Low Thyroid Hormone Levels
As we age, particularly past the age of 35 years, the levels of many hormones decline in the body. As the levels of hormones decline, this results in declining efficiency of the hormones. This can lead to a decline in function in the body.
One idea by modern medical science is to replace low levels of vital controlling hormones. This means to restore hormones back to the lowest optimum levels of youth. This is usually done with hormonal replacement therapy.
Dr. Bob was in favor of hormone replacement therapy, as a method to slow down aging, damage; deterioration, breakdown, and other problems occurring to the body as a result of declining efficiency and function of hormones that were declining to low levels.
However, before actual hormone therapy was used, Dr. Bob liked to try other natural methods first, to see if hormone levels could be raised by supplementation. In the case of low thyroid, Dr. Bob was in favor of hormonal replacement therapy for thyroid, if supplementation failed.
The following are nutritional ideas of Dr. Bob for increasing levels of thyroid hormones in the body.
1. 40 mg of soy powder a day. Soy powder has been shown to raise thyroid levels. In the book, "Grow Young with HGH," written by Dr. Ronald Klatz, president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the fastest growing group of doctors in the United States, he writes that soy "naturally boosts the level of thyroid hormone."
2. Use ion-exchange whey protein concentrate. Whey stimulates growth hormone, provides high quality protein, can boost immunity 500 percent, and many other benefits. Boosting immunity, stimulating growth hormone, and providing high quality protein all benefit thyroid hormone, either by helping to make thyroid more efficient or decreasing stress that can directly affect thyroid levels. The ratio of whey to soy is 1-part whey to 1-part soy.
3. Use iodine supplements. Iodine is essential in the production of thyroid hormone. Stress in the body is created by low thyroid levels. Stress often creates nutritional deficiencies or insufficiencies in the body. As a precaution, due to the stress of low thyroid, Dr. Bob recommended 50-150 mcg of iodine supplementation, to ensure adequate levels of iodine.
4. Use melatonin supplementation if over the age of 35 years. Melatonin is a vital hormone on the hormonal cascade. Melatonin helps to balance and control thyroid hormone. Supplementing melatonin can help restore melatonin levels to youthful levels. We recommend you consult an A-4 doctor, an anti-aging doctor for hormones. Their national number is 773-528-4333. If you restore melatonin to proper levels, this will help to balance thyroid hormones.
5. Use 45-mg zinc supplementation. Zinc is an important mineral involved with thyroid hormone. Due to the stress from low thyroid, Dr Bob advised supplementing zinc as a precaution from any zinc deficiency or insufficiency. One of the more absorbable forms of zinc is opti-zinc.
6. See an A-4 doctor and check sexual hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen strongly influences thyroid levels. You therefore can help balance thyroid hormone by ensuring your estrogen levels and other sexual steroid hormones are balanced.
7. Use 1/2 to 1-gram total a day of vitamin B5, in divided doses. Vitamin B5 is involved in metabolism. Thyroid hormone controls the rate of metabolism. Supplementing appropriate amounts of vitamin B5 when thyroid levels are low, can help promote proper thyroid metabolism. This will decrease stress on thyroid hormones, which will help to keep thyroid hormones in balance.
8. Use a multivitamin and mineral. Dr. Bob advised in any nutritional protocol to use a multi. The body basically works by the method of chemical reactions in the body. This means all nutrients need cofactors to work. Any nutritional protocol needs a multi to provide necessary cofactors. Dr. Bob advised Maxilife multivitamin and mineral. He advised that Maxilife often had the appropriate amounts of each ingredient for the stress of low thyroid levels.
9. Use essential fatty acid supplementation. Fatty acids are necessary for proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Dr Bob advised Udo's oil from Flora. He said their methods to make their omega oil product were proper. Dr. Bob said Udos oil had appropriate balance and cofactors.
In conclusion, Dr. Bob advised nutritional methods as one way to increase low thyroid levels. If these methods did not work, then Dr. Bob advised using hormonal replacement therapy to restore thyroid hormone levels. Hormones are the chemical messengers that run the body. Restoring hormone levels can help optimize efficiency and function in the body. Optimizing hormone levels in the body can help slow down aging, damage, deterioration, and breakdown.
Note In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bobs approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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