Juicing For Thyroid Health

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Juicing fresh fruits and vegetable is a great way to add a wider variety of concentrated nutrients and live enzymes to your daily diet.

 

There are two other important benefits. Juices can help alkalise your body. Stress and an acid producing diet can tip the acid/alkaline balance of the body into the acid zone.

 

In addition, when fruits and vegetables are juiced they are much easier to digest.  As humans we lack the ability to breakdown the tough cellulose fibre contained in all fruits and vegetables.

 

Juicing removes this tough fibre making these plants foods much easier to digest. This can even take the load off a sensitive digestive system.

 

When Juicing for Thyroid Health Should you choose organic?

 

Due to the volume of fruits and vegetables you can easily consume with daily juicing it is wise to choose organic produce whenever possible. This will significantly reduce your pesticide intake.

 

Green Juicing for Thyroid Health

 

Green juices have become super popular and for good reason. They are super healthy!

 

Green juices get their vibrant green colour from chlorophyll, a nutrient rich plant pigment found in all leafy vegetables such as spinach, celery and lettuce. Chlorophyll cleanses the body of harmful toxins, oxygenates the blood and helps boost energy level.

 

When juicing for thyroid health which fruits and vegetables should you avoid?

 

It is vital to avoid using raw cruciferous vegetables. These particular vegetables contain substances that can suppress normal thyroid activity, especially when consumed in excess.

 

In their raw state they are highly goitrogenic, the term used to describe a food or environmental compound that interferes with proper thyroid function.

 

This vegetable list includes; kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccolini, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, radish, mustard greens, collard greens, choy sum, horseradish and turnips.

 

Isothiocyanates are the category of substances in these cruciferous vegetables that are associated with depressed thyroid function.

Need some inspiration? Here is a recipe just for you.

 

Juice Recipe for Thyroid Health

 

1 Red or Green Apple
2 Carrots
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/4 Beetroot
2 stalks of Celery
1 sprig of fresh Mint

 

Wash all produce well and juice all ingredients together. Cheers to your good health!

 

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Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

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Thyroid health and mood – Do thyroid problems affect your mood?

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The connection between thyroid health and mood is often pushed aside. The truth is a thyroid problem does affect your emotional health.

 

If you are experiencing changes in your mood you may be told you are ‘just stressed’. However there is a definite connection between a drop in thyroid hormone activity and mood changes.

 

When your thyroid is working below par it is common to experience emotional problems. For some individuals they may even be told they have anxiety, depression or some type of psychiatric illness.

 

The thyroid hormones are widely distributed in the brain, and for good reason. These hormones play a critical role to help regulate your mood.

 

However the connection between thyroid health and mood changes is not always recognised. For some individuals they can feel as though their life is out of control; they feel apathetic, stressed out and are experiencing mild to severe mood swings.

 

Ongoing scientific research confirms the link between your thyroid health and thyroid-related mood symptoms. Recovering your thyroid health may therefore be the key to help naturally lift your mood.

 

Your feel good brain chemicals

 

The thyroid hormones play a key role in neurotransmitter production. These potent ‘feel good’ messengers are naturally produced by your body to help regulate your mood.

 

The most prominent neurotransmitters include serotonin and noradrenaline. When these neurotransmitters are in balance life feels good and you have an optimistic outlook.

 

Alterations in serotonin levels within the brain can have a direct effect on your mood and when levels drop it is possible to feel less than happy, even down in the dumps. That’s because serotonin is the crucial ‘happy’ neurotransmitter. It also plays a controlling role to assist learning and restorative sleep.

 

Has life lost its romance?

 

An interesting study conducted by Oxford University found that serotonin influences the perception of intimacy and romance. When researchers lowered serotonin activity in healthy volunteers and showed them photographs of couples the volunteers with lower serotonin activity rated the couples as less romantic than the volunteers with normal serotonin activity.

 

Keeping pace in a busy world

 

Noradrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands, the small glands situated on top of each kidney. These glands are important to survival as they produce both noradrenaline and cortisol; the critical ‘fight or flight’ hormones that help your body take charge in stressful situations.

 

When the adrenals are firing on all cylinders it’s possible to keep up with the demands of a busy lifestyle.  However prolonged physical and psychological stress can take a toll on the adrenal glands.

 

When the adrenals are overworked these glands eventually struggle to keep up with the strain of day-to- day life. Often the first warning signs that the adrenals are reaching breaking point are feelings of ongoing fatigue and a noticeably reduced ability to handle stress.

 

You may remember a time when tense situations did not bother you. Now small things irritate you, and the slightest bit of stress leaves you feeling flat and worn out.

 

From my clinical experience adrenal fatigue frequently leads to an exhausted thyroid as these two glands are closely linked. In fact, the symptoms of adrenal fatigue closely resemble the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid.

 

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Author Bio:

 

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Iodine Is Critical During Pregnancy

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Iodine is critical during pregnancy as the thyroid uses this mineral to make all-important thyroid hormones which in turn ensure normal development of the brain and nervous system of the unborn baby.

 

For this reason it’s vital that pregnant women or women considering having a baby get enough iodine.

 

The thyroid acts as a ‘sponge’ for iodine and once absorbed concentrates this key nutrient. Iodine is used to manufacture thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The 3 and 4 actually indicate the number of iodine molecules contained within each hormone.

 

Iodine and a healthy pregnancy

 

During pregnancy the thyroid is particularly active and produces about 50% more thyroid hormones than usual. To produce enough thyroid hormones pregnant woman need to increase their iodine intake.

 

A lack of maternal iodine intake has the potential to negatively impact on the developing baby. There is concern that even a mild iodine deficiency could lead to children born with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ).

 

Iodine for breastfeeding mums

 

The demand for iodine persists during breast feeding as this nutrient is vital for the baby to continue to grow and develop properly. However the iodine concentration of breast milk can be vary greatly depending on how much iodine the mother is getting from the diet or nutritional supplements.

 

Declining dietary intake of iodine

 

Seafood and sea vegetables are naturally rich in iodine. Other food sources include iodised salt and plant based foods grown in nutrient rich soil.

 

However due to variable soil quality most foods grown in Australia contain only trace amounts of iodine. This makes it difficult for pregnant and breastfeeding women to get enough iodine through diet alone.

 

Due to the important role iodine plays in pregnancy the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends a daily intake of 220 micrograms (μg) of iodine per day for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. The recommended daily intake to support ongoing development of the newborn during breastfeeding is set at 270 micrograms (μg) per day.

 

Iodine supplements supply iodine in two main forms; potassium iodide or iodine sourced naturally from Bladderwrack. A superior quality Bladderwrack supplement lists the botanical name Fucus vesiculosis on the label and guarantees a standardised amount of iodine per capsule.

 

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Could Strength Training Help Women with a Low Thyroid?

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Women often worry that lifting weights will make them ‘big and bulky’. However when it comes to strength training for women there are many misconceptions.

 

If you are like most women regular strength training is unlikely to make you bulk up…WHY?

 

Women’s bodies respond differently to strength training.

 

Generally when women lift weights as part of their weekly exercise program they find they develop a stronger, leaner physique but they do not bulk up. The reason why is due to major differences between men and women’s hormonal makeup.

 

Men have a far greater concentration of testosterone. This is the chief hormone that makes them manly. It is termed an anabolic hormone and this ‘building’ hormone allows men to gain muscle more rapidly, especially when they do regular weight lifting.

 

Women on the other hand have far less testosterone making it difficult to dramatically increase muscle mass.

 

Strength training for women with a sluggish thyroid

 

Strength training can be very beneficial, particularly if have a low thyroid condition. Muscles are an important factor in raising your metabolism as muscles burn far more calories than body fat.

 

A greater amount of muscle really fires up your metabolism. The result is more calories are used for energy, which in turns means you lose weight.

 

This form of exercise is also the most effective way to help strengthen your muscles that tend to ache and get stiff when you have a low thyroid disorder.

 

Not only that, strength training can give you gorgeous toned curves and will help prevent bone and muscle breakdown which occurs naturally with aging.

 

So if you are getting sick of sweating over the cardio equipment at the gym why not hit the weights area and do a strength training session?

 

To get toned and super lean most experts recommend doing a planned strength training workout a minimum of 2-3 times per week. Always work within your limits especially on days when you feel more fatigued.

 

It is also possible to maximize your strength training efforts with a post-workout protein shake.

 

Just blend a good quality protein powder with a handful of fresh fruit within 30 minutes of finishing your routine. This will fuel your recovery; protein builds and repairs muscles and the carbohydrates from the fruit will provide the all-important energy for recovery.

 

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Thyroid Remedy – Is Taking Too Much Bladderwrack Dangerous?

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A Bladderwrack thyroid remedy is considered generally safe and effective when taken as recommended. There are three factors to consider before purchasing this type of supplement.

 

Iodine is a natural component of Bladderwrack. A good quality supplement therefore guarantees a standardised amount iodine per capsule or tablet. This is important as it ensures you are taking the recommended amount of iodine.

 

A high quality product states the botanical name Fucus vesiculosus to ensure you are getting a premium species of Bladderwrack. Many inferior kelp supplements do not use the Fucus species. You can check this by reading the product label closely.

 

Bladderwrack is harvested from the ocean so there is a risk this ingredient may be contaminated with heavy metals. A good quality Bladderwrack product undergoes stringent quality checks at all stages of production from sourcing the raw material from clean waters through to ensuring the manufactured product has well below minimal acceptable levels of common contaminants.

 

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Why Make Conscious Food Choices for Thyroid Health?

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Being healthy means making smarter food choices. When you make conscious food choices you are choosing to eat the most vital, nutritious food possible. That’s not only good for you, it’s good for the planet. Your daily food decisions can also help heal your thyroid.

 

Healing your thyroid with thyroid nourishing foods

 

It’s hard to feel fully alive when you eat dead, overly processed food. This is definitely the type of food to avoid. This is especially when you are taking important steps towards thyroid health recovery.

 

The fact is, food can literally make you sick or vibrantly well. Junk food and over-processed foods can literally make you sick at a basic thyroid cell level.

 

For my money, the most damaging food choices to the thyroid are: artificial sweeteners, Canola oil, soy oil, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, hidden soy and corn (maize) ingredients and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

 

When it comes to making for food choices for a healthy thyroid diet it is good to stay flexible – I think it’s important not to be dogmatic. Having a rigid state of mind can be just as unhealthy as eating junk food!

 

Instead discover what healthy foods resonate with you. Ensure you eat a wide variety of fresh foods so your body gets all it needs to stay healthy. Focus on which foods feel right for you, the foods that make you feel GOOD. This ‘keep it simple’ approach places an emphasis on fresh produce that will help you heal and feel WELL.

 

Foods Choices I can’t do without…

 

In my living food kitchen I couldn’t do without raw coconut oil, activated nuts and seeds, fresh seasonal fruit and veggies for juicing, a selection of organic greens, and plant-based protein powder for my daily protein shake. YUM!

 

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Revealing HERE are 4 Healthy Thyroid Diet Recommendations

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To get the most out of every day it is more important than ever to educate yourself about the value of optimal nutrition and eating for health.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet advocates a variety of fresh, natural foods that supply a wide range of nutrients to help you reach your full health potential.

 

Here are 4 healthy thyroid diet recommendations:

 

Thyroid Diet Recommendations #1 – Eliminate thyroid damaging foods. It may surprise you to learn that everyday foods may be sabotaging your thyroid. For my money, the most damaging are: artificial sweeteners, Canola oil, soy oil, hidden soy and corn (maize) ingredients and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

 

Soy and Canola oil are often deceptively labelled as ‘vegetable oil’. This is very misleading as oil is not normally found in vegetables.

 

Thyroid Diet Recommendations #2 – Avoid gluten. It’s common to experience significant improvements in symptoms when you eliminate gluten from the diet. Gluten is the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, triticale and oats.

 

Gluten irritates the lining of the digestive system and can trigger systemic inflammation. Take care when selecting ‘gluten-free’ foods as food manufacturers often use corn (maize) and soy ingredients as substitutes for gluten containing grains.

 

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Thyroid Diet Recommendations #3 – Choose organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible. Conventional produce can harbor multiple pesticide residues. Organic food = less thyroid disrupting pesticides and herbicides. Organic farmers also take a firm stance on biotechnology that modifies the genetic make-up of a plant by saying ‘NO to GM foods’.

 

If possible visit a local farmers market to stock up on healthy organic produce for the week. Healthy and nutritious food has the greatest potential to nourish your thyroid.

 

Thyroid Diet Recommendations #4 – Don’t go raw! Sure, there are good reasons to enjoy some raw food in your diet however I don’t agree with embracing a 100% raw food diet.

 

When you have a thyroid issue it’s best to emphasis foods that are warming and nourishing. In short, stay away from hyped-up and restrictive diet recommendations.

 

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The Coeliac Disease – Thyroid Connection

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What is Coeliac disease?

 

For some people avoiding gluten is a very serious issue as their immune system reacts abnormally to gluten.

 

Termed coeliac disease, this digestive disorder is associated with inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine. This then leads to a range of health problems.

 

Coeliac disease is one of the most common inflammatory conditions affecting the digestive system. A gluten free diet is advocated for life for those diagnosed with this digestive problem.

 

Individuals with coeliac disease are so sensitive to gluten that they are not able to eat any foods containing gluten as even a minute amount will prompt a swift immune reaction.

 

The prevalence of coeliac disease is increasing worldwide. It affects people of all ages, both male and female. Until recent times it was considered a genetic disorder that was discovered during childhood.

 

A genetic predisposition for developing this problem does exist. However environmental factors play a key role in triggering coeliac disease at any age. This digestive problem can be set off by a stressful event, such as a major infection, injury or surgery.

 

If a person is unaware their poor health is due to Coeliac disease and they continue to consume gluten containing foods the lining of the digestive system becomes severely damaged. Over time, this leads to low intake of essential nutrients and a further decline in health due to malnutrition.

 

Going Against The Grain

 

These days highly refined wheat is the most common source of gluten as it is used in a wide variety of foods found in supermarkets. To meet ongoing demand wheat is grown on an industrial scale.

 

Along with the development of modern agricultural methods there has also been selective breeding of wheat. Wheat crops now yield a much higher ratio of gluten. The modern, hybrid wheat varieties may be contributing to the higher prevalence of coeliac disease worldwide.

 

Dr. William Davis is a respected cardiologist and author of ‘Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health‘. He believes aggressive breeding methods and genetic manipulation have turned wheat into a ‘Frankenwheat’.

 

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The Selenium -Thyroid Connection

 

After iodine selenium is the next most important mineral affecting thyroid function. Several studies have shown that coeliac disease is associated with an increased risk of developing an autoimmune thyroid disease. This is due to low selenium intake or poor absorption of selenium.

 

The thyroid is particularly sensitive to selenium deficiency because the selenium dependent enzymes are vital to assist activity of the thyroid hormones, including activation of T4 to T3.

 

Selenium also plays a role in protecting the thyroid gland itself as this mineral boosts glutathione activity. Glutathione is naturally produced by the body using selenium and a combination of three amino acids sourced from dietary protein – cysteine, glycine and glutamine. Glutathione acts as a potent antioxidant and is highly active within the thyroid to help protect this important gland.

 

Long term undiagnosed coeliac disease causes damage to the digestive system. This leads to malabsorption of essential nutrients which over time is linked to poor health due to malnutrition. A specific diagnostic test is used to confirm coeliac disease.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet guidelines recommend excluding all gluten foods as part of a holistic strategy to recover your thyroid health.

 

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Why Soy Should Be Avoided in a Thyroid Diet?

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Western societies are now consuming an increasing amount of soy that is unfermented and highly processed.

 

The reason?

 

Food manufacturers favour soy as a cheap and versatile ingredient. It’s added to a wide range of human food products and is also routinely used in the animal feed industry.

 

You really need to become a vigilant label checker to discover if a food contains some type of soy ingredient.

 

Soy is now found in bread, breakfast cereals, biscuits, crackers, margarine, chocolate, sauces and soups. Soy is also used to make soy milk, baby formula, soy protein shakes, soy cheese, soy ice cream, vegetable stock, texturised vegetarian soy protein, soy flour, soy protein bars, soy lecithin and soybean oil.

 

Soy protein products and infant formulas often contain soy protein isolate. This is not something that you can make in your kitchen. This soy ingredient is made in high tech chemical processing plants.

 

The extraction process utilises high temperatures and the soybeans are bathed in hexane, a toxic chemical solvent. This happens despite hexane use is prohibited when processing organic soy foods.

 

The safety of soy based infant formula is hotly debated as these products naturally contain a class of plant compounds called isoflavones. The primary isoflavones are genistein and daidzein. These isoflavones are referred to as phytoestrogens because they are found in plants (phyto) and they have the ability to mimic estrogens in the body.

 

It is well recognised infants are sensitive to estrogen exposure as they progress though different developmental stages. This makes infants more likely than adults to be vulnerable to the estrogen-like effects of the phytoestrogens found in soy.

 

There is also research to show that genistein and similar isoflavones can compete for iodine when iodine stores are low. Further, infants fed soy containing formula in early life have a higher risk of developing autoimmune thyroid disease.

 

For infants fed soy formula their rate of exposure to phyotestrogens is much higher which may a negative impact on both their thyroid health and hormonal balance.

 

Soy + Asian cultures

 

In Asia, small quantities of whole bean soy products are considered a traditional staple of the diet. From the simple soybean comes a variety of foods including tofu, natto, miso, tempeh, and boiled soy beans (edamame). These foods are prepared using traditional methods to make these otherwise inedible foods nutritious.

 

Soybeans like other beans, nuts, and seeds contain naturally occurring enzyme inhibitors. Termed phytic acid or phytates, these compounds make soy difficult to digest and also have the potential to bind to minerals in the digestive system. In this way phytic acid acts as an ‘anti-nutrient’ to prevent the absorption of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

 

Soybeans contain a much higher phytic acid content than most other grains and legumes. If you have been over doing soy products you may be low in these minerals.

 

Does soy harm the thyroid?

 

An incredible amount of hype has accompanied the meteoric rise of soy as a popular ‘health’ alternative. Once reserved as a staple for vegetarians’ soy is finding its way into the shopping baskets of more conventional consumers in various forms, usually disguised as a refined soy ingredient.

 

When it comes to thyroid health processed soy foods and foods containing soy ingredients should be strictly avoided in a thyroid diet. Soy is goitrogenic, a term used to describe many foods and environmental compounds that have a serious potential to block normal thyroid activity and should be avoided in a thyroid diet.

 

Highly processed soy products are not normally manufactured using the phytic acid reducing techniques used in traditional cultures such as soaking or long slow cooking. This makes these foods harder to breakdown in the digestive system. Overt time this can lead to digestive distress and lowered micronutrient intake.

 

This is not good news for thyroid health as the thyroid is particularly sensitive to nutrient deficiencies. For example; iodine, zinc and selenium are three minerals critical to aid ongoing thyroid hormone activity.

 

Globally soybean oil has become the most widely used dietary oil. This soy derived oil is routinely used in margarine and shortening. It is also used in salad dressings, mayonnaise, frozen foods, commercially baked goods and simulated dairy and meat products. Soy oil along with palm oil and canola oil is often deceptively referred to as ‘vegetable oil’ on food labels.

 

Food manufacturers label dietary oils as ‘vegetable oils’ to make them sound healthy. However this is far from the truth. They are neither nutritious nor healthy.

 

The long term consumption of these oils has the potential to harm the thyroid and should be avoided in a thyroid diet. As more of these oils are incorporated into the thyroid cells their goitrogenic effects becomes more obvious.

 

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The environmental impact of soy

 

The biggest shift in farming methods occurred over the last century, particularly with the introduction of ‘monocultures’. These are large scale farming areas dedicated to a single crop. Soy crops are monocultures favoured by multinational agribusiness to supply a growing demand.

 

As traditional farming methods are lost and the modern monoculture system of production emerges there is an increasing susceptibility of crops to insects and disease. This then pushes up the use of toxic agricultural chemicals.

 

Large soy plantations are viewed by environmentalists as a growing menace. Intense soybean cultivation threatens fragile ecosystems and is taking a significant toll on deforestation of the globe.

 

Soy + genetic engineering

 

Genetic engineering is the process of using biotechnology to transfer specific traits or genes from one organism into a different plant species. The result is a genetically modified (GM) food. The safety and potential long term health risks of these ‘frankenfoods’ is regularly questioned.

 

Soy, canola and corn are the most prevalent GM ingredients and are used in many food products. The first genetically engineered soybeans were planted in the USA in 1996. Now more than 90% of the USA soy crop is GM.

 

As the GM industry grows there has been a corresponding demand for food labels to clearly state if GM plants or microorganisms have been used in production. In the European Union all food, and any ingredients directly produced from a GM source must be labelled even when the GM ingredients may be undetectable in the final product.

 

The ‘Roundup Ready’ soybean controversy

 

The GM soybean known as the Roundup Ready (RR) soybean was developed by the biotech giant Monsanto based in the USA. This crop variety was developed to make it resistant to the Roundup herbicides products which are toxic to conventional soybean plants. Apart from the issue with genetic engineering this GM soy is contaminated with pesticide residues which can easily find their way into the food supply.

 

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Thyroid Medication – What is Oxidative Stress?

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A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4), known as levothyroxine, is the most widely prescribed drug to treat hypothyroidism.

 

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism it means your thyroid is underactive. Your thyroid is either not producing adequate amounts of thyroid hormones or the thyroid hormones are not working effectively in the body.

 

Concerns have recently been raised about the potential hazards of this thyroid drug. A new Italian study has revealed a significant link between the levothyroxine medication and an increased lung cancer risk.

 

The study titled ‘Levothyroxine and lung cancer in females: the importance of oxidative stress’ was recently published in the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology journal.

 

The research was carried out exclusively with a population of Italian women as the majority of levothyroxine prescribed in the Italian regions was for women.

 

Levothyroxine + oxidative stress

 

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are oxygen derived free radicals. These compounds are continually produced within the body as part of normal ongoing processes.

 

Oxidative stress is a term that refers to the imbalance that occurs when the body’s natural defence systems are overwhelmed by the activity of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Excessive oxidative stress due to over activity of ROS attack can result in the stimulation, and progression of cancer.

 

In this new Italian study the researchers propose the levothyroxine drug induces greater thyroid hormone activity with the potential to generate increased activity of ROS.

 

Due to the rich oxygen state of the lungs, the lung tissue is highly susceptible to damage by ROS. A major trigger for the development of lung cancer is excessive oxidative stress within the lung tissue.

 

The Italian researchers state there are some limitations to their findings. However, this is not the first study to reveal a link between standard hypothyroidism treatment and oxidative stress. A study published in the Journal of the Italian Medical Association Panminerva medica revealed levothyroxine prescribed at a dose of 75 micrograms per day for hypothyroidism caused oxidative stress.

 

Measuring oxidative stress is not normally performed to adjust an individual’s levothyroxine dose. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are routinely checked to make any necessary adjustments to the medication.

 

Any side effects are considered temporary and are usually dealt with by reducing levothyroxine intake. Increased oxidative stress is not normally considered a factor when there are noticeable adverse side effects.

 

Safer alternatives to levothyroxine medication?

 

The new Italian research also raises important questions regarding alternative thyroid medications. One of the main drawbacks of giving T4 in isolation is that the T4 may not convert sufficiently to T3. This can lead to T4 ‘backing up’ and causing excessive T4 activity.

 

This can easily occur when zinc and selenium levels are low in the body as these two minerals assist conversion of T4 to T3 to meet the body’s ongoing demand for T3.

 

Low T4 to T3 conversion also occurs in response to cutting calories, toxicity and stress. The researchers propose combination T4/T3 therapy or single T3 preparations may be safer options to treat hypothyroidism.

 

Smoking + levothyroxine risk

 

There is no doubt smoking dramatically increases lung cancer risk. Smoking was recognised as a stand-alone risk for this new Italian study so smoking risk was adjusted for.

 

Despite this, the relationship between levothyroxine and lung cancer was still significant. Their research also showed smoking and levothyroxine therapy did increase lung cancer risk more than ageing.

 

This study raises serious concerns for women who take levothyroxine and smoke. Should a warning become mandatory to notify individuals that taking thyroxine and continuing to smoke can significantly increase lung cancer risk?

 

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If you want to read more there is an excellent blog post regarding this new levothyroxine drug study at GreenMed Info.

 

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Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com

 

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