For years, I’d struggled with my weight. I’d tried so many different ways to lose my unwanted and unappealing fat, but anything that succeeded was heartbreakingly temporary. Until one day, topping the scales at what I’ll call 90-ish kg, I bent over side ways and noticed a spare tyre in my way. Enough was enough. I had to discover why I struggled to lose weight, even though I didn’t overeat and regularly exercised.
What I discovered astounded me, and helped me to lose more than 25kg and keep it off permanently.
But first, let me ask you a question.
Do you suffer from several of these signs and symptoms?
Weight gain & trouble losing weight
Irregular menstrual cycles, infertility & miscarriage
Scalp hair loss & loss of the outer 1/3 of your eyebrows
A lump in your throat
Cold hands, feet, actually a cold whole you!
These are the signs and symptoms of a sluggish thyroid gland, also called hypothyroidism. This discovery enabled me to correct this problem and was one of the critical keys in my (easy) weight loss.
Funnily though, I was told my thyroid blood tests were ‘normal’.
If you have been told by your health professional that your thyroid has been tested and is ‘normal’, be careful before you believe this. This issue drives me INSANE! Hypothyroidism can completely devastate your body and your quality of life… and it increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
When it comes to your thyroid, if it walks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. If you have only had your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) tested this is not enough… but if you do have this test result, read it. The correct reference range is 1 – 2/2.5µIU/mL, not the 0.5-4 or 5µIU/mL many pathology laboratory’s give as their ideal reference range. In fact, research has shown that if your TSH is above 2.5µIU/mL, you are more likely to have subclinical hypothyroidism and suffer from cardiovascular disease.
It is also very helpful to have your T4, T3, reverse T3 and thyroid autoantibodies assessed. It was these further tests that showed I did have a thyroid issue, and I often see this in patients as well.
How can you naturally boost your thyroid health?
The worldwide leading cause of hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency. Iodine can be taken as a supplement, and can be found in foods like sushi, oysters, scallops, kelp, fish paste, and if you’re feeling adventurous sea vegetables, along with foods such as radishes, onions, cocoa powder and watercress.
Other great thyroid boosting nutrients include selenium, zinc, magnesium and omega 3 fats.
It is possible to reduce – even completely eliminate – hypothyroidism, and to successfully and permanently lose weight as well.
And, it feels great!
Yours In WellBeing,
Dr. Rebecca Harwin
International Health Author, WellBeing Expert & Chiropractor
International author, PCOS expert and experienced clinician Dr. Rebecca Harwin has been helping people to improve their health for many years. Dr. Rebecca has completed eight years of intensive University study, and holds three undergraduate degrees; a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science), and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology).
She has also completed thousands of hours of further health studies.