Support the Thyroid Naturally
Hypothyroid Common Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include constipation, weight gain with diminished food intake, cold intolerance, poor circulation, fluid retention, ringing in the ears, poor memory, fatigue, dry skin and hair, hair loss, broken nails, and slow thinking.
Certain lab values may be altered with hypothyroidism. CBC’s may show anemia; chemistry screens may show elevated serum cholesterol; thyroid panels may show decreased T3 uptake, total T4 and free T4 with elevated TSH. Some individuals may not exhibit any laboratory changes, but have low basal body temperature readings.
General Guidelines for Treatment
- Get plenty of outdoor exercise to stimulate the thyroid gland and raise the body’s metabolic rate. It is best to exercise in the cool of the day being careful not to overdo it.
- Apply alternating hot and cold compresses to the thyroid area. Place a hot towel or face cloth over the front of the neck for 3 minutes. Then replace it with a cold towel for 1 minute. Repeat this 3 times. Do this twice daily for seven days, then once in the morning for 30 days
- Always end your shower with cold water.
- Use a cold spray from the shower to the area beneath the shoulder blades and follow with tapping of the fingertips. This will stimulate the adrenal glands and subsequently the thyroid gland.
- Do not use an electric blanket – they can suppress your body’s metabolism.
- Do not eat the following foods RAW as they contain “goitrogens”, which suppress the action of the thyroid. You can use them cooked.
- Brussel sprouts
- Pine nuts
- Mustard greens
- Collard greens
- Peanut skins
- Do eat the following foods to stimulate thyroid function: oats
- Swiss chard
- Turnip greens
- Egg yolks
- Wheat germ,
- Cod roe
- Sesame seed butter,
- Yellow vegetables
- Dark green
- Leafy vegetables
Drink fresh juices of carrot, celery, and/or spinach with powdered kelp or dulse.
9. Use a low salt, oil (except olive, flax and fish oil) and sugar diet.
Basal body temperature is used to monitor fluctuations in a woman’s monthly cycle and to determine how well the thyroid is working.
Historically, one of the most consistent ways of assessing one’s thyroid function is by checking body temperature because this reflects the thyroid’s influence on the body’s metabolic rate.
A basal body temperature that is consistently less than 97.8° F over a period of one month may indicate low thyroid function.
Other tests, primarily blood tests, have been developed to check thyroid function. However, these values may come back normal even though symptoms of hypothyroidism are present.
Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include any of the following:
Dry or thinning hair, fatigue, dry skin, short nails with white spots, poor circulation with cold hands and feet, shivering spells, fluid retention, difficulty losing weight, slow digestion, constipation, mental tiredness, depression, poor memory, habitual headache that is usually worse in the morning, ringing in the ears, disturbed sleep, achy, stiff joints, low/high blood pressure and a slow heart rate.
MEASURING YOUR BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE
- Shake down the thermometer below 95°F, and place it beside the bed before going to sleep.
- On waking, place the thermometer under your armpit or in your mouth and rest for 5-10 minutes. The less movement you make, the more accurate the reading.
- Record the date and your temperature on the chart on the back of this page. For women, make day 1 the beginning of your menses. So if you know where you are in your cycle, you can start on that day i.e.., if you are on day 15 of your cycle, you would put your first day’s reading under day 15. Record subsequent temperatures for the rest of the month and start over on day 1, the first day of your menses. If you don’t know where you are in your cycle, record your basal body temperature on a separate piece of paper until you begin your menses and then fill in the chart.
- Record your temperature for one full month.
- Please bring your chart in with you to your next appointment.
This will aid us in determining if low thyroid function is contributing to your state of health.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Brown for help that will support your whole endocrine system back to balance.
1. Hypothyroidism-The Unsuspected Illness, B. Barnes & L. Galton, 1976.