Thyroid hormones regulate other hormones, including the adrenal glands’ adrenaline production. Thyroid gland hormones also influence cellular metabolism, digestion, libido, and overall energy.
There are three maladies involving the thyroid. Not everyone knows he or she has a thyroid issue even while exhibiting low energy or the inability to lose weight. One is an autoimmune disease and the other two are conditions.
The disease is known as Hashimoto’s disease, which actually slowly destroys the thyroid while potentially creating both conditions. In addition to both conditions alternating with Hashimoto’s disease, a swollen thyroid or goiter which becomes evident.
The two conditions are hypothyroidism, not enough hormone production or utilization, and the other is hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid that causes too much hormone production.
Hypothyroidism is the more common condition with its symptoms of low energy, fatigue, low libido, overweight problems and sensitivity to cold.
Hyperthyroidism can lead to nervousness, restlessness, manic behavior, and difficulty concentrating. Goiter and weight loss can also manifest. Pre-Nazi Germany used sodium fluoride to reduce the excessive hormone production of hyperthyroid patients. Now, fluoride is in over 75 percent of USA’s public water supplies.
It’s a good idea to eliminate the possibility of Hashimoto’s disease before pursuing hypothyroid solutions because the solutions for hypothyroidism are actually dangerous for those with Hashimoto’s disease.
Hypothyroidism signs and remedies
Hypothyroidism may be the most common hormonal deficiency in the Western world. It can even occur when the thyroid does produce enough thyroid hormones that are not utilized properly. That’s known as thyroid hormone resistance, which produces the same symptoms as hypothyroidism.
Many who think they have fibromyalgia may simply have one of these two manifestations of hypothyroidism. According to Dr. John Lowe, conventional testing can fall short of diagnosing hypothyroidism, especially for those with thyroid hormone resistance.
That’s because the T3, T4, and TH hormone counts can appear normal with someone experiencing thyroid hormone resistance. Also, allopathic endocrinologists often have a low expectation of normal. When it comes to remedying thyroid hormone resistance, the high amounts of thyroid hormone Dr. Lowe recommends shock the average endocrinologist.
Dr. Lowe has discovered that treating fibromyalgia complaints the same as hypothyroidism works very well. He uses an additional TRH (thyroid releasing hormone) test with symptom observations.
A simple self-administered test would be to take your temperature immediately upon waking up from a regular night’s sleep. A low temperature indicates probable thyroid hormone deficiency, according to Donna Gates of Body Ecology website.
Here is an abbreviated list of other symptoms, most of which resemble fibromyalgia.
- Fatigue mistaken as fibromyalgia
- Unable to lose or stop gaining weight
- Feeling cold easily and often
- Dry skin, eyes, or hair
- Excess muscle tension
- Low immunity
- Low basal body temperature
- Delayed tendon reflex, when the foot returns position slowly after tapping the Achilles heel
It’s common for holistic health practitioners to recommend a quality iodine supplement or seaweed consumption. Iodine is thyroid food. They also recommend various natural thyroid hormone supplements.
It makes sense that increased fibromyalgia incidents coincide with a rise in iodine deficiency since iodine was taken out of table salt. Increasing iodine or using thyroid hormone supplements will help a thyroid that’s hormone deficient.
Additionally, a comprehensive metabolic approach is required that could also prove helpful for Hoshimoto’s disease. Avoid inflammation causing processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs. Eat organically produced whole vegetables, nuts, legumes and fruits. Hydrate with non-fluoridated water, exercise, and stress less.
Health-e-Solutions comment: The Health-e-Solutions lifestyle includes whole, organic vegetables nuts and very low glycemic fruits and slightly alkaline water. Exercise and stress reduction are also important. The thyroid is just one more organ that seems to benefit from transforming our lifestyle into a healthier, more sustainable way of better living.
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