Hypothyroidism is a condition characterized by abnormally low thyroid hormone production. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism. These disorders may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Because thyroid hormone affects growth, development, and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.
Hypothyroidism signs and symptom may include:
Increased sensitivity to cold
Unexplained weight gain
Elevated blood cholesterol level
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
Foods to eat:
Eat iodine rich foods such as seaweeds and seafoods, salt water fish, sushi, nori rolls and the use of Celtic sea salt and iodized sea salt.
The second part of a good hypothyroidism diet consists of foods that contain large amounts of selenium. such as meat, chicken, salmon, tuna, whole unrefined grains, brazil nuts, dairy products, garlic and onions
Foods to be avoided:
Foods such as bamboo shoots, soybeans and related products, canola oil, horseradish, bok choy, foods with gluten, sweet potato should be avoided.
Goitrogenic foods that must be avoid are: cabbage, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga, mustard greens, hale, spinach, brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, strawberries, radishes, cauliflower, millet, and African cassava.
Myxedema: This is a more severe form of hypothyroidism. Usually the person is obese, and the skin of the face and the body takes on a dough-like appearance and hangs off the face like pizza dough. One usually feels tired, depressed, and will develop more serious symptoms if the conditions persists, which it usually does for years. Medical treatment with thyroid hormone replacement therapy helps a little, but is not enough by itself to correct the condition.
Hypothyroidism and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The thyroid is located in the throat just under the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism and energy levels. The thyroid gland also helps the body process and uses other hormones and vitamins, which help to keep the body functioning properly. In children, the thyroid gland promotes healthy growth.
An underactive thyroid greatly affects a person's energy level, and with a slower metabolism there is a subsequent reduction in activity. Often times unwanted weight gain follows. Unfortunately, a person's health is also affected.
Extra Virgin coconut oil is high in (healthy) saturated fat, lauric acid, and medium chain fatty acids. It’s unique structure makes it a highly usable source of energy for the body and its particular fat balance is nourishing to the thyroid.
Extra Virgin coconut oil for thyroid helps to increase the body’s metabolism and energy levels, which helps people be more active, and lose weight and/or sustain a healthy body weight.
Extra Virgin coconut oil also helps to diminish many of the symptoms of thyroid disease; Extra Virgin coconut oil helps to raise the body's temperature which decreases cold sensitivity, it nourishes the skin and hair which helps to decrease dry skin and hair loss, and it helps to decrease depression.
Extra Virgin coconut oil helps to strengthen the immune system and helps to keep the body healthier and functioning better.