Thyroid Function Problems affect a huge percentage of the female population. Learn the symptoms and how to fire it back up ..
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. It can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions.
If you’re a woman over 35, your odds of a thyroid disorder are high—in fact, more than 30% by some estimates.
At least 59 million Americans have a thyroid disorder and half are undiagnosed. According to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, most are completely unaware that they suffer from the condition. Women are as much as 10 times likely as men to have a thyroid problem.
Knowing how to recognise the signs is the first step to rectification. There are a number of symptoms that are common with this complaint including fatigue, bowel problems like constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Your skin may also become thick, coarse or scaly and your hair can become brittle and break off. Cholestrol issues and also neck discomfort and enlargement and weight gains are also commonly associated.
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Many of us don’t actually understand what the Thyroid is or how to tell if we have an under or overactive Thyroid problem. Once you understand the condition, you can identify if there’s a problem and take steps to correct it with some simple dietary or lifestyle changes. The Thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck, just underneath your voice box.
It produces hormones that regulate your metabolism so has a vital effect on both your weight and your energy levels. Thyroid problems can cause illnesses and fatigue and women are more prone to these problems than men. Don’t miss our post on how your metabolism affects your weight – view it here
Your Thyroid controls how quickly your body burns up calories and uses energy. There are two common Thyroid problems -Hyperthyroidism or an overactive Thyroid results if the gland produces too much of the hormones. If it secretes too little then the condition is called Hypothyroidism or underactive Thyroid.
We’ve included tips and techniques to help you identify both these conditions plus what you can do to help correct them. As always, be sure to consult your Doctor or Health Practitioner for a full diagnosis and to verify all information.
Here’s some common signs to help you tell whether you have an under or overactive Thyroid. Hypothyroidism affects both sexes, but is most common in women over age 50. Low thyroid levels cause the body to slow down and hypothyroidism can cause serious health complications if not treated, including arthritis, depression and infertility.
Here’s 9 great natural home remedies that you might like to trial from Dr Axe. Continue scrolling our post for lots more ideas including a Thyroid Juice recipe and be sure to pin as you go.
You can make your own Thyroid Juice for Hypothyroid Problems from just 5 ingredients – organic vegetables are recommended. Simply mix the ingredients below and drink once a day. Try to eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron – sea vegetables such as kelp and nori are very beneficial. Increase your intake of carrots, squash and eggs as they are rich in Vitamin A. Plus try to eat fresh and organic foods high in antioxidants (such as blueberries, cherries, beets and tomatoes). Avoid broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peanuts, linseed, pine nuts, millet, cassava, and mustard greens.
- 1 carrot
- 1 beet
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 apple
Here are a few home remedies for Hypothyroidism or underactive Thyroid – they all help regulate hormones and your metabolism. Try Coconut Oil, Ginger, Fish Oil, a range of B Vitamins or Apple Cider Vinegar.
Try this Miracle Thyroid Tea to boost your Thyroid and help it function better. Cranberry juice is mixed with orange and lemon juices, then a little ground Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg are added. It even tastes good!
Dr Axe has detailed the best foods that you should start to include in your diet. High fiber foods, fruit and veg, probiotic-richfoods like yogurt and sauerkraut and lots of clean water will have great results. He also suggests Bone Broth. We have a post dedicated to this topic here.
This list of 15 Foods to take off your grocery list will really make a difference to your lifestyle if you have Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Again, they’re popular foods so you may not realize the effect they’re having.
If you have Hypothyroidism, you’ll want to save this checklist of foods to eat. Foods rich in Iodine and Selenium are particularly beneficial.
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We’ve also included a list of Foods To Avoid If You Have Hypothyroidism – you’ll be surprised how many everyday foods, many of which are regarded as healthy are not to be eaten if you have this condition. They’re known as ‘Goitrogenic’ foods. Once you have these charts it’s much easier to plan your shopping list and menus.
We’ve added some lifestyle tips for living better with Hypothyroidism, as well as dietary tips. They’ll help you manage the condition.