Most often when we discuss thyroid disorders we talk about Hypothyroidism, which is the under-active form. But today we’re discussing the other end of the spectrum, Hyperthyroid or the overactive thyroid.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid puts out too much thyroid hormone and can cause symptoms like nervousness, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, heart racing, hand tremors, diarrhea and basically every function in the body tends to speed up from too revved-up metabolism.
In the lab test results you will generally see TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) that is low, since the hypothalamus tells the pituitary gland to stop producing TSH because there is already enough circulating in the body. The problem here is that most doctors only test for TSH and nothing else! They will see a TSH in range or low and tell you that everything is fine. This is happening all too much and many people are going undiagnosed with thyroid disorders.
The other markers that should be tested for are T4 and T3. T4 is the under-active form of thyroid hormone which then gets converted into the active form T3. T3 is what is taken up by the cells for energy. With Hyperthyroidism, you will generally see high T4 and T3 because there is so much in circulation.
One of the most common forms of Hyperthyroidism is Graves Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system is attacking the body’s own thyroid cells. Graves Disease is like “Thyroid Gone Wild” since there is so much activity. The markers to have your Doctor check for are blood antibodies: TPO (thyroid peridoxidase), TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin) and TSH Receptor Antibodies. It is also good to have an ultrasound done as well to get a better look at the gland. A common symptom is bulging eyes.
23 Ways to Heal Hyperthyroidism Naturally
- Avoid the triggers: stress, excess alcohol consumption, caffeine, smoking, poor diet and radiation from airports, airplanes and x-rays.
- For chelating out radiation, use glutathione (body’s most powerful antioxidant) or chlorella (1000-2000 mg a day) for 4-6 weeks.
- Check for viruses, most people with Graves or Hashimoto’s have an underlying viral infection like the Shingles virus or the Herpes virus that is the root issue which needs to be addressed.
- Run a CBC to check blood counts.
- Use a strong antiviral like Pau de Arco (1000-2000 mg twice a day) or drink a potent brew of the tea throughout the day for eight weeks for viral infections.
- Build up the immune system with a powerful antioxidant like Alpha Lipoic Acid (100mg a day) which recharges other antioxidants in the body.
- Take 100 mg of the amino acid L-Carnitine twice a day for heart health.
- Take methylated B vitamins (5000 mcg). Half the population has methylation issues caused by the MTHFR mutation, meaning that they have problems converting the B vitamins to the active and usable forms. An example is taking supplements with folic acid, but the body not being able to convert it to the active folate form.
- Take the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 for building up the body and fighting free radical damage.
- Identify and remove all reactive foods (which are inflammatory) with a Food Sensitivities Blood Test.
- Fight inflammation with turmeric, organic berries, omega-3 rich wild caught salmon and leafy greens.
- Include vitamin A rich foods like egg yolks, anchovies or Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
- Cut back on Polyunsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, vegetable oil like soybean, canola and cottonseed, as these are foods that promote inflammation in the body.
- Use healthy oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter, duck fat and olive oil to reduce inflammation.
- Include liver in the diet (if you can stomach it) for the Vitamin A, B vitamins and iron.
- Remove gluten, soy, nightshades and peanuts from the diet- all are foods that trigger autoimmunity.
- Add 10 billion CFUs of a quality Probiotic daily for healthy gut flora.
- Work on gut repair to close the tight junctions in the gut, otherwise known as “leaky gut”.
- Strengthen the adrenals which in turn will strengthen the thyroid. They walk hand in hand with each other.
- Include coconut oil in the diet daily to manage high cortisol and boost anti-viral protection.
- Include vitamin C rich foods like kiwi, red bell pepper, citrus, papaya and cauliflower.
- Take Lemon Balm to combat nervousness and anxiety.
- Reduce stress levels with relaxing activities like yoga, acupuncture or massage therapy.
Conventional medicine will give anti-thyroid medications that “attack” the thyroid gland or use radioactive iodine to “kill” the thyroid cells. I don’t know about you, but taking ‘radioactive anything’ scares me. A lot of Doctors will even suggest to just remove the thyroid all together! Why would you ever remove an organ/gland without thoroughly addressing all other factors and natural therapies? Remember, its your body and your choice! You are ultimately the one in charge of your health. Do your research, follow these suggestions and get on the road to healing your thyroid, naturally!
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*These notes were taken from Christa Orrechio’s talk on The Thyroid Sessions.