Thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland found at the base of your neck that makes thyroid hormone.The thyroid gland is located below the Adam’s apple wrapped around the trachea (windpipe). A thin area of tissue in the gland’s middle, known as the isthmus, joins the two thyroid lobes on each side. The thyroid uses iodine to produce vital hormones. Thyroxine, also known as T4, is the primary hormone produced by the gland. After delivery via the
bloodstream to the body’s tissues, a small portion of the T4 released from the gland is converted to triiodothyronine (T3), which is the most active hormone
Thyroid hormone controls many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Diseases of the thyroid cause it to make either too much or too little of the hormone. Depending on how much or how little hormone your thyroid makes, you may often feel restless or tired, or you may lose or gain weight. Women are more likely than men to have thyroid diseases, especially right after pregnancy and after menopause.
Mainly there are 2 kinds of thyroid disorders:
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormones. It is also called underactive thyroid. This slows down many of your body’s functions, like your metabolism.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States is Hashimoto’s disease. In people with Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid. This attack damages the thyroid so that it does not make enough hormones.
Hypothyroidism also can be caused by:
Hyperthyroidism treatment (radioiodine)
Radiation treatment of certain cancers
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism , or overactive thyroid, causes your thyroid to make more thyroid hormone than your body needs. This speeds up many of your body’s functions, like your metabolism and heart rate.
The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease. Graves’ disease is a problem
with the immune system.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
Unexplainable weight loss
Vision and eye issues
Sleep disturbances and problems
Coconut Oil and Thyroid Problems
There are many published studies on the relationship between coconut oil, metabolism and weight loss. Research shows that coconut oil contains unique fatty acids that stimulate metabolism, supply the body with tremendous energy, and promote weight loss. Most people are unaware that hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease and this is one of the main reasons why conventional pharmaceutical treatments are ineffective for more than 80 percent of patients with sluggish thyroids.
Unlike the polyunsaturated oils in many foods, coconut oil is high in (healthy) saturated fat, lauric acid, and medium chain fatty acids. It’s unique structure makes it a highly usable source of energy for the body and its particular fat balance is nourishing to the thyroid.
Coconut Oil is one of the most powerful healers in the world of natural remedies. Coconut oil has many health benefits whether ingested as a daily supplement or used as a heart- healthy cooking oil. If you have Hashimoto’s Disease or Hypothyroidism then including coconut oil in your diet will be one of the best things you can do.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is mainly composed of medium chain fatty acids. The fatty acids in the oil are known as MCTs or medium chain triglycerides. These medium chain fatty acids can increase your metabolism, raise your basal body temperature and promote weight loss and increase energy. Furthermore, over 50% of the MCTs are Lauric acid. Lauric acid is an essential fatty acid that is utilized by your body to build and maintain your immune system. All of these factors combined have a positive effect on the thyroid gland.
Consuming a minimum of 4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day is ideal for anyone treating hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s. This sounds like a lot of coconut oil but it really isn’t.
How To Add Coconut Oil To Your Diet
I use coconut oil for everything. It can replace all of the other oils in your kitchen. Raw, organic coconut oil remains solid at room temperature and does not break down during cooking.
You can fry with it, bake with it, drizzle it on foods, saute with it — and also put it on your skin, hair, nails etc… There is no shortage of ways to how coconut oil can truly improve your health — you can even add a tablespoon or so to your morning coffee for a great energy boost!