More than 12 percent of the United States population suffers from thyroid problems today, and an estimated 20 million will suffer from some sort of thyroid imbalance in their lifetime.
More than 12 percent of the United States population suffers from thyroid problems today, and an estimated 20 million will suffer from some sort of thyroid imbalance in their lifetime.One factor which may contribute to these overwhelming figures is that one-third of the world’s entire population also suffers from an iodine deficiency.
As the cells in the thyroid gland are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine, it follows that iodine deficiencies result in many thyroid-based hormonal issues, and vice-versa. It is by no means the single isolated cause of thyroid malfunction, yet it is thought to be one of the most dominant. That being said, it should always be taken into consideration when assessing thyroid health.
Iodine is essential for converting thyroid hormone into it’s free and useable form. It’s also essential for breast health. However 90% of thyroid sufferers have as their main mechanisms of disease an auto immune disease called Hashimoto’s. Some research indicates that Iodine may increase antibodies and cause this autoimmune disease to become worse.
How do you know if you should be taking it or not? At Next Advanced Medicine we always test. We don’t give Iodine to patients unless their blood test indicates they are low. We also watch it carefully to make sure it does not get too high.
Why is functional medicine a better path?
It makes no sense to treat every patient with generically mass-produced drugs that may or may not have the desired effect, when the root cause of disease varies for each person.
Functional medicine for thyroid health aims at analyzing the unique lifestyle factors that have potentially contributed to an existing imbalance or the development of worsening symptoms. Regardless of how it manifests, it is vital to gain an understanding of the unique functioning of your thyroid!
Other symptoms of thyroid imbalance can include:
- weight changes
Become ‘Functionally Literate’
Thyroid issues are not uncommon, and yet each person experiences symptoms and root causes differently. We believe everyone deserves to be aware of their own root issues in order to receive the personalized treatment their illnesses require to help them go forward in life without a dependency on prescription drugs.
Our hope is to enable all patients to become ‘literate’ in functional medicine, so as to maximize their chances of preventing the onset or reversing the effects of thyroid problems. Check out our upcoming seminars where you can learn first-hand from our doctors.
There are conflicting opinions regarding the benefits of cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and spinach for your thyroid health.
The conclusion functional experts
come to, however, is that eating what YOU need for YOUR body and YOUR
particular needs is the only way to correctly use nutrition as a means of
This means that cultivating AWARENESS of your body, and using advanced testing to identify your nutritional needs, is key to you obtaining optimum health.
Studies have shown leafy green and
cruciferous vegetables as the most nourishing source of natural iodine for
thyroid function – try this delicious green
Thyroid – Optimizing Green Juice
(originally from www.mindbodygreen.com)
- ½ cup pineapple
- 1 bushel of cilantro
- 1 bushel of parsley
- 1 cucumber
- 1 beautiful stalk of fennel
- 2 lemons
- 1 to 3 pinches of ashwagandha root, powder
- 6 drops of liquid chlorophyll extract
- Juice all ingredients except ashwagandha root and chlorophyll. Add a few pinches of these after and ENJOY!
Of course, honor your body’s needs and respect if this is not the best option for you.
Check out Sharon’s success story: How I healed my thyroid disorder at Next Advanced Medicine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RADBzB9nPTo
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