Hypothyroidism has become a fairly common occurrence in the medical reports. Common talk these days, heard from all walks of life include:
“I am fat because I have hypothyroidism”.
“I feel sluggish; because I have hypothyroidism”
“I can’t sleep as I have hypothyroidism”
Before blaming hypothyroidism for all our issues, let’s understand the thyroid first. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland situated in the neck. It releases thyroid hormones that primarily help in:
- How cells utilize energy from food (metabolism)
- Regulating blood flow and body temperature
- Normal growth and development of the body
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroid or hypothyroidism is where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This reduces energy source utilization, impacting the normal functioning of the body, negatively impacts body growth and can lead to forgetfulness and depression, etc.
Before we fix an underperforming thyroid, let’s imagine you are cooking up a great dish. For that you need:
- Heat (fire/energy),
- Vessel to cook,
- The ingredients like veggies, oil, spices, etc.
If the fire is low, the vessel is broken or any of the ingredients are not in proper amount, the dish will take too long to cook, may not cook or may not even be the dish you wanted in the first place.
In the case of Hypothyroid
- Heat or energy are calories is less. Either the person is eating less food (may be on a fad diet) or over exercising or both.
- Vessel is broken. The thyroid cells, where the hormones are produced, are not working properly. They need repair.
- The ingredients such as thyrosine (a protein) is either too little or not in the right amount.
To fix the malfunctioning thyroid, one needs to:
- Increase calorie intake: This does not mean eating junk food. Also reduce excessive exercises that end up burning too much calories.
- Get good sleep: so that IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor) is released. This will help repair the thyroid cells.
- Eat good food: Eat complete proteins so that one gets both essential and non-essential amino acids to both repair the thyroid cells, build up hormones and manufacture enzymes. Remember Thyrosine and Enzymes are both made from proteins. Eat various colorful veggies so that all vitamins are available to cook up the Thyroid hormones.
In short, to fix your hypothroidism in 3 easy steps
- Eat good food,
- Avoid stress (physical and mental) and
- Get some great sleep.
What would you do to
- Eat good food with appropriate amounts of proteins, veggies and fat?
- Manage and reduce physical and mental stress?
- Get great sleep?
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