Unlike hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism refers to a thyroid insufficiency, marked by a slowing of vital functions. When appearing in children, hypothyroidism can produce growth disorders. In this case, the child will stop growing in height, but will remain dwarf. Moreover, a child diagnosed with hypothyroidism will speak and walk later than normal. Dentition will also appear later than in normal children.
Hypothyroidism can be detected by controlling your daily temperature. For instance, if a person has a body temperature below 36.5 degrees Celsius for 3 consecutive days, the diagnosis is hypothyroidism. In case of hyperthyroidism, the investigated person must have higher values of 37 degrees Celsius.
Hypothyroidism can be triggered by a deficiency in vitamins and minerals. Lack of iodine causes growth of the gland cells and the disease or goiter – called Basedow. Specialist doctors recommend iodine, zinc, and thyroxine for the prevention or treatment of endemic goiter. In hypothyroidism, rest is extremely important. It is also essential to protect the liver and liver function through herbal teas.
Hypothyroidism affects all the processes occurring in the body. It usually lowers the pulse and produces constipation or hair loss. Adults may be experiencing all sorts of unpleasant symptoms: drowsiness during the day and insomnia at night, temperature and low blood pressure, rough, wet and cold skin, or a puffy face. In some cases, an underactive thyroid person may even experience memory problems and decreased alertness.
Oily, dry skin, regular infections, sensitivity to cold or biliary calculus are other symptoms of hypothyroidism. On the nervous depression may occur, headache, tiredness and hormonal or menstrual disorders.
The diet of those affected by hypothyroidism should contain more iodine. Avoid black radish and mustard, since these foods inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis. It’s highly recommended to follow a lacto-vegetarian based on more products rich in iodine:
• Fish – lobster, oysters, saltwater fish, ocean fish, seaweed, scallops, iodized sea salt
• Vegetables and fruits rich in iodine – garlic, onions, watercress, carrots, spinach, turnips, leeks, cabbage, tomatoes, grapes and pears.
Natural treatments for hypothyroidism
Sea grass. You can prepare a decoction of a teaspoon of sea grass and a cup of water. Drink 4 cups of this herbal tea a day. Or, you can make a sea grass soak: use a large part of algae grass and 10 parts of water. Allow it to soak for 4 hours.
Clay poultices. Clay is a miracle cure for goiter. Clay is applied directly on the skin, on the goiter. It should be kept there for throughout the night.