Does anyone of you remember of a time when hypothyroidism was unheard of ? Of course not. It was during the times of our grandparents. In the present world, we are too familiar with that condition. Why is that so? We know that there is a huge increase in the number of people affected from thyroid problems particularly hypothyroidism. What’s the reason for this? Let’s go through the recent findings on this below.
Amino Acids: The body needs amino acid balance that is achieved when you eat the “whole animal.”, including the bone broth and organ meats. If this intake is not proper, the liver health becomes detrimental. If your liver is malnourished by not eating enough of the right kind of proteins, it can have a detrimental effect on thyroid hormone conversion.
Crazy Workouts and Diets: The present generation have a tendency to reduce food intake and workout like crazy. But this is wrong. It leads to chronic energy deficiency. Our body perceives this reduced energy levels and food levels as food scarcity. It reduces the energy consumption by slowing down certain body function and retaining only the vital ones. Thyroid hormone generation is one of the functions that is slowed down. Our body, then chooses short term survival over long term health.
PUFA – The Silent Killer: PUFA stands for polyunsaturated fats. Today, everything from dressing salads, processed foods to mayo contains a PUFA. PUFA blocks thyroid hormone secretion. Not just that it inhibits enzymes that helps in blood clot removal and digestion. It is totally unnecessary unless you insist not to cook at home from scratch. This is something that our grandparents did. They used saturated fats like butter, coconut oil and traditional fats, instead of PUFA, which turns out to be a lot more healthier.
Bad Digestion: As a recent trend, we tend to have an increased intake of nuts, quinoa, soy and kale. But did you know that these are hard to digest foods? These hard to digest food are poorly digested and results in gut irritation.This leads to an increase in endotoxin, which in turn suppresses thyroid function. Say no to these indigestible foods and live a happy life without hypothyroidism, with easily digested food.
Low Carb and Low Calorie: Low carb low calorie diet was always the rave in the dieting world for the past few decades, but not during our grandparents’ times. It provides a quick but short term weight loss. But as the downside, it leads to the lowering of body metabolism. This impacts the active thyroid hormone levels and leads to hypothyroidism. According to The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, dietary carbohydrates are an important regulatory factor in T3 production.
Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, agrees: “The liver provides about 70% of our active thyroid hormone, by converting thyroxine to T3, but it can provide this active hormone only when it has adequate glucose.”
Fluoride in Water: As an initiative to help prevent dental caries, fluoridated water started reaching all the houses in USA by 1960s. But the recent studies showed that this fluorine content leads to hypothyroidism. So, what does that mean? It’s high time that you invest in a good water filtration system in your home.
Increased Calcium Intake: Nowadays people are more exposed to calcium than potassium. Yes, we need calcium for better bones and hair. But what everyone doesn’t know is hypothyroidism is heavily impacted by the calcium and potassium ratio. Higher the ratio, lower will be the functioning of Thyroid hormones. So as the calcium content in our body increases, so the functioning will become worse. Then some may argue that we can increase the intake of potassium. But it may lead to drastic weight loss, read too skinny.
Medicine, Medicine Everywhere: We feel fatigue and tired all the time. What do we do these days? Go straight to the Doc and a medicine is prescribed. We take the dose and feel better again. We are really happy with the results. But what happens after that? We still continue our old routines and diet. As a result the cycle goes round and round and round. Instead of changing our lifestyle, we try to fix it with medicines.