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Feeling sad or disappointed at times is a normal reaction to the challenges of everyday life.
However when it comes to depression this condition is associated with more than general feelings of sadness.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the thyroid. This thyroid disorder was first described by the Japanese specialist Dr. Hashimoto Hakaru in 1912.
Today Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common reason why individuals are diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, which is termed hypothyroidism.
Is it healthy to eat soy when you have a thyroid issue?
Western societies are now consuming an increasing amount of soy. The reason? Food manufacturers favour soy as a relatively cheap and versatile ingredient.
Soy is used as an ingredient in a wide range of human food products and is also routinely utilised in the animal feed industry.
What is a gluten free diet?
A gluten free diet is the latest Hollywood celebrity diet craze. Is this just a fad or could going gluten free help end the bloat, brain fog, nagging indigestion, and even turn your thyroid health around?
Gluten is the main structural protein found naturally in a variety of grains including wheat, rye, spelt, barley, oats and triticale which is a cross between wheat and rye.
Gluten is also used as a single ingredient in many processed foods as it makes an ideal binder or thickener. This means you could be consuming additional gluten without knowing it.
The thyroid normally produces both thyroxine (T4) and T3. T4 is the ‘storage’ thyroid hormone that is converted to the more potent T3 when the body requires a greater thyroid response.
Low T3 is associated with lower than normal metabolism and many of the indicators of a low thyroid. Adequate T3 assists weight loss and ongoing energy production.
A single T3 test therefore provides the best clue as to how your thyroid is working.
When discussing a T3 test with your healthcare practitioner it’s best to specify testing ‘free’ T3. The majority of T3 in the blood is carried by a protein compound called thyroxine binding globulin. A small amount of T3 is unattached and free to do its job. A T3 blood test usually measures both bound and free T3. When you test free T3 you are measuring the active component.
These days it is more important than ever to educate yourself about the value of optimal nutrition and eating for health. A natural thyroid diet advocates a variety of fresh, natural foods that supply a wide range of nutrients to support healthy thyroid activity.
1. Eliminate thyroid damaging foods. It may surprise you to learn that everyday foods may be undermining your thyroid health. For my money, the most damaging are: artificial sweeteners, Canola oil, soy oil, hidden soy and corn (maize) ingredients and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Soy and Canola oil are often labeled deceptively as ‘vegetable oil’.
The butterfly shaped thyroid gland is small however it has a big impact on whole body health.The butterfly shaped thyroid gland is small however it has a big impact on whole body health.
Iodine is an essential trace mineral considered vital for ongoing thyroid hormone production.
To meet demand for these life-sustaining hormones the thyroid acts as a ‘sponge’ to closely regulate iodine uptake from the blood.