Frequently misunderstood, and too often overlooked and misdiagnosed, thyroid disease affects almost every aspect of health, so understanding more about the thyroid, and the symptoms that occur when something goes wrong with this small gland, can help you protect or regain good health.
Thyroid disease affects an estimated 27 million Americans, but more than half are undiagnosed.
About six million to seven million of them are women older than age 40 who have under active thyroid. Only about half of all cases are diagnosed early because hypothyroidism usually develops ever slowly.
Seven times more often than men, women are at the greatest risk for developing thyroid problems. A woman faces as high as a one in five chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime. This risk increases with age and especially for those with a family history of thyroid problems.
The thyroid is part of a huge feedback process. The hypothalamus in the brain releases Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH). The release of TRH tells the pituitary gland to release Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This TSH, circulating in your bloodstream, is what tells the thyroid to make thyroid hormones and release them into your bloodstream.
What causes thyroid problems?
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of thyroid problems:
- Exposure to radiation, such as occurred after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.
- Some drugs, such as lithium and the heart drug ‘Cordarone’, can cause hypothyroidism.
- An over consumption or shortage of iodine in the diet can also trigger some thyroid problems. This also applies to iodine containing supplements, such as processed herbs and bladder-wrack.
- Radiation treatment to the head, neck or chest, such as radiation treatment for tonsils, adenoids lymph nodes, thymus gland problems, acne or even just too many x-rays.
- Nasal Radium Therapy, which took place during the 1940’s through 1960’s as a treatment for tonsillitis, colds and other ailments or as a military submariner and/or pilot who had trouble with drastic changes in pressure.
- Over consumption of foodless food.
When hypothyroidism isn’t treated, symptoms can gradually become more severe, constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid or goiter. You also may become more forgetful, your thought process may slow, or you may feel depressed.
Thyroid – Natural Remedies
Dietary changes for Hyperthyroidism.
Eat a healthy diet filled with plenty of vegetables and fruits, especially broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach and turnips. Avoid commercially processed dairy products for three months or more after being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Do not consume stimulants such as nicotine and soft drinks.
Eat lots of mushrooms.
Water is the one important ingredient that everyone has and is necessary for proper health. Over half of your body is made up of water. It’s in every cell and every tissue. It is vital for those with hypothyroidism to drink enough water.
Biological processes like circulation, digestion, absorption and excretion depend on water. It forms the foundation of blood and lymph, maintains hearty muscles and young-looking skin, lubricates joints and organs and regulates body temperature.