Hypothyroidism occurs when you produce insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone or when you have thyroid hormone resistance. As a result, your body cannot maintain normal metabolism, and your ability to convert tyrosine to dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine is impaired. This can cause a ripple effect of symptoms, including cognitive dysfunction.
Symptoms of Low Thyroid Hormone Levels
- fatigue, exhaustion
- always cold
- hair loss, specially in the lateral third eyebrow
- dry skin
- menstrual abnormalities
- fibro fog
- excess muscle tension and trigger points
A common give-away that you may be hypothyroid is feeling cold most of the time. This is because your body cannot generate enough ATP molecules to keep the core temperature of your body high enough.
Unfortunately, many if not most conventional doctors do nothing but look at lab test data when diagnosing thyroid disease, and typically ignore signs and symptoms revealed by the patient, such as dry skin or hair loss.
The standard tests used today to diagnose inadequate thyroid hormone regulation due to hypothyroidism are the free T3, free T4 and TSH. There’s also a test called TRH (thyroid releasing hormone) stimulation test. Many patients are coming back with normal results. Yet, some practitioners are supplementing with thyroid medication when addressed with the above symptoms to see if there is improvement. Many are finding patients expressing relief. Another good strategy may be to observe your own symptoms if your results are negative and try these natural alternatives below for support.
Help Your Thyroid Naturally
- Add coconut oil to our diet. Drink a Fibromyalgia Smoothie in the morning.
- Up your protein level.
- Eat more pears and apples. The ancient Chinese discovered that pears have a powerful tendency to balance hormones; especially in women.
- Eat a natural diet
- Adhere to an Alkaline Diet - This is extremely helpful when curing any chronic disease.
- Iodine - The thyroid needs iodine to function properly, and lots of people now suffer from iodine deficiencies. To test yourself, place some iodine (we use 2%) on your stomach. Make a dot the size of a silver dollar. If it disappears within 12 hours, then you are iodine deficient. Keep adding iodine in increasing amounts, until it no longer disappears in a 12-hour period. This works due to the fact that the body transdermally absorbs iodine at the rate at which it is needed. Do not use povidone iodine and do not orally consume iodine. This is especially an important precaution for those with Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
- Eliminate Soy - Soy suppresses thyroid functions, imbalances hormones, and it has been shown to cause goiters (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) in previously healthy individuals, which shows that it disrupts iodine usage.