

The Gut Thyroid Connection

The gut-thyroid connection is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of healthy thyroid function.  Did you know that many diseases can be traced to a breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract? 70 percent of your immune system resides in this area – your gut, and the GI tract has many important functions for your health including digestion, nutrient absorption, elimination, detoxification, hormone metabolism and energy production. 99% of the neurotransmitters in your body are actually created in the intestine (part of your GI tract), and every brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter is found there.  This means the GI tract, or gut, plays a very important role in achieving optimal thyroid health. Read more

The Ferritin Test

The ferritin test may be the most important blood test you ever get, especially if you have a thyroid problem.

When I began my training in the diagnosis and management of internal disorders immediately after graduation, one of the first things we studied heavily was blood chemistry analysis.  My teachers always stressed the importance of taking a careful look at iron levels in the blood and a rare test known as the ferritin test.

What is ferritin?

Ferritin is an iron-containing protein and is the primary form of iron stored inside your cells.  Even though there is a small amount of ferritin released into your bloodstream, it is an accurate marker of how much iron is actually stored in your body.  Iron is primarily stored in your liver, muscles, spleen and bone marrow but if you have too much it can accumulate in your organs and the brain. Read more

The Thyroid Adrenal Pancreas Axis

The Thyroid Adrenal Pancreas Axis

The thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis is one of the most important connections in understanding and healing your thyroid.  In addition to gastrointestinal and blood sugar disorders, adrenal gland dysfunction is one of the most commonly seen imbalance in today’s society.  Adrenal gland imbalances are also one of the major factors that cause thyroid hormone imbalance.  Stress from work, relationships, electronics, poor diet choices such as consumption of refined carbohydrates and trans fats, infections, and environmental toxins all contribute to adrenal disorders.  Let’s discuss the thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis in detail so you can understand this complex connection Read more

Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease

Understanding the importance of gluten and Hashimoto’s disease may be the key factor in healing your thyroid.

The Link Between Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease

Has your doctor talked to you about the link between gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease? Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition that causes 90% of all cases of hypothyroidism. Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt and many others. Ongoing scientific research indicates that there is a dangerous link between eating foods that contain gluten and Hashimoto’s disease.

The hard truth is that gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease are a destructive combination. If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you need to completely avoid gluten to avoid triggering autoimmune attacks on your thyroid gland.  However, you may not have to avoid gluten forever but this depend on a number of factors. Read more

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Low Thyroid Symptoms in Women are Widespread

Thyroid symptoms in women are sadly prevalent today. In general, women are more vulnerable to thyroid disorders than men for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that as many as ten percent of women suffer harmful effects from underactive thyroid, a condition also known as hypothyroidism.

Thyroid symptoms in women are more frequently caused by the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Up to ninety percent of all cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is about seven times more likely to affect women than men. Read more

Hypothyroid Symptoms

Hypothyroid Symptoms

Approximately 1 in 10 Americans suffer symptoms from abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, known as hypothyroidism. These hypothyroid symptoms can be debilitating and frustrating to deal with on a daily basis.  You may still be experiencing symptoms even if your lab tests looks normal and you are taking medication. Read more

How to Restore Your Intestinal Flora

How to Restore Your Intestinal Flora

It’s time to learn how to restore your intestinal flora the right way.  You can restore your intestinal flora (bacteria) by eating tasty foods that are good for you, and by eliminating a few others. You may be surprised to learn that the bacteria in your intestines have a profound influence on your overall health as well as a number of health concerns including:

Your gut bacteria may be out of balance if you have taken a lot of antibiotics throughout your life or you recently took antibiotics.  A single round of antibiotics has been shown to completely disrupt your intestinal flora for about 14 months.  The more antibiotics you have taken, the more likely you are to have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which leads to irritable bowel syndrome and many digestive system problems. Read more

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Have you ever wondered what causes hypothyroidism?

Are you suffering from any of the following symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Hair Loss
  • Depression
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Dry Brittle Nails
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Muscle pain

Your thyroid could be a major contributing factor to these symptoms. Your thyroid may have been checked by your physician, but were you evaluated for autoimmune thyroid disease?  What causes hypothyroidism?  The number one cause of hypothyroidism in the world is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  This is a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland.  This results in slow destruction of the thyroid gland leading to hypothyroidism. Read more