Alternative Natural treatments for Hypothyroidism

Fruits and vegetables.Hypothyroidism is a very common medical condition triggered by insufficient thyroid hormone in a human body. While it needs medical attention to prevent the symptoms from taking toll on individual’s health, usage of medication to suppress symptoms may not always be the best solution because hypothyroidism is also triggered by a poor immune system. Alternative treatment of hypothyroidism is possible through dietary plan.

Hypothyroidism may also be treated by taking care of what food items are being taken and how much of them are being eaten. A good dietary plan goes a long way in keeping the immune system strong and hormone disorders at bay. Many people with hypothyroidism experience extreme fatigue. This generally makes them reach out for sugar or caffeine which is non-nutritional form of energy. They are terrible for health as they tend to burn out the thyroid and destabilize blood sugar. Besides caffeine and sugar, refined carbohydrates like flour are also treated like sugar by the body and therefore, do equal harm. It is advised to switch focus from grain-based carbohydrates to non-starchy vegetables for meals to reverse the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Protein transports thyroid hormone to the tissues and including it in meals can help in restoring normal thyroid function. The rich sources of protein include sustainably-farmed fish, hormone- and antibiotic-free animal products like organic, grass-fed meats and eggs etc., nuts and nut butters and legumes.

Only natural and healthy sources of fats should be included in food through flax seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish, nuts and nut butters etc. Food items like full fat cheese, yogurt and full fat cottage cheese and coconut milk products contain nutrients that are essential for good health. However, all these food items are beneficial to health only when they are free from hormones and antibiotics. Avoiding good fat will cause insufficient fat and cholesterol in the body which may worsen hormonal imbalance which also includes thyroid hormones. Avoiding good fat will cause insufficient fat and cholesterol in the body which may worsen hormonal imbalance including thyroid hormones.

In case of individuals suffering from Hashimoto’s, eating gluten can increase the autoimmune attack on the thyroid and therefore, the diet must be gluten free. Therefore, it is safe to avoid broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, rutabaga, , millet, strawberries, spinach, peaches, peanuts, watercress, soybeans and radishes. Glutathione is an antioxidant known for strengthening immune system and is one of the pillars of fighting Hashimoto’s. It boosts the body’s ability to regulate the immune system and helps to protect and heal thyroid tissues. A remarkable 20 percent of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria, so it’s best to supplement with pro-biotic which are friendly intestinal bacteria.

 
It is also important to identify and manage an individual’s food sensitivities. When an individual is sensitive to certain food items, no matter how healthy they are otherwise, the body sees the offending food items as an invader and triggers the autoimmune system of the body to respond to the event. For overall good health, an individual’s stressors must be dealt with and relaxation must be practiced to suppress the stress causing factors naturally. Thyroid gland is known to be very reactive to body’s response to stress and since it is also a sensitive gland, stress management takes priority for individuals with hypothyroid medical condition.

As a measure of precaution, one must ask for the thyroid collar when getting x-rayed at dentist’s because the thyroid is sensitive to radiation and thyroid cells may face damage in the process.

Hypothyroidism Misdiagnosed as Depression

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Hypothyroidism is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions and is mostly mistook to be depression, ADD, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. This condition is so easily misdiagnosed because it has very mild symptoms and the symptoms are also relate to mental disorders. Depression is one of the most common links that people make to the actual condition of hypothyroidism.

When someone’s body lacks the thyroid hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. It is a common condition and more than 10 million of Americans have it. And this figure is of those who are diagnosed – many others probably have it and do not know about it. This fact relates how easy it is to misdiagnose this condition and the fact that the symptoms of this condition are mild and severely relating to the symptoms of mental disorders, many either are completely unaware of the problem or misdiagnose it as depression.

Since the thyroid hormone relates to our metabolic system, one of the main symptoms is slow metabolism. Gaining weight rapidly and the inability to lose weight are both common symptoms of hypothyroidism. These two are elements that can further advance the other symptoms of hypothyroidism such as depression itself, irritability, weakness, nervousness, fatigue, muscle aches, etc. Imagine a person who often feels week, is irritable, gains weight fast, and is generally worn out – the first thing people will identify it as is depression, when in fact, it could be a case of hypothyroidism.

In fact, many psychiatrists make this common mistake as well. Since detecting medical disorders other than mental ones are not what they specialize in, if a person talks to them and relates these symptoms, they can easily label it as depression. Hypothyroidism is a vastly confused condition. To get the right diagnosis, it is always best to remember the symptoms if you show any of the symptoms see your Dr and have a test run on your thyroid. Do not identify it directly as a mental disorder, like depression, and head to the psychiatrist, it can do you well to also make a visit to a doctor and ensure it not a thyroid disorder you are suffering from first.

Depression Doesn’t mean Crazy

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For years I have joked about taking my crazy pills (prozac). Of course when I shared my feelings with the Dr. and how sad I was I was prescribed these pills to help me. After years of taking them and continuing to suffer those dark days. (which weren’t really my personality) I decided to start learning about my health both physically and mentally. Depression doesn’t mean I am crazy as I have thought for many years. What I have found is that depression is a side effect of many things and can be caused by many things. On my road to recovery from depression I have had to address lots of physical illnesses in order to take control of my life. If you are suffering from depression continue to read and see how many things from this list of 12 different medical and environmental conditions apply to you and your life. As you read take notes and start working on the real issues and the side effect (depression) will heal it’s self.

  1. Chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV, AIDS, Lupus, and multiple sclerosis that last for a long or cannot be cured completely can cause depression especially if your not eating a healthy diet, exercising and treating the illness.
  1. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is most commonly associated with winter blues, and it afflicts about 5% of Americans. But did you know that for less than 1% of those people, this form of depression strikes in the summer. Warm weather depression arises when the body experiences a “delay adjusting to new seasons,” says Alfred Lewy, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland.
  2. Thyroid Disease-When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, it’s known as hypothyroidism, and depression is one of its symptoms. The Thyroid hormone is multifunctional, but one of its main tasks is to act as a neurotransmitter and regulate serotonin levels. So if you have low thyroid hormone you will have low serotonin levels which leads to depression.
  1. Studies performed in 2010 suggest that video games and spending too much time in chat rooms and on social-networking sites suggest that this can be associated with depression, particularly in teens and preteens. Internet addicts often struggle with real-life human interaction and a lack of companionship, and they may have an unrealistic view of the world. Some experts even call it “Facebook depression.” Researcher found that they had a higher rate of moderate to severe depression.
  1. Where we live can effect depression. People have endless debates whether city or country life is better. But research has found that people living in urban settings do have a 39% higher risk of mood disorders than those in rural regions. A 2011 study in the journal Nature offers an explanation for this trend: City dwellers have more activity in the part of the brain that regulates stress. And higher levels of stress could lead to psychotic disorders.
  1. People who don’t eat fish or don’t eat fish very often are low in omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and vegetable oils, may be associated with a greater risk of depression. A 2004 Finnish study found an association between eating less fish and depression in women, but not in men. These fatty acids regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin, which could explain the link. Fish oil supplements may work too; at least one study found they helped depression in people with bipolar disorder.
  1. Birth Control like any medication can have side effects, but oral contraceptives contain a synthetic version of progesterone, which studies suggest can lead to depression in some women. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but if women have a history of depression or are prone to depression, they have an increased chance of experiencing depression symptoms while taking birth control pills. Some women just can’t take the Pill that’s when they need to start looking into alternative contraception, like a diaphragm, which doesn’t contain hormones.
  1. For many prescriptions Depression is a side effect. For example, Accutane and its generic version (isotretinoin) are prescribed to clear up severe acne, but depression and suicidal thoughts are a potential risk for some people. Depression is a possible side effect for anxiety and insomnia drugs, including Valium and Xanax; Lopressor, prescribed to treat high blood pressure; cholesterol-lowering drugs including Lipitor; and Premarin for menopausal symptoms. Read the potential side effects when you take a new medication, and always check with your doctor to see if you might be at risk.
  1. Unhappy sibling relationships with anyone can cause depression but a 2007 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that men who didn’t get along with their siblings before age 20 were more likely to be depressed later in life than those who did. It’s not clear what’s so significant about sibling relationships because the same was not true for relationships with parents.
  1. Sounds crazy but the sheer number of options available weather it’s breakfast cereal, appliances, or shampoo can be overwhelming. That’s not a problem for shoppers who pick the first thing that meets their needs, according to some psychologists. However, some people respond to choice overload by maximizing, or exhaustively reviewing their options in the search for the very best item. Research suggests that this coping style is linked to perfectionism and depression.
  1. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, but it could also increase the risk of depression. In 2007 a study found that when healthy participants were deprived of sleep, they had greater brain activity after viewing upsetting images than their well-rested counterparts, which is similar to the reaction that depressed patients have, noted one of the study researchers“If you don’t sleep, you don’t have time to replenish [brain cells], the brain stops functioning well, and one of the many factors that could lead to is depression,” says Matthew Edlund, MD, director of the Center for Circadian Medicine, in Sarasota, Fla., and author ofThe Power of Rest.
  1. Smoking has been linked to depression, but it could also be that depression leads to the habit. But nicotine affects the neurotransmitters in the brain, causing higher levels of dopamine and serotonin ( which is also what antidepressant drug do to) Which may explain the addictive nature of the drugs and mood swings that come with withdrawals. Avoiding cigarettes and staying smoke free could help balance your brain chemical.Check out my New Book “ Out of Depression Into Positive Thinking” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TJB778E

Hypothyroidism and Medical Testing and Treatment

blood screening health conceptThyroid is a hormone responsible for efficient running of metabolism in humans. Hypothyroidism means low production of thyroid hormone in body. Individuals with this medical condition show symptoms associated with slow metabolism. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism is not really something to panic about as this is a common medical condition. Going by the statistics, approximately 10 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism. It is so common that millions of people do not even know that they are suffering from this medical condition.
There are two common causes of presence of less than sufficient thyroid hormone in humans. The first cause is a result of currently on going or previous inflammation of the thyroid gland. It damages a large percentage of the thyroid cells making them dead or incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the individual’s own immune system.

The second cause is known as after effects of medical treatments.  The treatment of many thyroid conditions may warrant surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland. In such cases, if the total mass of cells that produce thyroid left within the body are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the individual develops hypothyroidism.

Doctors often suggest tests for hypothyroidism for older women, pregnant women and women planning to start a family as they are more prone to suffer from this medical condition. The clearest symptoms include increased tiredness, dry skin and constipation. Diagnosis of hypothyroidism is based on the symptoms and the results of blood tests of the individual. The blood tests measure the level of TSH and the level of the thyroid hormone – Thyroxine. An abnormal condition or underactive thyroid is identified by low level of Thyroxine and high level of TSH. An individual’s pituitary produces more TSH to stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone to overcome the state of hypothyroidism.

By using the sensitive TSH test, doctors are able to diagnose thyroid disorders much earlier than the symptoms surface. For diagnostics, TSH test is the best screening test and therefore, doctors are more likely to check TSH first and then follow with a thyroid hormone test in cases where it is needed. TSH tests also help the doctor in determining the right dosage of medication, both initially and over time to manage hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism may show different symptoms to different extent in different people. Any kind of medication without a qualified doctor’s supervision must be avoided. A doctor, after conducting the tests and studying the symptoms as mentioned above, prescribes the dosage of medicines or schedules the treatment accordingly. Standard treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine. It helps restore adequate hormone levels and reverses the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. The medication also helps in gradually lowering cholesterol levels elevated by the disease and may reverse any weight gain. Treatment with levothyroxine usually lasts life time but the dosage required by an individual may change and therefore, doctors are likely to suggest annual check up of the individual’s TSH level.

How Movement and Social Contact Helps Depression

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Humans have a profound need to connect with others and gain acceptance into social groups People form bonds readily and organize much of their behavior around establishing and maintaining those bonds. Further, people suffer when relationships deteriorate and social bonds are severed. Although feeling disconnected from others and experiencing a lack of belonging bothers everyone, depressed people may be particularly sensitive to these painful social encounters

Social Connections: WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT

Avoiding social contact is a common pattern you might notice when falling into depression. Some people skip activities they normally enjoy and isolate themselves from the world. Others turn to alcohol or junk food to mask their pain and unhappiness.

Researchers have found that joining or being part of a social group can alleviate depression and prevent re-occurrence and the more the contributions of those who suffer this ailments, the better the results.  Many patients said the groups made them feel supported because everyone was “in it together.” They were no longer lonely, no feelings of self-hate, antisocial feelings and lack of enthusiasm for living.

Although maintaining relationships with friends and family can be an effective way of dealing with depression symptoms, it also can be one of the toughest things for a person with depression to do. “One of the common symptoms of depression is social isolation,” says Jennifer L. Payne, MD, PhD, assistant professor and co-director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

However, it depends on the willingness of the patient whether he or she is ready to get off the ailment.

For example: The patients either joined a community group with activities such as sewing, yoga, sports and art, or partook in group therapy. Those who did not identify strongly with the social group had about a 50 percent likelihood of continued depression a month later. But of those who developed a stronger connection to the group and who came to see its members as “us” rather than “them,” less than a third still met the criteria for clinical depression after that time.

So If you fell depression coming on Get active, see friends and family. Make new friends, Join a Zumba, reading, cooking, hiking or biking group just get buzy moving to chase that depression away.

 

 

 

Inactivity and How It Relates To Depression

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Have you ever experienced the feeling of not wanting to live? Have you had those feelings where nothing in life has any meaning? , and dreams and aspirations lose all meaning?

We all have experienced times when life overwhelms us, and when just coping with everyday, life takes the very life out of us. Do you know that feelings of self-hate, antisocial feelings – even fear of mixing with people, lack of enthusiasm for living, are symptoms of depression?

Researchers followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years. They assessed exercise levels and waistlines and recorded every death. It was however observed that Depression is one of the four most common problems managed in general practice, Patients with depression presenting to general practice typically report prolonged fatigue, sleep disturbance and musculoskeletal aches and pains together with mood, anxiety or neurocognitive symptoms. Their lives were shortened and while they do live, they are unable to think healthfully and to work healthfully. Their mind’s eye has been diseased;

Depression is a real illness that impacts the brain. The inception and recurrence of depression have been linked to a wide range of risk factors including genetic, developmental, family, social and current environmental factors. It is important to assess the psychosocial health of people with other chronic disease conditions, because depression is very common and frequently overlooked.

Depression is a cruel condition which might take years to trace its cause.

The major causes of depression

  • Food sensitivities

  • Antagonist chemical substances that have found their way into the body

  • Stimulants

  • Sadness and complaining

  • Inward focus action

  • Current circumstances and unpleasant memories

  • Inactivity

Inactivity

The researchers say that lack of physical activity has long been associated with an increased risk of death, independent of people’s status. The researchers’ assessed activity levels in general by combining occupational and recreational activity levels. Thus, Physical activity was then categorized into four groups: Active, moderately active, moderately inactive, and inactive

Physical inactivity is now understood to be a modifiable risk factor for depression and other chronic diseases, in addition to its better-known links with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and obesity. Epidemiological evidence, backed the supposition that the risk of depression is inversely associated with physical activity

University of Cambridge researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were due to inactivity,

 Depression is associated with physical inactivity, and low levels of physical activity have been shown in some cohorts to be a fractional arbitrator of the relationship between depression and cardiovascular events and mortality. Obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand.

However, it is known that thin people have a higher risk of health problems (Depression) if they are inactive. The bidirectional relationship between depression and inactivity portrays depression, leads to a reduced activity level, and depressive symptoms then become more severe.  If depression leads to reduced physical activity, it is highly likely that the reduced activity will, in turn, lead to further depression and individuals may fall into an inactivity entrapment from which there is no return.

 Physical inactivity as well as depression was significantly associated with the female gender, increasing age, low socioeconomic status and the presence of a somatic disorder. Physical inactivity accounted for a significant proportion of the risk of cardiovascular mortality due to depressive symptoms in older adults, regardless of coronary heart disease status.

Depressive symptoms and physical inactivity each independently increased the risk of cardiovascular mortality and were strongly associated with each other. Individuals with both depressive symptoms and physical inactivity had greater cardiovascular mortality than those with either individually. 

It can be difficult for people with severe depression to decrease their inactivity. Health experts advise people with depression to try to increase physical activity for its physical and psychosocial benefits.

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Treat Your Depression Naturally

Depression and Treating It Naturally

Depression is a serious condition. It’s also, unfortunately, a common one. The World Health Organization characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime.

Depression does not discriminate; it’s no respecter of anyone. Men and women of any age, educational level, and social and economic background suffer from depression. There is no area of life that does not suffer when depression is present. Marriage, parenting, friendships, careers, finances – every aspect of daily living is compromised by this disease.

The tribulations caused by depression are made worse by the fact that most people suffering from the disease are never diagnosed, let alone treated. The good news is that when depression is promptly identified and treated, its symptoms are manageable and there are many effective strategies for living with the disease. Depression and bipolar disorder are both treated most effectively in their earliest stages when symptoms are less severe.

Could you be suffering from Depression?

If one is in doubt of whether one is under the tribulations of depression. The best thing to do is to contact a healthcare provider. Together with the healthcare provider one can find out whether what you are experiencing is depression or bipolar disorder.

How is depression treated?

There are several strategies for treating depression. Depending upon each individual’s characteristics and symptoms, healthcare professionals may employ one or more types of psychotherapy.

NATURAL TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back.

Different ways of treating Depression naturally include:

  • Exercise: Exercising your body boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins.   It also has long-term benefits for people with depression. It should be part of your therapy. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help.

  • Meditation and Relaxation: is a form of relaxation intended to clear your mind by focusing on the breath. Research however has it that daily meditation can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression

This helps to cultivate an attitude of openness and acceptance, which may have antidepressant effects.

  • Guided Imagery and Music Therapy: Guided imagery is a form of meditation in which you envision a goal in as much detail as you can. This technique uses the power of positive thinking to help attain something specific, like happiness.

Music therapy has been used to help improve the moods of people with depression. Sometimes it involves listening to music that promotes relaxation and positivity. Other times, it involves singing as a form of therapy.

One study showed that both of these therapy types could help decrease stress and improve mood.

  • Drink green tea- Hot Kava Teas

Kava is a root from the kava plant that’s known for its sedative and anesthetic properties. It’s most commonly used as an ingredient in relaxing teas. Areas of the South Pacific, including Hawaii, have used kava for stress release, mood elevation, and other calming effects.

In fact, its relaxing effects have been likened to benzodiazepines. Research has shown that kava is safe and effective in treating tension and anxiety, which may help ease depression symptoms.

  • Do something new: 

When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different.

  • Challenge negative thoughts:

In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions.

  • Get enough sleep

  • Eat healthy. 

  • Try to have fun. 

If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? “That’s just a symptom of depression,” – You have to keep trying anyway.

  • See Therapist

Talk to your doctor before starting any alternative treatment.

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