Lacking energy? Gaining weight too easily? Having problems remembering things? Forget why you went into that room? These are all signs that your body’s accelerator (the thyroid) may not be working as it should.
Your thyroid gland – that’s the butterfly-shaped gland at the bottom of your neck – is like the accelerator in your car. It controls the speed of the engine – in the case of the body, the metabolism.
A sluggish thyroid makes the heart to beat slower than it should, resulting in poor circulation – cold feet and hands, unhealthy hair, skin and nails. Less energy due to a slow metabolism is also probably why one has trouble remembering.
When it’s extremely hot, the sluggish blood stream fails to cool the body properly and you suffer from heat. In mildly hot weather, one probably feels fine. “That’s the kind of weather I like”.
An iodine-deficient thyroid causes too little food to be burned in the body – another reason one suffers from cold, lack of pep, and why one gains weight easily, the same lack of vitality shown by low blood pressure and a tendency toward constipation. A small amount of iodine may seem unimportant, but it can make the difference between feeling rotten and being on top of the world.
A slight thyroid deficiency, caused by a lack of iodine, can result in overweight, lack of drive (including sex drive) and energy, sluggish thinking, low blood pressure, anemia, sensitivity to cold and heat, reduced circulation causing cold hands, feet, falling hair and brittle fingernails.
A severe deficiency of iodine results in goiter. (If the thyroid has not been injured, the condition can be corrected with a good diet, rich in iodine.)
Sources of iodine are unrefined salt, sea foods and seaweed (or dulse), kelp, etc. There are many areas in the USA that are iodine-deficient, particularly the Mid-West.
Vitamins D and B complex are important in stimulating normal activity of the thyroid gland and vitamins A and C in preventing infections of the gland.
In the case of Exophthalmic* goiter, the diet should be unusually rich in protein, the B vitamins, vitamin A, iodine, and calcium.
It is especially important to ensure that you have sufficient iodine after radioactive fallout such as occurred in Japan and here in the USA. Radioactive fallout does not take boundaries into consideration as it drifts in the atmosphere. Sufficient iodine prevents destruction from radiation so be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist about this. The best doctor to consult is one who also practices nutrition and is not locked into the medical modality. He/she should be one who understands the workings of the body and the role of nutrition in healing and maintaining good health.
*Having or characterized by protruding eyes.
Excerpted from You Can Get Well by Adelle Davis
Please note: we are not doctors. If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition, please consult your medical doctor for advice. We do, however, urge you to see a doctor who understands nutrition’s role in resolving any health problems you have.