KEY STEPS TO OVERCOMING SUB-CLINICAL HYPOTHYROIDISM
The GREAT NEWS is that if you have been following along in the Creating Total Health Series and taking action where appropriate for you, then you won’t have a lot of work left to do.
BUT, if you haven’t been following the lesson series, then you will see there is A LOT of work to be done.
If that is the case, you may find it far less overwhelming to go back to lesson one and start at the beginning, taking one step at a time. Remember progress, not perfection.
1. Soy Foods: Review CTH-65 Soy is Not a Health Food
Unfermented soy products interfere with thyroid function. The only safe organic soy food to include in your diet is tempeh, miso, natto, and some soy sauce s that are fermented.
Do not eat tofu, soy cheese, soy milk etc as they are not fermented.
Did you know that up until the 1970’s European doctors used fluoride as a thyroid suppressing medication for patients with hyperthyroidism (which is over-active thyroid). Fluoride was utilized because it was found to be effective at reducing the activity of the thyroid gland-even at low doses.
Make sure you are brushing with non-fluoride toothpaste (review CTH-35 Healthy Teeth and Gums).
Depending on where you live, you could be getting fluoride in your drinking water. If your water supply is fluoridated, it will be critical that you invest in a water filter that will remove the fluoride from your water.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: “Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba have the highest rates of fluoridation, about 70–75%. The lowest rates are in Quebec (about 6%), British Columbia (about 4%), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1.5%), with Nunavut and the Yukon having no fluoridation at all.
72% of the total U.S. population get their water from public systems that add fluoride.”
1. Iodine: Review CTH 93- Subclinical Hypothyroidism
Most iodine deficiencies show up as sub-clinical hypothyroid symptoms.
Should you decide that you are iodine deficient; the usual recommendation is for 5 Norwegian Kelp capsules twice a day. However, it is best to start with 3 capsules daily and gradually increase the dosage. It is possible (but not common) to be allergic to kelp. If you take kelp and experience an allergic reaction such as itching, skin rash, hives, watery or itchy eyes, runny nose, or shortness of breath, stop taking the product. If you are unsure if your symptoms are related to the kelp, wait until all the symptoms have cleared and then you can try it again.
2. Selenium and Zinc
Selenium is crucial in both the production of T-4 thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in the thyroid gland, as well as in the conversion of T-4 to T-3 thyroid hormone, the active form (thyronine). Zinc is needed both before and after these production and conversion processes. Zinc is necessary for the TRH (Thyrotropin-releasing hormone), produced by the hypothalamus, to stimulate the pituitary gland, which signals the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone.
You get both selenium and zinc in the Total Health Pack and in our Men and Women’s Multivitamin and mineral supplement. Sometimes however you need extra. See the next lesson to determine whether or not you need more zinc.
It is extremely difficult to determine whether or not you need extra selenium. We suggest waiting to see if the “key st eps for overcoming sub-clinical hypothyroidism” are completely successful or not before adding an additional selenium supplement.
3. Vitamin D: Review CTH- 45 Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3
Vitamin D is necessary for thyroid hormone production in the pituitary gland. You need at least 800 IU of vitamin D daily to support thyroid function. That is one of the reasons we have included 500 IU of vitamin D3 in each Total Health Pack.
4. Vitamin E: Review CTH- 43 Vitamin E Daily For a Reason
The amount of vitamin E needed is between 400-800 IU daily. Now you know another reason why we include 400 IU of vitamin E in each Total Health Pack.
5. Magnesium: Review CTH-9 The Miracle of Magnesium
You can’t make ANY hormones without enough magnesium.
6. Tyrosine: Review CTH-20 Mood, Mind, Memory and More
Tyrosine i s an amino acid that your thyroid uses to make its vital metabolic regulators, T3 and T4. These hormones stimulate every cell in your body including your brain cells.
7. Other Nutrients: Review CTH-4 Key Benefits of the Total Health Packs
You need a host of other nutrients as well, but all of these (such as vitamin A, omega 3, and anti-oxidants) are provided for you in the Total Health Pack or equivalent.
OTHER GLANDULAR AND ORGAN BALANCING
1. Estrogen Dominance: Review CTH 87, 88, 89 and 90
If you are estrogen dominant then you won’t utilize your thyroid hormones properly.
2. Adrenal Fatigue: Review CTH lessons 16, 17, 18, and 19
Your adrenal glands and your thyroid are intimately linked, which means that subclinical hypothyroidism is almost always preceded by some level of adrenal exhaustion.
You can& rsquo;t restore thyroid function without rejuvenating your adrenal glands so that they are functioning optimally.
3. Liver Dysfunction: Review CTH lessons 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63
A healthy liver will convert the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4) into its more active form thyronine (T3). Inadequate conversion of T4 to T3 by the liver may lead to hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor memory, and a host of other problems.
THE METHOD TO OUR ‘MADNESS’
This lesson is another example of how we have been expertly guiding you step by step through the health balancing actions you need to take to resolve ALL your health issues, including sub-clinical hypothyroidism.
Yours in Total health,
Brenda and Megan