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Optimal Thyroid Health Using Superfoods -- #31
October 27, 2012
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What is the Thyroid Gland?Here in this month's ezine I have decided to cover one of the most fascinating glands in the body, the thyroid. Over the years of assisting friends and clients, as well as rebuilding my own thyroid health, I wanted to share what I know and the foods/supplements that I have come to consider superior for rejuvenating this vital part of the endocrine system. First let me begin by discussing exactly what the thyroid is and why it is so important to overall health.
The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system and is the soft, butterfly-like shaped tissue located in the throat chakra just below the Adam's apple. The name "thyroid" comes from the Greek word meaning "shield", which indicates its major protective function against harmful toxins and radiation in the environment around us.
The thyroid gland produces tyrosine, which converts the thyroid hormones, T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), in iodine. It is part of the endocrine system and a whole network of other glands in the body. The two main glands that work directly with the thyroid are the pituitary gland (in the brain) and the hypothalamus gland, both which assist in the production of hormones that stimulate and normalize T3/T4 hormones.
Main Thyroid Gland Functions
The thyroid regulates the metabolic energy of the body, controlling a fast or slow metabolism and the ability to burn calories by breaking down food molecules into usable nutrients. It is a "finely tuned sensor" responsible for the growth and function rate of many other systems in the body. It is essential for activating "jing", one of the 3 treasures in Traditional Chinese Medicine considered to be the "root of our vitality." When the thyroid gland is compromised it can cause a number of symptoms including: high or low blood sugar, hormone imbalance, inflammation, liver toxicity, auto-immune diseases, chronic nervous disorders, fatigue and inability to express oneself creatively.
What is Hypothyroidism?
A majority of the people with thyroid imbalance have an under active thyroid (hypothyroid), whereby not enough hormones are being produced. Women are largely effected with statistics at about 75% women and 25% men. Some people have a body type that is prone to hyperthyroid, the opposite of hypothyroid, in which too much thyroid hormone is produced, but this is not as common.
Hypothyroidism causes a slowing of metabolism and burning of calories. It effects one's ability to digest and eliminate. You many feel tired, depressed and unable to loose weight because your thyroid health is stressed and weak after possibly years of toxicity and malnourishment. To understand more accurately what is going on specifically, because there are many different types of possible scenarios, you need to get a thorough antibody test for the thyroid.
What Causes a Hypothyroid:
General Rules About Diet
For an under active thyroid I would suggest keeping the diet as clean and simple as possible, lots of raw foods and/or whole foods. Limit your amount of goitrogen containing cruciferous vegetables, but they can be consumed small amounts. Depending on the severity of your thyroid condition, it may be imperative that you avoid excessively processed or refined foods, transfats, caffeine, alcohol, or food preservatives.
Fermented foods, like sauerkrauts and kefir are excellent for providing probiotic culture to the gut and helpful to the process of elimination. Nuts, like brazil nut and pumpkin seeds, contain selenium and zinc, two important vitamins needed. Sea vegetables, like kelp and bladderwrack, and sea salt (not iodized and refined) are also excellent! Camu camu berry, goji berries and bee pollen are good sources of Vitamin C, A and B vitamins all of which are important for thyroid recovery. In addition, a high quality Vit B12 and Vit D3 supplement is also helpful for rebuilding the health of this gland.
TOP Superfoods for the ThyroidThe following list are my personal favorites for a hypo-thyroid condition. For people with a hyper-thyroid, I would suggest only Nascent Iodine, Indiumease and of course a complete vitamin mineral supplementation protocol.
1) Nascent Iodine - Iodine is a needed nutrient for optimal thyroid health. It can not be stored by the body so we need to consume it through foods. When the thyroid is out of balance this is the top #1 superfood supplement we recommend for detoxing negative effects of radiation, plastics, pesticides, depleted uranium or heavy metal uptake. After this cleansing process, iodine will replenish and replace much needed nutrients that promote a healthy thyroid gland. Learn more about why we suggest "Nascent Iodine" over other brands often prescribed.
2) Ashwanganda, Fo-ti and Astragalus - Ashwaganda is known as the top Ayurvedic root for stimulating under active thyroid. It is a jing tonic that helps convert T4 to T3. Astragalus is a Chinese tonic and a immune system enhancer and stimulant. Fo-ti root (Ho Sho Wu) is #1 jing herb adaptogen that modulates hormone system and tonifies the kidneys.
3) Indiumease - Also called "the Silver Bullet", helps significantly in vitamin and mineral uptake and absorption that will help to nourish and rebuild thyroid health. Take 2-7 drops on the tongue first thing in the morning. (1 drop per 50lbs of body weight.)
4) Coconut Oil - The oil from coconut is a metabolic increasing fat and excellent for most people with hypothyroidism to increase energy levels. It converts to fuel instantly; you do not need bile acid to break down the oil. The glycerol molecule in the fat splits with your saliva and goes right through your system immediately. For more info see our coconut oil page.
5) Tulsi (Holy Basil) - Tulsi tea modulates insulin and hormone levels and helps to increase metabolism.
6) Probiotic supplement - Repopulating the colon with friendly micro-flora will help with absorption and conversion of usable T3 as well as other vitamin and minerals. It is extremely valuable for overall health and thyroid vitality. Primal Defense is an excellent brand of soil based organisms, take 500 billion per day for therapeutic dose. It is good to take probiotics with a cultured ferment, like kefir or sauerkraut.
Recipe of the Month:
Hypothyroid Vanilla Shake Elixir
This is a shake packed with superfood ingredients to stimulate an under active thyroid and get things moving. It makes a great morning drink after a light workout or yoga session.
Make your tulsi tea ahead of time and allow to cool. To do this infuse 3T tulsi leaf in 3/4 quart hot water. In a blender add the quart of tea plus all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Until our next issue...
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All information in this ezine is the personal view of the author and is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or prescription. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or prevent any disease.
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