As we start to age, signs of sluggishness, fatigue and the improper assimilation of nutrients may occur if the person was known to not be very physically active or have a balanced palate of nutrition to make up for it. While this is known and not new information, what is newer are the many cases of younger, seemingly healthier and able bodied individuals reporting these symptoms much more often at alarming rates. As practitioners, we are seeing an increase in Thyroid diseases and imbalances which are all connected and related to the symptoms mentioned above.
Taking care of the thyroid is crucial and important because it is seen as the body’s great regulator in the way the body processes its nutrients and even in the way the body regulates the electrical flow which is conducted through the current of the nutrient of iodine. While having an overactive thyroid certainly does exist (hyper), many more symptoms related to an under-performing (hypo) thyroid seem to be much more common at present and have often times gone mis or undiagnosed within a vast portion of the female population.
Protection and prevention is the best path to take when it comes to taking care and healing the thyroid. Chronic and persistent symptoms of thyroid diseases and imbalances are ongoing: fatigue, sluggishness, depression, loss of appetite, feeling cold all of the time, and continuous weight gain in spite of being physically active. It has been suspected that the main culprit behind thyroid problems is what is known as Hashimotos Disease, which essentially causes the body to become allergic to the thyroid and produces antibodies against it, setting off an array of inflammatory responses as a result.
The best plan of action against developing any thyroid problems is to take a vigilant stance by using foods and herbs that are readily available and can make a difference. When it comes to supplements, Vitamin E and Zinc have been considered critical in maintaining thyroid health. Bayberry and Black Cohosh herb are a part of thyroid maintenance; however please keep in mind that Black Cohosh should not be taken by women who are pregnant. A regular diet of sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, apricots and whole grains are recommended as a preventative measure, however if thyroid imbalances are already severe, you may want to avoid those foods. Lastly, exercise on a regular basis always boosts life force energy and aids the body in proper thyroid function.
Dr. Daud Scott-N.D; CHNP.