Understanding Hypothyroidism


How Do You Know if You Have Hypothyroidism (Under Active Thyroid)?

Do you suspect you may have hypothyroidism? Then ask yourself if you’re experiencing any of the most common symptoms below:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Infertility
  • Goiters
  • Feeling chilled
  • Constipation
  • Muscle aches and tenderness
  • Stiffened, swollen joints
  • Hair loss
  • Rough, cracked skin
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Menstrual cycle changes
  • More frequent colds or flu

At the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the United States’ leading regenerative medicine clinics, many patients walk through the doors thinking they have a certain disease or disorder only to be surprised to learn they actually have hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a glandular condition. The gland in question is the thyroid, a roughly butterfly-shaped organ that surrounds the trachea (windpipe). The thyroid gland is crucial in hormone production that regulates a wide array of body functions like metabolism, heart function, digestion, muscle control, and even brain development and bone maintenance. It is easy to see then that an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an overactive one (hyperthyroidism) can cause a cascade of healthy imbalances all through the body.

Hypothyroidism Basics

The American Thyroid Association, tells us that 12% of the American public will encounter thyroid problems sometime in their lives. But it is also believed that so many go undiagnosed, that as much as 40% of Americans may suffer some level of underactive thyroid. This is especially true for women, particularly those who are 60 or older. Regardless of gender, however, people who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at high risk of developing hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is not curable, but it is not specifically a life-threatening condition in and of itself. It can, however, profoundly affect the quality of life and significantly contribute to a variety of serious and chronic diseases. The good news is that hypothyroidism is easily managed with medication and other more advanced medical treatments such as stem cell therapy.

You can be pro-active in managing your hypothyroidism.

An underactive thyroid must be managed with medical intervention. But that is not to say you don’t have a crucial role to play in increasing the effectiveness of your therapy. One of the very best ways to do this is to focus on a diet plan that promotes thyroid health. And here’s a bonus: a diet geared toward managing hypothyroidism reaps more health benefits than just those associated with the thyroid!

9 Foods to Boost Thyroid Function

  1. Wild Caught Fish

When fish such as salmon, mackerel, or sardines are wild caught, you get the optimum amount of 2 omega-3 fatty acids in particular: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are crucial for hormonal balance and improving symptoms of hypothyroidism. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce cellular inflammation, a critical element in boosting the immune system and taking the stress of an underactive thyroid.

  1. Coconut Oil

This should be a staple in any hypothyroidism diet. Coconut oil supports metabolism, increasing energy and fighting fatigue. It works wonders in nourishing the digestive system as well as being a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial, all of which fight inflammation. Like wild caught fish, coconut oil boosts immunity and can enhance brain function. It has also been used to stabilize blood glucose levels, something that diabetics, in particular, can benefit from.

  1. Seaweed

Iodine is an essential element in fighting hypothyroidism, and quality seaweed products are rich in this mineral. Seaweed can be purchased in several dried varieties and used as an ingredient in soups, noodles, casseroles, seafood, and more. Seaweed supplements can also be used if the product is a quality one.

  1. Probiotic-Rich Foods

Probiotics can be found in a variety of fermented foods such as kefir and certain yogurts. If you have a dairy sensitivity, you can use a number of foods such as kimchi, kombucha, natto, or sauerkraut. Probiotics are essential in promoting a healthy digestive tract which plays a critically supportive role in your overall health. Your gut helps with nutrient absorption, fighting inflammation, and regulating the autoimmune response. This helps to take the load of an underactive thyroid.

  1. Sprouted Seeds

Most of us are familiar with alfalfa sprouts. But there are plenty of other sprouted seeds you can add for delicious variety in your hypothyroidism diet. These include flax, hemp, soybean, and chia seeds. All of them contain the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). As with many of the foods listed above, sprouted seeds can help promote hormonal balance and boost the function of an underactive thyroid.

  1. Clean Water

Never doubt the power of keeping well hydrated with clean, simple water. For all the benefits already discussed regarding a good hypothyroidism diet, it would all be for naught without ample hydration to move nutrients throughout the body’s organs and glands. It is the foundation of healthy digestive function, helps prevent fatigue, and the regulation of mood. Likewise, it eases the strain on an under active thyroid. How much water should you drink daily for good hydration? WebMD has tips.

  1. High Fiber Foods

Digestive ailments are common in people with hypothyroidism. Adding 30 to 40 grams of fiber per day can help greatly. But the health benefits of a diet high in fiber go well beyond the digestive tract. It’s important in heart health, the regulation of blood glucose levels, and appetite control. You can get more fiber in your diet through a quality supplement such as all-natural psyllium husk fiber and by increasing your intake of fresh berries, beans, lentils, seeds, and green veggies.

  1. Beef, Chicken, or Bone Broth

The amino acids L-proline and L-glycine are crucial in repairing the lining of the digestive tract and helping manage hypothyroidism. Beef and chicken broth are rich in these. Bone broth brings even more to the healthy party by providing a wealth of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and silicon. Nutritious broths like these have been linked to the easing of food sensitivities, boosting energy, increasing immunity, and reducing muscle and joint pain.

  1. Fruits and Vegetables

Just because you’ve heard it before many times over doesn’t mean the advice should be ignored. You already know that fruits and green vegetables are vitamin-rich and packed with essential minerals and antioxidants. People with hypothyroidism should include these on every meal plate.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables remain undisputed and should be actively sought out by anyone with an underactive thyroid. However, certain vegetables like brassica vegetables should always be cooked first and eaten in moderate amounts. More on this exception below.

5 Foods that Should Never be Added to a Hypothyroidism Diet

  1. Raw Brassica Vegetables

This may seem like a contradiction to #9 in Foods to Boost Thyroid Function. But the key phrase here is “raw brassica.” Brassica veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, soy, and Brussels sprouts. Eating them raw instead of steamed, cooked, or roasted may negatively impact your hypothyroidism.

This is because brassica vegetables contain goitrogens, which are compounds that make it more difficult for the thyroid gland to produce its hormones. However, when brassica vegetables are cooked first (recommended: steaming or roasting for 30 minutes) and eaten in moderation the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.

  1. Gluten

It’s not uncommon for people diagnosed with hypothyroidism to have a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins that occur naturally in grains like wheat, barley, rye, and oat. For those with an allergy or sensitivity to it, gluten can aggravate inflammation, contribute to nutrient deficiencies, and worsen hormonal fluctuations.

The best way to prevent consumption of gluten is to avoid eating grains or products that contain them. So, in addition to avoiding grains with gluten, be sure to read the ingredient labels of any product that may contain it.

  1. Conventional Dairy

For many people with dairy sensitivity, conventional dairy products can trigger inflammation. For someone who has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, this sensitivity can be especially problematic. If you’re a dairy lover but find that you experience digestive upset when you consume it, you may have better luck with organic, unpasteurized products such as raw goats milk or A2 cow’s milk . Keep in mind, however, that you may be better off by eliminating dairy from your diet altogether.

  1. Sugar

Processed sugar is infamous for the health problems and weight gain it causes. It is no less so when it comes to someone with an underactive thyroid. Processed sugar products can disrupt the hormonal balance that’s essential for managing hypothyroidism.

It adds to the struggle most people with hypothyroidism have with maintaining a healthy weight. It can contribute to mood swings, fatigue, depression, and more. Opt for a more natural way to sweetening beverages and foods, such as all-natural honey.

  1. Refined Flour

As with processed sugar, foods that contain or are cooked with refined flour can have a negative impact on hormone levels and add to unhealthy weight gain. People with hypothyroidism would do well to eliminate flour from their diets altogether.

At the very least, flour products should be significantly limited and, when eaten, should be made with whole, ancient grains such as quinoa or buckwheat.

Try These 7 Natural Remedies to Ease Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb that can help lower cortisol and balance the thyroid’s T4 hormone levels. This, in turn, is beneficial in adjusting to stress. Significant clinical trials have shown how an eight week regimen of ashwagandha helped hypothyroidism patients significantly reduce symptoms. The recommended dosage is 500 mg daily.

Other adaptogen herbs that have shown to have similar benefits include rhodiola, licorice root, ginseng, and holy basil.

  1. Iodine

Supplementing your diet with 150 to 300 mcg of iodine per day has been shown in studies to positively impact thyroid hormone function. Often, simply making sure your diet includes plenty of fish, seaweed or sea veggies , raw dairy (if you don’t have a dairy sensitivity), or eggs will give you the amount you need in your hypothyroidism diet. If not, however, iodine can be taken as a supplement in capsule or liquid form.

NOTE: Iodine supplements should not be taken with Hashimoto’s disease.

  1. Selenium

Selenium aids the thyroid in balancing its T3 hormone levels. Recommended supplemental dosage to reduce hypothyroidism symptoms is 200 mcg per day.

  1. L-Tyrosine

L-tyrosine is an amino acid. The thyroid uses it to synthesize the hormone T4. L-tyrosine is found in protein-containing dietary sources. The body will also make some itself. L-tyrosine can contribute to better sleep, fight fatigue, and improve mood.

For hypothyroidism, supplementing the body’s own production with 500 mg two times a day can be a good way to manage an under active thyroid.

  1. Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for healthy thyroid and brain functions. A diet rich in DHA and EPA omega-3s is linked to lowered risk for hypothyroidism symptoms such as anxiety, depression, elevated cholesterol, and irritable bowel syndrome. Omega-3s are also associated with managing arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, and improving the immune system.

Aim for 1,000 mg daily, whether through foods, supplements, or a combination of both.

  1. Vitamin B-Complex

For hypothyroidism, the best vitamin B-complex will be rich in B12 and thiamine. Vitamin B-complex has been shown to improve neurological function and balance thyroid hormone levels. Vitamin B-complex fights chronic fatigue and helps maintain the health of nerve cells, including neurotransmitters.

Take one vitamin B-complex capsule a day.

  1. Probiotic Supplements

Probiotics are “good” bacteria that promote gut health and help the body absorb nutrients. Probiotics are also known for reducing inflammation. They support a strong immune system, produce energy-boosting vitamin B12, reduce viral and “bad” bacterial growth in the intestines, promote skin health and are a valuable aid in appetite control and healthy weight loss.

These are all particularly important for people with hypothyroidism. Recommended dose is 50 billion CFU per serving.

The Bottom Line

Hypothyroidism may not be yet be curable, but it can be successfully managed. To date, modern medication or advanced interventive therapies like stem cell therapy are doing wonders in helping people with under active thyroids live full, active, and happy lives. But being pro-active in managing your hypothyroidism is a crucial part in feeling as healthy, mentally sharp, and energized as possible.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) encourages patients with hypothyroidism to become full participants in their health. It you have any questions about how stem cell therapy can help you manage symptoms of an underactive thyroid, contact us at (877) 278-3623.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will therefore provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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