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Does the Food You Eat Nourish You?

Aug 19 2014 01:43 AM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

In the quest to heal my thyroid naturally, I first had to ask myself, does the food I eat nourish my body? Although the foods I eat are typically local, free range meats and of course organic, what were my stumbling blocks and were those foods really worth me not healing properly? NO they were not!

It's amazing how attracted we are to foods that are bad for us. Many of us have issues giving up various foods like wheat, sugar, coffee, cereal and so on. When you have thyroid issues, in all cases your body is telling you something is wrong. We can get into what may be bad and good all day long. We also know what these foods do to our body and our thyroid scientifically. Let's face it, most of us know.

But we seem to have blinders on when it comes to doing what we already know, and food is that road block most seem to never be able to get past. We often reach for medications and other treatments rather than looking into our own issues with food.

Does food have a hold on you? My biggest stumbling block was sugar. And we're not talking refined sugar; we're talking organic dried mangoes, organic coconut sugar and organic maple syrup. No matter how organic or pure it was, it's still sugar and my thyroid was none too happy. Once I finally cut this last remaining hurdle from my diet, my weight dropped, my health improved and I am mending like never before. So let me ask, does food have a hold on you? Is what you're eating really worth it?

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Thyroid Auto-Immune Diet Basics

Feb 04 2014 02:38 AM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

If you have thyroid problems, you may likely have an auto-immune disease, thus making it a necessity to have the proper diet. Most functional health care practitioners that have found the most success helping auto-immune thyroid patients heal demand that their patients have the correct diet. Why? It all starts in the gut! Heal your gut first, and then hopefully healing elsewhere will follow.

To get started in this series of articles, we want to start with a list of foods anyone with thyroid problems has must stay away from at all costs.

Foods to Avoid:

1) Number 1 on our list is Gluten. We will dive more in detail into this later, you must cut gluten out of your diet if you want healing with your thyroid. Wheat, grains, oats and so on are the most obvious. But you have to watch foods that hide gluten, such as sauces, (BBQ, soy, teriyaki) lunch meats, monosodium glutamate, non-dairy creamers, some spices, chewing gum fillers, binders, brewers yeast, etc.
2) All Sugars: agave, maple syrup, white sugar, coconut sugar, corn syrups and so on
3) Dairy and eggs
4) Soy products
5) Alcohol
6) High glycemic foods, bananas, high fructose fruits, dried fruits, etc.
7) Nuts, seeds and grains
8) Beans and legumes
9) Most processed foods, coffee and so on
10) Mushrooms and also nightshades

You may not like this list, but if you want healing you will have to work hard for it and ask yourself, what's more important, food or your health?

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What Causes a Goiter?

Nov 25 2013 05:17 PM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

Before we state what causes a goiter, we will briefly describe what it is. Basically a goiter is too much tissue growth of the thyroid. It is not a swelling of the thyroid like many think. In the US the most common cause of this is people with Hashimoto's going undiagnosed for so long. It is not from iodine deficiencies. Natural health care practitioners typically go this route first or blame the issue on the consumption of too many goitrogenic foods. This is just not the case, they are not testing their patients, or they do not understand how to read the test results properly and are putting people under a blanket diagnosis to make it easier to treat.

The goiter can and will form when there is too much TSH or even HCG present in the body. If your thyroid gland is exposed to too much of either of these, you will likely end up with a goiter.

Iodine deficiency can cause a goiter to form, but here in the US that's very rare. So make sure you have a health care practitioner that knows how to read thyroid test panels properly and understands exactly what causes goiters. If you're not being properly diagnosed, you will not be properly treated. If you're not properly treated, your condition will likely worsen.

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High Goitrogen Foods Bad for the Thyroid

Nov 15 2013 03:55 PM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

Many times people fail to change their diet when they have thyroid problems. Our diets can make or break our health. One such diet change that someone with thyroid issues may want to consider watching out for is goitrogens. This is even more of a food you will need to avoid if you have hypothyroid issues.

Here are just a few high goitrogen foods:
• Radishes
• Spinach
• All Soy Based Foods
• Peanuts, yes that means peanut butter
• Strawberries
• Peaches
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Kale
• Brussels Sprouts
• Mustard Greens

Eating these veggies listed here can worsen a thyroid condition. For someone healthy it isn’t a problem and they are not going to end up with a thyroid condition from eating them. But when you have thyroid issues the more you can do to improve your condition the better. You also don't have to cut these 100%. Having some of these veggies listed in limited quantities, assuming your thyroid condition is not worsening, may be okay for some.

Why do goitrogens cause the thyroid issues? They can inhibit the metabolism of iodine. If iodine is not utilized properly by the thyroid gland then the thyroid hormone will not form.

When you have thyroid issues, everything you can do to improve your health should be considered!

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Hashimoto's, Common Hypothyroid Condition a...

Nov 10 2013 06:24 PM | puritanize in Hashimoto's

Hashimoto's in the United States is by far the biggest cause of hypothyroidism. So what is it? From Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology regarding hypothyroid patients, “The thyroid glands of most of these patients first have autoimmune “thyroiditis,” which means thyroid inflammation. This causes progressive deterioration and finally fibrosis of the gland, with resultant diminished or absent secretion of thyroid hormone.”

As an auto-immune disease, basically the body will make antibodies or immune cells that will attack the thyroid. If this process continues too long, eventually the damage can become irreversible. It is key to find a physician that can help you find the cause of the autoimmune process, or as we typically call it, the trigger. Thyroid medications will not fix the autoimmune process that is attacking the organ. This is something not common in the medical care system, they rarely help find the cause of the autoimmune disease rather just try and medicate or treat the symptoms.

Here are some lab markers used to diagnose Hashi's:

  • TPO or Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies: diagnoses the Hashimoto’s - most often found, these antibodies are basically against an enzyme in your thyroid.
  • TG or Thyroglobulin antibodies: diagnoses the Hashimoto’s - attacks a protein in the thyroid gland.

If your TPO is over 35, that is considered ‘not normal’.

Disclaimer: The FDA says only a drug can treat a disease.

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Common Sign and Symptoms from Thyroid Problems

Nov 10 2013 06:22 PM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

At least 1 in 10 people in their lifetime will have a thyroid problem of some sort. More than half of these people will not even know that they have a thyroid problem.

So what are some of the most common symptoms of a thyroid problem?

  • The feeling of being cold
  • Brain fog / issues focusing
  • Various digestive problems
  • Fatigue / weakness / tired often
  • Possible weight gain / trouble losing weight
  • Depression / anxiety
  • High cholesterol
  • Dry hair, nails or skin
  • Memory loss
  • Morning headaches or migraines
  • Low sex drive

These are just a few warning signs that you may be having issues with your thyroid.

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Thyroid Diagram

Nov 10 2013 06:20 PM | puritanize in Thyroid Health

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