HYPOTHYROIDISM

Low thyroid function resulting in underactive metabolism, and often in weight gain, among other recurring illnesses. Causes may include chemical toxicity, fluoride, drugs; excessive eating of soy, millet, walnut, almonds, apples can all impair the thyroid glands ability to concentrate iodine. Large dose of iodine can cause sudden drop in thyroid hormone production; mega doses of vitamin C, some herbs, amino acids (cystine and glutathione) and cigarette smoke which contains cyanide, can all alter the function of the thyroid. In case of increased thyroid antibodies, check for celiac disease or intolerance to gluten in grains.

Diet:
Cheese, chicken, fish, egg yolks, molasses, apricots, dates, prunes. Limit broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, spinach, peaches, pears. Avoid processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar, sulfa drugs. Low glycemic diet apparently also helps.

Nutrients:
Vitamins B complex, including extra B1, B2 and B12, C, E, zinc, l-tyrosine, essential fatty acids, magnesium.

Herbs:
Siberian ginseng and astragalus (tonics for endocrine system), saw palmetto, triphala (Ayurvedic remedy to tone glandulars and for constipation), guggul (for slugish metabolism and proper hormone conversion).