The thyroid gland plays a critical role in our lives. For starters, it produces thyroid hormones, which play a role in regulating a person’s metabolic rate. These hormones also regulate the body’s energy, body temperature as well as the use of vitamins and other hormones. A well-functioning thyroid gland is responsible for maturation and growth of body tissues. This is why any problem affecting the thyroid poses serious health risks.
Depending on the thyroid disease, the patient may experience an underproduction or overproduction of hormones. Overproduction is called hyperthyroidism and underproduction is hypothyroidism. Both conditions can trigger a thyroid goiter and, in some cases, even lead to thyroid cancer.
True, conventional medicine can make you feel better despite a thyroid problem. However, you are not sure how long the feeling would last. Even worse, you are not sure if the problem has gone away completely. This is why more and more patients are turning to functional medicine for treatment.
When you decide to try functional medicine, the treatment plan for your thyroid condition will go beyond using medication and surgery to treat symptoms. Instead, it’s all about viewing the body holistically and realizing how one aspect of your health affects another. Instead of just working to treat the disease, this approach aims to discover and address the root cause of the thyroid problem.
Go Gluten Free
Gluten is bad news if you already have underlying issues with your thyroid. That’s because the moment you ingest gluten and it passes through your bloodstream, there is a chance that the immune system can mistake gluten for thyroid, attacking your thyroid with antibodies when it shouldn’t.
If your thyroid gland is compromised, one the best ways to fix the situation is to stop consuming gluten completely. That means removing wheat of all types from your diet, including kamut, spelt, durum, farina, semolina, couscous, matzo, cake flour, and triticale. This also implies that you have to stop consuming common foods containing wheat such as pasta, cereals, bread, cookies, cakes, and more.
Instead of wheat, you can indulge in foods made with corn, cassava, buckwheat, arrowroot, flax, soy and flours made from gluten-free grain. It might be quite an adjustment, but it would do wonders for your thyroid problem.
Restore Gut Health
The body’s immune system mostly rests in the gut, which is why it’s important to heal it completely. The way to do this is to remove foods from your diet that add damage to the gut. These include junk food, sugar, red meat, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, dairy, gluten, genetically modified food and soy. Taking this out of your daily diet can help boost your immune system again.
Address The Infections
Infections such as the Espstein-Barr virus can actually affect a body’s thyroid function. Luckily for you, amino acid L-Lysine and coconut oil can readily treat this so you won’t require medication.
Test For Heavy Metals
Exposure to toxic heavy metals can negatively affect your thyroid health. Experts believe that exposure to mercury can trigger an autoimmune response in the body. To determine if heavy metals have contributed to your thyroid disorder, you may need an MTHFR genetic test and a DMPS chelation challenge test done. This would help find out how much heavy metals you have in your body.
Supplement The Immune System
To help the immune system heal faster, it helps to take a number of supplements that support it. These include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and glutathione.
As you can see, going the functional medicine route means not simply relying on medication. Instead, it’s about attacking the thyroid problem head on starting with what triggered it in the first place. This way, you can prevent further visits to the hospital due to your thyroid disorder. You can rest easy knowing that you are being gradually restored to perfect health.
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