Holistic Cures For Hypothyroidism & Adrenal Fatigue

It is not uncommon to have concurrent hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue symptoms, although the two conditions are separate issues. It is recommended by some doctors to address the adrenal deficiencies first in order to have better success in combating the hypothyroidism, if suffering from both. It is always recommended to visit your physician for clinical testing to properly diagnose your condition. In addition to any doctor recommendations, many natural foods and supplements can aid in supporting both conditions.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The following symptoms may accompany hypothyroidism: sparseness of the outer eyebrows, weight gain, frequent depression, intolerance to heat, constipation, slow thinking, puffiness under the eyes, thickened dry skin, fluid retention, sleepiness, hair loss, cramps, difficulty breathing or swallowing, poor flexibility, and soreness in joints and muscles. In addition, you may develop sleep apnea, recurrent infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness, a slowing of the pulse and elevated cholesterol levels.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue has a number of similar symptoms to hypothyroidism but many are specific to the condition: trembling under pressure, lightheadedness, compulsiveness, heavy menstrual periods that may stop and return, intolerance to cold, nervousness, alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, migraines, sunken tissue below the eye cavity, a craving for sweet or salty foods, reduced sexual drive, and a tendency toward influenza. Similar symptoms to hypothyroidism are brain fog, tiredness, occasional depression, weight gain, thin or dry hair and skin, brittle nails, muscular aches, and migraines.

Nutrition for Hypothyroidism

Iodine, tyrosine, zinc and vitamins A, C, B2, B3 and B6 are all necessary for the production of thyroxine, a necessary hormone for proper function of the thyroid. Other recommended supplements are copper, vitamin B12 and selenium. Often, a thyroid glandular is recommended when one has tested positive for hypothyroidism; these are generally prescribed through a health practitioner but there are also herbal formulas available over-the-counter at most health food stores. Armour is a natural thyroid hormone most often preferred by alternative health practitioners.

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Nutrition for Adrenal Fatigue

Vitamin C, taken in ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate form, is a gentle support nutrient for the adrenals and may be taken up to 3,000 mg per day. Vitamin B5 is also recommended, 900 to 1,500 mg, which helps boost hormone production in the adrenal glands. In addition, vitamins E, D, selenium, magnesium, lysine and CoQ-10 may be helpful, along with herbs such as ginger and ginkgo leaf. Those suffering from extreme adrenal fatigue issues should be extremely cautious when taking any supplementation and are urged to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a nutritional support plan.

Hypothyroid Lifestyle

Multiple chemical sensitivities have been linked to hypothyroidism in some studies, so avoidance of items around the house that contain fragrance such as dryer sheets, commercial air fresheners and perfumes is recommended, along with avoidance of occupational exposures to lead and other heavy metals, carbon disulfide and polybromited biphenyls (PBBs), most often associated with flame-retardant materials. Physical activity (especially aerobic) is also important for those suffering from the condition, as exercise can help increase metabolism and aid in weight loss. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes.

Adrenal Lifestyle

Removing stress from your life is probably the number one recommendation for those suffering from adrenal fatigue, along with avoidance of caffeine and an increase in light exercise such as brisk walking, climbing stairs, yoga and weight lifting. Proper sleep habits are exceedingly important, and the avoidance of computers and the television is recommended, especially in the hours preceding bedtime; these electronic devices may interrupt the melatonin from rising in the system to properly induce sleep.

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