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How to Identify a Thyroid Disorder and Remedy it with Diet

Thyroid disorders are probably more common than anyone knows. It may be a silent epidemic that is the underlying cause of many commonly experienced symptoms generally thought of as the result of living in stressful modern times.

Symptoms of thyroid disorder include unexplained weight loss or weight gain, feeling hot all the time when others are cold or feeling cold when others feel hot, exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, thinning hair, dry skin, difficulty concentrating, lack of sex drive, dizziness, light sensitivity, shortness of breath, more frequent infections, bones not healing properly, moodiness, menstrual irregularities, unexplained panic attacks,

The face muscles may sink in. There may be forgetfulness, loss of interest in every day things and weakness of voice. Thyroid malfunction is also associated with hay fever, asthma, throat irritation and digestive problems.

Causes and Potential Causes of Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is a producer and regulator of hormones in the body. It is part of the endocrine system and it can be adversely affected by numerous environmental, emotional and physical factors. Thyroid imbalances are more common in women than men and are common after childbirth.

But thyroid irregularities may have causes related to the food and water supply, external stress factors and exposure to radiation.

The main element that regulates the thyroid is iodine. When the body has an inadequate supply of this because modern farming methods have depleted soil and chemical additives in the water and food supply. Furthermore, toxins in the water and food supply, most notably chemical poisons like fluoride, perchlorate and pesticides, can cause the thyroid gland to malfunction.

Chronic stress, adrenal exhaustion and childbirth and the resulting imbalances from these conditions can also lead to thyroid problems. Some kinds of thyroid disorders have specific medical names, such as goiter, Grave’s disease and postpartum thyroid disease, but the symptoms are very similar.

Dangerous levels of radiation are another cause of thyroid disorders. This can come for our environment, which involves increasing levels of dangerous radiation. Some of these forms are recognized by official science as a cause of cancer, genetic mutations and thyroid disorders.

Other forms of radiation continue to be introduced to the public may be a source of similar danger, but they are so new that they have not been studied. For instance, the radiation from microwave towers, cell phones and the new terahertz wave-emitting body scanners that have recently been installed in airports and courthouses all represent forms of radiation have the potential of interfering with the thyroid.

Scientific studies available at this time indicate that all of these kinds of radiation are suspicious, although the make no conclusions.

Most commonly, radiation poisoning occurs in those who work in places where ionizing radiation is used, for example, nuclear facilities and food irradiation facilities. But, people who are subjected to medical radiation are also susceptible to radiation poisoning.

Symptoms of radiation poisoning are a metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, sometimes vomiting and most notably fatigue.

Regulating the Thyroid through Diet

Since most forms of potentially dangerous radiation are unavoidable, it is important to take steps to protect the body from its harmful effects. Furthermore, if the body is already suffering from an imbalance, the thyroid gland may be gently brought back into harmony by choosing the right foods every day.

Certain foods provide the body with what it needs to regulate the hormones and as long as it receives an adequate supply of these foods, it will take only what iodine it needs to function properly.

Iceland moss, Irish moss, algae, dulce, kelp, mustard, sting nettles, parsley, sea wrack, fish oils, cod, haddock, shell fish, other seafoods, eggs and iodized salt.

Additionally, the poke root herb is an old remedy for goiter or an enlarged thyroid gland. And, blue flag has an old reputation as a thyroid regulator.

A Word About Testing for Thyroid Disorder

Allopathic physicians generally do not have adequate tests for thyroid function.  Therefore, many people who are told by their doctors that they do not have a malfunctioning thyroid, actually do.

An accurate home test for iodine deficiency is to purchase topical iodine from a drug store. Then place one drop on the back of the hand. It will leave a small stain and the amount of time it takes for the stain to disappear will tell you if the body has an iodine deficiency. If it disappears within twelve hours, this is a sign of a deficiency.

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