I recently met with a woman that had an interesting experience with a very popular thyroid diet that is sweeping the nation.
She started her day with a glass of celery juice.
Then she drank a heavy metal detox smoothie that contained bananas, blueberries, cilantro, barley grass powder, spirulina, dulse, and water. After that, she ate some type of salad for lunch and then finished the day with a spinach soup or cauliflower rice, or some other plant-based meal.
In the beginning of her new food journey, she felt great!
Lighter in body and spirit, more mental clarity, less anxiety, and she stopped taking her daily hypothyroid medication.
This was a whole new diet and lifestyle, and she was hooked on it and feeling fabulous!
That is… until things went terribly wrong.
She began losing all of the hair on her arms and legs. Her lower legs and feet became swollen with edema. Her face and eyes were swollen and puffy, too. Her muscles ached and she had no energy. When she stood up from a sitting position her body would lock in place, or freeze, and she would be unable to take a step forward or back.
It was very scary being unable to move her body at such a young age (early 50’s).
Needless to say, after 2½ years of experimenting with this new diet fad, she is now completely turned off to it. And, she is currently in the process of attempting to regain health. It’s going to take some time, but she can do it.
So what happened?
Well first and foremost, her thyroid completely stopped working.
From a practitioner’s perspective using the wisdom of ancient healers, that type of diet for her specific thyroid condition was detrimental to her health and overall vitality.
A hypothyroid condition is mostly a “cold” condition. People suffering with hypothyroid often complain of feeling chilled or unable to warm up.
The wide variety of raw foods she was eating, made her cold condition even colder.
In the beginning of her journey, those same raw foods were great at cooling the inflammation she was suffering with. But, as she continued eating those cold raw foods all day, every day, throughout every season, for a couple of years, she essentially diminished her digestive fire and made her body too cold.
When the internal body grows cold, food doesn’t get broken down well and the blood doesn’t move as freely.
In this case, it created a “frozen” condition. Her digestive fire was no longer a fire. It was cold and damp.
That means she couldn’t break down and absorb the nutrients needed to build thyroid hormones. Not only that, she was too low in protein. Hair is a protein discharge. Her loss of body hair speaks volumes that she didn’t have the nutrients needed to create new hair when the old hair fell out.
The cold condition was obviously clear when she would stand up and her body would lock, or freeze, and she would be unable to move. She was literally, frozen in place.
For her hypothyroid condition, she needed more warming foods and heating spices. She needed to stoke her digestive fire, not put it out. She also needed more protein and the proper ways to prepare those proteins so she could digest them.
Understanding the body and the thyroid, and supporting it with what it needs to thrive is one of the reasons why I do NOT recommend one specific diet for all people.
It simply doesn’t work.
What I teach people about healing the thyroid is NOT another diet fad. Never was, and never will be.
In my books, blogs, and online Nourishing Thyroid Health Program, we cover food and how to prepare it, why it’s imperative to eat seasonally and locally, specific herbs to support thyroid health, and so much more.
Don’t get trapped in the latest thyroid diet fad, get the insight and guidance you need to heal your condition and stop suffering.
By following the wisdom of ancient healers you can heal your condition and stop suffering.
Wishing you a happy, healthy thyroid!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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