For almost 21 years, Elissa Goodman suffered from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Both conditions went undiagnosed for many years and her symptoms manifested over time in her body, such as weight gain, hair loss, anxiety, depression, infertility, hormone imbalances.
This health story is more common that you might think. It is estimated that one in every eight women will develop a thyroid disorder at some point in their life, and 60 percent of people with the condition are unaware that they have it.
Hashimoto’s is now the faster growing autoimmune conditions today, as it is estimated that 90 percent of hypothyroid cases are due to Hashimoto’s.
While there is often more than one root cause for the development of a hyper or hypo thyroid – in many cases these conditions initially stem from unsatisfactory eating habits and physical, mental and environmental stressors.
Hypo and Hyper. What is the Difference
While hypo and hyperthyroidism both affect the same butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, these conditions have opposite effect on your body.
Think of hyper as being overexcited, a hyperactive thyroid is overproducing thyroid hormones and in this state, all bodily function tend to speed up.
Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include:
- Always feeling hot
- Sweating more than usual
- Problems with falling asleep
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty focusing on one task
- Change in bowel habits (looser)
- Elevated heart rate and palpitations
- Anxiety, nervousness, or irritability
- Weight loss (“fast metabolism”)
- Menstrual problems
- Physical and mental fatigue
Now, think of hypo as being the opposite. Hypo is a little too underproductive, and when your body is in the hypo state, less thyroid hormones are produces and everything begins to slow down.
Hypothyroidism symptoms may include:
- Physical and Mental Fatigue
- Dry skin
- Dry hair
- Brittle nails
- Weight gain (“slow metabolism”)
- Muscle cramps
- Decreased menstrual flow
- Swelling in the front of the neck (goiter)
If you are experiencing many of the above mentioned symptoms for thyroid disorders, please go immediately and check with your doctor for recommendations to return to your normal state.
An autoimmune disease happens when the immune system begins to confuse its own bodily tissue with a foreign invader, with an autoimmune disease, your immune system mistakenly attacks itself in order to protect itself.
Diagnosis of an autoimmune diseases are at an all-time high today, making our efforts towards creating our best health of highest importance.
In the case of the thyroid gland, we have both Graves disease, hyperthyroidism, and Hashimoto’s disease, hypothyroidism. There are 6 root causes to autoimmunity in the thyroid gland.
- Gastrointestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut)
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Infectious Disease
- Adrenal Insufficiency
- Iodine Deficiency
- Nutrient Deficiency
Elissa’s Healing Recipe
Once Elissa discovered the root causes of her health issues, she became serious about healing from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. She came up with a nutrient-dense recipe that utilizes thyroid supporting nutrients and superfoods.
She calls it “The Green Tonic That’s Helped Balance My Hormones and Heal My Thyroid”
Daily Thyroid and Hormone Balancing Tonic Recipe
Makes 1 serving.
- 1 organic lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (or ½ tsp fresh)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (or ½ tsp fresh)
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 teaspoon Hawaiian spirulina powder
- 1 dropper-full ionized liquid zinc
- 1 teaspoon barley juice extract powder
- 3 grams L-Glutamine powder
- 1 tablespoon cold-milled flaxseed or chia seeds
probiotic (1 liquid dropper-full OR powder from 1 50-billion capsule)
- Hand-squeeze lemon juice.
- Add remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Drink immediately.
Other Thyroid Supporting Remedies
This adaptogenic herb works to balance out both the hyper and hypo thyroid. Adaptogenic herbs help you adapt and deal with stress and ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.
Eat Selenium-Rich Foods
To overall improve your thyroid function, selenium is needed. We are often deficient in this micromineral, as levels in our soil have greatly depleted.
This mineral has powerful antioxidant-like functions and also plays a role in immunity.
- Brazil nuts (3-5 a day)
- Sustainable halibut
- Sustainable sardines
- Grass-fed beef/liver
- Pasture-raised turkey/chicken
- Pasture-raised eggs
- Baby spinach
Probiotics are of utmost importance for better digestion. However, a link between thyroid conditions and leaky gut syndrome shows the need for probiotics for thyroid problems too.
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where proteins such as gluten, ‘leak’ through the gut, directly into the bloodstream and cause inflammation and stress throughout the body. Consume more probiotic food and get on your way to a better digestion.
- The ‘Better Yogurt’
- Cultured vegetables
- Water Kefir
- Raw cheese