Hypothyroidism

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What is Hypothyroidism?
Getting Diagnosed
How to Help the Thyroid Naturally

 


What is Hypothyroidism?

Here is as basic a definition as you are going to get. Hypothyroidism is having too little thyroid hormone, which regulates the way the body converts food into energy. It means your metabolism is too slow.

There are many different types of hypothyroidism, but for our purpose here, I will give a general overview when talking about symptoms.

Symptoms

Oddly enough, hypothyroidism has many of the same symptoms as candidiasis and leaky gut. These include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Slow Digestion/constipation
  • Low sex drive
  • Brain fog/poor memory
  • aches and pains
  • weight gain or loss
  • dry skin and hair loss

The above list is not exhaustive. Other symptoms that point more towards hypothyroidism include:

  • low body temperature
  • low blood pressure
  • puffy eyes
  • water retention

Again, this isn't a complete list but they are the major symptoms doctors look for.

Candida is one suspected cause of hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's disease, to be exact). Your adrenals are put under too much stress and the toxins built up in your body causes more harm.

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Getting Diagnosed

In my experience, it's just as difficult to be labeled with hypothyroidism as it is to get diagnosed with candidiasis. My mother spent years struggling with symptoms and low levels that just weren't "low enough" for doctors to take seriously. They did offer antidepressants though (don't you love that?). Finally she was diagnosed and given treatment. Well, given pills. We'll get to that later.

Doctors often take blood tests to determine whether or not you have hypothyroidism. Like everything else, these tests are not 100% accurate, and usually just catch 'extreme' cases. No wonder so many people go undiagnosed for years, maybe even a lifetime.

Another way to get diagnosed is to monitor what is called your "basal body temperature". A good way to do this is described on Dr. Mercola's website Temperature Regulation For Thyroid Testing. What you are looking for is a temperature below 97.4 F over 4 days upon waking.

You should also read this article on Free T3 and Free T4 levels to get a better idea of what your healthcare professional should be looking for.

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How to Help the Thyroid Naturally

  • The first is to follow the candida diet if you suspect candidiasis is one of your problems (thyroid patients are often encouraged to cut out sugars and refined grains anyway).
  • Make sure you are getting enough protein and vitamins.
  • Do a natural (and gentle) liver cleanse by drinking water with lemon juice in it or drinking dandelion tea.
  • Try adding seaweed to your diet once a week.
  • Eat things with Butyric acid in it like coconut oil.
  • Add whole flaxseed to your diet.

And here is where I have to stop and rant.

*pauses as she puts on the Dan the Avenger mask and cape*

If you do a search online for natural thyroid treatments, you will be flooded with links to sites that are selling supplements, most of which are filled with things you don't even need and too little of what will actually help you. Even websites that described themselves as national thyroid organizations were thinly masked marketing sites. It makes me so mad I could eat my computer mouse, but I am sure I can't digest that either so I'll refrain.

My advice? See a professional armed with your body temperature readings and a list of symptoms. Get them to tell you EXACTLY what your levels are, not simply an answer of "Normal" or "Slightly low". Have them look at your Free T3 and T4 levels as well.

If your doctor says your thyroid is normal even though you feel your levels and temperatures are suspect, go to another doctor.

For more information, see this article by Mary Shomon. As well, scroll through my links page until you get to the little thyroid section.

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