The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your throat and works with your hypothalamus and pituitary glands to help regulate your body's hormones.
It produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) and is in charge of performing checks and balances on certain bodily functions, such as how well you talk, metabolize foods, use energy, and sleep.
Symptoms of Hypthyroidism
Hair loss (baldness on the sides and back of the head, patches of baldness on the head, the outer part of the eyebrows missing, thin eyelashes, baldness in the pubic area).
Low body temperature and/or feeling cold when it’s not related to temperature or illness.
Constantly having to clear your throat.
Aches and pains, especially head and shoulders.
Puffy eyes or Face (unrelated to salt retention)
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Sensitivity to Light
Severe Menstrual Cramps
Tongue Issues (fat, light colored, indented with teeth marks)
Many women, during and after menopause, are given sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) for menopausal symptoms complaints, such as fatigue, poor concentration and forgetfulness, hair loss, unaccountable weight gain or loss, dizziness, vaginal problems, hot flashes, insomnia, ringing in the ears, and even depression, when it is actually the thyroid hormones that are imbalanced.
But, it's not just women suffering from thyroid disorder. Men can suffer from thyroid imbalances as well. Restless leg, acid reflux, migraines, and premature baldness (especially in the front of the scalp) and large deposits of abdominal fat are signs of thyroid issues.
The thyroid gland corresponds with the 5th Chakra, the Throat chakra, which relates to how well you speak up about your thoughts, feelings, and values. One of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction is to have a hoarse or muted voice, or always having to clear your throat to speak.
Over-stressed adrenal glands, exposure to environmental toxins, food sensitivities, prescription medications, poor nutrition, and inadequate iodine levels all affect the performance of your thyroid.
It might interest you to know that white flour contains Bromine and Alloxin, chemicals used as bleaching agents. These chemicals destroy iodine levels in the body, which directly affect your thyroid’s ability to work properly. These chemicals also cause diabetes by elevating insulin levels every time you eat products made from white flour. Furthermore, studies reveal a 20% higher concentration in human urine tests now than in the 1970s.
The Iodine Patch Test
A home remedy for determining whether you are iodine deficient is to place a dark patch of iodine on your skin (a 1x1 inch patch, say on your tummy or some other place it won’t be disturbed or washed off) for 24 hours.
Place a dark patch of iodine on your skin (a 1x1 inch patch on your tummy, inner arm, or some other place it won’t be disturbed or washed off) for 24 hours. If it disappears within 24 hours you are likely deficient in Iodine. If it disappears in less than 12 hours it's a sign of a more severe deficiency. Keep in mind, this is just an old folk remedy and there may be no real valid evidence backing this patch test theory.
Of course, if you have any concerns take it up with your doctor and if you are allergic to iodine or suspect hyperthroidism, rather than hypothyroidism, do not perform this patch test.
Foods Containing Iodine
Iodine can be found in the following foods, but it is important you know too much iodine can work against the thyroid and create more problems than good. And, do not increase your iodine consumption if you suffer from hyperthyroidism.
Saltwater fish and sea vegetables, such as Wakame (seaweed).
Kelp seaweed (a whopping 415 mcg per 1/4 cup, so do not eat daily). Arame and Hijiki seaweeds also contain iodine.
Potato (60 mcg, 1 medium with skin)
Shrimp (35 mcg per 3 oz)
Turkey breast (34 mcg, per 3 oz)
Navy beans (32 mcg, per 1/2 cup)
Eggs (24 mcg, 1 boiled)
Tuna (17 mcg per 3 oz)
Strawberries (13 mcg per cup)
Low fat yogurt (87 mcg per cup)
Milk (56-58 mcg per cup)
Iodized salt (like Morton's) is available, but I don't suggest using it due to the processing it goes through. It contains little to none of the minerals natural sea salt contains and is known to cause hypertension. Instead, use natural sea salts for cooking, which are an excellent source of the precise minerals your body needs for health and wellness.
In addition, dairy sources of iodine should only come from those products made from animals who have been grass fed with plants that have been produced in iodine rich soil.
Supplements for Hypothyroidism
There are natural things you can do to restore thyroid balance, such as taking certain vitamins and minerals to help it to function properly. Below, you will find a list of the most important supplements to support healthy thyroid function along with some foods that contain them.
Iodine supplements are available, but should never be used without doctor permission, whether you are currently under a doctor’s care or not. Too much iodine has been associated with thyroid disease. Be sure to talk with your doctor before supplementing with iodine supplements. The recommended daily allowance of Iodine is 150 micrograms. Up to 1,100 mcg is considered the limit for adults and children over the age of four years old.
Vitamin A (2,500-8,000 IU daily) Not to be taken at the same time as Vitamin D3 as they compete with each other. Leafy greens, pumpkin (canned is fine), red pepper, sweet potato, eggs, winter, cantaloupe, carrots, mangoes, yams, tuna
Vitamin B (50 mg B Complex supplement daily) ~ Wild rice, beans
Vitamin C (no less than 500 mg daily and no more than 5,000 mg in divided doses) ~ Parsley, leafy greens, strawberries, citrus fruit
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