CAN MY THY­ROID CON­DI­TION BE RE­VERSED?

Friday - - Beauty -

Q I have thy­roid prob­lems. Can the con­di­tion be re­versed? A To be hon­est, I’d say it is eas­ier to re­verse type 2 di­a­betes than a thy­roid prob­lem be­cause the former is a life­style disor­der while the lat­ter is an au­toim­mune is­sue.

When your thy­roid hor­mone lev­els plum­met your meta­bolic rate drops, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for your body to func­tion ef­fi­ciently. Los­ing weight be­comes hard, en­ergy lev­els are com­pro­mised, your me­tab­o­lism crashes and it also neg­a­tively af­fects your hair. While re­vers­ing it com­pletely is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, man­ag­ing it is rel­a­tively easy. If you have thy­roid-re­lated prob­lems, one of the things you can aim for is to keep your dosage min­i­mal and keep bring­ing down the po­tency of the pill by grad­u­ally im­prov­ing your me­tab­o­lism. Step­ping up the amount of pro­tein you con­sume by 30 per cent and mak­ing sure you in­clude weight train­ing as part of your health regime are two sure ways to im­prove your me­tab­o­lism. Mus­cle is an ac­tive tis­sue and burns four times the amount of calo­ries com­pared to fat. Im­prov­ing your body com­po­si­tion is one way your meta­bolic rate will im­prove.

Steer­ing clear of in­flam­ma­tory foods such as sugar, gluten and dairy is a good idea too. If your thy­roid hor­mones are com­pletely out of align­ment, then I would rec­om­mend a 12-week meta­bolic cleanse where you keep off all grains un­til your lev­els sta­bilise and grad­u­ally re-in­tro­duce them.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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