Dr Oz: Foods That Boost Thyroid Function
Are you often feeling stressed out, foggy or just plain exhausted? If so, it could be a hormone problem that even your doctor cannot seem to figure out. Dr. Oz says the diagnosis doctors miss the most is Thyroid Disease, so today he is sharing the clues to help you figure out what is really going on with your health. Dr. Oz says women are 8 times more likely to develop Thyroid Disease than men and in many cases they suffer in silence because Thyroid Disease often goes undetected and untreated.
Dr Oz: What is a ‘Normal’ Thyroid Level?
Dr. Oz says even when you think you may have a problem with your thyroid hormones, doctor still may miss the diagnosis because Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood tests often come back showing your levels are “normal”, but what does normal really mean? Dr. Oz says the first thing you need to look at is your shoe size. He used the example of two women in his audience, one with a size 7 ½ shoe and the other with a size 9 shoe. Those are both considered “normal”, but clearly if they were to swap shoes each of them would have a problem, which is why things can get tricky when doctors try to interpret “normal” when looking at thyroid hormone levels. They might tell you your levels are normal, but you still do not feel “right”.
- Normal Range: .5 – 4.5+
Dr. Oz believes it is important to focus less on that broad range and instead look more closely at a patient’s symptoms.
Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Symptom Checklist
Dr. Susan Blum says doctors often miss a Thyroid Disease diagnosis because they have been taught to believe the thyroid gland is either sick or it is healthy, with no regard for that gray area in between. Dr. Oz and Dr. Blum discussed a Thyroid Disease Checklist to help you look for clues in your own health.
- Unexplained weight gain – More than 10 pounds in 3 months even if you have been eating healthy and exercising regularly. This often leads to you feeling tired and sluggish most of the time.
- Brain fog for 3 months or longer, which is the same feeling of having a hangover even if you have had nothing to drink.
- Fatigue – If you literally have half the energy that you should.
- Constipation – If you are not having a bowel movement every day this is a problem, especially if you are eating a good amount of healthy foods that include fiber.
- Always cold – Take your temperature 5 days in a row, first thing in the morning and in your armpit. If it is under 98 degrees on each day, this could be a sign you have a sluggish Thyroid.
Dr Oz: Ashwagandha Supplement Review
Do you have any of the above symptoms? If you have 3 or more of them you should go get your thyroid levels checked. Dr. Blum says if you are in the gray zone at 3-4.5 then you probably do not need medication, but there are some other things you can do to boost your thyroid naturally.
- Brazil Nuts – packed with selenium
- Iodized Salt – rich in iodine
- Sunflower Seeds – high in zinc
- Ashwagandha Supplement – 2-3 grams daily
Dr. Blum says you may not notice a difference overnight, but adding these to your diet will help to sustain your thyroid over time and help you feel better.