Hypothyroidism is described as an under activity of the thyroid gland that creates hormones to effect many functions in the body. Thyroid gland issues have taken the center stage since more focus is being shifted to the root cause of not being able to lose weight than focusing merely on calories in foods. The holistic approach looks at the background of every disease, tracking the lifestyle and food habits, holistic approach doesn’t only cure the symptoms but helps in alleviating the root cause of a condition. Unfortunately hypothyroidism is more common in women and it slows down the metabolism in women.
Hypothyroidism however can effect anyone over the age of 50, and general symptoms include fatigue, low body temperature, muscle cramps, weakness, constipation, dry skin , swelling, weight gain, and depression. Hypothyroidism can also effect the menstrual cycle thus affecting fertility. Hormonal imbalances are often overlooked when it comes to weight loss, sometimes the cause of weight gain is skin deep and many reject these symptoms by calling them symptoms of aging, but that should not be the case.
Hypothyroidism can effect women in their thirties, so if you are trying to conceive and having difficulty, you should get your thyroid function tested to see if it’s optimal. Hypothyroidism is generally a condition that most people are not well aware of and is never properly diagnosed. It is shown that around 10% of women in the US have some sort of thyroid hormone deficiency. However, good nutrition, awareness and a healthy lifestyle can help you control the symptoms and lead a happy and fulfilling life. Healthy thyroid does not just depend on Iodine, other vital nutrients are selenium, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc and folic acid.
Chronic stress can effect your thyroid badly, meditation, yoga and any form of aerobic exercise is generally good for your body and overall hormonal function. You can balance your hormones with daily self-care and good nutrition, consume whole grains, nuts and seeds, seaweed and fish. Seafood naturally contains iodine, selenium, iodized able salt or taking iodine supplements (recommended by a physician) can be used. Exercise daily for at least 4-5 days a week. Get adequate sun exposure to get vitamin D, and reduce your intake of caffeine and sugar.
Organic meat, eggs and legumes are a good source of protein that help thyroid hormones reach every tissue of the body. It is important to note that cholesterol and fat is a precursor to major hormones, get healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, fish, flax seeds, butter, avocados, full fat cheese and yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk.