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Friday, January 8, 2010

Thyroid Health

Symptoms of an under active thyroid (Hypothyroid)
Weight Gain (or inability to loss weight)
Low body temperature (cold intolerance)
Dry skin & hair (hair loss)

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
Fast heart rate
Heat intolerance (feeling hot)
Trembling & nervousness
Frequent bowel movements
Weight Loss

The thyroid gland regulates our metabolism and temperature (among other things). Hence, when it is under active we are fatigued, have low body temperature, and tend to gain weight. When it is overactive our heart races, we become heat intolerant, and have significant weight loss. In order to properly maintain thyroid health we need to make certain we are receiving proper amounts of minerals, especially iodine.

Iodine is readily found in iodized salt, natural sea salt, and in seaweed/kelp products. Iodine is also found in many vegetables if the soil has proper amounts of iodine in it (near an ocean). Most hypothyroidism is found in areas where there is only fresh water since iodine comes from the ocean. Hence, Michigan, being surrounded by fresh water, is one of the leading states for hypothyroidism (considered the Goiter Belt). It is very important to have proper amounts of iodine in our diet for our bodies make its own thyroid hormones.

There are recommended Iodine Supplements and Thyroid Supplements (combinations of herbs, minerals, and/or glandulars) which promote thyroid health available at your local health food store; however, I do not recommend anyone taking iodine or thyroid products without first speaking with their health care provider.

I recommend two easy to read books written by Dr. David Brownstein: “Salt Your Way to Health” and “Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.” If you have thyroid concerns these are excellent resources.

Last, but not least stress plays a significant role in a properly functioning thyroid. We all need to "take a moment" (thanks to my dear friend Patty) every day and relax. Even 5 minutes of deep breathing and stretching can impact your body significantly. Try to make it a point to laugh everyday...this is also a good stress relief.

This is Amanda Costello, CPhT, encouraging you to Live Well...Naturally!
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