Thyroid issues affect millions of people, and lead to weight gain or loss, constipation, fatigue, joint pain, libido loss, headaches, dizziness, ear ringing, hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue, cold sensitivity, insomnia, dry skin, cold feet and hands, infections, hoarse voice, and more.
Studies have shown that even 65% of the American population is overweight, and 27% of these people are obese.
Yet, these facts are alarming as they are directly related to the problems with the thyroid, as especially in women with hypothyroid disorders.
Coconut oil is saturated fat, meaning that it is stable and does not experience damage due to oxidation stress. Namely, this healthy oil prevents the conversion and processing of T3 and T4 hormones, needs no enzyme stress, and it does not need to be broken down with enzymes.
The liver experiences the oxidation damage and damage from rancid oils, conversions from T4 to T3, the elimination of long chain fats and the switch from medium chain fats (of coconut) can rebuild cell membranes and produce more enzymes.
Therefore, researchers recommend the intake of more polyunsaturated fats such as coconut oil, as it has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of thyroid issues.
This has also been confirmed in the cases of Donna and Sharon, who experienced the same problems.
Yet, Sharon started using this oil in September 2002, and it completely altered her life. She gained weight but her health was significantly improved.
She had do take Cytomel and Synthroid to treat her hypothyroid disorder, but the results were not improved. Therefore, she combined the intake of coconut oil with the elimination of trans fat, sugar, soy, and she occasionally cleansed her body.
When she stopped using the medication, as her doctor recommended, she became more energetic, and she could not sleep as long as previously.
She gained weight only during the first three weeks, and then it went down. Yet, when she wanted to remove coconut oil from her diet as soon as she was much better, she experienced fatigue.
Sharon, on the other hand, reported that she was sluggish, her metabolism was slow, and she gained weight, even if she was starving for 5 days.
Yet, after she introduced coconut oil into her diet, her body fat melted, her health improved, and she lost 20 pounds.
Therefore, we give you several tips to nourish the thyroid and maintain its optimal function:
- Consume healthy oils such as coconut and olive oil, butter
- Reduce the exposure to fluoride and mercury
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid salad dressings high in salt, and prepare your own at home
- Consume iodine-rich foods such as kelp, black seaweed, coldwater fish, kombu
- Take supplements: vitamin C, B, and E, zinc, selenium