Hello and thanks for visiting this The Natural Thyroid Diet Review, Maybe it’s not your overeating that is causing you to be overweight. Have you ever thought that there might be an underlying health issue causing your weight problems? I had no idea that I was dealing with hypothyroidism.
There wasn’t a weigh solution program on the market that would work for me, because when you have hypothyroidism, decreasing your intake of calories will put your body in defense mode, making it impossible to lose the weight. Read my Natural Thyroid Diet review to analyze the symptoms of an underactive thyroid and figure out how you can lose weight, even if you do have hypothyroidism.
The Thyroid – The Natural Thyroid Diet Book
First we have to have a clear understanding of what the thyroid is, where it is and what it does. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits at the base of the throat. It wraps around the larynx and trachea.
It takes iodine from food and converts that iodine to hormones. These hormones are called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 and T3 are then released into the bloodstream to control the body’s metabolism. The metabolism of every cell in the body is controlled by T4 and T3. When there isn’t enough of these hormones produced it’s causes the metabolism to slow and you have a hypothyriod condition. If too much is produced you have a hyperthyroid condition. Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism and it’s what I’m focusing on.
The pituitary gland, a small peanut sized gland at the base of the brain, controls the thyroid. The pituitary monitors the amount of T4 and T3 in the bloodstream. When there isn’t enough it releases a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). This hormone tells the thyroid to increase the production of T4 and T3. When the amount of thyroid hormones in the system starts to become high it cuts back on the amount of TSH it produces. These two glands work in partnership with each other and both must be working properly to have good thyroid hormone levels in our bloodstreams.
Hypothyroidism – The Natural Thyroid Diet
So now we know that hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t make enough T4 and T3. If these hormones aren’t in high enough concentration in the blood the metabolism of all the cells in the body slows down. This disorder is 5 to 8 times more common in women than it is in men. Women over 50 are particularly at risk.
How do you know if you have an underactive thyroid?
- weight gain
- muscle weakness
- dry hair
- brittle nails
- aching joints
- feeling cold
- memory loss
- decreased libido
- abnormal menstrual cycle
There are several things that cause hypothyroidism. One is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid called Hatshimoto’s disease. Hatshimoto’s disease is the most common reason for an underactive thyroid. If left untreated it could lead to the total destruction of the thyroid gland.
Other causes can be a nodule on the thyroid or even thyroid cancer. Sometimes the problem is caused by a problem in the pituitary gland. If you have a combination of the symptoms I listed above and feel like you may have a thyroid condition you should see your doctor to make sure. It could be something else all together. The treatments for underactive thyroid all depend on what’s causing it. The most common cause, Hatshimoto’s disease, is treated with hormone replacement therapy. Nodules and cancer are treated with surgery. In the cause of a nodule they remove the nodule and try to leave most of the gland attached. Depending on the type of cancer it is, they may remove all or some of the gland.
The Natural Thyroid Diet
I bought this ebook quite a while ago and just got around to reading it recently. I enjoyed it very much. It’s informative and easy to read. The writer Louise O’Connor is an Australian naturopath. In The Natural Thyroid Diet book, she gives a much more thorough overview of the thyroid and hypothyroidism than I have. Unlike most medical things that I read it’s very easy to read. Once the thyroid is thoroughly explained she explains her diet system to help balance thyroid hormone production.
The basics are common sense things that I discuss on this blog regularly, like staying away from processed foods. She also identifies foods that are good and bad for the thyroid. Meal plans are laid out in the book to take all the guess work out of eating–if you like meal plans that’s great, personally I hate meal plans. Overall I think the book is quite good and I’d recommend it to people with hypothyroidism.