Supporting Thyroid Disease Naturally
Classic signs of thyroid hormone deficiency, or hypothyroid symptoms, include fatigue, hair loss, cold hands and feet, poor memory, muscle and joint pain, depression, high cholesterol, constipation and most frustrating of all, the inability to lose weight no matter what you eat or how much you exercise!
Over the past 7 years, I have seen a large influx of patients that are placed on synthetic thyroid hormones to treat the above symptoms. Many of these individuals responded well to thyroid hormone initially, but were no longer receiving as much benefit from its use. Furthermore, many of them continued to develop additional symptoms such as dry eyes, dry and bleeding nasal passages, and dry hair and skin. Most of them were also experiencing greater loss of hair.
Do you STILL have thyroid symptoms even though your lab tests are normal?
Did you know that certain nutrient deficiencies and emotional stress can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism? There are also environmental factors that can affect thyroid hormone production. Oral contraceptives and estrogen containing medications have been shown to reduce the amount of active thyroid.
Many herbicides and pesticides contain estrogen mimicking compounds known to effect thyroid hormone production. Soy foods and sodas can cause a reduction in thyroid hormone. Certain food allergies and selenium deficiency are linked to autoimmune thyroid dysfunction. Heavy metal exposure through air, water, dental fillings etc. have been linked to poor thyroid function. Remember that improving thyroid disease is never just as simple as taking a medication.
Thyroid dysfunction always has a cause!
A Doctor trained in the principles of Functional Medicine, or Lifestyle Medicine, will perform a comprehensive exam and laboratory work up that will identify the hidden cause(s) that conventional wisdom often ignores. Remember, your body can be inspired to make its own thyroid hormone providing that all the essential nutrients necessary are present in the diet or provided through advanced nutritional supplementation.
Most patients that come to me initially are taking some form of synthetic thyroid medication. Most were told that the medication was a lifelong necessity. And yet our experience demonstrates that very often the medication becomes unnecessary as the true, underlying causes(s) of the thyroid problems are discovered and supported naturally with lifestyle modifications that no drug can duplicate.
Supporting Healthy Blood Sugar Naturally
According to top medical doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and now even the media, Type 2 diabetes is a completely reversible condition. Yet, millions of people all over the world are being told that diabetes is “genetic” and that they have to live with it the rest of their life.
25% of the Population is Pre-Diabetic… And They Don’t Know It!
Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions and the latest statistics revealed by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Also, research from the American Diabetic Association (ADA) shows that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which is 25% of the US population!
The cost of diabetes to our nation is a staggering $245 billion dollars a year as of 2012. That’s $176 billion in direct medical costs and another $69 billion loss in productivity.Aside from the financial costs of diabetes the more frightening findings are the side effects and the fact that diabetes is the 7th leading disease killer in America today. The most common side effects of diabetes include: high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and amputation.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is caused by insulin resistance. It is a metabolic disorder that is caused by high blood sugar. We know the main causative factors in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include foods that spike blood sugar levels and cause intestinal inflammation.
Foods You Must Remove to Support Healthy Blood Sugar Naturally
Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits. These forms of sugar enter the blood stream rapidly and can cause extreme elevations in blood glucose. Even though natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup are better options, they can still affect blood sugar. Your best option is to switch to stevia, an sweet herb that does not spike insulin.
Grains, especially gluten containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar within a few minutes of consumption. Gluten can cause intestinal inflammation which affects hormones like cortisol and leptin, and can lead to spikes in blood sugar.
Conventional cow’s milk, should be eliminated especially for type 1 diabetics. Dairy can be a fantastic food for balancing blood sugar if it comes from goats or sheep but stay away from all other forms of pasteurized dairy because the protein produced by conventional, grain fed cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten. When buying dairy, only purchase raw and organic from pasture raised, grass fed animals.
Alcohol can dangerously increase blood sugar and lead to liver toxicity. Beer and sweet liquors are high in carbohydrates and should be avoided.
GMO corn, soy, and canola have been linked to kidney and liver disease and may promote diabetes. I suggest removing all GMO foods and all packaged foods from your diet. Also, remove hydrogenated oils from your diet including vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil.