Hypothyroidism (Thyroid Series, Part II)

Fact: Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

Fact: Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid, is more common in women and people over age 50. 

Fact: The most common cause of hypothyroidism is thyroiditis, swelling and inflammation damage of the thyroid gland's cells.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually include:

  • Hard stools or constipation
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Fatigue or feeling slowed down
  • Heavier menstrual periods
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Paleness or dry skin
  • Sadness or depression
  • Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain without trying

Late symptoms, if left untreated:

  • Decreased taste and smell
  • Hoarseness
  • Puffy face, hands, and feet
  • Slow speech
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Thinning of eyebrows

Although this condition is very treatable with Homeopathy or thyroid hormone supplementation, there are simple steps that one can take to aid the process, such as taking Kelp (2000 to 3000 mg per day).

Helpful foods include: molasses, parsley, apricots, dates, prunes, fish and chicken.

All fluoride should be avoided because of its effect in blocking iodine receptors. This means avoiding fluoride toothpastes, rinses, and city water in most cases.

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