An elderly man with serious health issues consulted Erika Schwartz, MD, for a medical advice. The man suffered from excess weight, low testosterone and thyroid levels, sleeping disorders, as a result from the advanced stage of eczema.
She examined the medications and treatments he was subjected to, and decided to consult his cardiologist to see if he would agree to change his therapy completely. But, he didn’t agree to change the therapy, and she suggests her patient to change the cardiologist so they can try the plan she has in mind.
The treatments consisted of boosting the level of the thyroid hormones and eliminating the medication for the cholesterol. At first, the patient believed that the treatment will cause a heart attack, but Dr. Schwartz explained the correction of the hormones naturally maintained the cholesterol low.
Thyroid hormones are a result of the function of the thyroid gland. Triiodothyronine and thyroxine are also known as T3 and T4 and its main function is to provide energy, regulate the metabolism and to help the organs to function optimally. Hypothyroidism which is the state of underactive thyroid (the gland does not produce enough hormones to regulate the necessary body) is the most common issue connected to the thyroid.
There are numerous different symptoms which show hypothyroidism as dry skin, brittle nails, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, body temperature irregularities, feeling cold, poor reflexes, depression, brain fog etc. But sometimes these symptoms can indicate other diseases and the doctors do not even consider the thyroid imbalance as a potential cause and they may often prescribe some medications which are not adequate.
The test which measures the level of a pituitary hormone, TS, in the blood is known as the thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test. But, this test does not show the amount of T3 or T4 in the blood because the pituitary hormone directs the thyroid gland to produce and release thyroid hormones.
There are a lot of patients who have the symptoms listed above and still have a normal TSH result, and they consequently are prescribed to take medications that do not treat their problem and even suffer from their side-effects. The levels of T3 and T4 should be individually examined, for better results. It is very important to be sure that T4 is being turned into active T3 and that the T3 enters cells to regulate the functions of the body organs.
The holistic treatment of Dr. Schwartz includes alteration of the diet, hormones, exercise and supplements. Her approach does not examine just the symptoms and regards the body as a whole and it has given great results. You can keep weight off, boost the energy, improve the overall health and help slow down the aging process, by restarting the thyroid with the proper nutrients.
Important tips for how to restart the thyroid:
- Combine iodized salt and selenium rich food such as:
- Brazil nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish (wild salmon, halibut, sardines, flounder)
- Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
- Meat (beef, liver, lamb, pork)
- Poultry (chicken, turkey)
- Eggs (up to 3 per day)
- Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
- Whole grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
- Veggies (Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Bean Sprouts, Beet Greens,Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Collard Greens,Cucumber)
- Fruits (all types of berries and lemons)
DO NOT EAT:
- Dairy (avoid dairy for at least 20 days)
- Avoid sugar and sweeteners
- Avoid all grains
- Avoid beans and legumes
- Avoid beer
ALSO MAKE SURE TO AVOID:
- Calorie restricted diets
- Low fat diets
- Very low carbohydrate diets
START EXCERCISING AT LEAST 1 HOUR PER DAY LIKE:
AFTER A MONTH START DOING HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE FROM 1 TO 3
TIMES A WEEK, LIKE:
- Body weight exercises
- Weight lifting exercises
Source: Healthy Food House