I have been hypothyroid for about 5 years. I don't really know much about it. I don't have any symptoms that I know of so it doesn't really bother me. I just take synthroid every day. I've just recently started reading about it and I don't really understand what to do naturally to help correct it. Does it just mean I need to take iodine? I'm pretty healthy in general so I don't know what else to do for this issue. Does anyone have any advice or experience?
There are a lot of natural ways you can attempt to cure hypothyroid. Which ones will work for you are another story; but I would suggest that whatever you try--do it FAITHFULLY and as strict as you're told to do it so that you can be SURE that it does/does not work for you before moving along... kwim?
Going gluten free has been a big one for people with thyroid issues. Also eliminating as many foods that disrupt thyroid function is a huge plus: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, watercress, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans (see http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3139/13-Ways-to-Treat-Hypothyroidism-Naturally.html for more natural ways to attack it--but these two I know are HUGE from my own practice--especially soy). And toxins. Toxins throw your thyroid off something fierce so if you can reduce your pesticide load it would go a long way. Check the EWG's "dirty dozen" chart. It's said that if you can focus on eating those 12 foods organic (even if they're an ingredient in something) you could reduce your pesticide intake by 80% (without breaking the bank ;) ).
Andrea Beaman's books would also give you some really good insight and direction. If you live in the NYC area, she also gives classes open to the public.
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In addition to iodine, have you looked into your selenium intake? hhttp://www.womenshealthnetwork.com/thyroidhealth/foods-naturalthyroidhealth.aspxttp://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/selenium.aspx Selenium helps the body make TSH and convert it. You need about 200 mcg a day, which you can get through food. In the article I linked to, symptoms of selenium deficiency are:
- weakness or pain in the muscles
- hair or skin discoloration
- whitening of the fingernail beds
Hope that helps!
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