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17 Weight Loss Tips- Simply Check Your Thyroid

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A  Healthy Thyroid Equals Balanced Weight loss

 

  1. Your thyroid dictates much of your metabolism, any malfunction or disease afflicting this area may cause you to have problems in metabolism leading to a drastic problem with your weight so you may either gain weight, lose weight, or may find that losing weight is harder than usual.
  2. Those that plan diets do not consider how their thyroid plus metabolism may affect their weight loss program. Most experts and even the media pitch in and recommend that the best way to lose weight is to cut down calorie intake.
  3. Those with a condition called hyperthyroidism suffer from an overactive thyroid leading to one having his or her metabolism skyrocket. If this is the case, then you will probably lose weight fast. This is a nice proposition for some who wish to lose weight. However, this is actually hazardous to the health.
  4. Aside from the medical difficulties such a disease brings, one will also notice weight problems as a result. These people have trouble keeping on weight and may notice weakness and bulging of the eyes. This disease may need special treatment from doctors.
  5. Hypothyroidism on the other hand works in the other direction by immediately slowing down the metabolism until the body gains weight at a regular rate. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes a general weakness in the body. It too may need special treatment and may cause serious health problems if left unattended.
  6. While cutting calories can be a challenge for most people to imagine, people involved in life and death struggles head to the supermarket to make serious decisions on whether to buy that extra box of sweets, or other foods they know aren’t quite healthy for them. Then some others have exactly the opposite problem.
  7. Instead of eating too many calories which is a problem in itself, they eat too little calories instead. The key is to find the midpoint. Balance.
  8. Problem? What Problem? The problem with some is that they believe that since the experts say that they have to cut calories, cutting calories to an inordinate amount will reap greater results. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. While cutting calories helps diets, consuming too little calories pushed the body into a hoard mode, the body’s metabolism slow to adapt to the lesser amount of available energy.
  9. If your body enters this mode, your body will work at such slow metabolism that losing weight becomes impossible. The technique here is to cut calories without the body slowing its metabolism. Only then can losing weight become easier.
  10. Another problem that can arise from decreased metabolism is that when your metabolism slows due to a drastic reduction in metabolism, and then you suddenly eat a good, hearty, calorie-filled meal, you are bound to gain more weight owing to the increased surplus of energy.
  11. This is why an imbalanced meal is highly discouraged among those that seek to lose weight. The sudden loss and increase of calories will cause an imbalance in a person’s energy consumption directly affecting fat deposit.
  12. Here is a simple computation to help you get to the right amount of calories you will need per day so that you get your nutrients in the right balance.
  13. First of all, multiply your weight in kilograms by 30. If you only know your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2 to get to its English equivalent. We divide this number by 30 because that is the number of calories you need to support your weight per pound of weight.
  14. For example if your weight in pounds is 150, divide it by 2.2. That will give you a figure of 68.18. This is your weight in kilograms. Multiply this by 30 and you will arrive at the amount of calories you will need per day to keep up 150 lbs.
  15. You may consult a nutritionist to help you come lose weight. In the end it all comes down to math. If you consume more that your body needs, it stores it as fat. Now is probably a good time to start studying the back of those grocery cartons.
  16. Try to keep your diet at a 40% protein, 25% fat, and 35% carbohydrate meals at 300 calories per meal. Spread out these meals in a day for best results.
  17. While it can be simple computation to get at numbers, do not forget the earlier mentioned fact that the body adapts to its condition. Expose it to extreme ones and you may find yourself getting results you never wanted. Consult a nutritionist for more advice.

 

Iodine : The essential trace element that is essential for the normal growth and development.

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Iodine is a trace mineral and it is important for the development and function of the body. Iodine is necessary for good thyroid function as well as proper regulation of the glands.  Iodine is necessary for healthy skin, hair, nail and proper wounds healing.  Iodine is essential for health  because without proper amount of iodine in the body it cannot produce thyroid hormonesthyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These two hormones are extremely important for regulating metabolism in every cell and controlling metabolic rate in the body.

Most of the iodine content in the body is stored in the thyroid gland and the rest is found in other locations of the body, such as, blood, salivary glands, mammary glands, etc.  It also plays an important role in maintaining optimum energy levels of the body by ensuring optimum utilization of calories, without allowing them to be deposited as excess fats.  Other benefits of iodine are removal of toxins from the body and assistance for the system in utilizing calcium and silicon. Iodine can significantly reduce conditions like fibrosis, turgidity and breast tenderness. Iodine acts as a relief for fibrocystic diseases and is widely used even in therapies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deficiency symptoms: Deficiency of iodine can have serious effects. The symptoms of iodine deficiency include Excessive sleepiness,  frustration, Rise in the cholesterol levels, Intolerance towards cold, swelling of the legs, depression, mental retardation, poor perception levels, rapid heart beat, goiter, abnormal weight gain, decreased fertility, coarse skin, chances of still birth in expectant mothers, constipation and fatigue. According to WHO reports, iodine deficiency is one of the leading causes of mental retardation all over.

Food Sources of Iodine: 

Iodine is present in large quantities in both marine plant and animals, including shellfish, white deep- water fish, and brown seaweed kelp, which can absorb iodine from sea water.  Bakers add iodine to bread dough as a stabilizing agent.

Fruits and Vegetable sources

Bladderwrack, Dulse, kelp, Irish Moss,  Red Marine algae,  Blue Green,  Hiziki, Arame, Wakame, and  all seaweed  contain dietary iodine. Asparagus, black walnut hulls,  cabbage, carrot, celery, chickweed, chlorella  cranberries,  cucumber, garlic,  grapes, lettuce,  lima beans,  mushrooms, navy bean,  orange,  pineapple, potatoes,  strawberries,  Swiss chard, summer squash, sesame seeds, soybeans, turnip greens , spinach, spirulina, watercress, white oak bark, are rich in iodine. Iodized salt is another important source of iodine.

In countries where iodine is deficient in the soil, rates of hypothyroidism, goiter and retarded growth from iodine deficiency are very high.

In developed countries, however, because iodine is added to table salt, iodine deficiencies are rare.

Selenium: The trace element that act as an antioxidant in the body.

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Selenium works with Vitamin E to prevent fat and cholesterol accumulation in the blood. It enhances skin and body tissues elasticity. Selenium strengthens immune function and protect the body from environmental and other toxins.  Selenium in the body is important in maintaining proper functioning of the immune and thyroid systems.

Selenium plays a vital role in working with the enzymes of the body and helping with the production of antioxidants. Antioxidants help in eliminating the free radicals of the body and thereby help in destroying these cancer producing cells of the body.

Foods with Selenium

Most fruits contain a small amount of selenium, but dates have a significant amount. (Bananas, Breadfruit, Guava, Lychee, Mango, Passion fruit, Pomegranate, Raisins,  Watermelon)

Vegetables: (Asparagus,  Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chives,  French Beans, Garlic, Kelp, Lima Beans, Mushrooms, Onions,  Parsnip, Peas, Raspberry leaf,  Spirulina, Spinach)

Most nuts contain selenium, but the following nuts have a significant amount:
Amaranth, Barley, Brazil Nuts, Buckwheat, Cashews, Coconut,  Fennel seeds, Mustard seeds, Peanuts, Rye, Sesame seed,  Sunflower seeds, Walnuts, Wheat – Durum, Wheat – Hard Red)

Most legumes are a good source of Selenium but these are the highest.
(Black Eye Peas,  Fava BeansGarbanzo Beans, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Navy Beans, Pigeon Beans, Pinto Beans, Soy Beans, Winged Beans)

Selenium Health Benefits

  • It helps in destroying the carcinogenic cells that produce cancer and lead to destruction of cells.
  • Due to its ability to produce a profusion of antioxidants, it has an anti-aging effect on the body.
  • Selenium and thyroid are dependent on the other and it is seen that selenium plays a vital role in the proper thyroid functioning.
  • Selenium also promotes the normal functioning of the liver and thereby keeps the system in good shape.
  • It slows the progress of the HIV AIDS virus.
  • It is also known to protect a person against several heart diseases as well.
  • Selenium benefits also include maintaining the quality of hair, skin and eye health.
  • It also helps to strengthen the immune system of the body by helping in the proper functioning of all the cells of the body.
  • There are also studies that are done which prove that it can help with the neutralization of varied toxins on the body like alcohol.
  • It increases the sperm motility in males.

Symptoms of Selenium Deficiency

  • When there are lowered selenium levels in the body, it lowers the immunity of the body and therefore it can lead to increased chances of several diseases attacking the body.
  • Of these autoimmune diseases, Keshan disease (enlarged heart), Kashin-Beck (osteoarthropathy) and Myxedematous Endemic Cretinism (Hypothyroidism leading to mental retardation) are the most common.
  • It makes a person more susceptible to developing cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • There are increased chances of developing thyroid problems.
  • It increases fatigue in the body.
  • Selenium deficiency can also lead to hair loss and weak nails.