Thyroid problems can present themselves in many ways. You may be feel tired and sluggish, experience weight loss or gain, mood swings, brittle nails and a number of other symptoms. Standard medical treatments such as prescription medications may not suffice. An alternative, natural remedy is available: coconut oil.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism, body temperature, the body’s use of vitamins and the growth of tissue. A thyroid problem will usually fall into one of two categories:hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the hormone, so metabolism slows.
- Hyperthyroidism occurs when there is an abundance of the hormone being produced, causing the body’s processes to speed up. In the United States, nearly 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid dysfunction, many of them unaware of their problem. The majority of these individuals are women.
Replace Corn and Soy Oils
Coconut oil is derived from the coconut and contains a high level of saturated fats (the healthy fats!). It is commonly found in tropical countries such as India, Thailand and the Philippines. Once popular in the United States, coconut oil was replaced by the corn and soy industries. Soy and corn oils, however, have detrimental effects on thyroid function.
One research study reported goiter and elevated thyroid levels in adults who consumed 30 grams of pickled soybeans every day for one month. Once they stopped consuming the soybeans, their thyroid levels decreased and their goiters reduced in size.
Another study found that children fed soy formula as infants were more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease as teenagers. Dr. Ray Peat, a physiologist, says that the introduction of corn and soy oils into our diets has caused many hormonal changes, particularly with the thyroid. These oils block thyroid hormone secretion, which causes the body to become deficient in protective hormones such as progesterone and pregnenolone.
Fortunately, coconut oil has made a recent reappearance in Western culture because of its noted health benefits, including: immune system function, hair and nail growth, cholesterol maintenance and proper digestion.
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