Low Thyroid? The Symptoms and the Top Recommended NATURAL Steps to Overcome It

Posted May 22, 2008. There have been 8 comments

“My get up and go got up and went!”

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you feeling energized or tired these days? If you’re feeling more sluggish than usual and it just seems to be getting worse, it could be a sign that your thyroid needs tender loving care.

Just below your Adam’s apple sits your thyroid, a small gland that secretes hormones that directly affect your metabolism, energy, hormones, weight loss and gain, cholesterol levels, skin, heart rate, eyesight and even memory.

When your thyroid is functioning properly, you look and feel great. But if it’s not doing its job, you’ll know. The most common thyroid condition is hypothyroidism, or low thyroid.

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid makes less thyroid hormone than your body needs or if your thyroid makes the adequate amounts of TSH, T4 and T3 but something (including your diet, and toxins) are preventing these hormones from metabolizing properly.

Low thyroid is increasingly common and symptoms can include:
  • sluggishness
  • low energy
  • decreased body temperature
  • dry and coarse skin
  • always feeling cold
  • insomnia
  • constipation
  • depression
  • poor memory
  • low libido
  • tingling in your wrists and hands
  • bruising and clotting problems
  • ruddy complexion
  • low immunity
  • nervousness and tremors
  • poor flexibility
  • high cholesterol
  • heavy menstrual flow
  • puffy around the eyes and face
  • sparse outer eyebrows

Some people have lots of these symptoms while others may just have a few.

If you experience even a couple of these symptoms, it might be wise to get your thyroid hormone levels checked. (Keep in mind that sometimes your levels might be in the “normal” range, even if your thyroid is under-functioning. In fact, hormone testing is notoriously inaccurate.) A simple test can be done at home using a thermometer. Just as you are waking up take your temperature. If it is low you have an excellent clue that an underactive thyroid is playing a major role in your fatigue, dry skin, constipation, weight gain, etc.

Symptoms are your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong, but it does not mean you need thyroid hormone. First and foremost, make a few simple diet and lifestyle adjustments. Give it a week to ten days and see if your symptoms start to disappear.

Simple, Natural and Safe Solutions to Try First

Many of us can get our “get up and go” back with simple changes in:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress Management

These three components for good health can also drastically improve your thyroid function. Here are some guidelines:

mom and daughter

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  1. Nutrition
    1. Eliminate processed foods and carbohydrates, including sugar. These nutritionally-void foods actually harm your health by chronically elevating your blood sugar and robbing your body of much-needed minerals. Cut out processed foods and carbohydrates and your thyroid will thank you. If you need a sugar fix, try yummy recipes made with Lakanto, a calorie-free all natural sweetener.
    2. Eat certain thyroid-boosting fats.

      Coconut oil – is especially good for warming your thyroid. According to Dr Ray Peat, an expert in coconut oil research, coconut oil added regularly to a balance diet, lowers cholesterol to normal. It does this by converting cholesterol into pregnenolone…the “grandmother hormone” made in our adrenals that is the precursor to DHEA and progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Both pregnenolone and progesterone are anti-oxidants, anti-toxin, anti-clot, anti-cancer, and anti-seizure. They both also improve memory and concentration. They are also very important for preventing osteoporosis in our bones.

      Here’s a special tip: If you currently suffer from a congested liver and/or gall bladder and do not digest oils efficiently, rub it generously on your skin and it will by-pass your liver doing all the wonderful things coconut oil can do... like warming up your thyroid.

      Other important fats for your thyroid are: raw butter and ghee, cod liver oil, red palm oil and egg yolks.

    3. Incorporate thyroid-boosting fermented foods and drinks.

      Cultured Vegetables – Your thyroid loves vitamin C and cultured vegetables made with cabbage are a great way to boost the benefits of vitamin C by hundreds of times.

      Dong Quai – The herb, dong quai, has been used in China since ancient times and has been called the “premier woman’s herb” because it helps balance female hormones. However, it is great for improving quality of sperm as well. It is an excellent blood builder for both men and women increasing energy. It helps lift depression.

      It is interesting that our thyroid plays an important role in normalizing our hormones and Dong Quai also helps regulate hormone imbalances. In fact, one of the thyroid’s most important roles in a woman’s body is to regulate the balance of estrogen and progesterone made in her ovaries. Women often report feeling happier with less mood swings when they take 2 – 3 ounces, 2 – 3 times per day.

      Body Ecology’s probiotic liquid, Dong Quai, gives you all the benefits of the herb dong quai, made more potent by probiotics.

      dong quai

      If you have hormone imbalances due to hyporthyroidism or hyperthyroidism, Dong Quai has been used for centuries to help regulate hormones AND provide you with immune and energy-boosting probiotics. Try delicious, convenient Dong Quai today.

    4. Use sea salt. Iodine deficiency is a common cause of hypothyroidism. If you’ve been avoiding salt because you’re afraid of high blood pressure, switch to healing Celtic sea salt. Iodine is a naturally occurring ingredient in Celtic Sea Salt ® and it is one of the healthiest salts available. Unlike common (poison) table salt Celtic Sea Salt is free of chemicals and additives. Many of the sea salts...even some at your health food stores...have been processed in some way, such as by heating, which removes minerals, including iodine. Drying agents are also usually added to keep sea salt from caking.
    5. Eat your sea vegetables. You’ve probably seen nori at sushi restaurants, and it’s just one of a variety of sea vegetables that can enhance the flavor of your favorite foods and boost your thyroid function. Sea vegetables should be at the top of your list of excellent foods for your thyroid. They contain iodine and have high levels of trace minerals, vitamins, healthy proteins and fats. Since our soils are so depleted, we drink coffee, soft drinks and alcohol, we live under so much stress, and eat refined, acidic foods including sugar, ocean veggies (like dulse, wakame, nori and kombu)  are truly a MUST in every meal. They Japanese eat it at every meal and we would be wise to follow them.
  2. Exercise to help detoxify
    • Find an exercise you like, and stick with it! All toxins including heavy metals are harmful to every organ in your body but they are especially disruptive to your endocrine system... including your thyroid.

      A favorite at Body Ecology is listening to great music while jumping on a mini trampoline or rebounder.Rebounding is truly the ideal exercise; it’s easy to do, enjoyable, and has many health and detoxification benefits. Aerobic exercise burns toxins even faster when you sweat.

    • Choose a variety of exercises that you enjoy and look forward to doing. Think fun not exercise. Three that can help bring balance into today’s stressful life are yoga, walking, and swimming.
  3. Stress Management

    • Sleep deeply like a healthy young child. Try to get in bed by 10 pm every night during the late fall and cold winter months. In the summer when the days are longer you won’t need as much sleep. (the hot months are great for sweating out those toxins, however.) The hours you sleep before midnight are valuable for renewal and repair. Read 10 Resolutions to Commit to Better Sleepto get some tips on hitting the hay.
    • Become a master of your emotions. You do not have to be a slave to a rollercoaster of emotions. In fact, you can choose your emotions moment by moment and day by day. If you want to live a happier, more relaxed and less stressful life, read 7 Resolutions to Commit to Greater Emotional Health. Also see the work of Darren Weissman and his “Lifeline Technique.” It quickly clears “core limiting beliefs” buried in your subconscious mind...so you can move onward to create the life you want with will power.

Low Thyroid also means your adrenals will need special attention.

In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is a common and undiagnosed condition just like hypothyroidism, and experts know that stressed adrenals affect your thyroid too.

Typically, your thyroid and adrenals team up to build energy in your body. But if one organ is compromised, then the other might be also, and adrenal fatigue frequently exhibits symptoms similar to thyroid disorders.

Learn more about your adrenals and how to nourish them in The Top 5 Natural Ways to Increase Low Libido (link to article not online yet). Whether or not you experience low libido, the natural solutions to nourish your adrenals can only help your thyroid too.

Boost Your Energy The Natural Way!

If you’re ready for your energy to skyrocket, follow these natural guidelines for nourishing your thyroid. You’ll see the effects in nearly every part of your body and feel more vibrant and healthy, naturally.

Sources:

  1. Pick, Marcelle, “Hypothyroid Symptoms,” WomenToWomen.com
    http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/symptoms.aspx

  2. Signs & Symptoms: Adrenal Fatigue vs. Low Thyroid, DrRind.com. http://www.drrind.com/scorecardmatrix.asp
  3. What Causes Thyroid Dysfunction? SafeMenopauseSolutions.com
    http://www.safemenopausesolutions.com/thyroid.html

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8 Comments

  • I would like to recommend a book that has helped my husband with low thyroid issues. It is the
    "thePlan", by Lyn-Genet Recitas. It has alot of info as well as recipes for thyroid. Maybe, this can be of some help to you.

    Posted on Oct 1 at 2:26 pm

  • I have had a ten year downward spiral. Last three years functionality was totally impaired. I already had a very good diet free of gluten, sugar and dairy and rich in nutrients. Docs decided it was all in my head too. I found out about a research project that I am currently still involved with. They tested eight thyroid hormones instead of the standard three. My throid problems showed up in high levels of reverse T3 which is an inactive form of thyroid hormone (metabolic waste). We have in essence two thyroid systems. There is no blood test available to test the utilization of T3 in the brain. Reverse T3 blocks the brains ability to use active thyroid hormone. Results are debilitating brain fog, exhaustion and depression. There is a book called "Depression and Your Thyroid" (what you need to know). Don't have docs name with me currently, but if you google it you will find it. It is by a Canadian doctor in Ontario specializing in subclinical thyroid treatment. The research group started me on dessicated thyroid. At the 60mg dose I felt energy beginning to return. The dessicated thyroid is "more forgiving"than synthetic hormone so there has been very little symptoms of a "glut" of excess T3. Most synthetics have only T4 which must be converted to T3. If there is a problem with converting the T4 results will not be optimal. Dessicated hormone has both and it has given me my life back. Because my circulating levels were within the normal range howbeit low end, I was ignored until my situation became dire since I have not been able to work. I really recommend looking up the mentioned book at a local library. In the end I had to change doctors to find one who would support me taking the dessicated thyroid. I woud not wish this experience on anyone. There are many people that are really ill and not being diagnosed soon enough or even not at all.

    Posted on May 23 at 11:21 pm

  • Now I don't know what to think...

    I have been ill for almost 2 years. By the 6th month mark, I'd already given-up seeking medical help. (Nearly all doctors and nurses BEGAN their examinations with the assumption I am imagining my symptoms. There wasn't much chance of changing their minds, especially once all the usual tests came back normal...even a brain scan...which is reassuring, but doesn't solve my very-real problem.) I have been quietly suffering for almost 2 years. I rarely go out anymore, due to the mild nausea, frequent mild-moderate head pain/pressure, and blurred vision. I can no longer go to movies, plays, seminars, or even drive. I'm in my house pretty much 24/7...a radical change to the 46 years preceding the sudden onset of symptoms. I recently decided to take a night course, but have to rely on my husband or cabs to get me there and back. An hour in, and the symptoms begin to worsen (like when watching an action movie, a live performance, or driving). I like the course, but whatever is wrong with me is making it needlessly arduous.

    I have read about hypothyroidism, but it didn't really ring true for me. However, I recently read a story by someone with almost my exact symptoms, and their issue turned out to be hypothyroidism. ...Even quirky symptoms, like post nasal drip. That caused me to revisit the possibility.

    I will say, the weight issue has become a problem. I was rail-thin most of my life. I suddenly began gaining weight a few years ago. I was finally able to lose about 30lbs, but I didn't lose an inch. My waist was still 36". For the past 3 or 4 months, the nausea and/or just general lack of appetite has me eating almost nothing. ...Maybe the volume a 6-year-old might eat. Yet I have not seen any signs of weight loss, and my waist remains 36". Add to the astonishingly low caloric intake, I workout every day, plus weights every other day. There has been no change in my physique.

    I read the list and, honestly, I mostly have the opposite. E.g. I have always been off-the-charts heat intolerant. Far from feeling cold, I am always hot. Summer or winter, my husband frequently asks if I mind if he turns up the thermostat. I don't think I've even been constipated, either. In fact, when this nonsense all began, diarrhea was a common occurrence. (Now, not so much.)

    I do have low energy, but a good memory, high libido, and tingling in my scalp (not hands). I'm not nervous. I'm relatively flexible (due to daily workouts & yoga). I have lighter periods each year, and they have become more regular (I do have PCOS).

    I have sparse eyebrows. I have always had insomnia...literally...since I was a child. I would love to get more sleep, on a regular basis, but most of the suggestions just don't work for me, or my lifestyle.

    I eat a very healthy diet, incl. a daily multi-vitamin, Brazil nuts, and some sea vegetables. I do eat a fair bit of kale & collard greens (almost daily), which some say impede thyroid function (but experts disagree on this issue).

    If anything jumps out at you, please feel free to post a possible cause. For now, I'm hoping for a miraculous return to normal (or maybe worsening to the point a diagnosis is possible). I really would not like to live the rest of my life like this. (Right now, for example, I'm a bit tired, my head feels "full" with some pressure at the top, top-right, temples, and cheekbones. I have transient pains at the lower, rear right of my skull, and it often feels hot. My vision is out of whack, as usual nowadays. I have no appetite, even though I ate a teeny breakfast after my workout this morning. -A slice of wholegrain bread with blackstrap molasses - for iron. An apple with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on it. Maybe a 1/2 cup of tomato juice. Plus a multi-vitamin.-) (It's 4PM now, and I may not eat anything for the rest of the day. About 50% of the time, I feel worse after eating, regardless of what I eat...which, combined with the latent nausea and general discomfort, is partly why I am eating so little, these days. I eat mostly for nutrition.)

    Like I said, I wouldn't want to live like this forever: fat, with a jiggly, wide belly, tired, head pains (and just always "feeling" my head in some way - pain or pressure) and just generally not being well enough to live a normal, active, independent life.

    Posted on Jan 23 at 12:57 pm

  • Cyndra,
    I have been diagnosed wIth severe hypothryoidism even though the blood tests show I am normal--liver function at 20% and thryoid below 60% dying. I am doing better and doc said in 3 months I will feel better. The key is to find a doctor who will subscribe iodine and eventually working up to massive amounts that will fix the problem. Don't do it on your own too much iodine can be fatal. I am taking iodine from the company Standard Process and get it from a natural path. He said to me taking natural thyroid tissue isn't good. Currently I am very slowly weaning myself off of the thyroid tissue and progesterone oil while increasing my iodine level. Do you know progesterone works against Iodine. The only way to real healing is to get enough iodine so the body doesn't have to have the crutches of the other. I hope this helps.
    Uma,
    I am not a doctor, and I don't know what that stuff is your taking, but I think you need to find a homeopathic or nutritionist doctor who will prescribe iodine and increase it over time till you get enough. Western doctors I have found know absolutely nothing about healing my problem, but puts band-aides on it. However the sleep aides are very beneficial till we can sleep on our own.

    Posted on Dec 28 at 11:18 am

  • After i have been diagonised with hypothyroidism i am taking thyrowell capsules as per my doctor's instructions. but i feel very thirsty and dry almost all the times even if i take sufficient water. please help

    Posted on Dec 19 at 1:46 am

  • Fantastic information. Thyroid health is something a lot of people overlook.

    Posted on Sep 21 at 12:13 am

  • You need Iodoral or Lugol's

    Posted on Jun 16 at 3:11 pm

  • Donna Gates,
    Hello. Since February 2010, my doctor has prescribed Nature-Throid NT 1. Since I have been out of my meds. I noticed my hair becoming thinner. I have been taking as a substitue Detoxadine a nascent atomic Iodine. Do you think this is a good replacement?

    thank you for your time
    cyndra Haili

    Posted on Dec 18 at 5:10 pm

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