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Understanding Thyroid Disorders and Metabolism Enhancement

It can be frustrating when weight loss is complicated by a metabolic distress that is caused from thyroid problems.

Dr. Leia points our questioner to specialized resources that will aid her in better understanding her underlying symptoms and conditions.

D. Leia also provides information for knowledgable approaches on diet and food choices to offer metabolic support for an overstressed or inflamed thyroid.

Hashimoto’s Disease and Fat Burning Herbs

Patient Getting Check UpQuestion for Dr. Leia: I have a question regarding adding metabolism enhancements or support while I am taking a prescription medication for Hashimoto’s Disease called Levothyroxine at 75 mg a dose.

I am sad and depressed because I just can’t lose weight and I have fat deposits in places where I’ve never been fat before.

Is it safe to take a fat burning herbs? I exercise fairly regularly and I still have joint stiffness and pain. I am still working on eating a better diet of low-fat, no sugars and raw foods much of the time. Thanks for any imput or insight you can provide.

Inflammation of the Thyroid Gland

Dr. Leia’s Answer: Hashimoto’s disease is also called chronic thyroiditis and is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. This chronic or long-term inflammation of the thyroid can lead to low thyroid hormones or hypothyroidism. Other names used for this same problem are: autoimmune thryoiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis.

The thyroid gland sits at the base of the neck and is the gland which is responsible for the regulation of the metabolism of the body, allowing us to have enough energy to lead a healthy, active life. When the thyroid hormones are low or depleted, then symptoms such as lethargy, fatigue, weight gain, constipation, irregular menses, dry scalp and skin, hair loss, and inability to concentrate and memory loss can occur.

Similarities to Hypothyroidism

Hashimoto’s disease is similar to hypothyroidism, but has the cause of inflammation of the thyroid gland. And this inflammation, in turn, may result in a decrease of the thyroid hormones T4 and/or T3. Hashimoto’s disorder usually has a slow insidious onset, taking months or years to progress. This disease affects women, especially mid-life women, more than it does men.

Fit WomanYou may first want to learn the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease to gain a deeper understanding of the these illnesses so you can better understand approaches you can take to build lifestyle choices centered around appropriate diet.

You can download a free ebook that will teach you more about thyroid problems along with information about the best diet choices. I have not read the ebook but it looks like it comes from a source who appears to share credible information on how to lose weight when your thyroid is not functioning properly.

I sincerely hope that this information will help answer many of your questions about diet and weight loss recommendations for a metabolic thyroid disorder. Fat burning herbs do not address the underlying issues. Taking steps to support your thyroid is your best approach. There are many natural approaches that can help balance your body, which will in turn support your thyroid.

It is wonderful that you are asking questions and taking your health seriously. By reading articles from credible sources it will certainly help, and with a little patience  while making some lifestyle choices you may be able to manage your weight and feel better, too.

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