Thyroid health is extremely important but most people don’t know much about it. Before we dive into coconut oil for thyroid health and Hashimoto’s specifically, let’s talk thyroid basics.
Why Is The Thyroid Important?
Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the base of your neck just below your Adam’s apple. It is a major part of the endocrine system.
Your thyroid produces two main hormones called T3 and T4, which travel through your blood to all parts of your body, influencing the function of your body’s most important organs, including your heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.
The hormones your thyroid produces control the rate of many activities in your body, including how fast your heart beats and how fast you burn calories, which is known as your metabolism. When your thyroid is working properly, it will create the right amount of hormones needed to keep your metabolism working at a steady rate.
Your thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland checks the number of thyroid hormones in your blood and then tells your thyroid to make more or less.
In order to produce its hormones, the thyroid uses iodine, which comes from the food you eat. Typically, your thyroid is constantly producing just the right amount of hormones to keep your body running normally. However, sometimes outside forces such as disease, damage to the thyroid, or medications can impact your thyroid’s function.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune ailment and the main cause of hypothyroidism. This disease causes massive inflammation of the thyroid glands which results in low production of thyroid hormones and gradually leads to hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s is called an autoimmune disease because the immune system produces antibodies that attack the tissues in one’s own body.
This disease is more usually observed in people between the age group of thirty to fifty. Women, unfortunately are more susceptible to Hashimoto’s Disease.
The symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease change as the stage progresses and severity increases.
Symptoms in the early stages of Hasimoto’s:
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Intolerance towards cold
- Pale skin
- Brittle nails that break easily
- Thinning of hair
- Feeling of depression
Symptoms in the later stages of Hasimoto’s:
- Decreased sense of smell and taste
- Face, hands and feet become swollen
- Sore throat
- Dryness of the skin
- Menstrual periods become irregular
- Losing hair from the eyebrows
- Slow Speech
These symptoms may also be observed anytime:
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in other parts of the body
- Hair loss
- Stiffness in the joints
- Dryness in the hair
- Reduced coordination in body movements
- Muscle atrophy, pain and cramps.
Conventional Treatment of Hashimoto’s
In order to treat hypothyroidism, the medical establishment prescribes synthetic hormone pills to patients, and they must continue taking them for the rest of their lives. This is because the drugs cause the body to stop producing its own thyroid hormones.
The tests for hypothyroidism are often unreliable, and multiple consecutive tests frequently produce differing results. Some people take prescription thyroid medication for the rest of their lives for a disease that they did not actually have until they began the drug regimen. Obviously this should be avoided.
Safer, all-natural hormones were banned by the F.D.A. by the way. But that is an entirely different article.
Let’s talk about coconut oil for thyroid health, specifically Hashimoto’s
Quick disclaimer – I am required to clearly state that I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I pretend to be one on this site. Take what I write as a launching off point to do your own research. My advice, experience, and suggestions are not to be considered medical advice.
Many natural remedies have been able to successfully aid those suffering from Hashimoto’s and other thyroid disorders. Coconut oil for thyroid health has been considered an underground remedy if you will. But if you have Hashimoto’s Disease or Hypothyroidism then including coconut oil in your diet will be one of the best things you can do in my humble opinion.
How Does Coconut Oil Work For Thyroid Health?
Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is mainly composed of medium chain fatty acids. The fatty acids in the oil are known as MCTs or medium chain triglycerides. These medium chain fatty acids can increase your metabolism, raise your basal body temperature and promote weight loss and increase energy. Furthermore, over 50% of the MCTs are Lauric acid. Lauric acid is an essential fatty acid that is utilized by your body to build and maintain your immune system. All of these factors combined have a positive effect on the thyroid gland.
There are a couple of other no less important fatty acids present in coconut oil that help maintain a healthy body. Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated fat that is has been a staple of the weight loss industry and is typically sold as a supplement known as CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. Usually sold in softgel capsule form this “good” fat has been shown to promote body fat reduction in several clinical studies.
The other compound is Oleic acid which is an omega-9 fatty acid. Just like in coconut oil this acid is also the main compound present in extra-virgin olive oil, another good oil to promote healthy eating. This acid has been shown to raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels while lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
Consuming a minimum of 4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day is ideal for anyone wanting to support hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s. This sounds like a lot of coconut oil but it really isn’t. If you need some ideas on how to get enough coconut oil in your diet, visit How To Consume Coconut Oil.
There are other wonderful natural remedies which may also have a positive effect on reducing the symptoms of Hashimoto’s
Essential Oils – Myrtle, Myrrh, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Clove EO’s are all known for aiding in hypothyroidism and Hasimoto’s. You can apply these directly to your body or use them in a diffuser or as an inhalant. There are lots of great brands of essential oils. I love Plant Therapy and Rocky Mountain Oils.
Bach Flower Remedies – are useful in keeping many of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease as well as hypothyroidism under control. The following three Bach Flower essences are the most common essences used by Hashimoto’s disease patients. Learn more about Bach Flower Remedies in this fabulous resource.
- Wild Rose: Take two drops of wild rose essence and mix it in water. Sip this water throughout the day. This remedy manages tiredness and depression associated with Hashimoto’s disease. You can find Wild Rose Essence here.
- Elm: take two drops of elm essence and mix it in water again. Sip this water throughout the day. This remedy helps in restoring the health while suffering from Hashimoto’s disease. You can find Elm Essence here.
- Crab Apple: take two drops of crab apple essence and mix it in water again. Sip this water throughout the day to cleanse the body. You can find Crab Apple Essence here.
Milk Thistle Tea – also known as “holy thistle.” This herb, made into a tea, is known for its powerful detoxification properties. You can drink a cup of this tea every day to help aid in detoxification. Here is a good price on milk thistle and here is a great milk thistle tea.
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