Get Your Thyroid On!

by Robin Nielsen

Do you blame your thyroid for any or all of your health problems? If so, you are not alone!

What you will learn in this article may blow you away.

Here are some common symptoms associated with low thyroid:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble getting going in morning
  • Hair loss
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Weak, brittle nails
  • Swollen eyelids, face, general water retention
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Menstrual problems

The list is a long one – a lot longer than this – but these are the biggies. Are you nodding your head, YES! this is me?

Well slowwwww down before you rush to conclusions. These symptoms can be caused by low adrenal function too. In fact, collectively these symptoms indicate an overall metabolism breakdownnot just a thyroid problem.

The statistics are staggering: over 80% of people taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) don’t need to be, and, furthermore, many times it doesn’t help long term (providing you still have a thyroid gland.)

Here are the biggest reasons that you may be suffering from “hypothyroidism” (even if your TSH level looks fine):

  • Many people with hypothyroidism have an autoimmune condition that needs to be addressed first
  • Chronic elevated stress
  • Poor liver or kidney function
  • Nutrient deficiencies, especially: selenium, tyrosine, iodine, potassium iron, zinc, vitamin A, B2 and E
  • Hormone deficiencies (which come from nutrient deficiencies): testosterone, insulin, growth hormone, glucagon, cortisol and melatonin
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Pregnancy
  • Toxicity (over-exposure to toxic metals and other toxins)
  • Chronic illness
  • Chronic anemias
  • Inadequate protein intake
  • Consumption of too many refined carbohydrates
  • Food intolerances
  • Low serotonin levels (a feel-good brain chemical)
  • Diet high in soy

So what are you thinking now? It’s pretty amazing that these may be the reasons your thyroid doesn’t seem to be functioning properly.

Within a month or two of nutrition consults with me, folks who thought they had a HUGE thyroid problem don’t have any symptoms any more.

Here are some food strategies to implement immediately:

  • Eat plenty of nutritious food
  • Vegetables: 4 cups/day – eat a rainbow every day
  • Protein: at least 20 grams or more 3x per day (non-soy) to include free range meats
  • Eat healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds, avocado extra virgin olive oil, butter
  • Good carbohydrates like beans, fruits and veggies

© Robin Nielsen, NC

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