Millions of Americans are taking thyroid medications on a daily basis and still feeling well. When our thyroid gland is functioning correctly, we feel energetic, our metabolism is working properly and our body temperature is normal.
A normal healthy thyroid gland will normally produce 94% inactive T4 (thyroxine) and about 7% active T3 (triiodothyronine). The inactive T4 will convert to the more potent T3 in the liver, not in the thyroid gland. Here lies part of the problem.
Thyroid medications such as Synthroid, Levoxyl and Levathyroxine only contain synthetic T4. This hormone must be converted to the more potent T3 so you can benefit from your medication. Millions of people across the country do not make this conversion, leading the doctors to increase the dose. One cannot force the medicine to work. The human body must have nutrients present to make the conversion naturally, mainly iodine and selenium.
If you have liver dysfunction, you must correct this problem so your medication can work properly. Those who are diabetics or those with high cholesterol, cirrhosis or associated liver disease need to work with a health practitioner to improve liver health if hypothyroidism is present. This is vital. Without a healthy liver, thyroid medicine only containing T4 will not work. Asking your doctor for medicine that contains T3 such as Armor Thyroid or Nature-Thyroid will help the patient feel better.
Bread Companies Tricked Your Thyroid
Up until the 1970’s bread companies use to fortify their products with iodine and as a nation we didn’t have thyroid issues. Since then the bread companies stopped using iodine in the bread and replaced it with bromide. Bromide fills in the receptor sites in the thyroid meant to for iodine. The bromide causes the present iodine to leave and reduces thyroid function. Add to the fact that chlorine/chloride and fluoride (by product from the aluminum industry) have been added to our water supply and these wreck havoc on the thyroid as well. Bromide, chloride and fluoride diminish thyroid function by removing iodine and creating an environment in which thyroid nodules can form leading to a risk of tumors, either benign or malignant.
What to Do Naturally
Clean up your diet. Avoid the refined sugars, bad fats, and commercialized white flour products. The focus healthy fruits such as fruits, vegetables/sea vegetables, nuts and seeds. These natural foods contain vital vitamins and minerals needed for optimum thyroid as well as liver health. Both organs must be addressed at the same time.
Foods to Eat:
There are some nutrients you will need to improve the health of your thyroid. Please remember that you didn’t get into this state overnight and it will not be corrected overnight, but give it 30-180 days for most people. Remember everyone’s thyroid problem is not the same, so be patient.
Improving Thyroid gland and hormone production: