CAN MY THYROID CONDITION BE REVERSED?
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