Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is a hormone imbalance caused when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroid? The most common are fatigue and intolerance to cold. If everyone around you is wearing short sleeves and you’re wearing a jacket you most likely have hypothyroid issues. Other common symptoms are mental instability and depression, muscle weakness, poor memory, lethargy and headaches. Still other symptoms are slow speech, loss of hair, cold hands and feet, constipation, pale thick skin, brittle nails, swelling of face and eyelids. And finally, excessive and painful menstrual flow, nervousness and palpitations.
How To Know For Sure
You can ask your doctor to perform a thyroid test or conduct this simple self test at home:
You must first sleep through a full night without getting up to go to the bathroom. While still in bed take your temperature under your armpit. Do this for 3 days in a row. A normal reading would be between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A reading below 97.8 would indicate hypothyroid activity, while a reading above 98.2 would indicate hyperthyroid activity. If you are menstruating take your temperature on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of the period.
Influences that can contribute to hypothyroidism are malnourishment and thyroid and pituitary exhaustion due to excessive caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other stimulants. Malnourishment doesn’t necessarily mean lack of food rather it could indicate a diet of processed, unnatural foods that are not nourishing.
Women Take Note
One out of eight women will develop hypothyroid problems in her life. It usually manifests between the ages of 30 and 50 along with hormonal fluctuations and changes taking place then. Regular use of a natural progesterone hormone cream like Prosperin can be very helpful.
- 2000 – 3000mg kelp each day. Kelp is high in iodine, Vitamin B and Folic Acid.
- L-tyrosine, 500mg 2x daily on an empty stomach. Do not drink with milk!
- Raw thyroid glandular – available from your doctor.
- Prosperine for women. Prosperon for men. Both natural progesterone creams.
- 2000mg Vitamin C to support the adrenal glands.
Further to this, avoid stress, get enough rest, eat a healthy diet.