Hypothyroidism and Food
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, has many contributing factors that associate to this imbalances. For example, a common cause of hypothyroidism is a gluten intolerance.
Other major culprits that interfere with thyroid function include pesticides and heavy metal toxicity. Nutrient deficiencies can also slow things down. Your thyroid needs specific nutrients to run optimally including selenium, zinc, iodine and omega 3 fatty acids.
Most doctors don’t test for thyroid function correctly. Even when they do diagnose it, they don’t treat it effectively by optimizing thyroid function through diet, supplements and the right thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Giving a medication to help function is only half the battle, but does nothing to try to help heal the gland.
That’s unfortunate, since thyroid function plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight, and hypothyroid is a major player in weight-loss resistance. Aside from eating well and taking supplements, getting the right help makes all the difference.
Ask your doctor to check your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH and free T3 and T4, as well as thyroid antibodies including thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies).
Some people may need to dig deeper and get a special test called reverse T3 to learn if something like heavy metals (mercury), pesticides, yeast or nutritional deficiencies like selenium, vitamin D, zinc or even iodine could block thyroid hormone function.
Reverse T3 is the brake that stops your thyroid hormone from working at the right times. Unfortunately, toxins and inflammation increase levels of reverse T3. Even if regular thyroid tests appear normal, high levels of reverse T3 mean your thyroid is not working properly!
You can request these from any conventional doctor or a naturopath.
If you want a natural way to balance your thyroid, send me a message and we can chat about what works best for you.
Belinda Rodgers, RHN
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