Many of my friends and relatives are on thyroid medication because of a sluggish thyroid. When my metabolism started to slow down, I also worried I might have a slow thyroid. Turned out I did. Instead of taking Levothyroxin, which is the generic drug for Synthroid, I decided to try some natural cures I had read about.
I decided to start by changing my diet and eliminating all stimulants, including caffeine, from my diet. It was extremely difficult! In fact, I had to take naps every day for more than a month. But I finally began to feel more energy and lose weight.
Although I did not take Synthroid, my husband did for his low thyroid function. I talked to my doctor and researched the medication to find out more about Synthroid and thyroid problems.
Here are some of the key things to know if you are considering taking Synthroid or Levothyroxine:
What is Levothyroxine
Levothyroxine is a thyroid hormone. My husband was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which means his thyroid gland does not produce adequate amounts of the thyroid hormone.
What are some of the signs of low thyroid function?
People with low thyroid function may experience weight gain, hair loss, lack of energy and an increased sensitivity for cold. My husband often needs sweaters and can’t tolerate the colder months in Florida.
It’s not for obesity
Synthroid or Levothyroxin is not used to treat obesity for people who have a normal thyroid.
Don’t mix this drug
You should not take Levothyroxin with amphetamines.
Side effects of taking Levothyroixine
Some of the side effects include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, weight loss, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, insomnia, fever, changes to menstrual cycle
Natural alternatives for slow thyroid
Although I could also be taking Levothyroxin, I am the more “natural” person in the family. I decided to adopt a “thyroid diet.” Specifically, I followed the Type T/Thyroid Type diet outlined in the Dr. Abravanel book, “Body Type Diet.”
He has four diets geared for people whose metabolism is ruled by each of the four major glands including thyroid, adrenal or A Type , gonadal or G Type and pituitary or P Type .
My “natural cure” for hypothyroidism included eliminating coffee, black tea and other sources of caffeine. I reduced sugar, which is also a stimulant. I cut back on white flours, white rice. I drank raspberry leaf tea, which is supposed to be good for the thyroid and contains no caffeine.
After a few months, I noticed I was feeling better. I lost weight and felt more alert and alive. Meanwhile, I asked my husband if he was feeling more energetic after taking the Synthroid for almost six months. He said he had not noticed much of an improvement. He will have to report back to his doctor and find a solution so he can keep up with his energetic wife!
Source: Levothyroixine: PubMed Health
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