Understanding Hypothyroidism or and Underactive Thyroid

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Hypothyroidism or and Underactive Thyroid

Bladderwrack Plant
Bladderwrack Plant

It is very difficult for a physician to diagnose Hypothyroidism or a thyroid that is underactive.  Normal blood tests will show there are no problems and the condition will go undiagnosed.  Unless your doctor believes you have this problem and does other testing you will go undiagnosed and continue to suffer from the effects of this malfunction in your system.  A holistic doctor can help with preventative care and will probably look at urine or saliva analysis along with the blood tests.  Cases that are mold to even moderate just will not show up otherwise. 

Where is the thyroid?
At the base of the neck below your Adams apple is the thyroid gland.  The cells of the body are affected by the thyroid hormones.  If they are not producing properly then you will suffer ill effects.

These can present in the following ways:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • brittle nails
  • cold hands and feet
  • eyebrow loss (especially the outer third)
  • high cholesterol
  • heart palpitations
  • infertility
  • headaches
  • depression
  • low libido
  • low body temperature
  • PMS
  • fluid retention
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • anemia
  • slow healing
  • a puffy face
  • hoarse voice
  • muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • muscle weakness
  • heavier than normal menstrual periods

If you do have most or at least several of these symptoms then you should consult a physician and let them know.  It is a small percentage of people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism probably more because it is so easily overlooked than because it is a common ailment.  usually middle-aged to older women are susceptible but it can happen to any age or sex.  Severe cases can be life threatening so treating this condition is more than just eliminating annoying symptoms. 

Well functioning thyroid hormones control the metabolic activity in every cell.  These hormones control weight , heart rate, body temperature and energy levels.  A person’s mood and other hormone balances are affected.  If the thyroid hormone is in a shortage in the system then it can lead to problems with the immune system which produce antibodies.  Iodine and other nutritional deficiencies can also be the result along with an under functioning pituitary gland.

A holistic doctor may prescribe one or all of the following remedies:

  • Bladderwrack  —  100 mg or one milliliter twice a day
  • Thyroid glandular — one tablet or capsule three times a day on an empty stomach
  • Pituitary glandular — one tablet or capsule three times a day on an empty stomach or as recommended
  • L-tyrosine — 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach.  It is used in the synthesis fo the thyroid hormone
  • Natural progeserone — this can be really good for women who are experience low thyroid hoirmones and progesterone levels
  • Guggul — 25 mg of guggulsterones three times a day
  • Homeopathic thyroidinum 3x or 6x – three pellets three times a day

Personally, I have been taking  Bladderwrack (580 MG) once a day in combination with
L-Tyrosine (500 MG) once a day on an empty stomach.  So far there has been a positive change.  It is, of course, best to consult a physician and at least check with them before taking any kind of over-the-counter medication or herbal supplement.  These things on their own can be either helpful or at least harmless unless they interact adversely with other medication you may be taking.  So, it is best to ask first.  My GP prescribed timed release vitamin C with Rose Hips (1000 MG) and Vitamin D3 (1000 IU) once a day.  I also take Flaxseed Oil (1000MG) and  Boswellia Serrata (1200 MG) once a day.  So far this combination of natural supplements has been working well. 

Boswellia plants
Boswellia Plant

Why Boswellia Serrata?

Boswellia Serrata is from the boswellia tree and is an herbal medicine sued mainly in Indian medicine for the treatment of joint pain like arthritis and such along with respiratory diseases and diarrhea.  It is used mainly for its anti-inflammatory benefits.  So far I can’t say it is doing much but time will tell.  It is always dangerous when you use any type of anti-inflammatory for any length of time because it can have adverse effects on the liver or kidneys, even as a herbal supplement.  If you try this use with caution and again, chick with your physician first.

Why Flaxseed Oil?

One of the most common benefits is believed to be for treating mood and memory disorders.  It can also be effective for lowering blood pressure so this needs to be taken into account if you are taking medication for hypertension.  Taking Flaxseed oil is equivalent to taking fish oil capsules as they are both very high source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids.  These are beneficial in appetite suppressants and therefore helpful in aiding weight loss.  Some people have problems taking the fish oil so Flaxseed oil is a good alternative. 

Flaxseed flowe pale blue flower on green folage
Flaxseed Flower

So, there you have it.  I wanted to share the benefits of these supplements because they seem to be having a positive result for me.  Whatever you decide to do, please remember that just because your a taking a herbal supplement made from nature it is possible to overdose or to take a combination that will adversely affect you current medications so please check with your physician first.  Let me know how you do.  Here’s to your good health.

Buying these supplements is something that I do over the Internet.  They are most likely available in your local store is you search.  It may be hard to find the right dosage.  Over the Internet is just much easier so I use Herbs Pro.  Their service is dependable and their pricing competitive.  No matter what you decide to take I highly recommend taking Flaxseed Oil Capsules.

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