Relevancy of nutrition on treatment for hypothyroidism

Tess Thompson

Synthetic products and conventional medicine can prove to be very harmful since they have side effects that can be very dangerous. In some cases, the threat posed to the patient as a result of the side effects of the medication prescribed for a certain disease is more harmful than the disease itself.  

Conventional medicine often treats thyroid disorders with the aid of radiation and radioactive iodine therapies. The side effects of radiation therapy are well known. To add to the issues, excess iodine can cause abnormal growth of the thyroid gland. This can lead to disorders in functioning and growth for the entire body.
Elemental iodine, I2, is a veritable poison if taken in large quantities since iodides are similar to bromides in toxicity.

Natural thyroid medications do not use any synthetic products while treating any ailment. However, alternative thyroid treatments are likely to be effective only if a proper diet and nutrition regime is adhered to.

Nutrition is an important part of all natural or alternate treatments. It is the foundation on which the health of the entire body rests. Healthy people are stronger, more industrious, and more able to fight any disease that may surface. Better nutrition ensures an ailment free body and is a step towards achieving a better quality of life.
In conjunction with thyroid treatment, a healthy diet and exercise go a long way in furthering the effectiveness of specific thyroid medications.

The first step towards a healthy nutritional diet that can help an under active thyroid is to cut out on all stimulants. Stimulants make glands overwork. Tired glands do not work to their potential. Cutting down on stimulants like coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks help in recharging the adrenal system.

To supplement your natural thyroid medication, managing carbohydrate intake is a must. Only 40% to 45% of the total calories should be derived from carbohydrates.  Choose more complex carbohydrates like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, avoiding simple carbohydrates like direct sugar as in desserts, cookies, soda, candy, and chips.

People with hypothyroidism are likely to have sluggish digestion and constipation. High fiber intake (approximately 30-40 grams a day) improves digestion and increases satiety.

Furthermore, thyroid malfunctioning directly affects the metabolism in your body, and therefore ample intake of water is important. At least 8 to 12 glasses of water daily are required to augment the metabolic process.

A reduction in stress and regular exercise combined with a regulated diet can be a perfect combination for managing hypothyroidism. Simple exercises like deep breathing can help in relieving stress and controlling panting and fatigue.

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