The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat. It regulates the body temperature by secreting hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. HYPOthyroidism is the UNDER-production of the thyroid hormone.
Chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, intolerance to cold, low body temperature, slow heart rate, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, PMS problems, heavy periods, infertility, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, dry and scaly skin, hair loss, loss of 1/3 of outer eyebrows, low immunity, migraines, constipation, poor memory and concentration, goiter, droopy and swollen eyes.
If you have many of the above symptoms, do a self test:
Keep a thermometer by your bed. When you awaken in the morning, place the thermometer under your arm for about 10 minutes (with the normal mercury thermometer). Or, get a digital thermometer that beeps when the temperature is ready for reading. Keep a log for five days. If your readings are consistently low at 97.6 degree F or lower, it may be an indication of hypothyroidism. Consult your health care provider.
Foods to eat in moderation, or avoid:
Mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, spinach, turnips, and the cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale. Also avoid processed/refined foods, including white flour and sugar.
Foods to absolutely AVOID:
Chemicals and highly refined foods: Sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners, diet soda, carbonated drinks, diet foods, fat-free foods, pesticide-laden foods, hydrogenated fats such as margarine, white flour, refined sugars and dairy products (except yogurt).
Foods to eat more:
Apricots, asparagus, avocados, dates, carrots, oranges, parsley, potatoes, leafy greens, prunes, seaweed, seasalt and whole grains. Increase on your protein intake by eating nuts and seeds, quinoa, eggs, organic meat.
Supplements to take:
Kelp, L-tyrosine, vitamin B complex, brewer’s yeast, omega-3, selenium, copper, zinc. Each individual’s dosage is different, check with your nutritionist.
Watercress is rich in iodine:
Watercress has many health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.
Among its outstanding health benefits:
- High in anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties
- Its aphrodisiac effect
- Controls blood sugar level in diabetics
- Promotes and maintains healthy bones
- Relieves skin problems like eczema, acne and other skin irritations
- High iodine content that improves hypo-thyroidism condition (not suitable for individuals with HYPER-thyroidism)
- And many more! Read them here.
Suggested Juice Recipe:
- A bunch of watercress stems and leaves
- 2 green or red apples
- A squeeze of lemon juice
Watercress juice is very detoxifying, so consume in moderation.