According to the AACE, the number of people affected by thyroid disease now surpasses the number of people diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease. I’m one of the 27 million Americans affected by thyroid disease, and if you’re a woman, chances are, you are too. The question is, diagnosed or not, what are you doing about it?
Hypothyroidism isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds, but it is a lifetime maintenance issue. The good news it you can very often control the symptoms with common sense, life choices.
You are more than welcome to, and will probably see results from, patronizing your local herbal retailer by taking natural remedies such as bladder wrack, flax seed, ginger or coconut oil. However, there are even more “natural” avenues that not only maintain the health of your thyroid, but your entire body as well.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Sudden Weight Gain
- Dry Skin and Fragile Nails & Hair
- Muscle Aches
Remedies that work towards healthy thyroid function, at the same time improve your health, body and life by eliminating these frustrating and sometimes painful symptoms.
“Stress is a killer” is just not a cliché. Stress fuels all the bad stuff in our bodies. Reduce your stress and increase your health. Sure it’s easier said than done, but very possible. Explore and find what helps you most. Take time to breathe, literally, meditate, change your schedule, find a hobby, exercise, ride instead of drive ~ ideas to reduce stress are endless, you just have to find what works for you.
Let The Sun Shine In
Vitamin D is the most underrated vitamin. If you have bones, muscles, nerves and organs, you need vitamin D. And it really is as simple as letting the sun shine on your skin (it doesn’t take long, only a few minutes a day). Supplements are fine and also found in seafood and protein foods.
Caffeine and Sugars Are Liars
Same deal for your thyroid and everything else in your body: the caffeine and sugar we all love and are convinced we can’t venture into the world without, are no-nos. You may not believe it, but you are perfectly capable of functioning without the caffeine, sugar and refined carbs (which your body treats like sugar).
Walk Walk Walk
Walking kills more than two birds with one stone; it gets the whole flock and one time! It reduces stress, gets your body’s fluids flowing, reduces weight, cleanses, refreshes and hopefully gets you out into the sunshine.
The little, tiny thyroid impacts your entire body. Take care of your thyroid and it will take care of YOU!
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 245 Riverside Avenue Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32202