Thyroid - Four Ways To Kill Your Energy
So, there you are, dragging your patooty through one grey day after another, wondering where your brain went, why your body aches and if you'll ever feel good again.
Even if your doctor checked for thyroid problems-and the blood tests actually found the problem-you probably ended up on the ineffective medicine Synthroid or its generic equivalent. It helps almost nobody. On the other hand, it can cause allergic reactions, making patients feel even worse.
Doctors, state medical boards and, notoriously, the FDA need to work this out by letting the sunlight of truth into their considerations. You probably don't want to hold your breath, though.
So, while they're figuring things out-or not-let's talk about four things hypothyroid people can do to help themselves. (In fact, anybody dragging through life should give these ideas a go.)
Bread, cookies, cake
• Don't eat bread, cookies, cakes, etc-at least, not any you buy. And not because of weight. Commercial bakeries started using bromine as a dough conditioner in the 1980s, and bromine is death on the thyroid. Just eliminating bromine from the diet could restore health to many hypothyroid problems.
Here's why. Our thyroid hormone doesn't work without iodine. Bromine is chemically very similar to iodine, and when it gets into our bodies, it muscles iodine out of the way. At which point, our thyroid hormone no longer includes the necessary iodine, just bromine. Since bromine can't get the job done, in effect, you have no thyroid hormone.
But here's the rub: Blood tests can't distinguish between effective iodine and nonfunctional bromine. While having thyroid hormone that can't do anything is no better than having no thyroid hormone at all, the test says you're good to go. Even if you're verging on comatose. Doctors no longer consider symptoms, and the blood test has spoken.
Plenty of protein
• Eat plenty of protein, including red meat at least every other day. At least. Our thyroid glands, as part of the endocrine system, thrive on protein. They live for protein. They can't make it without protein. And red meat has micronutrients we need and can't get anywhere else.
The current low protein fad shows how wrongheaded supposedly knowledgeable people can be. And the low fat crowd is worse. We need dietary fat to absorb nutrition from our food. Did you know that using a no-fat salad dressing means your body won't benefit from most of the nutrition in the salad? Why not eat sawdust and at least get some fiber?
• And for pity's sake, I'm begging you, don't eat soy. Or drink soy. Or put soy lotions on your body. Just don't have anything to do with soy.
Besides depressing thyroid function, soy messes with the entire endocrine system, especially estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Do you really want to do a number on your reproductive system?
Eliminating soy means eliminating 60% of processed foods, which includes fast food, meals at most chain restaurants and any meal that comes out of a box.
You have to read labels. For instance, most canned tuna comes in a soy broth; the can says it's packed in water, but that's not so. And soy uses many aliases. If an ingredient label says hydrolyzed, concentrated protein, isolate, flavorings or isoflavones, it's soy; put it back on the shelf and walk quickly away.
Vitamins and minerals
• Take quality vitamins and minerals to give your body the ammunition it needs to fight the good fight. Food alone can't do the job that needs doing, so you have to supplement. And you have to supplement intelligently. Picking up any old thing in the grocery store doesn't work.
I wrote a 106-page e-book, Pep for the Pooped: Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Is Starving For about this very thing. It's chock-a-block full of great information, but just taking a quality multivitamin is a start.
So there you have it. Four ways to super-size your health. A tip of the proverbial iceberg to be sure, but a strong beginning for your health revolution.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.