Thyroid diseases were very rare in the past but they have reached epidemic numbers lately. The latest results are because more then 90% of hypothyroid diseases started with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s disease that goes after your thyroid. Because your immune system has stopped recognizing your thyroid as part of your body Hashimoto’s attack your thyroid. Basically your thyroid is genetically weakened because you are like the rest of us in todays environment you are toxic and possibly stressed from living in a toxic, polluted and stressed world. Because of this over exposure to toxins your immune system becomes confused and attacks your most vulnerable gland your thyroid. The result of of which is your thyroid is unable to supply the hormones as it was designed to do and so you end up with something called hypothyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. Because the main function of thyroid hormone is to “operate your body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that a person with this condition usually will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. The estimates vary, but about 10 million people in the US have this common medical problem. The fact is, as many as 10% of women has some level of thyroid hormone deficiency. Hypothyroidism is more common than you may think, and millions of people are currently hypothyroid and and are not aware of it.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance (Cant stand cold temperatures)
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
Naturopaths often recommend certain vitamins and essential oils for depression. Researchers have studied the usefulness of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, but results have been inconsistent. Low levels of vitamin B6 and B12 have also been implicated in depression, according to the natural medical studies.
Most depressed people often feel lethargic and lack motivation to take part in physical exercise, expert research has suggested it can often provide some therapeutic benefits. Exercise may increase levels of certain increase to neurotransmitters in the brain, reduce immune system chemicals that contribute to depression and increase body temperature, according to the clinical studies. Any type of activity that increases movement and blood flow may be effective.
Other Naturopathic Approaches
There are other natural approaches for dealing with depression. Trying things like meditation, yoga and massage may help to achieve a calmer mental state and relaxed feeling. Some research has suggested that acupuncture may relieve depression as effectively as an antidepressant. Alternative medicine practitioners may recommend certain homeopathic remedies for depression.
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