You and your thyroid …

Now many of you don’t realise how much of an important little gland this is until its playing up.

This little gland found about midway down ones throat and has a butterfly shape , It sits either side of the windpipe and has a small bridge that connects the two halves of the gland

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The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance. Its correct functioning depends on having a good supply of iodine from the diet.

Signs and symptoms of

Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism: Graves:
Fatigue and sluggishness  

Fatigue

 

Fatigue

 

Increased sensitivity to cold

 

Heat intolerance

 

elevated blood pressure

 

Constipation

 

Frequent bowel movement (diarrhea)

 

more frequent stools and/or diarrhea

 

Memory lapses

 

Mental disturbances

 

difficulty sleeping and/or insomnia

 

Depression

 

Irritability

 

anxiety

 

Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)

 

Light menstrual period ( Missed Periods)

 

irregular menstrual periods

 

Muscle weakness

 

Sudden paralysis

 

increased sweating

 

Joint pain and stiffness

 

Possible increase in blood sugar

 

irritability or nervousness

 

Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness

 

Muscle weakness

 

muscle weakness

 

Unexplained weight gain

 

Weight loss-but perhaps weight gain

 

hand tremors

 

Enlargement of the tongue

 

Tremor/shakiness

 

rapid or irregular heartbeat

 

Hair loss

 

Thinning of hair

 

restlessness

 

Brittle nails

 

Shortness of breath

 

sensitivity to heat

 

A puffy face

 

Dizziness

 

chest pain

 

Pale, dry skin

 

Increased sweating

 

bulging eyes

Low Basal Temperature       (can make one more suseptable to chronic and accute viruses )  

Appetite change (decrease or increase)

 

shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing

 

Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

 

unexplained weight loss (typically despite an increase in appetite)

 

Heart palpitations

 

vision problems or changes

 

Nervousness

 

Problems with fertility

 

Vision changes

 

Itching and hives

As you can see from the table that many of the symptoms can overlap

You can get yourself tested but sometimes these tests don’t always pick up that your thyroid is an issue as one can swing between hypo and hyper thyroidism  so it does pay to discuss your issues with your doctor and taking some of the following herbs could be off assistance to you

schzandra

Schisandra berry.

Schisandra’s a really great herb, it’s a good anti-viral, anti-histamine, it’s a liver protective herb and it’s also an adrenal tonic. This herb also raises your Basal Temperature which is good for those with hypothyroidism.

One of things that Schisandra does is it helps to raise glutathione. Glutathione is your body’s most abundant antioxidant. Whenever there is autoimmune disease we always want to increase glutathione levels and that can be done through a variety of ways.

Jackie as a Naturopath can discuss the Fluid Extracts with you privately

NAC

A good way also to increase ones Glutathione level is through N-acetyl-cysteine or NAC. N-acetyl-cysteine will also help to increase glutathione and that just helps to balance the immune system and it reduces inflammation in the thyroid gland which is a big part of what one needs  to do with Hashimoto’s, that is to decrease that inflammation hence  spare the gland for as long as possible.

ashwaganda

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a superstar when it comes to improving the health of your thyroid.This  herb is also known as Indian Ginseng , Its botanical Name Withania somnifera.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb popular in Ayurvedic medicine, that has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones. Scientists don’t completely understand how adaptogens work,  Naturopaths and herbalist have reccommended it  for a long time .They are known to be very effective.

One of the most incredible aspects about adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha is that they can help people with both hypo and hyper thyroid issues. It has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid for people diagnosed with Hashimotos, and has been shown to improve the health of those with an overactive thyroid or Graves disease.

Adaptogenic herbs work with your body to bring you back into balance  whether your levels are high or low.

Also, ashwagandha may benefit thyroid function because it greatly reduces lipid peroxidation by promoting scavenging of free radicals that cause cellular damage. These results prove ashwagandha can be useful in treating hypothyroidism. Adaptogens are a group of plants that can help your body adapt to physical, chemical, and environmental stressors. These unique herbs grow at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Asia and Eastern Europe.

Jackie as a Naturopath can discuss the Fluid Extracts with you privately but we also have this in Teas and Capsules.

rholioda

Rhodiola.

Rhodiola Rosea, also known as “golden rod,” is an adaptogen herb with tremendous fat burningenergy enhancing and brain boosting power.

An Amazing and Incredible thing about this wonder herb Rhodiola is its aid in assisting your body to burn its fat stores making it into fuel. The active compound in Rhodiola which is called Rosavin has been proven to trigger your bodys fat burning response.

Rosavin works by stimulating an enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase, which has the ability to break down fat that is stored in adipose tissue (belly area). Also, human clinical studies found that if you combine taking rhodiola extract with doing moderate exercise, the break down of belly fat increases even more.

A controlled placebo study done on 130 overweight patients at Georgia State Hospital showed that taking Rhodiola Rosea extract daily led to a mean weight loss of 8.5 kg (11% reduction in body fat), compared to only 3.5 kg  of loss by the placebo group eating the exact same low calorie diet.

By combining these two adaptogenic superstars together you can heal your thyroid, balance cortisol and burn more fat.

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Iodine

Iodine is another thing that is said that we should take to help our thyroid. But the thing you have to be careful of is  iodine can be a double edge sword and to much of a good thing can be bad.

A good way to take Iodine is through Nascent Iodine –  Nascent Iodine is a highly energizing and absorb-able form of atomic iodine.( Though this product is alittle more expensive it is more Bio Available and is the one we recommend for people to take internally)

Those of us that are of NZ Maori and Pacific Island Descent also have to be careful as they do seem to be more susceptible to an iodine overload and this is because of their love for the bounty of the sea , in especially the spikey little Kina or Sea Urchin. Now we are not saying don’t eat these , Just if you are everything in moderation and don’t eat them with things that have added Iodine to them.

If you are a large salt user one thing you can try is mixing your salt with Kelp powder , Some do this 1: 1 ratio some do it 1 part Kelp powder 2 parts salt , It adds a nice flavour to the food , Cuts down your sodium intake and It does increase your iodine intake so your covering two birds with one stone so to speak . Just don’t add it to salt that has iodine added to it.

nettle

Nettle

Nettles sometimes also known as Stinging Nettles, traditionally used for seasonal allergies. It’s also good for prostate issues but it also works well with Hashimoto’s. It’s an anti-histamine, an anti-inflammatory and it really helps to balance the immune system.

We have this available in both Tea and Capsuls

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, also called Melissa officinalis, is a herb that may help support your thyroid and also normalize the accelerated thyroid function that occurs in hyperthyroidism. Jackie as a Naturopath can discuss the Fluid Extracts with you privately

 

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea may be of benefit in hyperthyroidism because of its antioxidant effect. Its reccommended that you take the Green tea that is free from caffeine as caffeine can mimick thyroid symptoms.

We have this product in not only in  Capsule form but we also have it in GreenTeaX50 drink sachets 

By boosting your immune strength, you are better able to combat your current condition and avoid further illnesses.

Another thing that Jackie recommends is that you are to completely AVOID products that have Soy in them as this can cause issues with your Thyroid. It can also cause issues in young boys especially with things like Hyperactivity and ADHD and can trigger these disorders in children. You will need to be careful if you are trying to avoid soy that you know what your commercial bread has in it as many of these have soy products incorporated.

So as you can see there is a lot of things that can help you with your thyroid , I could write on this subject for DAYs and make many pages to this blog but I don’t want to send any of you to sleep but if you have any questions regarding how to help your thyroid please feel free to comment or to contact us

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