Optimal Weight Part 2: Sluggish Thyroid
Have you begun a diet plan with a friend and they lost weight and you didn’t? The answer is probably in your genes! As a woman physician who struggles with this very issue, it has been my life crusade to share my knowledge and personal experience of the often-overlooked successful Multistep Approach to Optimal Weight. Your unique DNA sequences determine what percent of each macronutrient (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) that you are built genetically to metabolize efficiently. This DNA information regarding your brain neurotransmitters, your proper food balance and custom exercise recipe begin your personalized program. The DNA combined with your thyroid function, sugar ingestion, gut health, food allergies/sensitivities, hormone levels and vitamins amino acid balance. It is an interconnected wheel and each component should be addressed in order to achieve lifetime optimal weight balance.
Thyroid disorders are very hereditary, being passed through the genes. In addition, many women as they enter middle age or after pregnancy can have a sluggish thyroid. The symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, decreased concentration, depression, decreased libido, vitamin deficiencies, muscle and joint aches, heavy or irregular menses, infertility, as well as hair loss, puffy face, constipation, dry hair and skin. You may experience some or all of the symptoms.
Nutritional supplements that support the thyroid: selenium, zinc, iodine, copper, manganese, chromium, tyrosine, ginseng and Vitamins A, D, B2, B6, B9, B12.
Foods that nourish the thyroid gland: coconut oil, cod liver and fish oil, eggs, cheddar cheese, seafood, tuna, Brazil nuts, lentils, sunflower seeds, bran, bananas and oranges.
Thyroid imbalance can be caused by tap water which contains chlorine and fluoride as well as Overly processed and refined foods such as white bread and flour, and box foods may damage the gland. Dieting and under eating are top contributors to thyroid imbalance, while exercise enhances thyroid function.
By simply supporting a sluggish thyroid with thyroid hormone with thyroid hormone (not a chemical medicine), the thyroid gland can then return to being the conductor of the body’s orchestra. When the thyroid is balanced, it reestablishes metabolism, energy, blood pressure, cholesterol, brain neurotransmitters and many other aggravating symptoms which contribute to optimal weight and emotional balance.
Stay tuned for Part 3 Food Allergies and Optimal Weight.