Are you exhausted, have memory lapses, thinning hair, body aches, irritability, depression, sleep problems, low sex drive, constipation and/or weight gain? If you have an underactive thyroid you may experience any number of these warning signs. Up to 60% of people are undiagnosed, often because we don’t realise what the symptoms of an underactive thyroid are.
An under-active thyroid results in what is known as hypothyroidism. It occurs when the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running properly, causing the body’s functions to slow down, including the metabolism.
According to “The Colorado cdisease prevalence study” stated that Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders, with a greater burden of disease in women and the elderly.
In this article, I would like to reveal the truth about the natural way to help your thyroid get back on track.
How does diet interfere with thyroid function?
Diet plays a key role in thyroid health. Although low iodine intake leads to low thyroid function, table salt does not appear to be the best option. Many foods consumed in the West contain what are known as goitrogens or iodine blockers. Two popular goitrogens are soybeans and peanuts and also many of the oils used today can negatively affect thyroid health. These oils are plentiful in commercially prepared food and in processed food.
It’s time to switch your cooking oil…Coconut Oil – Supports thyroid health!!
The benefits of coconut oil for thyroid problems come from its unique medium-chain fatty acids which help to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Lauric acid, a type of medium-chain triglyceride found in coconut oil, has excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
How it Boosts Metabolism
Metabolism is the amount of calories you burn in order to get energy. People with hypothyroidism have a sluggish metabolism. This is due to the thyroid not producing enough hormone that tells the metabolism to be quicker. So this can cause constant fatigue and leaving the body with no energy. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that coconut oil increases metabolism in humans. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are able to enter the mitochondria to help fats convert to energy and boost the metabolism. When ingested, the lauric acid (also found in mother’s breast milk) in coconut oil converts to monolaurin, which is a potent antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal substance and improves the metabolism. Increasing metabolism for people who suffer from hypothyroidism is a great benefit, as it will give them more energy.
Not only can coconut oil keep infections at bay and boost your metabolism but also help you maintain a healthy weight. People who suffer from hypothyroidism are usually overweight. The extra weight can lead to secondary problems, such as diabetes, obesity etc. Coconut oil can prevent these extra side effects. Medium Chain Fatty Acids in the coconut oil are readily oxidized in the liver and it leads to greater energy expenditure. This may result in faster satiety and facilitate weight control when included in the diet.
This is good news for people who suffer with low thyroid function.
How it Increases Body Temperature
One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is feeling cold a lot of the time. This is due to a slow metabolism. When the coconut oil increases the metabolism, it increases the body temperature. This is because the metabolism is like a furnace of the body. When this furnace is working, it is creating heat.
How to Use Coconut Oil
- Use it as a cooking oil
- You can also add coconut oil to many different baking recipes and breads.
- Add it to a smoothie- Chances are you will hardly notice it’s in there.
- Drizzle it over a salad
- Use it in making dressings
Other natural ways to improve thyroid function
In addition to including coconut oil in your diet, try these other natural ways to balance your thyroid function.
- Switch from iodized table salt to sea salt, as it has more minerals that help support better thyroid functioning.
- Follow a gluten-free diet, which has also been shown to improve thyroid function. Research has found a link between wheat allergies and thyroid disease.
- Supplement with probiotics, as good thyroid functioning depends on a supply of healthy gut bacteria.