Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
An underactive thyroid is death to your metabolism and can make attempts at weight loss very frustrating.
Yet hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, becomes increasingly common as women get older – up to 1 in 5 can experience some form, especially those who are white or Mexican-American.
Check out this list of symptoms and ask yourself if you’ve experienced any – but realize sometimes you could have none of these symptoms and still by hypothyroid:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Coarse hair and skin
Confusion and forgetfulness
Dry and/or yellowing skin
Heavy, prolonged periods
High blood pressure
Hoarse or slow speech
Intolerance of cold
Lethargy/loss of ambition/malaise
Loss of hair
Loss of outer third of eyebrow hair
Lump on neck
Muscle cramps, stiffness, and pain
Weight gain/puffy face
The most common cause of hypothyroid is Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks and damages your thyroid, impairing your ability to make thyroid hormones.
Concern is growing that a great deal of hypothyroidism is being caused by environmental pollution and the release of pesticide buildup from our fatty tissues.
Sometimes a less-than-thriving thyroid actually has more to do with your stress level and adrenal function than with the thyroid itself.
Adrenal hormones, like cortisol, play a big part in proper thyroid function; high levels can hinder conversion of T4 into T3.
To rule out stress-induced hypothyroidism, ask your doctor to run a test for ACTH and cortisol at the same time as your TSH test for thyroid function.
If your test indicates hypothyroidism, find an endocrinologist – they have experience with thyroid dysfunction.
Try to find one who’s open to solutions beyond thyroid medication, especially nutritional and lifestyle strategies to manage your thyroid.
If you’re diagnosed with low thyroid function, try the following steps:
Follow the Master diet – with a few modifications.
The program eliminates many of the environmental and nutritional toxins shown to create thyroid problems.
Make sure to cook goitrogenic cruciferous veggies, though – they’re know to stimulate goiters.
Also, don’t take a multivitamin with iron or a cholesterol-lowering medication, or eat anything with iron, calcium, soy, or high fiber, within a few hours of your thyroid medication – these can all interfere with thyroid hormone absorption.
Exercise and relax every day.
The stress hormone cortisol interferes with the conversion of inactive T4 hormone to the active T3 form.
Exercise is a great stress reliever that lowers cortisol levels while also increasing your body’s sensitivity to thyroid hormones.
Shoot for at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day.
Don’t supplement with iodine.
Many holistic nutrition websites recommend you take supplemental iodine or kelp to support your thyroid.
The average American diet has plenty of iodine – and when the thyroid gland senses high levels of iodine in the blood, it releases even less thyroid hormone.
Choose iodized salt instead of kosher salt to put on your food, but don’t supplement to add extra.
Take other thyroid-supportive supplements.
The enzyme needed to convert T4 to T3 needs selenium to function properly.
As always, be sure to ask your doctor before you take any supplements, especially if you’re on thyroid medication.
If you take at least 1 gram of fish oil per day, you not only help support your thyroid, you also help reduce your risk of heat attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease.
I recommend fish oil for everyone.
As far as your vitamin D goes, get it the old-fashioned way: Go outside each day for at least 10 minutes of unprotected time in the sun.
Your skin can synthesize D3 when it’s exposed to UVB rays from sunlight.
You can also supplement, but be sure not to exceed the daily upper limit of 2,000 IU per day.
Combine thyroid medications.
Work with your doctor to choose the right thyroid replacement, and you may see relief in as few as 2 weeks.
Many people benefit from a combination of both the inactive T4, found in Synthroid or Levothroid, and the active hormone T3, found in other medications like Cytomel (100% T3) and Armour Thyroid (a bioidentical hormone that’s 60% T4 and 40% T3).
Because T3 doesn’t show up on blood tests, it’s not on some doctors’ radar and they’re loath to prescribe it.
If your doctor objects, ask why.
(And get a second opinion.)
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