An Underactive Thyroid Gland, also called hypothyroidism, can be a cause for many mysterious health problems.
It is very common for an underactive thyroid to be misdiagnosed and the symptoms misinterpreted. The thyroid gland is involved in body metabolism, so it can also be involved in weight gain and digestive issues as well as many other symptoms.
Some of the symptoms may even get diagnosed and treated as another problem, so, of course, the treatment has no effect or then patient may also be told it is all in their head.
One example is low energy. The practitioner may prescribe some sort of stimulant, natural or not and it may help the patient feel a little better but does not address the cause and health may deteriorate further.
The thyroid is a tough little gland and can recover quite well with the right nutrition.
Different parts and organs of the body require more of certain nutrients for proper function. One of the elements that is essential to survival is iodine and the thyroid gland cannot function properly without adequate levels of iodine.
Diets high in seafood (plant and animal) usually provide enough iodine but people living inland are usually the ones to suffer from too little iodine.
Iodine is a water soluble mineral and is easily washed from our soils, eventually ending up in the ocean. That's why ocean life is rich in iodine.
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Iodine is sometimes displaced from the thyroid by a chemical that mimics iodine.
Up till the 1970s, iodine was used as a dough conditioner in baked goods. Then the food industry began replacing iodine with bromine. Bromine interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid as well as the rest of the body and ends up pushing iodine out of the body.
Too much bromine can cause bromine toxicity resulting in:
Bromine also promotes goiter and is a known carcinogen. Iodine prevents goiter and has anti-carcinogenic properties.
Iodine was added to table salt years ago to try to deal with the problem, but the quality of the iodine is questionable since many people who use salt are people who develop an underactive thyroid problem.
Like many other body parts and organs, the thyroid gets little attention till problems develop. although the problems are months or years in the making. The symptoms aren't usually noted until they become acute.
Symptoms of too much bromine can be:
Since the thyroid gland controls the metabolic rate of the body, an underactive thyroid will lower your metabolic rate. This can dictate whether you gain or lose weight.
A simple test to help you pin down whether thyroid u=issues may be the problem is called the basal body temperature test. This is the body temperature in the morning after you wake for the day before you do anything.
The temperature should be taken in tharmpit or orally and should be between 97.8-98.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Add one degree for rectal thermometer test.
For a hypothyroid situation, the inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone will slow down body metabolism resulting in a slight body temperature drop.
The core temperature of the body is very important because enzymes, hormones, red and white blood cells are function best within a narrow temperature range. Temperatures that are too high or too low inhibit body functions.
There can be other reasons for variations in body temperature but this test is something you can do at home and it can help put you on the right track to diagnosing your problems.
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