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While only an estimate, more than 12 percent of the population in the developed world will develop a thyroid problem at the certain point.
The prevalence thyroid disorders have reached a state of ‘epidemic’ and the incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled in the last four decades. This is a disturbing fact as the small thyroid gland in the neck is the major component of the immune system. If it doesn’t function properly, the body becomes prone to a wide range of diseases.
The thyroid is in charge of producing hormones that control heart rate, digestion, muscle control, brain development, and metabolism. The most common thyroid-related problems include hypothyroidism (underactive) or hyperthyroidism (overactive).
When the thyroid fails to produce proper amounts of hormones, especially “T3” and “T4” (triiodothyronine and thyroxine), the metabolism slows down and leads to problems like depression, fatigue, increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, and weight gain.
On the other hand, excessive production of these hormones results in anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, and accelerated heart rate.
Lifestyle and environmental factors may lead to malfunctioning thyroid, while some are seemingly controllable, many of them aren’t.
- An important factor in the increased incidence of thyroid malfunction is the presence of microscopic fungi in food and air, whose proliferation affects the immune system. These fungi typically live on the skin and other moist places. Mycosis the term used to describe an illness caused by their over-proliferation.
- Mycotoxicosis is a group of diseases that develop when people are over-exposed to these fungi. According to a research published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews:
- “Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals…mycotoxicoses are examples of ‘poisoning by natural means’ and thus are analogous to the pathologies caused by exposure to pesticides or heavy metal residues…the severity of mycotoxin poisoning can be compounded by factors such as vitamin deficiency, caloric deprivation, alcohol abuse, and infectious disease status. In turn, mycotoxicoses can heighten vulnerability to microbial diseases, worsen the effects of malnutrition, and interact synergistically with other toxins.”
- While fungi on their own are not destructive, the weakened system allows them to go out of control, which challenges the immune system even more. It has been scientifically shown that mycotoxins cause symptoms like simple eye twitching to multiple sclerosis.
- “Because of their pharmacological activity, some mycotoxins or mycotoxin derivatives have found use as antibiotics, growth promotants, and other kinds of drugs; still others have been implicated as chemical warfare agents. “
Food Sources of Known Mycotoxins
- Alcoholic beverages
A healthy thyroid is critical for fighting off all toxins to which one is exposed on a daily basis. We are in control of our immune systems through our lifestyle and the food we eat.
Potential Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction
- Chronic stress
- Chemicals and contaminants in tap water
- Xenoestrogens in food and personal care products
- Iodine deficiency
- Radiation, including X-rays
- Too much soy in the diet
- Family history
To ensure that your thyroid functions optimally, you need to support it with the following foods:
- Sunflower seeds
- Vegetables – stay away from cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts if your thyroid is compromised
- Purified water via reverse osmosis
- Brazil nuts
- Processed foods
- Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Fried foods