Hypothyroidism can make you feel exhausted and sluggish among other symptoms. You might even feel cold and find it difficult to concentrate, even when you're taking levothyroxine, a type of thyroid hormone replacement therapy and the most common treatment for an underactive thyroid.
But what else can you do to take charge of your hypothyroidism? Aviva Romm, author of The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, shares her top tips.
First things first – what is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones and upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body.
Hypothyroidism is most likely to affect women, especially those older than age 60. It usually doesn’t cause symptoms in the early stages, but over time, untreated hypothyroidism can result in a number of health problems, including obesity
, infertility, joint pain
and heart disease
On the bright side, accurate thyroid functions tests are available, which makes diagnosing hypothyroidism easy. Plus, the treatment of hypothyroidism is simple, safe and effective once you, along with your doctor, finds the right dose for you.
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Top tips to live well with hypothyroidism
#1: Take a daily multivitamin supplement
There are certain nutrients that you need for optimal thyroid health, such as zinc and iron. Studies have shown that most of us are low in these nutrients. Taking a daily multivitamin supplement can help stave off thyroid problems. These supplements are readily available online or at your local pharmacy.
#2: Don’t overdo it with the green juice
While green juice provides your body with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, overdoing it can suppress your thyroid function, leading to chronic fatigue
and weight gain. That’s due to the compounds in raw greens in the Brassica genus, such as kale, cabbages, collards and broccoli.
#3: Get your stress levels under control
When your stress
levels are through the roof, your body hits the brakes by turning down your metabolism to conserve energy – and it does this by slowing down your thyroid function. This is why it’s so important to find time to relax, whether it’s by meditating, taking a hot bath or reading a good book.
There you have it – three ways to take charge of your hypothyroidism.
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