By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
If you have been diagnosed with the hypothyroid chances are that you have had this condition long before the diagnosis. Chances are also that you may be concerned about taking thyroid medication which is most likely why you are reading this- good for you for being proactive about your health! There are a few truths about hypothyroid that we will discuss. Some people may be able to control their hypothyroid naturally, for others they may need medication, and then there are those who incorporate natural remedies in addition to their thyroid medication. It just boils down to how long an individual has had the condition and how severe it is, but there is hope regardless of where you may fall in the spectrum. There are a couple of ways that you can control hypothyroid.
Whether or not you are on a thyroid medication, or going the natural route, you should know that anyone who has hypothyroid should eliminate gluten from their diet. It is of the utmost importance because gluten can cause immune antibodies to attack the thyroid gland. Therefore every time someone with hypothyroid consumes gluten, they may be causing further damage to their thyroid and their immune system. That means no more regular bread, wheat pasta, whole wheat cereals and other foods that contain gluten.
The thyroid depends on the mineral selenium for the conversion process of T4 to T3. Consuming adaptogen herbs like Ashwagandha and Tulsi can help improve thyroid function by lowering cortisol levels. Other supplements may not be adequately absorbed because the majority of people who have hypothyroid or any other autoimmune condition usually have Leaky Gut. A significant symptom of leaky gut is poor nutrient absorption which causes more symptoms in the long run. For example, most individuals who suffer from hypothyroid are usually deficient in Vitamin D, which can lead to depression. Synthroid (Levothyroxine) is for treating people who have hypothyroidism but it depletes the body’s calcium through the urine. Calcium loss can lead to osteoporosis and many other health issues. Knowing what supplements your body is lacking can help your thyroid health too.
The hardest part for most people is being correctly diagnosed with hypothyroid in the first place. However, once you know, you are half way there to healing if you have the right practitioner and knowledge. Here at our clinic, we use high-quality comprehensive testing including a full thyroid panel, not just TSH levels. We understand hypothyroid and a vast majority of our patients have hypothyroidism and are functioning better than they have been since coming here. We also understand leaky gut and how to heal it.
If you have think you have hypothyroid or you have been diagnosed with it and still are not feeling your test, consider an appointment. We can help you to take charge of your thyroid health and take control over hypothyroid symptoms and challenges!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.