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“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.
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.
Many of us can get our “get up and go” back with simple changes in:
These three components for good health can also drastically improve your thyroid function. Here are some guidelines:
Satisfy your sweet cravings without harming your thyroid! You can eat delicious, nutritious sweets when you use Lakanto. This amazing natural sweetener tastes like sugar, but has zero calories and does not feed candida. Try Lakanto to make your favorite recipes or try one of our Lakanto recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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