The Complete A-Z Starter’s Guide for People with Thyroid Problems.
How does a person’s body look when it has thyroid problems?
What are the symptoms and causes of thyroid problems?
And what are some natural things that can be done to support the health of the Thyroid Gland?
This post will be broken down into 4 sections:
- How a person’s body looks when they have thyroid problems.
- Symptoms a person may experience when they have thyroid problems.
- Some potential causes as to why thyroid problems develop.
- Some natural suggestions (diet, nutritional supplements, exercise) to help people with thyroid problems.
We’ll talk about natural diets, supplements and causes to thyroid problems toward the end of this post.
Disclaimer: Please note that nothing in this post is intending to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure thyroid problems. AlternaCare does not treat, diagnose, cure or prevent thyroid disease. Please consult your medical doctor before using any of the information below.
Lots of extra fat or loose skin under the arms. Some people refer to them as bat wings.
A loss or thinning of hair. Some will notice more hair in the brush or more hair in the drain.
There will typically be weight gain all over the body. This is different than the sugar case that has pre-diabetes, a big belly and no butt. Or the too much estrogen case that is shaped like a pear.
There will be a loss of the outer part of the eyebrow.
The nails can become thin and weak. In addition, little vertical lines can start to appear in the nails.
A scalloped tongue. This is a crazy one. In the hypothyroid case, we’ll see indentations along the side of the tongue. It may be due to the tongue actually enlarging because the thyroid gland is under-active.
There will usually be fatigue and/or brain fog to the point where the person has difficulty remembering things and is just tired.
There will be cravings for sugar, carbohydrates and/or junk food.
Depression, lack of motivation and general moodiness.
Feeling cold and difficulty in getting warm, as well as, cold hands and feet.
Other symptoms. There are many other symptoms which could indicate an under-active thyroid. They include: constipation, heavy or irregular menstrual cycles, decreased sex drive and dry skin.
There are nearly 40 different causes to an under-active thyroid gland. I’ve covered a few of the most common ones below.
Halogen Toxicity. This is explained in detail in the below video. Essentially, the thyroid gland needs iodine to make it’s hormones. Halogens are chemicals that block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid. Ultimately, if the thyroid can’t absorb iodine then it can’t work. Halogen toxicities are easily tested by conducting a 24 hour urine study.
Liver Detoxification Impairment. The thyroid gland makes and releases T4 (thyroid hormone called thyroxine) into the blood. T4 is relatively inactive and doesn’t do much for the body. T4 must travel through the blood to the liver where the liver converts the inactive T4 into active T3. Different liver issues can prevent the conversion of T4 to T3. There are a variety of labs to test for this but the standard “liver enzyme” medical lab test is near useless. I cover liver detoxification impairment in more detail in the below video.
Adrenal Fatigue. When the adrenal glands start to weaken they often reduce the production of certain hormones and overproduce cortisol. Excess cortisol stops the thyroid gland from producing thyroid hormone, as well as, interferes with the conversion of inactive T4 into active T3. This is also fairly easy to test for via saliva or dried urine. I cover different hidden causes to thyroid problems, like adrenal fatigue and liver detoxification impairment in the below video.
Test. Test. Test. The standard medical tests for finding a thyroid problem are ok but they don’t do anything to identify the cause. Standard medical tests may reveal that your thyroid hormone levels are low. OK, so now what? “Take this thyroid medication forever miss.” “Excuse me? How long?” “Forever!” “Thanks for the life sentence doc!” There are definitely underlying causes to most thyroid problems. Some cases may have to stay on medications forever, while others are able to significantly reduce or come off their medication completely. Doing the correct holistic labs to identify the cause to the thyroid problem is definitely important.
Online Health and Weight Loss Evaluation for the Thyroid. This is a great tool and the first step that helps determine the possible underlying cause to your thyroid problem. I highly recommend that you take the evaluation. It only takes a few minutes and we will even do a Free Consultation to Review Your Results. Last thing someone should do is unnecessarily spend a ton of money on lab testing. The Online Health and Weight Evaluation helps us hone in on the correct holistic lab testing to identify the cause. We use very affordable and highly effective holistic labs and tests.
Thyroid Supplements. If you have hashimoto thyroiditis then the below supplements would not be best for you. However, for general thyroid support they can be beneficial. Please consult your medical doctor before starting or stoping any supplements or medications.
- Asparagine: 500 mgs right before breakfast. Take it with the below L-tyrosine. This comes from protein and is needed to produce TSH, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.
- L-Tyrosine: 250 mg right before breakfast. L-Tyrosine comes from protein and is combined in your body with iodine to manufacture thyroid hormone.
- Kelp Powder: 300 mg twice a day. Kelp is a good source of iodine and trace minerals that can be beneficial for the thyroid.
- Ashwagandha Root: 450 mgs at breakfast. Ashwagandha has been show to help keep reverse T3 levels in check. Reverse T3 binds to T3 receptors and prevents the health T3 from working properly.
- Larix Laricina Arabinogalactan: 150 mg per day. This can be beneficial support for a healthy intestinal tract, which some thyroid patients need.
- Bladderwrack Whole Plant Extract: 100 mg at breakfast. This is an herbal source of iodine and also supports healthy thyroid function.
- Selenium: 200 mcgs per day. Selenium is very important for the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3. (Can be take by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis cases)’
- Zinc: 25mgs at breakfast. Zinc is needed for the production of T4 and the conversion of T3. (Usually safe for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis cases).
- Vitamin A: 5,000 IUs at breakfast. This will probably be in a good multi-vitamin but I did want to note it for 2 reasons. 1. It is one of the most common deficiencies in the world and 2. It is needed to activate the gene that regulates TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) production.
- Multi-Vitamin: A good complete multi-vitamin is best.
Diet. The right diet to promote weight loss and the health of the thyroid is of course crucial. In the below video we cover just that.
Exercise. Providing that there are no adrenal issues present then intense exercise is best for the thyroid. If possible, getting in a brisk morning walk on an empty stomach is great. If it’s warm enough let the sun hit your skin and breath deeply. The sunlight hitting your skin actually stimulates your metabolism and wakes up your thyroid and adrenal glands, as well as, suppresses melatonin–the sleep hormone. Please do not start or stop any nutritional supplements, medications or exercise programs with out the approval from your licensed medical doctor.
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