Is your thyroid sabotaging your diet? When we think of weight gain automatically our minds go to I need to control my stomach; I need to eat less. We can start a diet and see little to no results. There are so many other organs that have a role in our weight gain. When a particular organ is problematic we have to look to the organ that comes before in the chain or our body’s jobs.

The thyroid is our body’s thermostat and is in charge of our metabolism. If you’re having issues losing weight you should see your doctor about possible thyroid issues. Every cell in your body depends on the functioning of your thyroid and this can throw your entire body off.

What exactly is the thyroid responsible for other than metabolism?

  • The rate at which your body converts food into fuel.
  • The rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates.
  • Your body temperature
  • Heart rate
  • The production of protein
  • Your body’s ability to regulate the amount of calcium in your blood.

Over the span of a year, your thyroid secretes less than a teaspoon of hormones, if working correctly. If your body releases too little you have hypothyroidism. Signs of….

Hypothyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

  • Blood pressure high or low
  • Brain fog
  • Brittle nails
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Eyebrows- thinning and loss of outer third
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Food cravings (sweet and salty)
  • Hair thinning or loss
  • Heartburn
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness in feet, hands
  • Puffy eyes
  • Slow wound healing
  • Snoring
  • Throat pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Weight gain
  • Blood pressure high
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eyes protruding
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Goiter (visibly enlarged thyroid glands)
  • Hair loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased appetite
  • Itching overall
  • Irregular menstrual periods or absence of periods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitations (heart pounding)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Skin clammy
  • Skin flushing
  • Sleep problems
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss unexplained

 

There’s an estimated 4.6% of the population over age 12 with a low thyroid function. According to the American Thyroid Association, 12% of the population will develop a diagnosable thyroid issue. Women are more prone to thyroid issues than men.

Why your thyroid is out of whack?

The primary cause of thyroid issues is too much calcium and too little iodine. Without iodine, the thyroid can’t produce it’s most important hormones T3 and T4. Even though we have iodized salt, we aren’t receiving enough iodine in our diet.

How can I self check my thyroid health?

All you will need is a thermometer. Low thyroid function causes cooler temperatures in the body. The most accurate thermometer you can use is the basal body temperature. The reason this method isn’t used anymore is that blood tests became more popularized, but they are not always accurate.

The night before, place your thermometer next to your bed.

Take your temperature when you first wake up. Must be while in bed.

Repeat every day for a week and keep a record.

If your average temperature falls below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit you have hypothyroidism. Men can do this test whenever, but women must make sure they are not ovulating. The recommended days are days 1-12, but keep in mind all science is based on the average days of ovulating. All women should know their body and their cycle, don’t leave it to averages, but we will get more into that in another article.

Most doctors will just feel around your neck. If there’s no goiter then to them there’s no issue. There’s a lot of areas the medical field is misinformed. This is one. It’s because thermometers don’t cost as much as performing a blood test. It’s always about the upsell in sales. Even with your health. Doctors are still in disagreement over what normal levels of TSH are in your blood. What’s normal to one might be abnormal to another. If you do opt for a test and comes back normal ask your doctor to test for Total T3, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies. These tests will show what the thyroid is and is not doing.

Thyroid Weight Loss Tips

Your doctor may prescribe you levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid). With this being the most prescribed drug in the U.S. There’s also a natural approach using thyroid hormones made from pig thyroid glands. I’m shuddering thinking about it, but it’s another option. Whatever you choose, adding iodine to your plan will help your body better utilize your prescription. Two great brands that assist with thyroid health are Terry Naturally Thyroid Care Plus and Terry Naturally Iodine Co-Factors.

Lifestyle changes for a healthier thyroid

Manage stress-

Stress can cause imbalances in the body which in turn cause the adrenal glands to release more hormones. Health disorders caused by stress include blood sugar imbalances, food intolerance (especially gluten), digestive dysfunction, chronic infections, and inflammation. Inflammation = weight gain. Let’s de-stress!

Ways to manage stress (a few ideas)

-meditation

-schedule time for you

-spend time grounding to the earth

-dance

-talk to a friend

-get some sun


Exercise! 

-if exercise isn’t part of your normal regimen start with some yoga or tai chi

-Get to the gym! Sweating is shedding your stress. Think of each weight as you becoming strong enough to lift your problems and let it go with each exhale.

-Go for a run. Cardiovascular is especially more beneficial for when you are PMS-ing like they say in Legally Blonde- Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t go around killing their husbands.

-Of course, know your limit!

Saunas and soaks

Epsom Salt!!! We all know the benefits. A detox can get rid of the toxins in your body. Toxins = weight gain.

Filter your water and change your toothpaste

Fluoride again- it’s in our water and toothpaste. It’s toxic. Toxins lead to weight gain. Our body stores it.


Eat less of these ten

-Bok Choy

-Broccoli

-Cabbage

-Cauliflower

-Kale

-Kohlrabi

-Mustard and mustard greens

-Rutabagas

-Soy (EVERYTHING)

-Turnips

Food with smaller amounts of goitrogens you can eat:

Bamboo shoots

Millet

Peaches

Peanuts

Pears

Pine nuts

Spinach

Strawberries

Sweet Potatoes

Wheat and other gluten-containing grains

The key to the health you want is being proactive. Learn all you can about health. Check out Robert Thompson’s book for more on thyroid health.