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THYROID DISEASE IS KILLING US

More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Health – The Care and Feeding of Your Hypothalamus

 

Why you want to know about and keep your hypothalamus healthy

Where is it?

The hypothalamus is a region of brain anatomy located deep within the brain, just above the base of the skull, on each side of the third ventricle.

It’s function.

The main function of the hypothalamus is to regulate homeostasis (maintaining the body’s status quo). The hypothalamus contains many specialized nuclei (collections or nodules of specialized brain cells), that help maintain many basic physiological functions, such as body temperature, blood pressure, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the regulation of digestion.

It’s a full body regulator.

The hypothalamus also helps regulate complex behaviors controls your hormones. This brain area is responsible for regulates

  • appetite/hunger
  • thirst
  • sleep
  • sex drive and general arousal
  • reproductive behaviors
  • body temperature
  • mood
  • release of hormones

It plays a role in emotional reactions, including

  • anger
  • aggression

In other words, the hypothalamus takes care of the many necessary brain functions that occur without us having to think about or plan them.

Why you need to feed it right.

Since this part of your brain is so important, it makes sense to nurture it by eating the right foods. Certain foods support the health of your hypothalamus, which in turn helps keep your entire body healthy.

4 FOODS AND FOOD GROUPS TO KEEP YOUR HYPOTHALAMUS HAPPY

1. Foods that contain Vitamin B1/Thiamine
Sunflower seeds: A handful of sunflower seeds as part of your daily diet may boost the function of your entire brain, including your hypothalamus. Sunflower seeds contain vitamin B1, or thiamine, which is crucial for the maintenance of your appetite, as well as the function of your nervous system, Beverly A. Potter and Sebastian Orfali note in their book, “Brain Boosters: Food and Drugs That Make You Smarter.”

Vitamin B-1 also contributes to cell repair, which may keep your hypothalamus as strong and healthy as possible. Other foods that contain vitamin B-1 include pork, bran, whole grains, split peas and lima beans.

2. Fruits and Vegetables: Tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Increasing your daily plate of fruits and veggies may also stimulate your hypothalamus to help you control your weight and hunger.

3. Fish: Vitamin B-12
Fish contain vitamin B-12, which is crucial for mood and regulation of fatigue and energy, functions which are controlled by your hypothalamus. Vitamin B-12 also helps your body make use of the energy from the food you eat.

Nutrition, a journal that focuses on all areas of diet, notes that fish may also help decrease depression. Your mood is largely regulated by the hypothalamus and its ability to properly regulate your hormones and the oil in fatty fish, such as salmon or trout, can aid in this process by increasing your intake of docosahexaenoic acid.

4. Citrus Fruits: Vitamin C
Citrus fruits are most commonly associated with their high vitamin C content, and they may have benefits for your hypothalamus, as well as the rest of your brain. Vitamin C plays in role in brain functions including sleep regulation, immunity promotion and anxiety reduction, processes that the hypothalamus takes part in. Eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes, can help protect your hypothalamus by protecting it from toxins. Other foods that contain vitamin C include red bell peppers, potatoes, strawberries and cantaloupe.

References
National Institutes of Health; Hypothalamus; October 2009
“Brain Boosters: Foods and Drugs That Make You Smarter”; Beverly A. Potter and Sebastian Orfali; 1993
“Nutrition, Exercise, and Behavior: An Integrated Approach to Weight Management”; Liane M. Summerfield; 2011
“Nutrition”; Higher Dietary Intake of Long-Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids is Inversely Associated with Depressive Symptoms in Women; L.A. Colangelo et al; October 2009

23 comments to Thyroid Health – The Care and Feeding of Your Hypothalamus

  • Mary

    My core body temperature is between 94.6 – 95.6 in the morning before getting out of bed. I am post menopausal. Is my hypothalmus damaged?

  • maria demetriou

    i feel my thyroids running like an underlying heartbeat arround my chest. then i get flashes and becoming weak, somtimes it takes awaymmy breath and i am near to faint. Then I drink one or 2 glasses of water and i start to gain back strength. I feel often very hungry, even after eating. What can I do about it?

  • Bryan

    I have been diagnosed with Hypopituitarism. I have low levels of LH, FSH and have sexual dysfunction. How is hypothalamus connected with the issue? Is there anything that I can do to boost healthy function in brain like exercise, diet etc. ?

    • kim

      I looked up your condition:
      Hypopituitarism is a clinical syndrome of deficiency in pituitary hormone production. This may result from disorders involving the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, or surrounding structures. Panhypopituitarism refers to involvement of all pituitary hormones; however, only 1 or more pituitary hormones are often involved, resulting in isolated or partial hypopituitarism.

      I otherwise don’t know about your condition, but I can refer you to my practitioner who can look at your most recent lab tests and help you with your pituitary gland, hypothalamus and thyroid. He has helped me with my hypothalamus due to the affects of my thyroid condition on it.

      See #1, Dr. Jared Allomong on my PRACTITIONERS page. Email or call their office. You can fax your last lab reports and he can work with you that way, as he does with many of his patients worldwide. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      My best to you, Bryan,

      Kim

  • Jen Salim

    Hello Kim-
    I was diagnosed with Hashimotos back in 2004. Since the diagnoses I went through 2 Endocrinologists and 2 Reproductive Endocrinologists, only with the same solution, synthroid. When my TSH is within normal range, I still feel tired, lazy, unmotivated, poor concentration, hot flashes, and obesity.
    Prior to this discovery, I was treated for depression & ADHD. I take zoloft and adderrall once daily.
    I still feel depressed, not focused, and have been trying to conceive for two years, yet my Hashimotos symptoms have not been addressed. I am now 39 years old, and I have lost confidence in my Doctors. I was told by my Reproductive Endocrinologists that I have an excellent chance of conceiving, yet no pregnancy, no feeling better. In addition, I work 3rd shift, would that inhibit me from conceiving?
    My diet is rather carb heavy, with veggies. No substance use other than what I am prescribed.

    I know that I have ADD. I had the classic symptoms as early as fourth grade.
    Depression, psoriasis, and heart disease run in my family.

    I have another meeting with my Reroductive Endocrinologist this afternoon, and I really do not know what to ask.

    I just want to feel better mentally & physically. Could you please help?

    I would be most grateful.
    Thank You & Warmest Regards,

    Jen

    • kim

      Hi Jen,

      I’m sorry for your years of frustration and struggle.

      1) Synthroid is a small % of the answer. Symptoms continue due to diet, toxins and other imbalances directly linked to Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism.

      2) Depression: There are strong links between depression and thyroid problems. ADHD an ADD can be symptoms as well due to the massive imbalance of your adrenal system, hypothalamus and other systems.

      3) Pregnancy: Many women cannot conceive until their thyroid system/bodies are rebalanced. And, actually, you really don’t want to until you get your thyroid condition balanced as your body needs to rebuild first.

      4) Doctors: As you have experienced time and time again, your doctors are no help as they are not thyroid or nutrition trained.

      SOLUTIONS

      You must get a) a thyroid trained practitioner, and b) start eating the thyroid healing diet immediately.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately. Your doctors are not trained in this so are not telling you what to do.

      DOCTOR: Go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the list. If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily.
      — NOTE: Dr. Allomong will be out of the office 6/26 – 7/8/13. So, Call immediately and get an appointment scheduled. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

  • chad

    My gf is majorly depressed and says she doesnt know why. What do i do. I dont want to leave but she stresses me out with the sadness. Wat do I do

    • kim

      Hi Chad,

      I’m so sorry for your struggles with your girlfriend’s depression. It is certainly a big symptom of thyroid dysfunction.

      1) If she’s not had her thyroid checked, that is the next step.

      2) If she has, and they say she’s fine, she may need to find a thyroid trained practitioner. Check these lists to find one near you. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, you can contact #1 on the list, my doctor here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com. She can send him the tests as well and he will get her all squared away with what’s real and what she needs to do. He’ll work w/ her by phone/Skype/email.

      3) Diet and lifestyle have a lot to do with depression too of course, and specifically, thyroid health. She will need to be on a thyroid specific diet. She can find the diet in my manual and can get started on that immediately. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ In fact, this is a diet that if everyone followed, there would be less disease and health issues.

      Thank you for reaching out for more answers for your girlfriend, and caring enough to ask questions.

      Kim

  • Daniel

    Hi,
    I have not been sleeping well at home and frequently have short black or sleep when I am at work or driving.
    I have not been diagnose yet but reading the symptoms I think I have the THYPOTHALAMU.

    Please help restore my health back.

    Daniel

    • kim

      Hi Daniel,

      I don’t know if you have a hypothalamus or thyroid condition or not, but you need to have lab tests done to make sure what you have.

      1. You can see your regular doctor for a thyroid blood test to check your levels, but best is to see a THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER who can give you the correct tests and prescribe the right help and supplements which they’ll recommend that will be the best for you.
      You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you off the INTERNATIONAL lists, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained, #1 on the list. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly immediately.

      2. If you do have a thyroid condition, eating the THYROID HEALING DIET, a clean diet to rebuild your body/brain health, is imperative. You can start on this diet immediately by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual. Included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      My good thoughts to you for your best health,

      Kim

  • Glenda

    I was just at the hospital today for adrenal crisis after taking 40 mg of cortisone. I hsve in addition thyroid issues and take 25 mcg of thyroxine and 98 naturethroid. At the beginning of the year I did a month diet to reset my thyroid. Today when they tested it my t3 and 4 were in range but my TSH was 1. I hope that is not a problem I caused from the reset. I always continue to have thyroid symptoms even though Im on meds. Hair falling out, super dry skin, sensitive to the cold. I also have a lot of muscle pain, even spasms due to the adrenal insufficiency. I collapsed walking into the emergency room from no adrenaline, and every limb feels like it weighs 100 pounds, I wasn’t even able to take a deep breathe. I just HAD NOTHING to give. I also seem to remain dehydrated and haven’t had a menstrual cycle since all of this began 4 years ago. I guess I wonder if my hypothalamus could be the issue. Although I belong to an Addison support group and most of them tend to have thyroid issues as well. I am just wondering if you might have any insight for me.

    After diagnosis of Adrenal Insufficiency, we back tracked and feel it was possible that I’ve had this since I was 6 years old. But was not diagnosed until a year and a half ago.

    • kim

      Glenda, I’m so sorry for your heath issues,

      Thyroid medication is just a partial answer. Your adrenals and many other organs are affected by thyroid dysfunction.

      DR: Find a thyroid trained practitioner – go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

      You also need to eat a Thyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet. You can start on this yourself immediately.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately. Your doctors are not trained in this so are not telling you what to do.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

  • Holly

    Hi Kim,

    I had a brain tumor in the area that my hypothalamus is. (a 5 cm glomus jugular tumor – benign) It was surgically removed and then I had radiation. Since then (well before also, prob because the I had the tumor for a very long time) I have weight issues. 75% of the time i eat very very healthy diet.. I fall off and binge from time to time, I don’t ever feel full. I know logically, however, the amount of food I should have. I juice, and eat lots of veggies and lean proteins to assure the vitamins and nutrients are there and then cut myself off. I don’t feel my eating patterns justify my weight (210 lbs and I’m 5’7″) I have a feeling that my thyroid is off even though my labs come back in the “normal level” additionally i was not able to breast feed (I tried diligently for weeks with all 3 children).. Nothing ever came. I’m extremely tired/fatigued often. I checked my area and don’t see a “thyroid trained doc” closer than 200 miles away. Are there additional tests I can request w/ my doc?

    • kim

      I’m sorry for your battle with for your thyroid health.

      If you checked my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site to find one close to you – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and found the one around 200 miles, that would be worth the trip.

      Another option is to contact my thyroid trained practitioner – #1 on the list on that page – Dr. Jared Allomong. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily.

      If you’re not exactly sure what to eat you can also order my manual with the Thyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet. You can start on this yourself immediately.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

  • kim

    Stuart, I’m sorry for your health battles.

    I don’t specifically know the answer to your niche needs. However, seeing a doctor trained in your specific needs is imperative, of course. Are you seeing a thyroid trained practitioner? If you cannot find one in your area, go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

    If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

    My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

    Kim

  • Brenda

    Do you know what would cause extreme body heat? My Dad has emphsema and thinks his organs are causing it by working so hard but my sister has just been diagnosed with s tumor on her lung and her chest is in a lot of pain but in her upper back she’s having severe body heat. Doctors cannot tell them what it could be so we think my Dad has possibly answered his own question

  • Baboloki Kgosipula

    Good day..i need your advice plis.. i have a problem of the pituitary adrenal testicular lock. how can i reverse it or reboot.

  • Conni Reev

    I have been diagnosed with Secondary Hyperaldosteronism. Treatment is going very well considering I woke from a 15 day coma with zero deficits. I have a non presenting pituitary and my hypothalamus isn’t functioning properly. I love homeopathic remedies. Vitamins are preferred. How can I supplement my weak glands? Thanks /March 4,2016

    • kim

      Hi Conni,

      I do not know about your condition enough to suggest anything.

      However, since you have a couple layers of issues going on, I highly suggest you contact my thyroid practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong – he can work with you by phone/Skype/Email from a distance most times.
      Go here and call or make an appointment: http://functionalhealthcolorado.com/

      My good thoughts for your best health always, Kim

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