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10 Ways to Stimulate an Underactive Thyroid Naturally
Your thyroid is a small but very important gland which produces hormones that have an impact on every organ, cell, and tissue in your body. Just a few of the things your thyroid influences are your body temperature, heart rate, metabolism, body weight, and energy production.
It has been estimated that about 27 million Americans suffer from some type of thyroid disorder, with about 50 percent of these people going undiagnosed. Your chance of developing a thyroid disorder increases as you age. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid problems than men, although either gender can develop thyroid problems.
When your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones your doctor will call it hypothyroidism. Common causes of hypothyroidism are exposure to heavy metals or radiation, food intolerances, even hormone imbalances. Many people go undiagnosed because the symptoms are vague and are often overlooked by doctors.
Some common symptoms of hypothyroidism are weight gain, headaches, dizziness, dry skin, extreme fatigue and depression, heavy or irregular menstruation, sensitivity to cold and cold fingers and feet.
Hypothyroid drugs are quite addictive and most people who start them are forced to take them for the rest of their lives. There is an alternative, however. The process is slow, but you can kick start your thyroid into working properly once again. If you are currently taking medication, never stop taking it without speaking to your doctor first. Stopping your medication suddenly can cause you even more problems, including making your thyroid extremely sluggish, so check with your doctor first.
After you have spoken to your doctor, you can try the following 10 steps to reset your thyroid so that you can reduce or completely eliminate your medication.
1. Coconut Oil
This is perhaps one of the best ways to start resetting your thyroid. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids which help with metabolism and weight loss. Coconut oil can also raise base body temperature, which is good news for all those people with cold hands and feet! Most people find that two tablespoons each day is sufficient. This isn’t a “cure all,” but rather a part of a completely new way of eating and a new lifestyle that is going to help your thyroid function.
2. Revamp Your Diet
In order for your thyroid to work properly, you need to overhaul or revamp your diet. First, reduce as much as possible (or eliminate entirely) all artificial sweeteners, food additives, refined grains, sugar, processed foods, junk foods, even fast foods. Replace those with a more natural, organic diet that is mainly plant based with plenty of healthy fats, such as butter, nuts, seeds, some organic meats, and wild caught fish. Eat a natural, whole food diet as much as possible to remove toxins from your body and give it the nutrition it needs. Proteins will help your body to move the hormones that your thyroid makes throughout your entire body.
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