Do you suffer from fatigue? Are you irritable, depressed, anxious, or panicky? Do you feel cold or hot when others don’t? Are you forgetful or have problems focusing? Do you have sleep problems? Are you struggling weight gain? Are you listless?
If you answered “yes” to some or all of these questions, it’s very likely that you have a thyroid issue. Dr. Arem recommends the following 10 steps for anybody striving for optimal thyroid wellness.
Dr. AREM’S 10 STEPS TO THYROID WELLNESS
1. Balancing your thyroid hormones
It is a good measure to test your thyroid hormone levels and receive a thorough diagnosis of how your thyroid is performing. A thyroid imbalance, even if small, can cause symptoms such as inexplicable weight gain, anxiety, depression, and feelings of sluggishness. After proper diagnosis, it is important to use the correct medication dosage and have your thyroid tests monitored on a regular basis and your medication adjusted, if needed, to keep your levels in a perfect range. In many instances, you will need an individualized T4 and T3 combination treatment that will reverse your symptoms and maintain your T4 and T3 levels in perfect balance.
2. Addressing stress
Fight any stress you may have by engaging in relaxing activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, pilates, or even reading. Stress affects the immune system which, in turn, affects the thyroid. Moreover, thyroid issues can cause feelings of anxiety and stress, which creates this escalating vicious cycle of stress and thyroid issues.
3. Addressing depression and anxiety
Though depression and anxiety can be caused by a thyroid imbalance, it is important to take steps towards addressing other potential contributing factors. This is crucial for your happiness and health. Seeking help through family and friends, counseling, psychotherapy, and/or antidepressants (if applicable), can be very beneficial.
4. Balancing your sex hormones
Balancing your hormones is extremely important because these hormones affect your metabolism, mood, emotions, and overall wellbeing. You need to choose the right combination of hormones tailored to your needs, preferably in the form of bioidentical hormones. Many patients with thyroid disease suffer from a hormonal disorder called PCOS, Post Cystic Ovary Syndrome, which is often associated with insulin resistance. You should have your doctor address nutritional and medication needs for this hormonal condition. Thyroid patients may be suffering from other hormonal disorders such as growth hormone deficiency, low testosterone, or other endocrine disorders. You cannot reach optimal wellness without having these imbalances properly managed.
5. Addressing cardiovascular risks
Research has shown that thyroid disease is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it is important to address your cardiovascular risk. High cholesterol levels and high sodium intake increases your risk of a cardiovascular disease, so it is important to limit the intake of high-sodium and high cholesterol foods. The same applies to foods high in saturated and trans fat. You also need to consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish species or, even better, by taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement such as ThyroLife Omega.
6. Addressing sleep issues
Sleep helps your body properly recover for the next day and is crucial for optimal thyroid health. It is responsible for keeping your hormone cycles in check so that you feel energized during the day and easily fall asleep at bedtime. Many people do not realize that they have some sort of sleep issue and that it is hurting their ability to feel energized, lose weight efficiently, and properly focus on specific tasks. If you think you suffer from sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, insomnia, or any other sleep issue, it is recommended that you take a sleep study so that you can figure out what must be done in order to get high quality and restful sleep. This is so crucial to reduce body inflammation caused by your immune system.
7. Following a thyroid & immune system friendly eating plan: The Protein Boost Diet
The Protein Boost Diet is a high protein, high fiber, low glycemic, and low saturated fat eating plan designed by Dr. Arem for efficient, sustainable, and safe weight loss. It is designed to enhance the efficiency of metabolism-boosting hormones. Unlike other fad diets that are short-term and unbalanced, it is a long-term eating lifestyle that only includes foods that are immune system friendly and help improve cardiovascular health.
8. Exercising properly & consistently: The 20/10 Exercise Program
A simple yet effective exercise program that combines ten minutes of high resistance training with twenty minutes of high-intensity interval training cardio. This program makes it possible to achieve maximum benefits in the smallest amount of time by increasing your overall metabolism, making you burn more calories even when you are not exercising, and decreasing unnecessary food cravings.
9. Addressing food sensitivities
A common misconception is that food sensitivity equates to clinically symptomatic food intolerance, however many people regularly consume foods that agitate their immune system without even realizing it. The consequence of ingesting these foods is bodily inflammation, weight loss resistance, and an agitated immune system that will end up attacking body cells, also known as autoimmunity. Dr. Arem recommends a food sensitivity test to most of his patients in order to find out which foods to avoid.
10. Receiving proper supplementation
For optimal thyroid and bodily function, it is important that you are receiving the right amounts of all necessary vitamins, antioxidants, and micronutrients. These will help support your immune system and make thyroid hormone work more efficiently. Because Dr. Arem knows how imprecise and difficult it can be for his patients to incorporate all these necessary ingredients in their diet, he has designed a line of high quality supplements that include what he thinks are the best amounts and ratios of each carefully chosen ingredient. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Arem’s thyroid supplements, click here.
These supplements also come with a specific schedule for when they should be taken. A truly safe, easy, and effective plan to enhance and optimize your thyroid treatment.
AfternoonBody Slim Mediterranean 1 capsule around 5 p.m.
Liquid Vitamin D3 1 or more droppers a week with a meal.