On this post, the main nutritional supplement that can help to balance underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones.
What are the main symptoms?
We can see among the symptoms that are noticeable–
- weight gain
- cold sensitivity (mainly peripheral)
- high cholesterol and triglycerides
- dry skin and hair, hair loss, brittle nails
- changes in the hormonal system (decrease in libido in men and in women long, heavy menstrual periods.)
- first signs of depression, weakness and fatigue.
- might be having trouble to concentrate
Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with a blood test.
After checking the levels of TSH and T3/T4 the doctor can properly diagnose the imbalance of the thyroid hormones.
In some cases of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), supplements and a healthy lifestyle can be considered in order to support the thyroid function.
Always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any supplement.
Nutritional Supplements & Hypothyroidism
Iodine and tyrosine are very important nutrients that we need in order to produce thyroid hormones.
A non-essential amino acid (naturally produced in the body).
L-tyrosine helps to regulate a variety of hormones that are produced by the thyroid, adrenal gland, and pituitary gland.
The World Health Organisation recommendations for adults (and those over 12 years) are 150 μg/day.
The richest dietary sources of iodine are fish, seaweed, milk, other dairy products and eggs.
Unlike in many countries, iodine is not added to salt or bread in the UK. 1
The brown seaweeds have traditionally been used for treating thyroid goitre (hypothyroidism).
Sea plants contain an abundance of vitamins and other elements.
Kelp is a rich source of Iodine and also mucilaginous gels such as algin, which soothe the intestines, lower elevated blood fats and assist in the binding and excretion of heavy metals and other pollutants.
If you consider taking kelp supplements always choose from organic and sustainable harvest.
Iodine, if consumed in large amounts could damage the thyroid gland.
Zinc, vitamin E and vitamin A, as well as vitamins B and C, work together to produce thyroid hormones.
Deficiency in one of them can cause low thyroid hormone production.
Selenium is essential because it is connected to the conversion of T4 to T3 in the body’s cells, and it appears that those with selenium deficiency have high TSH levels. 2
Healthy lifestyle recommendations:
Exercise stimulates secretions from the thyroid gland and increases tissue sensitivity to hormones.
It is recommended to maintain a diet that is low in raw goitrogens foods like Soy, broccoli, cabbage (it is better to eat them cooked)and rich in trace elements.
Sometimes an elimination diet and detox are recommended to determine the root of the problem.
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