Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland is not making enough of the thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland is a part of your endocrine system and the hormones this small organ produces are beneficial to almost every different body system.
When you have problems with a low thyroid production you will often feel fatigued, gain weight, have irregular menses or be incapable of conceiving, lose hair, become intolerant to cold temperatures, develop acne, and suffer many other symptoms, some which may be severe.
Treating the thyroid is complicated. You have to go to a doctor and have your blood checked to determine if you are in fact producing too little of the thyroid hormone. There are synthetic hormone replacement that can be prescribed by a doctor to regulate the thyroid levels in your body. You can also take supplements and improve some of the levels of certain trace minerals to help boost thyroid hormone production.
And The Best Vitamins Are …
- Selenium and Iodine
Selenium and Iodine are both elements that help to boost the activity of your thyroid production. Iodine is basically gotten by most Americans from iodized salt, but it is also found in seafood and shellfish. Selenium is a trace mineral that is found in some shellfish, in liver, and in wheat germ, brown rice, and Brazil nuts.
- Vitamin C
If you have a thyroid condition you will want to increase your consumptions of foods that contain vitamin C or start to include a vitamin C supplement. This vitamin boosts the immune system and is beneficial for all people with, or without, a thyroid condition.
- Vitamin B
The B vitamins are very important for people suffering from hypothyroidism. B complex vitamins like B6 and B3 are key in helping you fight off fatigue. Fatigue is one of the first indicators of hypothyroidism.
An imbalance in iron levels can lead to hypothyroidism. If you have already got a problem with your thyroid not producing adequate amounts of hormones then you have to increase your iron levels to keep from low iron levels complicating the condition.
It is recommended that you get all of these vitamins that you can from natural food sources. Sometimes we have to add a supplement to our diet because we simply cannot get enough of everything. Make certain that before you begin taking a supplement you ask your doctor what levels are considered best for someone of your age, sex, and physical make-up.
Selenium can be deadly in extreme cases if you take too much of it and each different age group is allowed to have different levels. The levels that a pregnant woman can have is higher than the levels of a non-pregnant. A woman that is lactating can have higher levels that a woman that is merely pregnant. You must ask your doctor what levels you can have and what vitamin supplements you should add to your diet to help improve your thyroid condition.
Some of the time when you increase your vitamin intake you naturally improve some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
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