Understanding Thyroid Health
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just below your 'Adam’s apple' at the base of your neck.
Brilliant ancient healers observed that Mushrooms share the signature pattern of the human thyroid and therefore they believed that eating mushrooms would deliver the nutritional qualities needed for the thyroid to remain healthy.
And guess what? Today's nutritional science proves that it's true. I'll explain why in a moment...
Even though your thyroid weighs less than an ounce, it has an enormous impact on your health because it stimulates hormonal function that regulates your metabolism - from your heart rate to how quickly you burn calories.
If your thyroid is 'over' or 'under' active, it means that there is a hormonal imbalance, which can lead to chaos in the body, showing up as symptoms of rapid weight gain or weight loss, sluggish metabolism, irregular heartbeat and nervousness or irritability.
Women are more likely to be diagnosed with hyperthyroidism than men. And not to be offensive here, but I do believe it's a disease that has become over-diagnosed, specifically targeted towards women and a 'bread and butter' dis-ease of the medical world.
The most common symptoms that will have your Doctor reaching for his or her prescription book and convincing you that you'll need to be on Thyroid meds for the rest of your life are:
- Constant fatigue
- Abnormal weight gain
- Changes in bowel patterns
- Changes in menstrual patterns
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscular weakness
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Nervousness and irritability
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias)
- Sudden weight loss, even when your appetite remains normal
- Constant sweating.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, think twice before falling for a diagnosis that will send you down a drug dependant path for life.
Your thyroid depends on Iodine to function at its optimum capacity.
And your Doctor probably won't tell you (and maybe has no idea) that Mushrooms contain the highest naturally occurring incidence of plant or phytolitic iodine of any food that has ever been studied - even more than sea kelp!
So eat Mushrooms regularly and you'll be supporting the optimum function of your thyroid.
And if you're already taking Thyroxine or any kind of thyroid drug, perhaps it's time that you cut back on the dosage and introduce 1 cup of Mushrooms into your diet every single day - throw them in salads raw, sautee them in olive oil or add them to soups and stews!
Other amazing foods for the thyroid include Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Almonds because they are a great source of tyrosine, an amino acid that your body uses to manufacture thyroid hormone. Munch on these regularly and/or snack on my handcrafted Pulse which contains them all!
Do that and pretty soon your thyroid will restore itself to full health, you'll be able to throw your medication in the trash and you'll notice the previous symptoms disappear.