Do you have an underactive Thyroid? : Terry Talks Nutrition

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Do you have an underactive Thyroid?


Too much, or too little?

According to the American Thyroid Association, 60% of women have an undetected thyroid problem at some point in their life.

Getting the correct diagnosis for certain thyroid problems takes many women an average of 5 years’ worth of doctor visits.

–Too little (underactive) thyroid activity = hypothyroid

–Too much (overactive) thyroid activity = hyperthyroid

–Underactive thyroid is up to 5 times more common than overactive thyroid

 

Classic signs of low thyroid

–Fatigue

–Weight gain

–Dry skin

–Hair loss

Also: constipation, slow heart rate, sensitivity to cold, and depression

 

Treat low thyroid function with Iodine and l-tyrosine

Iodine + l-tyrosine = thyroid hormones

These nutrients are the building blocks for thyroid hormones –without them, the thyroid gland cannot make thyroid hormones

For additional thyroid support, add selenium

–Selenium is required for the metabolism of thyroid hormones

–In a study of over 6,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 70, those eating diets with low selenium content had a 69% increased risk of thyroid disease over those with adequate selenium diet intake.

 

 

Going DOWN

Iodine levels in American women of reproductive age have decreased 55% since the 1970s

Iodine status overall has fallen about 50%

Going UP

Thyroid Cancer incidence has tripled in the last 30 years

Synthroid: Number #1 Most Prescribed Drug


1. Synthroid

2. Crestor

3. Nexium

 

Iodine – not just for underactive thyroid

•Thyroid cysts and nodules

•Breast Cancer

•Prostate Cancer

•Menopause symptoms

•Fertility

•Autism/ADHD

•Fibromyalgia/Brain Fog

•Weight management

•Energy

 

What to know about Iodine

RDA for iodine is 150 micrograms (0.15 mg) daily

–Enough to prevent goiter but not sufficient to improve health

 

Iodine experts recommend 6.25 to 12.5 mg of iodine daily for most people

–Dosage can range from 3 mg to 25 mg, or even 50 mg daily

 

For thyroid conditions, take 15 to 30 mg of iodine with 200 – 400 mg of l-tyrosine daily, and 150 –300 mcg selenium

 

Look for three forms of iodine: potassium iodide, sodium iodide, molecular iodine

–Breast tissue prefers molecular iodine

–Thyroid prefers potassium iodide

–Sodium iodide enhances iodine absorption

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