This is an article written by Nicole Eckert, Holistic Nutritionist, as well as the Owner+ Founder of Holisticole. You should check out her holistic living blog: holisticole.com for some amazing clean-eating recipes, as well as informative blog posts and online programs. You should stay inspired by the passion of Nicole– you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@holisticole) and be vibrant.
For about 21 years, Elissa Goodman suffered from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Both of the conditions went undiagnosed for some years, and her symptoms manifested over time in her body, which included: weight gain, hair loss, hormone imbalances, anxiety, as well as depression and infertility.
This is a health story which is more common than you may think it is. It is now calculated that one in eight women are going to develop a thyroid disorder at some period in their lifetime, and about 60% of people with the condition are unaware that they even have it. Hashimoto’s is not the fastest growing autoimmune condition today. In fact, it has been estimated that 90% of hyperthyroid cases are because of Hashimoto’s.
While there is usually more than one cause for the development of a hyper or hypothyroid, in many different cases these conditions initially stem from unsatisfactory eating habits, as well as physical, mental and environmental stressors.
Hypo and hyper. What is the difference?
While hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism both affect the same butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, these conditions also have opposite effects on your body.
You should think of hyper as being over-excited, a hyperactive thyroid is over-producing thyroid hormones, and in this state, all of the body functions tend to speed up.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include:
- Always feeling hot;
- Sweating more than you usually do;
- Problems with falling asleep;
- Racing thoughts;
- Difficulty in focusing on one task;
- Change in bowel habits;
- Elevated heart rate, as well as palpitations;
- Anxiety, nervousness, or irritability;
- Weight loss;
- Menstrual problems;
- Physical, as well as mental fatigue.
Now, you should remember hypo as being the opposite. Hypo is just a little too under-productive, and when your body is in a hypo state, fewer thyroid hormones are produced, and everything starts to slow down.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:
- Physical, as well as mental fatigue;
- Dry skin and hair;
- Brittle nails;
- Weight gain;
- Muscle cramps;
- Decreased menstrual flow;
- Swelling in the front of your neck (goiter).
If you experience some of the above symptoms for thyroid disorders, you should visit your doctor and make sure that you are tested to see if your thyroid hormone levels are in the normal range.
An autoimmune disease happens when the immunity starts to confuse its bodily tissue with a foreign invader. With an autoimmune disease, your immunity mistakenly attacks itself in an attempt to protect itself.
Diagnoses of autoimmune disease are at an all-time high, making our efforts towards creating our best health of highest significance. In the case of the thyroid gland, we have both Grave’s Disease or hyperthyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease or hypothyroidism. There are six causes of autoimmunity in our thyroid gland, and they are:
- Gastrointestinal permeability (leaky gut);
- Heavy metal toxicity;
- Infectious disease;
- Adrenal insufficiency;
- Iodine deficiency;
- Nutrient deficiency.
The healing recipe of Elissa
Once when she discovered the main cause of her health problems, Elissa became serious about healing from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. She came up with one nutrient-dense recipe which uses thyroid supporting key nutrient, as well as superfoods. She called it “The Green Tonic That’s Helped Balance My Hormones and Heal My Thyroid.”
Daily thyroid and hormone balancing tonic recipe
Makes one serving:
- One organic lemon, juiced;
- One teaspoon ground ginger (or ½ tsp fresh);
- One teaspoon ground turmeric (or ½ tsp fresh);
- 2 cups filtered water ;
- One teaspoon Hawaiian spirulina powder;
- One dropper-full ionized liquid zinc;
- One teaspoon barley juice extract powder;
- 3 grams L-Glutamine powder;
- One tablespoon cold-milled flaxseed or chia seeds
- Probiotic (1 liquid dropper-full OR powder from 1 50-billion capsule).
- Hand-squeeze the lemon juice;
- After that, add the remaining ingredients and shake the mixture to combine. Drink the mixture immediately after making it.
Some other thyroid-supporting remedies
This is adaptogenic herb which works to balance out bot the hyper, as well as hypothyroid. Adaptogenic herbs also help you to adapt and deal with stress, and ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.
- Eat foods rich in selenium.
In order to overall improve your thyroid function, selenium is more than needed. We are usually deficient in this micromineral, as the levels in our soil have greatly depleted. This is a mineral which has powerful antioxidant-like functions, and it also plays a role in immunity. You should include more:
- Brazil nuts (3-5 a day);
- Sustainable halibut;
- Sustainable sardines;
- Grass-fed beef/liver;
- Pasture-raised turkey/chicken;
- Pasture-raised eggs;
- Baby spinach;
These are critical for Better Digestion. However, a link between thyroid conditions and leaky gut syndrome display the need for probiotics for thyroid health too. Leaky gut is a condition in which some protein like gluten, ‘leak’ through the gut, into the bloodstream and cause inflammation, as well as stress throughout the body. You should consume more probiotic-rich foods and get on your way to better digestion.
- The ‘Better Yogurt’;
- Cultured vegetables;
- Water Kefir;
- Raw cheese.