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The thyroid gland, which is responsible for producing hormones related to
energy usage and metabolism, plays a big role in person’s ability to lose or gain
weight. Those with experiencing hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) may
find weight loss difficult while those with hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) may
find weight gain difficult.
A simple home test that can be done to determine thyroid function is something
called the “Barnes” test. It is done by taking your temperature under the tongue
first thing in the morning. 97.2 – 98.2 degrees fahrenheit (36.2 – 36.8 celsius) is
considered normal. If you find your temperature falls below this, that may be a
sign of under-active thyroid. Menstruating women should only take this test the
2nd or 3rd day after menstruation begins.
If you find your thyroid is over or under active, is there a way to bring the
thyroid back into balance naturally?
Yes, but first you should always follow a doctor’s advice. Luckily, many thyroid
prescriptions are made from natural thyroid and are good options. What I want
to share with you here is simply what I’ve learned from a few doctors who’ve had
tremendous success in treating both overactive and under-active thyroid with
some natural interventions.
Before anything else, realize that the thyroid will be affected by foods you eat.
Vegetable oils like soy, canola, safflower, etc. are particularly bad for the thyroid
as they’re often oxidized as well as foods high in goitrogens like soy and lots of
raw cruciferious vegetables like broccolli (which are fine in moderation and
better when lightly cooked).
Also, things in the body do not work in isolation. Thyroid and adrenal issues
often come hand in hand. I believe the safest course of action, for minor thyroid
issues, is to use adaptogenic herbs to gradually bring the body back into
balance. Ashwagandha (Sensoril Extract) is particularly useful for helping both
the thyroid and adrenals rebalance while reducing excess cortisol.
Looking at the thyroid, the most common mineral that comes to mind is iodine.
Iodine is particularly important for the thyroid, but it also plays a role in other
areas of the body and may be cancer protective. Conventional thinking says that
iodine deficiency is rare due to iodized salt, and that too much iodine is harmful
and leads to the thyroid problems.
The work of Dr. David Brownstein and Dr. Guy Abraham have shown that
supplementing with higher doses of iodine is not only safe, but very effective in
treating many thyroid conditions including both over and under active thyroid.
Many Asian countries take in significant quantities of iodine through sea
vegetables and maintain great health and thyroid function. This seems to indicate
that whole food sources of organic kelp and dulse may be some of the best
protection for the thyroid, and these foods are pretty much completely absent in
the Western diet.
High doses of supplemental iodine like Lugol’s iodine is often used in treatment,
and this may be ok but is a little more risky as it’s easier to overdo it and find
yourself detoxing. The reason for detoxing is that bromide accumulation occurs
in the body in the absence of adequate iodine, and when iodine levels are
restored, the body detoxifies bromide. Higher intake of an unrefined salt can
provide chloride to ease this detoxification.
It’s also important to note that iodine works with selenium. 1-3 Brazil nuts daily
or the safer supplemental form of selenium (methylselenocysteine) can be taken
at 100-200mcg a day.
Since all minerals work together, and too much of any mineral can be
detrimental, this is why I recommend a mineral test to find your specific needs
through spectracell.com
Coconut oil also supports the thyroid function and taking 1-3 tablespoons a day
will provide the thyroid with nourishment.
If you’re worried about the health of your thyroid, please seek the professional
care of an integrative physician. You can find a physician through acam.org or
ICIM.

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