Last week Tracie did an awesome guest post on the warning signs of low thyroid. Many of you had an “ah ha” moment realizing you might suffer from this. Today Tracie gets more in depth into ways you can heal the thyroid naturally and what some of the causes are. Her tips she gives not only are great for the thyroid, but are also the same recommendations I give people looking to lose weight.
As I mentioned in the last post, thyroid conditions are becoming a serious issue in America today…the next question is why?
Why do so many people have hypothyroid and what can be done?
There are many things that can contribute to the inability for the thyroid to properly function. Listed below are some reasons along with helpful tips:
- It runs in the family. According to Dr. Mark Starr in his book called Hypothyroidism Type 2, poor immune function and premature deaths are signs of hypothyroidism. As modern medicine has advanced significantly over the last 100 years, fewer immune compromised individuals are dying from infectious diseases at an early age. This is allowing individuals to pass on their weak genes to their offspring. Survival of the fittest for many years has kept the hypothyroid gene pool under control but in today’s society, this is just not the case. Does it run in your family?
- PUFA intake has increased. Along with the increase of thyroid problems, there also has been an increase in the consumption of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS) in the diet. The intake of vegetable oils, such as soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, sunflower and safflower has skyrocketed 400% over the last 30 years. This huge jump has created a lot of health issues for our nation. PUFAS affect the thyroid by interfering with the uptake of the thyroid hormone in cells. PUFAS can also interfere with the conversion of T4 in the liver to T3. Tip – Minimize or eliminate PUFA oils from your diet! Read More