What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

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It’s no secret that the rate of virtually every disease continues to rise year after year. Often at times if you want to achieve the opposite results with your health, you must take opposite action.

 

A perfect example of this can be seen by looking at the fats in your diet. Coconut oil is by far one of the best fats, or cooking oils, for thyroid health because of the fact that it’s highly saturated.

 

Not only is coconut oil a very saturated fat containing 96% or more saturated fat, but it contains next to no polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), which we know are quite thyroid suppressive on multiple levels.

 

Before you start cringing and squirming in your seat at the idea of using a saturated fat in your diet, let’s think about it for just a second and use a little common sense for once.

 

We know that unsaturated fats oxidize easily and promote cell damage. The reason they oxidize so easily is because of their weak and unstable chemical structure.

 

Saturated fats on the other hand are extremely stable and do not oxidize. So, by simply eating coconut oil instead of PUFAs, you’re protecting yourself from accelerated aging and a number of other health problems associated with the oxidative damage caused by PUFAs in your diet.

 

But won’t coconut oil, being a saturated fat, clog your arteries and cause heart disease?

 

Unfortunately, that’s what more than a half of a century of brain washing will do to you. But it’s a good thing that you’re too smart to let that continue to happen, right?

 

In fact there’s lots of research on coconut oil and how it protects against heart disease.

 

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in aging and arteriosclerosis.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3519928

 

The Demographic Yearbook of the United Nations (1978) reported that Sri Lanka has the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease. Sri Lanka is the only of the countries giving reliable data where coconut oil (containing over 50% medium chain fatty acids) is the main dietary fat.

 

What baffles me even more is that regardless of the research, the benefits of coconut oil are still being greatly down-played by the medical community.

 

In fact, here’s a quote directly from a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist regarding the potential benefits of coconut oil for thyroid health:

 

The misconception that coconut oil can cure underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose after publication of a book several years ago touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil. However, there is no evidence that coconut oil stimulates thyroid function.

 

–       Mayo Clinic Endocrinologist

 

Even the FDA has stated that coconut oil, being a saturated fat, should be avoided.

 

How Coconut Oil Helps Thyroid Health

 

Unfortunately, our lack of understanding of physiology and common sense are really what are holding us back from seeing and understanding the benefits that coconut oil provides for hypothyroidism.

 

Sometimes you have to look beyond the direct effect on the thyroid gland itself and look at the bigger picture.

 

Most of the benefits that coconut oil provides for thyroid health, have more to do with its ability to help regulate and correct your physiology to prevent other external influences from suppressing your thyroid.

 

Here are a few examples of how coconut oil directly or indirectly improves thyroid health and function.

 

  1. Coconut oil displaces PUFAs and their direct harmful thyroid suppressive effects. As I mentioned above, these so called “heart healthy” polyunsaturated fats that are being promoted are well known to suppress your thyroid on multiple levels: at your gland, in your bloodstream, and at your cells.

 

By simply eating more coconut oil, you are effectively increasing the ratio of saturated fatty acids to unsaturated fatty acids and therefore displacing the PUFAs in your body which directly improves your thyroid health function on all levels.

 

  1. Coconut oil helps regulate blood sugar and stress hormones which suppress thyroid function. PUFAs are also very effective at lowering blood sugar, and by replacing PUFAs in your body with the saturated fat from coconut oil, it helps to regulate blood sugar and therefore suppress stress hormones.

 

Stress hormones can directly inhibit the thyroid gland by suppressing TSH. They suppress thyroid hormone conversion in the liver. They also increase Reverse T3 production. In general, hypothyroidism sufferers overproduce stress hormones.

 

Many people experience a greater sense of satiety and improved blood sugar control after replacing PUFAs with coconut oil in their diet.

 

  1. Coconut oil protects cell mitochondria against stress and injury, both of which suppress thyroid function. I talk a lot about the health of your thyroid being largely dictated by your cells ability to utilize thyroid hormone.

 

PUFAs cause cell damage and alter metabolism on many levels. For starters, I’ve already mentioned that they cause oxidative cell damage which directly damages the cell mitochondria and inhibits your cells ability to utilize thyroid hormone properly.

 

This is why everyone is so gung-ho on antioxidants today. Everyone is unknowingly pumping their bodies full of bad oils that are causing the very oxidative damage that these antioxidants are trying to protect against.

 

Coconut oil acts as a potent antioxidant by helping to offset the pro-oxidative effects of the PUFAs, which in turn improves mitochondria and cell health, and promotes the healthy use of thyroid hormone by your cells.

 

Fractions of coconut oil are now even being used by medicine in the treatment of many kinds of cancers, which in itself goes to show you that coconut oil does play a direct role in improving cellular energy production and therefore improving thyroid function.

 

What Kind of Coconut Oil Is Best for Thyroid Health?

 

As with most health foods, as they become increasing popular, more and more low quality products begin to hit the market. Coconut oil is no different.

 

This is why it’s important to get coconut oil from a reputable source, since the chemical processing often negates the benefits of the oil itself and introduces other potential harmful components.

 

This is what has driven most people to rely on unrefined virgin coconut oil, but even this isn’t ideal for most people since unrefined coconut oil still contains coconut particulate which can irritate the digestive tract and increase estrogen and stress hormone production.

 

This is why often times a properly refined (expeller pressed) coconut oil can be a much better option for thyroid health.

 

Watch this Video HERE – The Coconut & Thyroid Connection – Coconut Oil Benefits for Thyroid Health

 

Read these related articles:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

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Today I want to talk about a very important but confusing topic that has a much bigger impact on your thyroid than you realize. There is a lot of confusing and false information that continues to circulate across the globe regarding what fats and oils are truly healthy.

Unfortunately, you and millions of other people have been led to believe that all of these so called “heart healthy” oils in your diet are preventing future health problems while the reality is that they are not only heart UN-healthy but are linked directly to hypothyroidism.

One of my favorite quotes that I find applicable to many situations in life, including this one, is…

“Insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results”

–       Albert Einstein

 

The entire “heart healthy” marketing movement was driven by the fact that polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) could lower cholesterol. Even though it’s still going strong today, the entire cholesterol myth has been debunked by science long ago which I cover in some detail in my blog post: Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

If all of these polyunsaturated fats were so “heart healthy” then why has heart disease continued to rise in spite of our drastic increase in the use of these oils?

According to statistics from the FDA, our use of “heart healthy” polyunsaturated oils has increased by more than 330% since 1970 with the average person today consuming 51.9 lbs. per year as opposed to only 15.4 lbs. per year in 1970.

If over the course of 40 years these “heart healthy” oils have not made any bit of impact in heart health then why do we continue to push them as if another 40 years might provide some different results?

That’s not wishful thinking… That’s pure insanity.

That also doesn’t paint a good picture for polyunsaturated fats but believe it or not, polyunsaturated fats can paint a good picture, so to speak…

PUFAs – Great for Paint, Bad for Hypothyroidism

Polyunsaturated fats were once used almost exclusively for paint varnish. You see, polyunsaturated fats work great for paints because they oxidize and dry very easily allowing paint to be liquid and then dry when applied to a wall.

But somewhere between the lines of ignorance and “insanity”, as Albert Einstein would have said, we’ve completely ignored the obvious dangers of these fats in favor of unscientific research and false promises.

It is very well known that polyunsaturated fats oxidize rapidly when exposed to oxygen and heat, and this oxidation creates free radicals, oxidative damage, and cell death. Killing your own cells definitely doesn’t improve your health in case you were wondering.

Regardless of how these oils are processed and manufactured, oxygen is abundant in the human body which is heated to roughly 98.6 °F. Needless to say, your body is a perfect environment for the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

But that’s only part of the problem…

Polyunsaturated fats also promote and cause hypothyroidism on multiple levels.

  1. Polyunsaturated fats block the thyroid gland from secreting thyroid hormone.
  1. Polyunsaturated fats block the transport of thyroid hormone to your cells within your bloodstream.
  1. Polyunsaturated fats block your cells from properly utilizing the thyroid hormone that is available.

5 Worst Oils for Cooking

The only way to stop the thyroid suppressive effects of most cooking oils is to avoid them altogether. Unfortunately, this is difficult because these toxic oils are so inexpensive.

Because of this, people continue to use them in their kitchens and they are used extensively in restaurants and commercial food products where inexpensive oils lead to greater profits.

Below are five of the worst oils you can use which are highest in polyunsaturated fat and pose the greatest risk to your thyroid.

Vegetable oil, which is not included in the list above is nothing more than a generic name for the combination of one or more of these oils, but predominantly consists of soybean oil, which is likely the worst of them all.

  1. Soybean Oil – Saturated fat: 15% Monounsaturated fat: 23% Polyunsaturated fat: 58%
  1. Corn Oil – Saturated fat: 13% Monounsaturated fat: 28% Polyunsaturated fat: 55%
  1. Cottonseed Oil – Saturated fat: 26% Monounsaturated fat: 18% Polyunsaturated fat: 52%
  1. Sunflower Oil – Saturated fat: 10% Monounsaturated fat: 45% Polyunsaturated fat: 40%
  1. Peanut Oil – Saturated fat: 17% Monounsaturated fat: 46% Polyunsaturated fat: 32%

When Will the Insanity End?

How much longer do they have to keep repeatedly pushing and promoting the use of these oils before we realize that ignoring the science that is right in front of our eyes is true insanity?

By continuing to follow the health advice of the masses, how can you logically expect different results? How can you expect anything but more hypothyroidism, heart disease, and cancer?

Sometimes the only way to achieve opposite results is to take opposite action.

Watch this Video HERE – 5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid by Hypothyroidism Revolution

Read these related topics – What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism & 10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

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The topic of cholesterol is one that has been near and dear to my heart for more than a decade now. I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease and when I was younger and didn’t know any better, I always feared my “genetics” were going to get the best of me.

 

As I got older, my cholesterol did become a problem but I’m happy to say that using the very principles that I now teach, my cholesterol has normalized to within normal range without the use of drugs.

 

For me, cholesterol was never a problem until I graduated college, got my first job, started a family, and began enduring the common stressors of everyday life. This is a common theme for most people which should go to show you that your cholesterol levels have a lot to do with stress.

 

As my cholesterol continued to rise, I tried a number of diets to help lower my cholesterol and improve my health. I tried low-fat diets, low-carb diets, the blood-type diet, gluten-free diets, the newer “fad” paleo diet, etc.

 

What I discovered is that not only did none of these diets improve my cholesterol, but many of them actually caused my cholesterol to reach all-time highs.

 

But within a few months of using the same dietary principles that I use today, my cholesterol dropped more than 30 points to within “normal” levels for the first time since my college years.

 

Little did I know at the time, but previously poor diets and stress had made me hypothyroidism which was really the underlying cause of my high cholesterol. And by simply improving my thyroid function, my cholesterol normalized.

 

The Link between Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol

 

Even though the link between hypothyroidism and cholesterol has been well known and documented since 1936, very few people today understand this connection or are even aware of it.

 

The truth is that you are being left in the dark when it comes to your cholesterol. Just mentioning the word cholesterol is enough to make most people cringe in disgust. But have you ever thought about WHY we have cholesterol in the first place?

 

Cholesterol happens to be the precursor to every vital protective hormone that your body produces. Without it, you would not be able to produce these protective hormones and you would die. It’s as simple as that. So, cholesterol is not quite as bad as you may think.

 

Your body needs cholesterol, vitamin A, and active T3 thyroid hormone (sorry Synthroid users but your inactive T4 thyroid hormone doesn’t cut it) to produce the multitude of protective hormones that play an integral role in preventing and overcoming hypothyroidism. Some of these protective hormones include:

 

  • Pregnenolone
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Testosterone

 

Think about it for just a minute…

 

Your body NEEDS active T3 thyroid hormone to use cholesterol. If you are hypothyroid and therefore lack active T3 thyroid hormone then your body simply cannot use cholesterol to make the hormones it needs. As a result of not being able to use cholesterol, it naturally rises.

 

Here’s a simple graph that shows this effect. Using TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) as an indicator of thyroid function, you can see that “bad” cholesterol increases as thyroid function decreases in both men and women.

 

The bottom line is that high cholesterol is nothing more than a sign and symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

 

What You Don’t Know About Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol

 

There is a simple saying that you need to understand when it comes to Heart Disease

 

“Correlation does not imply causation.”

 

Just because a study may show that people with elevated cholesterol have a higher risk of Heart Disease, it does not IMPLY that cholesterol is the CAUSE of Heart Disease.

 

I just explained how Hypothyroidism is the underlying cause of high cholesterol, so it’s sufficient to say that Hypothyroidism is also the true underlying cause of Heart Disease. High cholesterol is nothing more than a symptom of the real problem.

 

Using cholesterol lower drugs or even suppressing your cholesterol through diet does NOT solve the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism. It only makes matters worse because as you suppress cholesterol, you further suppress your body’s ability to produce those vital protective hormones that you desperately need to survive.

 

By suppressing cholesterol, you’re only adding the problem and taking one step closer to death.

 

This is why so many men at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low testosterone and many associated symptoms including:

 

 

This is also why so many women at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low progesterone and many associated symptoms including:

 

 

Between the extremely high prevalence of Hypothyroidism and the extremely high use of Statin Drugs and other cholesterol lowering medications, it is no wonder that today we’re seeing more and more cases of Hypothyroidism being misdiagnosed and mistreated.

 

Cases such as the one below reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine are becoming a common day occurrence:

 

Hypothyroidism Misdiagnosed as Statin Intolerance

 

http://www.annals.org/content/151/1/72

 

Case Report: A man age 56 years presented to a specialty lipid clinic for management of combined hyperlipidemia and myositis…. Over the next several years, the atorvastatin dose was increased to 40 mg/d. During this time, the patient developed leg fatigue while walking up stairs, diffuse muscle pain, and weakness.

 

What You Don’t Know About Cholesterol Drugs

 

Drug manufacturers have published a lot of research in order to persuade your doctor to prescribe you their cholesterol lowering drugs and to help make you feel all warm and fuzzy about taking these drugs daily.

 

You’re taking these drugs because they prevent heart disease, make your healthier, and improve your quality of life, right?

 

You might want to think twice and educate yourself…

 

There have been a number of independent research groups that have analyzed the research data that these drug companies are using to promote the effectiveness of their cholesterol lowering drugs in preventing Heart Disease. Their results tell quite a different story.

 

In most cases, independent researchers have reported that there are just as many non-supportive research trials as there are supportive trials and the non-supportive research has been largely ignored while the supportive trials are being cited 6 times more frequently. It has also been brought to light that there has been NO non-supportive research cited after 1970, while such research does exist.

 

This only goes to show you that if there is research that does NOT support the efficacy of the drug, it can simply be ignored and disregarded in order to obtain the desired statistical results.

 

It doesn’t matter how you look at it. It’s biased research.

 

Because of independent research, there is now evidence that Statin Drugs do NOT prevent heart disease and some even show that they actually worsen your risk. Below are just a couple of studies showing this:

 

Statins for primary prevention: at what coronary risk is safety assured?

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2014585

 

Results: The regression line describing the relationship between mortality benefit and risk suggests that statin use could be associated with an increase in mortality of 1% in 10 years. This would be sufficiently large to negate statin’s beneficial effect on CHD mortality in patients with a CHD event risk less than 13% over 10 years.

 

Cholesterol lowering trials in coronary heart disease: frequency of citation and outcome.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1638188

 

Conclusions: Lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials.

 

Risks Associated With Low Cholesterol

 

Before putting your faith in any drug, it’s important to also look at the potential side effects. In most cases, using a drug to avoid one health problem only exposes you to an increased risk of developing a number of other health problems.

 

Statin Drugs in particular have been linked to an increased risk of:

 

  • Progressive Muscle Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Damage
  • Digestive Problems
  • Immunological Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease

 

Maybe you’re a betting man (or woman) and you’re willing to take the risk of developing any of these other health issues and you truly believe that cholesterol lowering drugs are saving your life.

 

Maybe you’re of the mindset that whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger?

 

Maybe you still believe that the lower your cholesterol the better?

Here’s some more research for you…

 

Low cholesterol is also associated with increased death due to both cancer and suicide. So, even if, by any stretch of the imagination, cholesterol lowering drugs were to improve your risk of dying from Heart Disease, you may just be increasing your risk of developing cancer or one of the many other degenerative diseases.

 

Protect Your Thyroid and Protect Your Heart – It’s That Simple

 

We could go on for days about cholesterol and heart disease but the bottom line is simple, correct the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism and you won’t have to worry about Heart Disease.

 

If modern medicine would place a little more focus on understanding Hypothyroidism and the underlying cause of the disease instead of trying to merely treat these various symptoms, we might start seeing some major improvements in our health and health-care system.

 

Endocrinologist and thyroid expert, Dr. Broda Barnes, said it perfectly when stated that if you suffer from Hypothyroidism and you don’t die early from infectious disease then you’ll die a little later from Cancer or Heart Disease.

 

Watch this Video Here – The Link between Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – How Hypothyroidism Affects Cholesterol Levels

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

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Want to know why coffee can heal your thyroid? Read on.

In the not so distant past, coffee has been put through the ringer. It’s been called every bad name in the book. Many so-called “health experts” have even gone as far as to label coffee as a highly addictive drug that is equivalent to a number of illegal narcotics.

But now, the “coffee” tables have turned because more and more research is being published supporting the vast protective benefits that coffee has to offer. The truth is that coffee is a nutrient, not a drug like many would have you believe.

To be completely honest, I was never a fan of coffee. I couldn’t stand the taste of it. But when I started to learn the science behind coffee and how it can be used to correct hypothyroidism and restore healthy metabolism, my taste buds quickly changed.

Now, thanks to more recent research, it’s becoming easier to understand the connections between coffee and how it can help heal your thyroid and protect you from a number of thyroid related health problems.

Coffee, Longevity, and Thyroid Function

The health of your thyroid is one of the most important factors when it comes to overall health and longevity.

In simplistic terms, your thyroid controls your cells’ ability to produce energy. When you become hypothyroid, your metabolism slows and your ability to produce energy decreases. When your cells cannot produce enough energy to stay happy, healthy, and sustain life… You develop disease and eventually die.

It’s as simple as that.

This is why anti-aging scientists are discovering that the key to extending life and living longer is to improve thyroid function so that your body can continue to produce the energy it needs to sustain life.

So, what does this have to do with coffee?

The results of the largest coffee study to date were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine involving more than 400,000 U.S. men and women ages 50 to 71, over a 14 year span of time.

Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality

 

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010

 

Conclusions: In this large prospective study, coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality.

Not only does this study show that those who drank coffee lived longer, it also shows that the more coffee they drank, the longer they lived.

  • Men’s Results: two to three cups of coffee per day decreased risk of death by 10% in men. And each addition cup provided an additional 6% decreased risk.
  • Women’s Results: two to three cups of coffee per day decreased risk of death by 13% in women. And each additional cup provided an additional 5% decreased risk.

Based on our understanding of human physiology and longevity, coffee reduces your risk of death by helping your cells produce energy, increasing your metabolism, and therefore improving thyroid function.

However, because of the nature of this study, they were not able to identify the exact mechanisms through which coffee reduces the risk of death and extends life.

Below, we’re going to explore just a few of these exact mechanisms through which coffee can provide amazing benefits for overcoming hypothyroidism and heal your thyroid as well as many of its associated health problems.

  1. Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Protect You from Thyroid Disease

When it comes to coffee and the health of your thyroid, it doesn’t get any more obvious than this. Coffee has been shown to have a direct effect on the health of your thyroid gland.

Research has shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower incidence of both benign and malignant thyroid disease, including thyroid cancer.

Does coffee consumption protect against thyroid disease?

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2816215

 

“Statistical analysis revealed a strikingly negative (p less than 0.05) association between benign and malignant thyroid disease and consumption of coffee. After adjustment for possible confounding variables, the association remained statistically significant.”

It is well known that various thyroid diseases including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and thyroid cancer are common causes of hypothyroidism today. Using coffee properly to help prevent these diseases is a big step in the right direction.

  1. Coffee Protects You from Cancer and Estrogen

Coffee doesn’t just only heal your thyroid and protect you from thyroid cancer. It also protects against a number of other cancers, including breast cancer, which is especially a concern for menopausal women.

Coffee consumption modifies risk of estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21569535

 

CONCLUSIONS: A high daily intake of coffee was found to be associated with a statistically significant decrease in ER-negative breast cancer among postmenopausal women.”

Many people don’t know this, but there is a link between hypothyroidism and breast cancer. This is because of the role that estrogen plays in suppressing the thyroid gland, disrupting healthy metabolism, and promoting cancer metabolism and growth.

Coffee has been shown to help support your body’s ability to produce progesterone, the hormone that plays the important role of offsetting the negative effects of estrogen and is essential in signaling your thyroid gland to release healthy amounts of thyroid hormone when needed.

So, it should be no surprise that coffee not only helps to protect you from breast cancer but that it also helps to promote healthy function of the thyroid gland.

  1. Coffee Protects You from Liver Dysfunction

 

Coffee has also been shown to be highly protective of your liver. Below is just one of many studies that show the positive effects that coffee can have on the health of your liver.

Effects of coffee consumption against the development of liver dysfunction

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10680318

 

“These results suggest that coffee may be protectively against the liver dysfunction in middle-aged Japanese men.”

The health of your liver is very well understood when it comes to proper thyroid function. Your liver plays a major role in regulating your thyroid and converting your inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 thyroid hormone that your cells need to thrive. Liver dysfunction is a major cause of hypothyroidism today that deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets.

Because coffee can help improve liver function, it can also play an important role in improving your liver’s ability to properly regulate thyroid hormone and improve your overall thyroid function.

When it comes to your thyroid, the health benefits of coffee go much further than what I’ve described above. This is really just scratching the surface of the health benefits associated with coffee.

In a world where stress and disease are lurking around every corner, it’s important to take advantage of every thyroid protective nutrient that you have at your disposal, and coffee is one of the most important ones.

Watch this Video Here – Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life – Hypothyroidism Treatment

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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Revealing Here an Extensive List of Hypothyroidism Symptoms

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Hypothyroidism Symptoms

 

Hypothyroidism is most well-known for its relationship to your metabolism and oftentimes weight gain or the inability to lose weight. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when you begin to look at the multitude of various hypothyroidism symptoms ranging from digestive to sensory symptoms.

But also keep in mind that different people develop different symptoms. There is no one set pattern of symptoms that all hypothyroid people progress through. It all has to do with how your body responds and compensates.

One person might gain 30 lbs. and be unable to lose it no matter what. And the next person may develop heart palpitations or chronic depression.

If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms then you have to strongly consider that you very well might be hypothyroid. And I encourage you to take an active role in your health because all too often we place our health in the hands of others who don’t have our best interests in mind.

So, do yourself a favor and educate yourself, or find someone who is willing to educate you on what is really happening with your body and what the underlying cause of your health problems really is. Only then can you make an educated decision as to what is best for your health.

A Quick Note on Hypothyroidism Testing Flaws

 

And keep in mind that most thyroid test options are flawed and oftentimes lead to a false negative hypothyroidism diagnosis. And so millions of people go untreated or are improperly treated for various other related symptoms that stem from underlying hypothyroidism.

Because of this, I often recommend what is called a therapeutic trial to confirm your own diagnosis. This is where you follow a proper hypothyroidism treatment protocol including the right hypothyroidism diet and monitor your symptoms.

If your hypothyroidism symptoms improve then you can confirm that your speculation was correct.

Below I’ve listed a very comprehensive set of hypothyroidism symptoms that are broken down into categories which shows you just how extensive these symptoms can be.

General Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Fatigue or Excessive Tiredness
  • Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
  • Obesity
  • Excessive Weight Loss
  • Cold Extremities
  • Swollen Neck or Goiter
  • Loss of Stamina
  • Afternoon Energy Crash
  • Low Morning Temperature
  • Edema
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Dry and/or Gritty Eyes
  • Slow Recovery
  • Inability to Exercise
  • Trembling, Jittery, or Shivering Feeling
  • Hoarse Voice
  • Cold Sweats
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Heavy Eyelids

Sleep Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Poor Sleep Quality
  • Waking Up Feeling Unrested
  • Difficulty Getting Out of Bed in the Morning
  • Frequent Nightmares
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Night Sweats

Sensory Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Slowed Reflexes and Reaction Time
  • Sensitivity to Light and/or Sun
  • Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
  • Sensitivity to Strong Odors
  • Sensitivity to Loud Noises
  • Blurred Vision

Hair, Skin, and Nail Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Puffiness or Swelling of Eyes, Face, Hands, Feet, and/or Ankles
  • Hair Loss
  • Brittle Hair
  • Loss of Eyelashes
  • Loss of Eyebrow Hair (outer portion)
  • Brittle, Flaky, or Peeling Nails
  • Dry, Flaky, or Course Skin
  • Pale and/or Yellowish Skin Pigment
  • Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Orange Calluses
  • Bruise Easily
  • Acne
  • Rashes and Various Skin Conditions

Digestive Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Heart Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Slow/Weak Pulse (under 60 bpm)
  • Fast Pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Disease
  • Bleeding/Clotting Issues

Immune Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Recurring Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Recurring Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Fungal and Candida Infections
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Asthma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Cancer

Mental Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

  • Panic attacks
  • Poor Memory
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Mental Sluggishness
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Slowed Speech
  • Difficulty Learning New Things
  • Poor Concentration
  • Phobias
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Light Headedness
  • Vertigo or Dizziness
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Epilepsy or Seizures

Emotional Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

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Women’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Men’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:

 

Hopefully all of these symptoms of hypothyroidism have opened your eyes and given you a better understanding of the importance of detecting and properly treating hypothyroidism in order to properly restore and maintain your health.

Most people, doctors, and healthcare professionals fail to make this connection and far too often the underlying cause of your health problems is missed or misdiagnosed.

Your thyroid is responsible for so much more than increasing your metabolism and helping you to lose weight. It plays an important role in balancing and producing hormones, reducing cholesterol, reducing inflammation within your body, fighting cancer, reducing your risk of autoimmune disease, keeping your brain energized and mentally alert, and slowing the natural aging process.

So many of the hypothyroidism symptoms listed above can be both easily avoided or easily eliminated when you learn how to properly restore the function and health of your thyroid. And it always begins with properly educating and empowering yourself to take control of your health.

Watch this Video Here – Hypothyroidism – Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Remedies, Treatment and Pictures of Hypothyroid Gland

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

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Finding the “right” diet for hypothyroidism can be easier said than done. There are tons of diets that all claim to improve your thyroid health, however, they lack the science to back up their claims. And this can be dangerous, especially when many of these diets recommend foods that have been shown to negatively affect your thyroid.

 

Below I have laid out some general but useful tips that you need to consider when choosing the right diet for hypothyroidism. All of these tips are based on research that accounts for the nutrients required for your body to not only produce thyroid hormone but to also to convert it and deliver it successfully to your cells where it is used.

 

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Hypothyroidism

 

The best diet for hypothyroidism should be very anti-inflammatory by nature. And this is because inflammation from your diet or any other source, causes stress to your body and activates your body’s natural stress response.

 

The stress hormones involved with this stress response work against your thyroid to slow you metabolism as means of telling your body to conserve energy so that it can either overcome or outlast the source of the stress.

 

But when the stress becomes a continuous problem such as eating an inflammatory diet that places your body under daily stress then those stress hormones continuously slow your thyroid which causes many problems.

 

Do Grains Have a Place in a Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

There are many sources of inflammation within your diet but one of the biggest and most common is from gluten containing grains such as wheat. And yes, all grains contain some form of gluten and in some amount. Wheat is just the one that gets the most attention.

 

Not only that but starchy grains contain sugar chains made up entirely of glucose. And glucose alone will have a much great impact on your blood sugar than many other forms of sugar.

 

So it’s quite common for people who eat a heavy grain based diet to have blood sugar imbalances and oftentimes develop insulin sensitivity, or diabetes.

 

Anti-Inflammatory Proteins

 

Yes, protein is good for you and it needs to be a big part of any diet for hypothyroidism. But also keep in mind that not all protein is created equal.

More than a decade ago, our diet used to be quite different.

 

We would make use of the entire animal that we ate instead of merely using a few different cuts of meat. And that included using the bones and organs as well.

 

Fast forward to today and all we eat are a few cuts of muscle meat which tend to be far less nutritious than other parts of the animal. But more importantly, muscle meats are higher in amino acids like tryptophan, cysteine, methionine, and histadine which tend to promote inflammation.

 

This is why I always recommend incorporating bone broths and gelatins into your diet for hypothyroidism in order to get plenty of the anti-inflammatory amino acids such as glycine.

 

Aside from that, the anti-inflammatory proteins have a host of other benefits. They help regulate fat metabolism. They improve your clotting factors. They have even been used for more than 100 years to treat diseases such as diabetes and arthritis.

 

Saturated Fats

 

Another very important component to any diet for hypothyroidism is saturated fats. The benefits of having saturated fats in your diet are enormous.

 

But you have to break through the invalidated misinformation out there that has led so many people to wrongfully believe that saturated fats are bad.

 

For starters, saturated fats are easily metabolized. They inhibit the release of histamine which is responsible for much the inflammation within your body. They also counteract the effects of the inflammatory proteins I mentioned above.

 

But possibly most important to your thyroid, they promote availability of thyroid hormone receptors, allowing your cells to use T3 more efficiently.

 

Coconut oil is one of the best saturated fats that you can eat. It’s made up almost entirely of medium chain fatty acids such as Lauric acid, which are directly converted into usable energy, instead of being stored away as fat like some would like you to believe.

 

Butter is another great choice of fat in your diet. Butter contains plenty of nutrients such as vitamin A and vitamin D which are necessary for healthy hormone production.

 

A Hormone Supportive Diet for Hypothyroidism

 

Another very important aspect of the best diet for hypothyroidism is that it must support healthy hormone function. And I can’t emphasize this enough.

 

There are many different hormones within your body that all play different roles. But keep in mind that many of these hormones all interact with each other and many work to balance each other out.

 

And when one hormone becomes out of balance then it can create a cascade of effects that effectively cause many other hormones to become imbalanced.

 

Take your thyroid hormone as a very simple example. Your body requires thyroid hormone along with vitamin A to convert cholesterol into the cascade of protective hormones including pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA.

 

But when you become hypothyroid and lack thyroid hormone then your body can’t produce enough of these protective hormones which protect your body from a number of different health issues, including cancer.

 

And I’ll also note that when you lack the thyroid hormone to convert cholesterol, then it should make perfect sense why your cholesterol becomes elevated.

 

And using cholesterol lowering medication to drive your cholesterol lower in the absence of thyroid hormone is not doing you any good. But by following a good diet for hypothyroidism you can effectively increase your thyroid hormone production and naturally lower your cholesterol.

 

Selenium

 

Selenium is one of the most important nutrients to your thyroid and the best diet for hypothyroidism will make sure that you eat plenty of foods that are high in selenium.

 

This nutrient is so important because it’s used readily by your liver to convert your non-active form of thyroid hormone to the active form that can be used by your cells. And if you don’t have enough selenium then you quickly become hypothyroid.

 

The most notable foods that are rich in selenium as well as other thyroid supportive nutrients is seafood such as shrimp, muscles, crab, etc.

 

Vitamin A

 

As I mentioned above, vitamin A plays a very important role in your hormone production. And it also plays an important role with your thyroid function.

 

Too little vitamin A will suppress your thyroid, making you hypothyroid. But too much will also do the same when it’s not properly balanced with thyroid hormone.

 

So it’s important to make sure that your diet for hypothyroidism allows you enough vitamin A to not only promote healthy thyroid function but to also ensure that your body is capable of producing the necessary protective hormones to keep your thyroid healthy.

 

Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E plays a little bit of a different role when it comes to supporting your thyroid. There are many foods that should be excluded from your hypothyroidism diet because they tend to directly affect your thyroid function.

 

One example of a food that will negatively affect your thyroid and should not be allowed as part of your diet for hypothyroidism is polyunsaturated fats.

 

These fats work to suppress your thyroid and block the use of thyroid hormone by your cells. And vitamin E is one nutrient that can really help offset the anti-thyroid effects of polyunsaturated fats.

 

But it also does much more than that. It also helps balance the negative effects of estrogen which also works against your thyroid. It is anti-inflammatory, prevents the degeneration of organ and muscle tissue, and is a proven factor for preventing heart disease and miscarriages.

 

A good hypothyroid diet doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It just has to naturally support your body’s needs so that it can produce and utilize its thyroid hormone effectively and efficiently. And it should go without saying but it’s a necessary component of any good treatment for hypothyroidism.

 

The healthy functioning of your thyroid is essential for life. The healthier your thyroid, the longer and healthier life you will live. So regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any major symptoms of hypothyroidism, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of eating the right diet for hypothyroidism to not only reverse the various health problems you might have but to also ensure that you live a happy and healthy life.

 

Watch this Video HERE – Diet Plan For Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Function): Proper Foods For Hypothyroidism

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

Revealing Here the 3 Best Kind of Hypothyroidism Exercise

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Hypothyroidism Exercise

 

Exercising with hypothyroidism has been quite a misunderstood topic. Many people claim that exercise has huge benefits for people suffering from hypothyroidism. And some others tend to disagree.

 

The truth is that exercise CAN have some amazing benefits BUT not all exercise is created equal. In fact, most forms of exercise will further damage your thyroid.

 

But there are some very beneficial forms of hypothyroid exercise that have proven that they can be a very effective component of your hypothyroidism treatment plan.

 

And don’t forget to make your exercise even more effective by following the right hypothyroidism diet for even better and faster results.

 

The Wrong Kind of Hypothyroidism Exercise

 

I want to make sure that I make myself clear… Most forms of exercise are not beneficial and will only make you more hypothyroid.

 

This is because most forms of exercise cause excessive stress to your body.

 

Think about how exercise is supposed to work for a minute…

 

Almost all exercise is catabolic by nature, meaning that the stress of it causes your body to break down its own tissue. And it’s not until after this exercise that your body’s natural repair processes start up and your body recovers from the stress with the goal of rebuilding itself stronger than before.

 

But you have to realize that when you are hypothyroid, your body cannot properly recover from stressful exercise. So while you are hitting the gym thinking that you’re doing some great hypothyroidism exercise, you are continuously breaking down your body even more while your body fails to rebuild itself.

 

Eventually, your body breaks down to the point that if you’re lucky, you just run out of gas and you just can’t muster enough energy to make it to the gym. But more often than not, you end up with some sort of injury that sidelines your gym efforts.

 

And this is actually quite common due to the calcification of soft tissues that is one of the common hypothyroidism symptoms. But that’s a topic of another article.

 

Studies have also shown that these poor choices of hypothyroidism exercise cause your body to stop producing T3 almost immediately. And if that’s not an indication of a problem, then I don’t know what is.

 

I think that most people fail to realize that hypothyroidism is a respiratory problem. And without going into detail here, when you perform these types of poor hypothyroidism exercise, it forces your body to shift even further away from your healthy and thyroid supportive, oxidative energy system. And this makes you even more hypothyroid, which continues to carry over even after your workout.

 

So here I’ve listed some of the worse kinds of hypothyroidism exercise that you should be avoiding at all costs.

 

Cardiovascular Exercise

 

Personally, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that so many people recommend cardio as a good form of hypothyroid exercise. And because people tend to push themselves to their limit when it comes to doing cardio, it makes it even worse.

 

Cardio exercise causes a chronic stress response from your body which is extremely catabolic. You might lose some weight but it is most likely going to be from the breakdown of muscle tissue. And this process is not only stressful and inflammatory to your body, but it also contributes to hypothyroidism.

 

Any Form of Intense Exercise

 

I’ve seen a major shift in the exercise world which has been brought around mostly because cardio exercise doesn’t get results. And I think a large part of the problem really stems from the fact that most people are hypothyroid to begin with.

 

So, there’s been a major shift away from traditional cardio and to shorter and much more intense workouts. But this also has some major pitfalls, making it another poor hypothyroidism exercise choice.

 

When you’re hypothyroid, you already have a problem storing sugar in your liver. And these intense workouts require your body to use large amounts of sugar very quickly. And when this sugar isn’t available, then your body takes a beating. And again, this causes significant amounts of stress that leave you unable to recover and even more hypothyroid in the end.

 

The Right Kind of Hypothyroidism Exercise

 

The right kind of hypothyroidism exercise is very contradictory to the current exercise philosophy of working harder to get better results. In most cases, doing less is actually the key.

 

I’m going to give you three forms of exercise that are highly recommended for hypothyroidism. And this is because they are not catabolic in nature and do not work to break down your body.

 

Instead they promote and stimulate your body’s repair processes and create an anabolic, or tissue rebuilding, effect.

 

There are a few similarities between these three forms of good hypothyroidism exercise that I think are worth pointing out.

 

One of the biggest similarities is that they all place their primary focus on proper breathing. And this is far more important that you probably realize.

They do this because it’s the breathing techniques that they use which work to stimulate your healthy oxidative energy system.

 

And without going into too much detail, this triggers your parasympathetic nervous system which is what promotes your body’s natural repair process.

 

And you’ll also notice that none of these forms of exercise are intense. Instead they are designed to focus on so much more than your muscles. They are balancing your energy system, your hormones, and so many other processes that work behind the scenes which are the true dictators of your health.

 

Instead of creating stress on your body, they are actually lower your stress level and hormones.

 

Below I’ve listed 3 great forms of hypothyroidism exercise. Find which one resonates with you the most and use it to your advantage.

 

Tai Chi

 

I’m a huge fan of Tai Chi and I think its benefits speak for itself.

 

I’ve mentioned many times that thyroid function decreases with age and that many of the health problems common among the elderly community are in fact a result of hypothyroidism.

 

And I think that the testament to the effectiveness of Tai Chi can be seen in the amazing success that it has been providing the elderly community. It’s slowly gaining ground with this age population but the results speak for themselves.

 

Also, consider the fact that as you age, your body’s healing processes slow down. So, if it’s this effective with the elderly, then imagine how effective it can be for the younger population.

 

Qigong

 

Qigong is another great type of hypothyroidism exercise. I understand that there are many differences between Tai Chi and Qigong, but for all intensive purposes I would say that they are similar in nature and the results that they provide.

 

Tai Chi tends to be more structured whereas Qigong is freer flowing.

I definitely recommend trying them both and finding which one you find you enjoy more.

 

Yoga

 

Yoga for hypothyroidism is one form of hypothyroidism exercise that you have to be a little more careful about. And that’s because there are many different forms and practices of yoga and not all are created equal.

 

You really want to stick with a less intensive form that focuses heavier on breathing and flexibility as opposed to many forms that are much more intense.

 

Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of using the right kind of hypothyroidism exercise as part of your treatment for hypothyroidism. It can really help accelerate your results and health to new levels.

 

Watch this Video HERE – 5 Quick Yoga Poses for THYROID Problems & Disorders

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

5 Important Steps for Hypothyroidism Treatment Success

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Hypothyroidism Treatment

 

There’s a big problem within the medical community today with their approach to treating a number of health problems and diseases.

 

And 9 out of 10 times, this problem exists because their treatments are driven entirely by financial interests and NOT in the best interests of the patients who are suffering.

 

And their current sub-par approach to hypothyroidism treatment is one that understandably fits the bill.

 

In just a minute, I’m going to give you some important tips that your doctor isn’t telling you about, which are necessary for any successful hypothyroidism treatment.

 

But before I do, I want to talk a little bit about why none of this is even discussed within the medical community.

 

Hypothyroidism Treatment – Then and Now

 

Here’s something that most people don’t realize.

 

Long ago, before the pharmaceutical industry was pulling in over $500 billion dollars (yes, I said billion) each year from drug sales, the doctors at the time were far more successful at treating hypothyroidism than they are today.

 

Long ago, doctors clearly understood the far reaching effects of hypothyroidism. It was extremely common for doctors to find that hypothyroidism was involved in the majority of their patients’ health problems.

 

And oftentimes, the right hypothyroidism treatment would not only eliminate all of their symptoms, but also leave them with a clean bill of health.

 

Today, doctors have become far less accustomed to determining the underlying cause of disease. And instead, they have become far too accustomed to treating only their patients’ symptoms.

 

And by using drugs to merely cover up your hypothyroidism symptoms, you do absolutely nothing to improve your state of health. And so it’s very common that you develop newer and more severe symptoms in the process.

 

Unfortunately, when there’s more than $500 billion dollars at stake each year, there’s no real incentive to heal people. There’s far too much money to be made if people continue to stay sick and develop new and more serious health problems that require the use of even more drugs.

 

But if we went back to our old ways of using far more effective hypothyroid treatment options, then there would be too few people left to spend all of their hard earned money on a lifetime of prescription drugs.

 

The Truth about Hypothyroidism Treatment

 

The truth is that there is so much more that you can do to treat hypothyroidism than what your doctor may or may not recommend.

 

But as I mentioned above, because the medical community is largely driven by the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry, most patients are sent home with the wrong medication that oftentimes only makes their hypothyroidism worse in the end (more about that below).

 

A quick search on just about any online medical reference will quickly tell you that there are certain foods and supplements that may affect your ability to absorb many of the thyroid medications that are readily prescribed.

 

But not a single one mentions any foods or supplements that can directly affect your ability to produce or utilize the thyroid hormone that your body natural makes.

 

In fact, most medical professionals will tell you that your diet has little to no impact whatsoever on the health of your thyroid.

 

But when start to look at the research, it tells a very different story.

 

You can throw all of the supplements, medication, etc at your thyroid that you want. But if you don’t get the basics right, then you’re essentially wasting your time.

 

And this is because you are missing the bigger picture.

 

Below I’m going to cover 5 essential steps that are an integral part of any hypothyroidism treatment if you want to truly restore your life, health, and energy.

 

  1. Start a Hypothyroidism Treatment Diet

 

There has been a lot of research that demonstrates the important connection between your diet and hypothyroidism.

 

There are certain foods that directly contribute to hypothyroidism and should be avoided as part of your treatment for hypothyroidism. And there are certain nutrients that are necessary for your thyroid to function properly.

 

So it should only make sense that your diet should play a big role in your hypothyroidism treatment. One of the best examples of a problem food is the polyunsaturated fats.

 

Research clearly shows that these fats block your thyroid from releasing its thyroid hormones, block your thyroid hormone from being transported properly within your bloodstream, and blocks your cells from properly using your thyroid hormone.

 

And there are key nutrients that your body needs to effectively produce the necessary thyroid hormones that it needs to keep your cells happy and healthy.

 

And that brings us to the second step.

 

  1. Restore Your Liver Health

 

Most of the active thyroid hormone, T3, that your body uses is produced by your liver. But your liver can’t do this unless it has plenty of stored glycogen and certain nutrients, such as selenium.

 

So if your blood sugar is out of balance and your hypothyroidism diet lacks certain key nutrients then your liver can’t do its job. And even though your thyroid gland itself may not be the problem, your liver can be responsible for slowing it down, resulting in hypothyroidism.

 

So the health of your liver is another major consideration when it comes to your hypothyroidism treatment.

 

  1. Improve Your Lifestyle Management

 

Most people take their lifestyle for granted. But the truth is that your lifestyle can be a determining factor in whether or not your hypothyroidism treatment is successful or whether you continue to become even more hypothyroid.

 

And no matter how you look at it, it always boils down to stress.

 

But most people don’t realize what stress actually does to the health of your thyroid. For starters, it starts an entire cascade of hormonal reactions within your body, many of which are inflammatory and cause even more stress.

 

Your stress hormones also play an active role in suppressing your thyroid. It does this by both inhibiting your liver from converting T4 to active T3, as mentioned above, and by increasing the conversion to the hormone, Reverse T3, which effectively blocks your thyroid function.

 

And the more stressful our lives become, the more important it becomes to keep stress to a minimum as part of your hypothyroidism treatment.

 

  1. Balance Your Blood Sugar

 

Speaking of stress and stress hormones, one of the fastest and most common ways to increase your stress hormones is to allow your blood sugar to drop too low.

 

When this happens, your body increases your stress hormone, cortisol, which is responsible for breaking down your muscle tissue in order to raise your blood sugar back up.

 

But as I’ve already mentioned above, cortisol works against your thyroid.

So, balancing your blood sugar should be an extremely important part of any hypothyroidism treatment.

 

  1. Use the Right Thyroid Supplement(s)

 

Once you get your diet right, liver healthy, stress hormones under control, and blood sugar balanced, and then your thyroid will begin to function far more effectively. But for some, it still might not be quite enough to get their thyroid health completely back to normal.

 

And only then is when thyroid supplementation can come in handy as part of your hypothyroidism treatment.

 

Your entire hormonal system is very complex and oftentimes hormonal feedback pathways can really inhibit your thyroid hormones from returning to normal levels. And in these situations, supplementing with the right thyroid hormones can help restore proper hormonal levels rather quickly.

 

But not all thyroid supplements are created equal. And some have no business being part of any hypothyroidism treatment plan.

 

For example, iodine is oftentimes the wrong choice of supplementation which can actually cause more harm than good.

 

And the medical community continues to prescribe T4 only medication when research clearly shows that it is not effective for the majority of people.

 

And too often, this additional T4 will actually make you even more hypothyroid which is very counterproductive when it comes to hypothyroidism treatment.

 

The key is to find the right combination of hormones that your body needs to restore balance.

 

Hypothyroidism Treatment Results

 

It’s also important to consider that there are also factors that affect how fast or slow that you begin to see the results of implementing the steps mentioned above in your hypothyroidism treatment plan.

 

For example, it can vary largely due to a woman’s cycle. This is because of the role that estrogen and progesterone play in her ability to handle certain nutrients in her diet.

 

It’s not uncommon for her symptoms to return when estrogen peaks during her cycle. But it normally only takes a cycle or two before things begin to stabilize.

 

If you can get a handle on these 5 essential steps for hypothyroidism treatment success then you will be well on your way to not only seeing improvements with your hypothyroidism but also with fully restoring your health and energy.

 

You may want to watch this Video HERE – Hypothyroidism Treatment and Diet Plan: Foods To Eat and Foods To Avoid

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

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Don’t expect to hear this from your doctor, but following the right hypothyroidism diet plan is by far the biggest factor in overcoming hypothyroidism.

 

You can do everything else right and be using the best available supplements or medication, but if your diet isn’t right, then you will be forever fighting a battle that you just can’t win.

 

Then there’s the problem of actually finding the “right” hypothyroidism diet to follow. Most diets for hypothyroidism are completely outdated and based on poor research, if any research at all. But there’s also a lot of great research out there that is just now starting to connect a lot of the dots with hypothyroidism.

 

But unfortunately, it will take years or even decades for the general public, or even the medical community, to accept the fact that many of the dietary beliefs that exist today are completely false. And there’s a good chance that they never will.

 

Until that time comes, I plan to share all kinds of hypothyroidism diet tips with you, starting with these 10 below.

 

Below I’ve broken down 10 important tips that are a necessity for any successful hypothyroidism diet. But more importantly, I’ve broken them down so that you also understand why they are so important.

 

All too often, we accept many things that we read as the truth without questioning or verifying the facts with the proper research.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #1 – Avoid Anti-Thyroid Foods

 

The first hypothyroidism diet tip that I want to share with you is one that is very important. And this is because it’s a controversial topic because there are some highly touted “health foods” that you are eating which are actually contributing to your hypothyroidism.

 

Some of the first foods that come to mind are any food that contains soy. This includes soybeans, edamame, soy milk, tofu, etc. Soy is very estrogenic and estrogens have been shown to inhibit the thyroid gland from secreting its thyroid hormones.

 

And this is disturbing because I have seen more than one, very well respected hypothyroidism diet and hypothyroidism treatment program that actually recommend soy without ever discussing this very important link.

 

Another very controversial food that directly contributes to hypothyroidism is the polyunsaturated fats in your diet.

 

And one reason this is such a big problem is that these fats have been touted for years for their beneficial properties while ignoring the research that clearly show the dangers.

 

But when it comes to your thyroid, these fats suppress its function on just about every level.

 

First of all, they block the secretion of your thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland itself.

 

Then they also block the transportation of the thyroid hormone within your bloodstream.

 

And lastly, they block your cells from properly utilizing the hormone once they get it.

 

The research against these fats simply can’t be ignored. And the best hypothyroidism diet should exclude these fats at all costs. Or else you’re only setting yourself up for failure.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #2 – Increase Your Saturated Fats

 

Saturated fats on the other hand carry a lot of unfounded negative criticism. Criticizers of saturated fats still continue to cite outdated and poorly executed research studies from more than 50 years ago while ignoring the enormous amount of research showing their benefits.

 

One of the major benefits of the saturated fats being part of your hypothyroidism diet is that they help to cancel out the negative effects of the toxic polyunsaturated fats.

 

They also help by improving your body’s insulin response which helps you to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and reduce stress hormones. Elevated stress hormones are also one of the many hypothyroidism causes.

 

But you do have to be careful with many animal fats because they might not be quite what they seem on the outside. For example, all conventionally raised cattle are fattened with corn, soy, and other foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats. And because of this, their body fat becomes very unsaturated in the process.

 

So it’s important to include only high quality saturated fats in your diet for hypothyroidism. This includes fats from grass fed and grass finished animals, butter, and coconut oil.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #3 – Eat Your Fruit

 

Fruit can actually be one of your best friends when it comes to your hypothyroidism diet.

 

For starters, most fruit is very high in potassium which plays an important role in regulating your blood sugar. This helps to decrease the need of insulin which helps keeps your blood sugar more stable for longer periods of time.

 

And by regulating your blood sugar, you automatically reduce your stress hormone response which, as I mentioned above, is a common problem with hypothyroidism.

 

However, there are some fruits which are best avoided. Avocados are a good example because of their high unsaturated fat content.

 

So, the key is to focus you hypothyroidism diet on the right fruits and avoid those that are working against you.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #4 – Increase Your Salt Intake

 

There are a lot of myths out there regarding salt and sodium. But it’s more important than most people realize, especially when it comes to your hypothyroidism diet.

 

Sodium is actually a very important nutrient that your body needs to carry out a multitude of functions. For example, sodium is necessary for properly regulating blood pressure. But it also has some other important functions in dealing with hypothyroidism.

 

One of the more common hypothyroidism symptoms is edema. And edema is a problem with your cells that causes them to take up more water. But when your cells take up water, they lose sodium which is then excreted and lost through your urine.

 

And when your sodium level is low, it actually slows your metabolism and increases your stress hormones which can also lead to sleep problem. And elevated stress hormones end up making you even more hypothyroid.

 

And because you get sodium from salt, it should make sense that salt is a necessary component of your hypothyroidism diet in order to help keep your stress hormones to a minimum and reverse hypothyroidism.

And most people need a lot more than they think.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #5 – Get Plenty of Bone Broth

 

Most people don’t even know what bone broth is, let alone that it’s one of the best sources of protein that you can get. Bone broth was actually a common part of most people’s diets more than a century ago. But now, it’s become an almost entirely forgotten component of almost every hypothyroidism diet.

 

Bone broth is best known for being high in nutrients and very easy to digest. But it’s unique because it contains a blend of very anti-inflammatory amino acids that are lacking among most sources of meat.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #6 – Eat Some Shellfish

 

Living close to water definitely has its perks, especially when it comes to seafood. But shellfish in general are actually very beneficial to your thyroid and can play a crucial role in your hypothyroidism diet.

 

For starters, they are a good source of thyroid hormone which we rarely get in our standard meat based diet these days. So eating shellfish alone can help give your thyroid some much needed support.

 

Another amazing benefit of shellfish is that they are naturally high in selenium. And selenium is one of the key nutrients that are required to convert the inactive T4 to the active T3 thyroid hormone in your liver.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #7 – Cut the Processed Foods

 

If it’s one thing that almost every hypothyroidism diet can agree with, it’s that processed foods have no place whatsoever in your diet.

 

Processed and/or packaged foods are loaded with processed grains that cause lots of problems with your blood sugar. And this causes a spike in your insulin levels which eventually leaves you with low blood sugar. And this creates yet another stress hormone response in order to raise your blood sugar levels back to normal.

 

There’s also the issue of these processed foods being full of toxic chemicals like flavor enhancers and preservatives. These chemicals are toxic and contribute to liver congestion which makes it even more difficult for your liver to convert the necessary thyroid hormones into their active form.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #8 – Cook Your Veggies

 

This is another one of the more controversial topics when it comes to your hypothyroid diet. And that’s because there’s a lot of misconceptions out there regarding raw vs. cooked veggies.

 

Yes, raw veggies do contain more nutrients than cooked veggies. But it’s not about what you eat; it’s about what you digest.

 

Because raw veggies are very difficult to digest, you actually extract fewer nutrients from them raw than you do from cooked veggies.

 

You also want to really cook your veggies well in order to help break down the fiber and make the nutrients as readily available as possible. Otherwise, the fiber can become food for bad gut bacteria which is problematic and also contributes to hypothyroidism.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #9 – Don’t Overdo the Water

 

Continuing in our long list of controversial hypothyroidism diet topics, let’s discuss water.

 

Most people are led to believe that they need 8 glasses of water a day or even more. But what we already know about hypothyroidism is that is causes water retention. So why does it make sense to drink even more water when your body has a problem getting rid of it in the first place?

It doesn’t.

 

And this can cause your sodium levels to drop even more which as I mentioned above, also contributes to hypothyroidism.

 

The best recommendation for water while on your hypothyroidism diet is to drink when thirsty. If you work outside in the sun then odds are you’ll need more water than me while I’m sitting here indoors moving only my fingers on the keyboard.

 

The amount of water you really need depends on many variables. And your thirst is the best indicator of how much you need.

 

Hypothyroidism Diet Tips #10 – Drink Your Coffee

 

I thought I would round out the 10 hypothyroidism diet tips with… coffee.

Believe it or not, but coffee has some amazing benefits for your thyroid. But keep in mind that it has to be taken right or else it can have some negative effects. You should never drink coffee on an empty stomach. And it’s important to add the right ratios of fat and sugar.

 

Coffee is high in caffeine which works to stimulate your thyroid. It’s also high in magnesium and B vitamins which are both necessary for proper thyroid function.

 

Studies also back up these claims showing that coffee drinkers have the lowest incidence of thyroid disease, including cancer.

 

I know that many of the tips that I just gave you are controversial. But they are all based on research even though the research might not have made it into the public eye for one reason or another. That’s a topic for another article.

 

But I hope that you’ve learned some very useful tips that you can immediately put into action and incorporate into your hypothyroidism diet today to start seeing some results.

 

Watch this Video HERE – Diet Plan for Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Function): Proper Foods For Hypothyroidism

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

The Best Foods to Gain Weight! Learn How to Easily Beef Up Simply By Changing Your Diet

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There’s plenty of information out there about how to lose weight. Shelves in bookshops heave with volumes and volumes on the subject and magazines dedicate thousands of column inches to the issue every single week.

 

But if you’re someone who wants to GAIN weight, you soon realize that there’s a lot less information and advice out there for you to read and use.

 

Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about how you can gain weight safely and consistently without getting fat and without negatively affecting your health.

 

By following the tips and advice that follow, you’ll be able to beef up as much as you like. The only limit is your own preference. So let’s get started.

 

The only real way to gain weight is to increase the number of calories you consume on a daily and weekly basis. However, there are a few special rules to doing this that you should follow if you can. Let’s get the main calorie concept out of the way first.

 

A pound of weight consists of around 3500 calories. To lose a pound a week, you’d need to eat 500 fewer calories a day (7 x 500 = 3500) than usual. To gain a pound, which is what you’re looking to do, you need to eat 500 MORE a day. So that’s the first thing you need to do.

 

Over the course of one week, eat as you usually do and take note of how many calories you consume in a day on average. After the week is over, total the day’s up, and then adds 3500 to that number. Divide that number by 7 and you’re left with your new per-day calorie intake goal.

 

Here are a few quick tips to help you eat more calories to gain weight in the best possible way:

 

– Eat little snacks throughout the day, in-between your three main meals

– Pick foods with higher calorific contents whenever you can

– Increase the size of your portions whenever possible

 

An important point you MUST bear in mind here, is that some foods are much better than others when it comes to which ones you choose to eat to increase your calorie intake.

 

Try to adhere to the following rules:

 

– Include a lot of unrefined/unprocessed carbohydrates in your weekly diet, things like whole grains and fruits, plenty of vegetables and lean foods that are high in protein such as products made of skim milk, eggs, and low-fat cuts of red meat like beef and pork.

 

– Try to avoid eating lots of saturated fats. It might seem like a good idea to pack on some weight, but it’s not when you think about it. All fats contain the same number of calories (45 in 1 teaspoon).

 

Eating saturated fats more than any other kind will only raise your cholesterol, so stick to healthy fats like Omegas 3, 6 and 9.

 

So, which specific foods can you eat to up your calorie intake without consuming too much bad fat?

 

Here are some ideas:

 

– Add powdered milk and/or margarine to mashed potatoes

– Add fruit, seeds and nuts to your cereal in the morning. Muesli and porridge are especially good morning meals.

– Feel free to eat dessert, but try to find desserts that contain low-fat milk and healthy oils.

–  Snack regularly on things like crackers and cheese, yogurts, soup with croutons and added skim milk, and milkshakes containing frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream.

– Drink plenty of water to keep yourself energized and hydrated.

 

Overall, remember that your goal is this: to eat more calories per week by consuming foods that are high in protein but low in saturated fats. Eat big to get big!

 

Doing too much aerobic exercise will hinder your weight gain, but exercise is still highly recommended. You want to keep your muscles lean and fit, so lift weights whenever you can. Stick to performing low reps with a lot of weight to bulk up without getting too ‘cut’.

 

Lastly, sleep as soundly and for as long as you can every night. 8 hours minimum if you can manage it. It helps your body process the things you’re eating and keeps you feeling awake and vitalized during the day.

 

If, after a few weeks, you see your weight gain stop or severely slow down, up your calorie intake further – but still keep your diet healthy. Add 250 more calories to your daily intake and go from there to kick-start your weight gain again. Simple!

 

You can also watch this Video HERE on what to eat to gain weight

 

‘Perfect Body Plan’ is a brand new e-book that has been designed in a special way. It allows anybody who reads through its pages – regardless of what their specific, individual goal is – to achieve their perfect body.

 

It only uses tried-and-tested techniques that fuse diet advice, multiple fitness and weightlifting programs that anyone can perform, and psychological guidance that MAKES SURE you achieve your goals. Whether you want to lose weight or gain it, get fit or simply look good naked, ‘Perfect Body Plan’ has the answers…

 

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