So the past few days we've been talking about the "thyroid gland" and its destruction.
Well today we're going to talk about "Hashimoto's and "hypothyroidism".
So let's better understand . . .
"Hashimoto's disease" is another autoimmune disorder that can cause "hypothyroidism" which is an "underactive" thyroid function. Again . . . with this disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and at this point the thyroid becomes "damaged" and can't make "enough" thyroid hormones to make the "metabolism" of the body function correctly.
We spoke yesterday about Graves' disease causing "hyperthyroidism" making the thyroid gland produce "too many" thyroid hormones in the blood. Well . . . as you can see . . . "hypothyroidism" is just the opposite causing the production of "too few" thyroid hormones in the blood.
Which in both diseases, messes up the "metabolism" of the body. You're either burning "too many" calories . . . or "not enough".
Some of the symptoms of "Hashimoto's disease" or "Hypothyroidism" are fatigue, increased sensitivity to "cold" (remember Hyperthyroid was sensitivity to "heat"), constipation, dry skin, weight gain (Hyperthyroid was weight loss), puffy face, hoarseness, muscle weakness, feeling sad or depressed or pale skin.
Since "hypothyroidism" is an" underactive" thyroid gland that can lead to inadequate production of thyroid hormones . . . it can also slow vital body functions such as facial expressions, speech, eyelids drooping and the eyes, face becoming puffy, reduced energy levels and reduced bowel movements. In this case . . . Everything slows down.
And unfortunately . . . this malfunction affects 1 in 7 adults in the United States.
Now "Hashimoto's" is also known as "Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis", an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies are directed to attack the thyroid gland leading to chronic inflammation. This inflammation actually damages the thyroid where as in Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism, the thyroid is just producing to many hormones.
Again, with the cause being the "Silent Destroyers" that we consume every day that are lurking deep within us.
So how can we fix this problem?
First and foremost, we must eliminate this "silent destroyer". There's also an amino acid that helps to reduce thyroid antibodies, supports detoxification pathways (which are usually impaired in Hashimoto's) and supports gut function. People with Hashimoto's have impaired ability to clear toxins out of the body caused by leaky gut and lectins.
When taking this amino acid orally, it turns into an antioxidant which supports liver function and helps clear the liver of heavy metals and toxins. I won't get scientific on you, but it helps to reduce oxidative stress (free radicals) by neutralizing the hydrogen peroxide in the body which causes damage to the thyroid gland. Oxidative stress is involved with Hashimoto's.
Now . . . it's also a precursor to the antioxidant "Glutathione" and protects against oxidative stress. A depletion of glutathione levels has been implicated with higher levels of thyroid antibodies and Hashimoto's.
Simply said . . . the lower the glutathione . . . the higher the antibodies . . . and the higher the levels of TSH, suggesting "hypothyroidism". And as a precursor to glutathione, it can help to optimize glutathione levels and reduce thyroid antibodies. Therefore, reducing "hypothyroidism" and "Hashimoto's".
So the biggest factor to treating "hypothyroidism" and "Hashimoto's" is eliminating this "silent destroyer" and adding into the body specific amino acids to help heal the damage of the thyroid and correct the amount of thyroid hormones that are produced.
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