By: Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
This Misdiagnosed Disease
Could Be Affecting Your Health!
Te Misdiagnosed Epidemic—Tyroid Disease is on a
Rampage. Is Tis Misunderstood Disease Afecting Your
Health? ......................................................................................... 1
Tyroid and Disease: What Your Doctor
Might be Missing ......................................................................... 3
How to Find Out if Your Tyroid Needs Help ............................ 7
Your Mother Was Right —
You Are What You Eat ............................................................... 12
Give Your Tyroid the Nutrients it Craves
and Watch as Your Energy Climbs ........................................... 15
Tese Seven Minerals Give Your Tyroid
a Steady Boost ........................................................................... 17
Other Supplements to Support Your Tyroid
and Move You Toward Wellness ............................................... 19
Make Simple Changes — Get Big Results ................................ 22
Living an Empowered Life with Low Tyroid .......................... 25
References .................................................................................. 26
Table of Contents
Mark Rosenberg, M.D. is director and founder of
the “Institute for Anti-Aging” in South Florida. For
the past 15 years he has combined modern medicine
with nutrition, exercise and physiology to create a
natural program for healthier living.
Dr. Mark Rosenberg received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Pennsylvania and
graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then
completed his residency in emergency medicine in San Antonio, TX at
Brooke Army Medical Center, where he won the award of “Teacher and
Resident of the Year.”
In 1997, Dr. Rosenberg became a diplomat of the American College of
Anti-aging Medicine. He has since become a highly sought-afer speaker
and lectures frequently on topics such as integrative cancer therapy and
anti-aging medicine. In 2009, Dr. Rosenberg will be regularly lecturing in
Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Dr. Rosenberg has published a physician’s guide to the treatment of drug
toxicities and served as a consultant to several hospitals for the treatment
of drug overdoses. In addition to drug research, Dr. Rosenberg is avidly
involved in supplement research, and has served as the Chief Science
Ofcer for several supplement companies including VitalMax Vitamins.
Dr. Rosenberg has spent much of his time over the past few years studying
cancer. He has developed a novel protocol that integrates standard
chemotherapeutic regimens with non-toxic natural supplemental regimens.
Dr Rosenberg was featured on Fox News for inducing remission on a patient
with cancer that had spread from the lungs, to the liver and spine. Wake
Forest University is now currently beginning a study using this protocol.
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Te Misdiagnosed Epidemic —
Tyroid Disease is on a Rampage.
Is Tis Misunderstood Disease
Afecting Your Health?

A secret disease may be lurking inside you. Your doctor may be
merely treating its symptoms, never recognizing the real culprit.
If you struggle with…
High Blood Pressure
Sexual Dysfunction
or a Hormonal Imbalance
…these may be secondary symptoms of a deeper problem. Set that
problem right, and you will be on the way to better health quicker
than you ever dreamed possible.
Tis secret, unseen disease is hypothyroidism, or low thyroid. Low
thyroid can trigger a myriad of conditions. When you go to your
doctor, he will ofen—and even understandably—try to treat the
secondary conditions without ever realizing that he is missing the
actual root of the problem.

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can help you to improve your thyroid function. And you'll learn why
fnding ways to cope with stress and connecting with other people
will help your thyroid—and your overall—health.
Read on to discover:
One dozen factors that can put you at risk for low thyroid.
Eleven conditions that can mimic or compound low
thyroid disease.
A surefre test you can do at home to determine if you
have low thyroid.
What you must know that your doctor may not.
What other conditions might be sabotaging your
thyroid therapy.
Te healthy foods that you should eat less of.
Te seven minerals you need to support your thyroid…
and why iodine isn't one of them.
An herb you've never heard of that can dramatically
improve your thyroid health.
Tree reasons why you MUST exercise when you have
low thyroid—even when it's the last thing you want to do.
Tree strategies to help you cope with stress better.
Thyroid and Disease:
What Your Doctor Might Be Missing
A low thyroid afects every aspect of your life. You feel tired. You gain
weight. You don’t enjoy yourself or the things you love as much as you
used to. You might even fnd yourself lashing out at your loved ones
because you’re so frustrated by how you feel.

Even a mild case of low thyroid can have a profound efect on your
health. And many, many people sufer from low thyroid without ever
realizing it. Some researchers and experts estimate that 10% of the
population under 50 have low thyroid. Te estimate climbs to 20% for
people over 50.
Other doctors believe that up to 40% of adults sufer
with this condition—epidemic proportions.
If your thyroid isn't functioning properly, you feel it every day,
whether you recognize it or not. You simply cannot be at your best.
But restore your thyroid hormones to optimum levels and so many of
the other systems in your body fall neatly into place.
You'll have more energy.
You'll have a healthier circulatory system.
Your metabolism will work better, making it easier for
you to maintain a healthy weight.
You'll enjoy a better sex life.
You won't have so many aches and pains.
Your general outlook will be healthier and
more positive.
In short, you'll enjoy life more!
To fnd out how you can discover whether a low thyroid is bringing
you down and what you can do to restore balance and health to your
life, just read on.
You'll learn what causes a low thyroid and why your doctor ofen
misses the diagnosis. You'll fnd out how you can make sure you get
a proper diagnosis. You learn how foods, exercise, and supplements

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When this happens your own immune system may begin attacking
your thyroid; damaging it and disrupting its function.
Other risk factors for low thyroid disease include:
A family history or personal history of thyroid problems
Tyroid surgery or antithyroid drugs
Pituitary tumors or pituitary disease
Autoimmune or endocrine disorders
Epstein Barr Virus or mononucleosis
Being over 60 years of age
Hormone imbalances
Smoking or being a former smoker
Neck trauma
Exposure to environmental chemicals or radiation
One of the prevalent characteristics of low thyroid is low energy,
but there are many other conditions that result in low energy, too.
It isn't unusual for you to sufer from a combination of conditions.
It's important to consider all the possibilities in order to rule out the
ones that obviously aren't part of your condition, and then to treat the
conditions that you do have. Tis is part of how low thyroid worsens
other existing illnesses—it can compound the symptoms that you are
struggling with and the solutions you try might fall short.

Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck, just beneath
your Adam’s apple. It’s only about the size of a walnut, but every
cell, every tissue, every organ in your body needs the hormones it
produces in order to function at their best.
When you overwork yourself or put yourself into situations that
are chronically stressful, it takes a toll on your thyroid’s ability to
produce the hormones that your body desperately needs.
Te physical and emotional toll difers from person to person when
this happens. Tis is part of what makes low thyroid difcult to
diagnose. One person might feel tired all the time, while another
might become depressed, and a third person might catch every cold
and fu bug that comes along.
Unless your thyroid is extremely low, your doctor may not realize
what is really wrong. Borderline low thyroid doesn’t set of any
alarms for your doctor, so you might go undiagnosed for years. You
may be told that how you feel is just how your body works. Or you
may be treated for other conditions with disappointing results.
Begin by assessing yourself. If you have a set of symptoms that
doesn’t seem to follow a normal pattern associated with other
diseases—symptoms like fatigue, feeling too hot or too cold, weight
gain, anxiety, aching muscles and joints, indigestion, a lack of mental
clarity, dry skin, brittle nails and hair, high cholesterol or insomnia—
or that doesn’t respond to treatments… consider that your thyroid
may be at the root of your health problems.
Essentially low thyroid is an autoimmune disorder. When your body
becomes exhausted, tired, overworked and overstressed, it becomes
desperate to stay healthy. And sometimes it becomes confused.
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How To Find Out If Your Thyroid
Needs Help
If you suspect you might have a low thyroid, you need to get
diagnosed… and diagnosed properly.
When you go to your doctor, it’s important that you be armed with
information that will help you identify when your thyroid is in
trouble. Why can’t your doctor fgure that out for you?
Well, the reason is pretty straightforward. Doctors work with
individuals. What’s best for one individual isn’t necessarily optimal
for the next patient who comes through the door. To simplify things,
doctors ofen rely on blood tests to identify a problem like low
thyroid. When they do a blood test, they check to see if your thyroid
hormone levels fall within the “normal” range. If your levels come
back “normal,” they dismiss low thyroid as a possibility.
Te problem is that the reference range that doctors use is so broad
that it can’t be relied on alone to diagnose low thyroid. Doctors
measure the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your
blood to determine if your thyroid levels are normal. A high level of
TSH indicates low thyroid production. Te “normal” range is .2 to
5.5. Te problem is that if you have a 5.5 level of TSH, you have 27
times the amount of someone at the other end of the “normal” range.
Tat is just too broad. You may be within the normal range, but low
for your own needs.
It’s important that your doctor look at your thyroid levels in the
context of your symptoms. If you have the signs of a low thyroid, and
your levels are in the lower end of the normal range, chances are that
your thyroid is the problem.
Te following low energy diseases or conditions can mimic, mask,
or compound low thyroid. When you work with your doctor to
treat your condition, consider each of these possibilities along with
hypothyroidism and see if you can't determine which condition or
combination of conditions matches your experience most closely.
Lack of sleep or chronic insomnia
Malnutrition (even if you are overweight)
Toxicity from food additives and environmental
Chronic infection or infammation
Lyme disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lack of activity
As you can see, diagnosing low thyroid disease can be quite
complicated. Fortunately, when you recognize it as a possibility, you
can take the steps needed to confrm if low thyroid is sapping your
energy and compromising your health… and then you can begin to
set things right.

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and work with you to correct this problem and restore your body's
delicate hormonal balance.
Unfortunately, when your thyroid is damaged, there is no way to
repair the afected tissues. Instead, most doctors will prescribe
a thyroid hormone replacement to make up for the amount that
your body is falling short on it's own production. It's important to
establish a goal thyroid level with your doctor. Establish what TSH
levels you are aiming for with your doctor early on. Suggest you work
to get your TSH levels in an optimum range rather than just within
the normal range. You want to feel good again—not just in your
medical chart, but in your actual life.
A normally working thyroid produces two main kinds of thyroid
hormones, T3 and T4.
T4 is the primary hormone. Te thyroid gland releases it
into the blood stream where the body's tissues use it to
create T3. (Te thyroid does create small amounts of T3 directly.) T3
is the more active hormone. It helps to control cellular metabolism.
Your doctor will prescribe a drug that replaces one or the other or
both of these hormones. Replacing T4 is the most common course
of action. Te brand name drug Synthroid is usually what doctors
prescribe, but the leading thyroid replacement drugs generally are
equally efective.
Tey do use diferent fllers, which can cause
allergic reactions. If you break out in hives, ask your doctor to switch
your brand.
Replacing T4 usually works well and is ofen the safest plan because it
is less active than T3 and will help your body to make the amount of
T3 best suited for your needs. However if your underlying problem is
Unfortunately, if your thyroid tests come back in the normal range,
your doctor is likely to tell you that you’re just fne, and not to worry
about things. He might suggest that most of your symptoms are the
result of aging, or that you keep looking for other sources.
Tere is actually a simple test that you can do at home to determine
if your thyroid is low. It’s a temperature test, and it is a good, accurate
indicator of low thyroid. Armed with the results from your own
temperature test accompanied by a list of your symptoms, you can
work to persuade your doctor to consider further thyroid tests and
treatments for low thyroid.
Here’s what to do.
Place a thermometer by your bed.
In the morning, place the thermometer bulb in your armpit.
(Make sure there isn’t any clothing between your skin and the
Wait ten minutes for mercury thermometers, or until the
thermometer beeps if it is digital.
Record the temperature in a notebook.
Do this every day for three weeks to determine your
average waking temperature.
If your average waking temperature falls below the normal
range of 97.8 to 98.2, you most likely have a low thyroid.
If you have the symptoms of low thyroid, borderline low thyroid
hormone levels according to a blood test, and a low waking
temperature, it is crucial that you fnd a doctor who will listen to you

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Merely treating your thyroid defciency can restore your energy levels
and your feelings of health, but it doesn't address the underlying
issues that lead to hypothyroidism in the frst place. Once diagnosed
with low thyroid, you will most likely need thyroid replacement
drugs for the rest of your life. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't
take steps to care for and support your thyroid and your immune
systems. Taking these steps can help to lower the amount of
replacement hormone you need, or at the very least can prevent your
condition from getting worse.
Tese steps can also help you to live a healthier and more satisfying
life overall.
a difculty converting T4 to T3, then it won't work for you. Monitor
your symptoms. If they don't improve signifcantly, ask your doctor
to switch you to a T3 or combination replacement.
Tere is also a natural, non-synthetic thyroid replacement
prescription available. Tis thyroid medication is made from the
thyroid gland of a pig. It contains T1, T2, T3, and T4 components
of thyroid hormones. It's been around since the late 1800s, and is
considered safe. Some doctors feel it produces better results than the
synthetic versions.
When taken correctly, thyroid replacement hormones are safe. If you
take too much T3, then you can experience heart palpitations and
the feeling of being "wired." You might have difculty sleeping and
feel too hot. Caution and a gradual approach are best if you require a
T3 or combination prescription, or if you choose to take the natural
Getting a good response to thyroid replacement drugs, whether
natural or synthetic, can take time. You and your doctor may have
to experiment with diferent dosages and combinations to fnd what
works best for you. Some people respond very well to T4 replacement.
Some people do better with a combination drug. Others try diferent
combinations and dosages of synthetic drugs, only to discover that
their bodies do best with a natural replacement. Still others try
the natural replacement drugs and fnd that they felt better on a
synthetic version.
Tyroid problems are very individual in nature, and it takes a
commitment to trial and error, both on your part, and the part
of your doctor to fnd the therapy that will restore your optimum
Controversy In The
Medical Community
Te upper level of the TSH reference range is in hot dispute
within the medical community. An article appearing in the
Lancet advocates lowering the upper limit (the indicator of
low thyroid) from 5.5 to 2.0.
. In a separate study reported by
the German journal, Nuklearmedizin, researchers suggest that
adverse afects set in when TSH levels rise above 3.35.
If your TSH levels come back higher than 3 or 4 and you sufer
from the symptoms of low thyroid, suggest to your doctor that
you work together to bring your levels to an optimal point,
rather than just the “normal,” range.
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Exhausted Adrenal Glands
Disrupt Thyroid Treatment
Te same conditions that can exhaust your thyroid gland can
also exhaust your adrenal glands. Adrenal exhaustion causes
low energy and can compound existing low thyroid conditions.
It can also make your treatment for low thyroid less efective
than you’d hoped.
Treating low thyroid without addressing your low adrenal
condition can make your adrenals more exhausted.
If your response to thyroid treatment is negative, ask your
doctor for an adrenal test before making a decision to
discontinue thyroid treatment. You may require treatment for
both conditions in order to feel better.
Te easiest way to overcome an allergy is to stop eating the foods you
are sensitive to. First you have to identify them. You can actually get
a good idea of your allergies by using a home allergy test kit. Tese
kits use your saliva or a few drops of blood (the kits include a lancet
for getting the necessary blood from your fnger tip) that you send to
a lab for results on your allergies. (Visit or for examples.) Te drawback is that
these kits only test for basic allergies. For the most thorough test
results you would need to visit an allergist.
Common food allergens include wheat and other gluten-containing
grains like oats and rye. Corn, chocolate, cafeine, mold from cheese
and fermented drinks, soy, and strawberries are also common
Pay attention to how you feel afer you eat a meal. Try to notice if
you feel uplifed or if you feel tired and foggy-headed. By doing this
you can begin to identify the foods that do your body the most good
while cutting out the foods that tend to make you feel unwell.
Aside from your own personal food allergens, there are a number of
foods that can inhibit thyroid function. For a person with a healthy
thyroid, these foods don’t do much harm… in fact some of them are
very nutritious. If you struggle with a low thyroid condition, though,
these foods can complicate your condition and undermine your
Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts, Pine Nuts, Millet and Tapioca:
Tese foods release substances into your body that cause thyroid
infammation and impair the thyroid gland. You don’t have to cut
these foods out completely, but you should limit the quantity you eat
to a couple of servings each week.
Your Mother Was Right—
You Are What Your Eat
Te foods you eat day in and day out have an enormous impact on
your body. Certain foods in the average American diet are highly
allergenic, and you may be sensitive to them without even realizing it.
Tese hidden food allergies contribute to the exhaustion and
disruption of your thyroid. Remember that low thyroid is essentially
an immune system disorder—your immune system erroneously
attacks your thyroid, damaging it and reducing its ability to function.
Mild allergies keep your immune system in overdrive, and if you
have a thyroid problem, you are more likely to have allergies.
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appetite. Reducing your carbohydrates can help correct this situation,
and may also help you to lose unwanted weight.
Give Your Thyroid The Nutrients
It Craves And Watch
As Your Energy Climbs
Even the best eating habits—fresh, whole foods with a lot of fruits
and vegetables and high quality proteins—can sometimes fall short
of the optimum levels of the nutrients your thyroid needs. It’s a good
idea for you to take a multi-vitamin that contains minerals, too.
Cruciferous Vegetables:
Broccoli, caulifower, Brussels sprouts,
cabbage, and asparagus are all very healthy foods, but they can
interfere with your thyroid function. Cooking reduces the disruptive
compounds, so plan to eat only one serving of these foods in a day,
and plan to cook them frst. Most of these vegetables are tasty when
they’ve been steamed or sautéed, so try them in those styles.
Soy Products:
Soy elevates the T4 thyroid hormone without
elevating the T3 component. Tis can lead to weight gain and
impaired thyroid function. Te phytoestrogens in soy products
can also damage the thyroid. In general if you have a low thyroid
condition, you should avoid soy products. Make certain you read
labels on any packaged foods you by. Many, many of them contain
soybean oil, a soy-based product.
So what foods should you eat to support your thyroid?
Te thyroid doesn’t need specifc foods to function well, but it does
beneft from a simple diet that is high in protein and lower in fats
(especially trans fats and saturated fats), and is rich in complex
carbohydrates and low in refned grains and sugars.
In other words, fresh, whole, good-quality foods are what your
thyroid wants. Tese are the same foods that your heart, your liver,
and your brain want too, so you do your whole body a healthful favor.
You might fnd that reducing your daily carbohydrate intake is
especially important. When you have low thyroid, everything in your
body slows down. Tis can mean your pancreas, which produces the
insulin you need to deal with blood sugar, can’t do its job as well as
it once could. Tis can lead to insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance
can cause weight gain, dizziness, fatigue, and an uncontrolled
Other Precautions To Take
With Your Food
Don't store lefovers in plastic containers.
Plastics contain estrogenic compounds that can
interfere with your thyroid function. Choose glass
containers instead.
Don't reheat food in plastic containers. Te
estrogenic compounds become more active when
warmed up.
Mold is a common allergen. Try avoiding foods that
contain mold for a week or two to see if you notice
an improvement. Choose cottage cheese instead of
hard cheese, a mixed drink cocktail instead of beer
or wine, and eat only freshly prepared foods rather
than lefovers.
Avoid processed food with additives and
preservatives. Tese chemicals can create a negative
reaction in your body.

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thyroid function in mice with hypothyroidism. Infammation of the
thyroid gland, T3 and T4 levels, and cholesterol levels all improved
from Vitamin C and E supplementation.
To support your thyroid
and take full advantage of Vitamin C’s antioxidant efects, take 1000
mg of Vitamin C each day. You won’t usually fnd a multi-vitamin
with this amount, so look for a separate Vitamin C supplement. To
get the most from your Vitamin E supplement, look for one that
contains mixed tocopherols. (Most contain only alpha-tocopherols.)
Take 400 IU of Vitamin E every day.
A Vitamin B complex is also important to your optimum health.
Tis supplement contains a mixture of B-vitamins, which are
important to your energy levels, mental health, and cellular integrity.
Try a B-Complex vitamin that provides 50 mg of B vitamins.
These Seven Minerals Give Your
Thyroid A Steady Boost
In addition to vitamins, you also need an array of minerals to keep
your thyroid in its best health.
Your thyroid needs minerals to make the hormones your body needs,
and your body needs minerals to put those hormones to work. A
thyroid imbalance can also impair your body’s ability to absorb and
use some minerals. Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Chromium, Manganese,
Calcium, and Magnesium all contribute to healthy thyroid function
and are especially important if you sufer from a low thyroid.
Zinc supports your immune system and helps it to function
properly. Since low thyroid is an autoimmune disorder, making
sure you get enough Zinc just makes sense. But there is another
reason to be certain you get enough Zinc. Animal studies show that
Below you’ll fnd what vitamins and minerals are most important for
you and what doses you should look for in your supplements. Some
minerals are important for thyroid health, but can interfere with how
well your thyroid medication absorbs into your system. Plan to take
your vitamins and thyroid medication four hours apart from each
other to get the maximum benefts from both.
You can also give your thyroid an extra boost with some special
herbal supplements.
Let’s look at how you can be sure your thyroid is getting all
the nutrients it needs.
When you choose vitamins, antioxidants should be at the top of
your list. Antioxidants help to support the thyroid by reducing
the free radicals in your system. Free radicals are a by-product of
energy production, but they damage other cells, producing more free
radicals in the process. When you reduce the free radicals in your
body, you take pressure of your immune system, which makes it less
likely to attack your thyroid.
Vitamin A is an important antioxidant. Tere is also a relationship
between Vitamin A levels and thyroid disease. Studies show that
patients with hypothyroidism have low levels of Vitamin A. Tis does
not necessarily mean that Vitamin A defciency contributes to low
thyroid, but it does mean that when you have low thyroid you tend
to need more Vitamin A.
If you have low thyroid, take between
10,000 and 20,000 IU of Vitamin A every day. Tis amount is usually
available in your standard multivitamin. (Doses higher than 25,000
IU daily become toxic, so don’t take more than this amount.)
Vitamin C and Vitamin E are two other powerful antioxidants.
Animal studies show that Vitamin C and Vitamin E improved
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Other Supplements To Support
Your Thyroid And Move You
Toward Wellness
While a diet lower in fat is good for you when you have a low thyroid
condition, certain essential fatty acids are, well, essential to your
good health.
Tere are two main categories of essential fatty acids—the Omega-6
variety and the Omega-3 variety. Most plant oils are rich in Omega-
6s, which means you have an overabundance of Omega-6s in your
diet. More scarce are the Omega-3s. Bringing these two types of
essential fatty acids into balance in your diet can greatly improve
your health. By introducing more Omega-3s into your diet you will
beneft both your heart and your mind.
Te best way to increase your Omega-3 intake is to eat more fsh or
more faxseed. Fish is an excellent source of high quality protein,
but there are two concerns when eating fsh. Many fsh populations
are dangerously depleted from over fshing and a number of fsh
species also contain dangerously high levels of mercury. (Get a wallet
sized list of the best and worst seafood choices here: http://www.
selector.pdf) One of the safest and tastiest fsh available is wild
Alaskan salmon.

Tese fsh are abundant in Alaska, they are caught responsibly so
they aren’t in danger of depletion, and they are clean and free of
Flaxseed is another excellent source of Omega-3s. You can buy
faxseed oil to use in salad dressings or ground faxseed to sprinkle
hypothyroidism can inhibit the absorption of Zinc, making it more
difcult for your body to get the Zinc it needs.
Make sure your
multivitamin contains 25 mg of Zinc.
Taking Zinc over time can lead to a Copper defciency. Studies
also suggest that the metabolism of Copper is disrupted by
For both of these reasons, it is important that
your multivitamin include 1 to 2 mg of Copper.
Your thyroid needs Selenium for proper thyroid hormone synthesis,
and your body needs Selenium to use thyroid hormones efciently
Supplement with 100 micrograms (mcg) of Selenium daily.
Chromium is a mineral that helps the body to maintain normal
blood sugar. Since insulin resistance is a concern when you have
low thyroid, a Chromium supplement is a good idea. Studies show
that regular Chromium supplementation helped to lower fasting
blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Your daily
Chromium intake should be 100 to 200 mg.
Manganese is another mineral that gets disrupted in the presence
of low thyroid.
Manganese is a trace mineral. Tis means that
your body doesn’t need much of it, but it does need some. Look for a
multivitamin that contains 10 to 20 mg of Manganese.
Low thyroid carries a higher risk of osteoporosis. So does over-
prescribing of thyroid replacement drugs. So Calcium and
Magnesium are critical to helping you maintain strong and
healthy bones. Research proves that getting enough Calcium helps
prevent osteoporosis.
Studies also show that Magnesium plays an
important role in your body’s ability to use Calcium.
You need
1200 mg of Calcium each day and 400 mg of Magnesium.
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choose to try them, it is best to introduce them at a gradual pace, and
to seek a doctor’s guidance.
on yogurt or fruit. Two tablespoons a day helps to bring your Omega-
3s into balance with your Omega-6s.
Another good supplement to look for is Tyrosine. Te amino acid
Tyrosine is a building block of both the T3 and T4 hormones, so if
you suspect you have a low thyroid condition, adding an amino acid
supplement makes good sense.
You may have heard about or read about or even tried taking an
herbal stimulant to combat the low-energy feeling that comes with
low thyroid. Generally, these kinds of stimulants can put your body
into overdrive and do more harm than good. However, there are two
herbal supplements you should consider for thyroid support. Tey
are Ashwagandha and Milk Tistle.
Ashwagandha stimulates T4 and T3 responses in the body. It
especially raises T4 levels, helping the thyroid to do its job better.
Animal studies support the use of Ashwagandha for low thyroid
disease. Research shows that Ashwagandha increases levels of thyroid
hormones in the system.
Ashwagandha is a powerful herb, and if
taken incorrectly can actually damage your thyroid. Consult with a
naturopathic doctor who has experience using Ashwagandha.
Milk Tistle is a liver cleanser. It helps remove toxins from the body.
Like so many of the other nutrients you should take, Milk Tistle
helps ease pressure on your immune system, which in turn eases the
pressure on your thyroid.
Glandular Support: You can also purchase over the counter
glandular supplements. Tese supplements are made from animal
thyroid glands, but the hormonal components have been removed.
Some people show a good response to these supplements. If you
Iodine: Too Much Or Not Enough?
Iodine is a component of thyroid hormones, so an iodine
defciency can cause low thyroid, but iodine defciencies are rare.
Too much iodine creates an imbalance in the body and can
also impair thyroid function. Too ofen, an iodine supplement
is automatically recommended to someone with low thyroid.
Ask that your iodine levels be checked before you begin taking
a supplement. If you do take a supplement, rather than taking
an oral supplement, try a topical supplement instead. It’s safer,
and your body will generally only absorb what it needs when you
choose this route.
Just spread a half dollar sized circle of 2% iodine solution on
your belly or thigh. Your body will absorb what it needs over the
next 24 hours. Be careful though, iodine will stain your clothes.
Let it dry completely before putting clothes on over it.
Pay close attention to how you feel afer taking iodine. If you feel
more exhausted than usual, discontinue its use.
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your immune system on high alert, which can lead to autoimmune
disorders like hypothyroidism.
Tere are as many strategies to reduce stress as there are individuals.
Te trick is to fnd strategies that work best for you. Here are just
three you can try out.
Method #1: Visualization
Visualization is the simple task of picturing how you would like
things to be. When you sufer with hypothyroidism, taking time
to visualize yourself well again can help your body to move in that
direction and can feel relaxing and uplifing.
Sit quietly and imagine your thyroid—that little butterfy-shaped
gland in your neck—as being in perfect health. Focus all your good
thoughts and feelings of well-being into your thyroid. And then
imagine that your perfectly functioning thyroid is radiating health
throughout your body. Imagine your skin, hair and nails are healthy
looking and shiny. Imagine your body temperature feels just right.
Imagine you have the energy to spring out of bed in the morning.
Picture yourself clear-headed and smiling, ready to face any
Really take the time to fll in the details of how you feel in this
visualization, and fully enjoy the sensations you’re imagining.
Tis exercise can help to relax you and ease the stress surrounding
your condition. Tough not clinically proven, some health care
professionals believe that visualizations such as this also help your
body to heal.
Make Simple Changes
Get Big Results
Stress and exhaustion are ofen key factors in the development of low
thyroid disease. Tat means that your lifestyle choices have a deep
efect on the health of your thyroid.
Exercise is important to overall health. A lack of exercise can actually
create many of the symptoms of low thyroid.
If you haven’t yet
received a diagnosis regarding your low energy condition, you might
try taking a brisk walk. If you feel immediately better or better
during the following day, you may simply need to bring more activity
into your life. If, on the other hand, you feel depleted and even worse,
then there is likely a deeper cause.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and you’ve begun
treatment, it is important to begin doing weight-bearing exercise.
Tis is because both hypothyroidism and its treatment can cause
osteoporosis. Lifing weights and doing weight-bearing exercise is
important to your bone health.
Weight gain is also a concern for many people living with low
thyroid disease. A regular exercise routine can assist you with weight
loss, or help you maintain a healthy weight.
Finally, depression ofen accompanies hypothyroidism. Exercise is
one of the best natural ways to combat depression.
In addition to exercising regularly, fnding ways to cope with stress
is a valuable skill in fghting thyroid disease. When you become
overstressed or exhausted your hormones can become out of balance.
Tis can afect your thyroid. A constant state of stress also keeps
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Method #2: Terapeutic Massage
Massage is an excellent coping mechanism for stress, especially
when you visit a professional, licensed masseuse. Just the simple act
of letting someone massage the tension from your muscles can leave
you feeling much better about the world.
You can go one better and seek out a masseuse who is trained in
lymphatic drainage massage. Tis type of massage won’t just relax
you. It will also help to remove toxins from your system and move
your endocrine system back toward balance.
Method #3: Journaling
For many people, an efective way to relieve stress is just to write
things down. A rant on paper can do wonders for your outlook on
a specifc problem. Somehow the act of writing down what you’re
feeling gives the sense that you’ve taken action. It makes you feel
more empowered to make changes. When you do this kind of
journaling, do be careful not to go back and reread your rants—it
can be a bit like reliving it and that can bring negative emotions back
to the surface. Instead just write your rant and let it go.
Another kind of journaling can also be useful. Each day you can
write down your experiences that may be related to hypothyroidism.
What you ate and how you felt aferwards. What victories you
had during the day. How much you exercised. Anything new that
you read about and plan to try. Tis kind of journal can help you
recognize patterns in your health and ultimately give you the
guidance you need to make efective changes.
A quick visit to your local bookstore will lead you to books on Yoga,
meditation, deep breathing, hobbies, journaling, lucid dreaming,
religious paths, and more. Check out all the possibilities, play around
a bit, and you’re sure to fnd a way to relax and de-stress that really
works for you.
Finally, you should seek support from your family and friends
and from people who share your struggle. Simply knowing there
are people in your life that you can rely on and talk to can make a
tremendous diference in your stress levels. It can also help you to
feel more empowered to make changes in your life. And when you
have a support network of others with low thyroid, it can reveal to
you new strategies you can try to further improve your health.
Living An Empowered Life
With Low Thyroid
A low thyroid condition doesn’t need to defne you. By understanding
your symptoms and knowing that you can address them safely and
easily… by committing to trying new treatments and strategies
until you fnd the mix that works best for you… and by insisting on
fnding a doctor that will listen to you and work with you to restore
your quality of life, you can recapture your sense of self and begin
enjoying your life again. Start today by writing down your symptoms
and contacting your doctor for a thyroid test. Don’t take “No,” for an
answer… this is the frst step to getting your energy, your health, and
your quality of life back.
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