As a Doctor of Chiropractic my goal is to educate the public on methods to enhance your healthy naturally. Just recently I was consulting with a patient in regards to a diagnosis she had received. Before going into the information she was given which truly wasn’t much, my goal was to get her to calm down. It is important to be relaxed when receiving news about your health in order to truly listen to the various alternatives. Too often when faced with ‘bad news’ your mind will go into hyper-drive and you will hear every other word and become more confused. So after several cleansing breathes we sat down and discussed her results.
The most important part of any diagnosis is to understand the symptoms and mainly the cause of such symptoms. It’s important to identify the cause and address it and your symptoms will naturally dissipate if handled correctly.
Before we discuss symptoms related to hypothyroidism it’s important to define it first. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in your neck just below your Adam’s apple. This gland is responsible for your energy and metabolism and is like a master lever that ignites the genes that keep cells doing their jobs. Consider your thyroid as the main component of your magnificent machine which is your body…every cell in your body contains thyroid hormone receptors. When your thyroid is not functioning to its optimum capacity or has been discovered to have a low function it is labeled as Hypothyroidism aka Hashimoto’s.
Many individuals, but most commonly women, will suffer with various symptoms that accompany the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Since the symptoms vary and seem scattered or vague there is usually not a ‘pill’ that can eliminate such symptoms. To make matters worse, in most cases, hypothyroidism is not associated with the thyroid in the first place instead it is due to a weakened immune system. This is often missed because most doctors will not test for antibodies associated with a suppressed immune system. When the immune system is depressed it will attach the thyroid hence giving the appearance of a low functioning thyroid.
Some of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism are:
swelling of face and extremities
vague aches and pains
Now that your head is spinning with all this information, don’t give up hope. There are natural ways to combat hypothyroidism and making dietary changes is your first line of defense. Let’s look at a few ways you can adjust your diet to help reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism by boosting your immune system.
Relaxation techniques – as always your body will react to stressors in your life. It’s extremely important to monitor your daily stressors and practice relaxation. You may think it’s not important but your thyroid is a very sensitive gland and is very reactive to the stress response. Your body will begin to shut down as a protective mechanism when faced with large amounts of stress.
All in all it seems that your body does react to stressors in your life. If you do not monitor your stress and your diet your body will begin to break down. A healthy and strong immune system is essential to a healthy and strong body. Instead of focusing on merely the symptoms, consider them signals your body is giving you and determine the cause. When the cause is addressed, the symptoms will dissipate and you will live a happier and healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Daisy Sutherland is the Founder/CEO of Dr. Mommy Online . She is a doctor, author, mentor, speaker, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Mommy's mission is to ~ Help Busy Women and Men with her 'Get Real' approach to living a happier and healthier lifestyle. Watch for new book: 'Letting Go of Super Mom' coming out August 7, 2012. Don't forget to grab your FREE gift... 7 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated