Hypothyroidism happens when your thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormone (underactive thyroid).
There are several types of hypothyroidism.
The most common is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. The disease affects both sexes and all ages, but is most common in women over age 60. Because the thyroid gland helps regulate your metabolism, low thyroid levels cause your body to slow down, affecting everything from appetite to body temperature. Symptoms can appear over time and can be hard to diagnose.
Left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause serious health complications.
People who have hypothyroidism may be at increased risk for other chronic conditions including heart disease, arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, and cognitive impairment.
Natural thyroid hormone is more effective than the synthetic type, but it is more difficult to obtain.
Under proper circumstances, Vitamins A, C, B complex, B12, E, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium, iodine, amino acid tyrosine, DHEA, and melatonin may be beneficial.
Aerobic exercise may help to correct a low-thyroid condition.
It is never advisable to drink tap water. Most tap water is full of fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit your ability to absorb iodine. Ensure that you eat plenty of:
Sea Vegetables (Dulse, Kelp, Kombu, Nori, and Wakame)
Avoid the following foods unless they are cooked. Cooking the vegetables inactivates the goitrogens found in the following foods, so that they are safe to eat for someone with low thyroid: