Often the underlying nutritional and bodily imbalances that typically trigger a number of health issues including hypothyroidism, memory loss and weight loss are either missed, ignored, or simply not considered by individuals - or even by doctors during routine medical exams. Self-diagnosis and incorrect supplementation isn't helping to fix the problem and, in many cases, a lack of body function knowledge is probably making it worse.
Blind Nutritional Supplementation vs Professional Nutritional Balancing
As more and more people seek alternatives to wasted medical clinic visits and side-effect laden Big Pharma remedies, better nutrition and natural health solutions begin to make a lot more sense. As a result of this ever-increasing "self-healing" nutritional aid and supplementation interest, millions of dietary supplements and herbal remedies are now dominating internet search results worldwide. Some supplements claim or appear to fix just about any (specific or general) self-diagnosed health problem.
Billions of dollars are spent by consumers each year on nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and dietary aids that may be anything but helpful when consumed by the user. An alarming number of dietary supplements either contain harmful ingredients, interfere with bodily functions, and/or work to mask other ongoing health issues. Some nutritional supplements can actually, and often unknowingly, trigger even worse health problems. Few consumers do more than read the claims online before buying.
Nutritional Balancing, on the other hand, is a professionally-guided program that utilizes modern analysis tools alongside proven traditional therapies to accurately identify and correct current body mineral and nutritional imbalances while simultaneously removing excess (and often long-term) stored toxins in the body and restoring proper thyroid function. A certified Nutritional Balancing Consultant (NC) is not only trained in biochemistry, nutrition, diet, supplemental and detoxification protocols, but well-versed in the complementary sciences of pathology, physiology and psychology. Through the course of a professionally-guided Nutritional Balancing program, the body begins to heal and become re-energized. The protocols for the program are tailored to each individual and work to address thyroid and adrenal issues, which are often the cause of - or correlate with - memory loss and weight loss issues. Nutritional Balancing recognizes and corrects both the dietary and lifestyle causes of each individual’s unique imbalances while avoiding supplements and dietary aids that trigger worse health problems.
Hypothyroidism: The Symptoms and Causes an Underactive Thyroid
Hypothyroidism refers to the symptoms that accompany an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is often associated with weakened adrenal gland activity, which can also be revealed through a hair tissue mineral analysis test. Adrenal insufficiency symptoms are very similar to symptoms of hypothyroidism. Often, the thyroid gland tries to compensate for diminished adrenal activity - resulting in reduced thyroid activity or thyroid exhaustion.
Symptoms of Reduced Thyroid Activity include a mix of:
- Impaired or reduced sleep
- Weight gain or difficultly losing weight
- Memory impairment and/or impaired thinking
- Instable emotions
- Lump in throat, sensation upon swallowing
- Dry skin and hair
- Enlarged and grooved tongue
- Retained water
- Cold sensitivity
- Lack of sweating
- Stiffness in the morning
- Skin problems
- Poor circulation – cold hands and feet
- High blood cholesterol
Causes of a Thyroid Imbalance include:
- Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Prescription and non-prescription medication use
- Emotional and/or psychological stress
- Improper diet, Lifestyle and Stimulant use
Lifestyle and Food Choices that Affect the Thyroid:
Day to day, depending on what a person is exposed to or ingests, they can inadvertently speed up or slow down the thyroid gland without even knowing it. Consumption of elements, supplements, medicines and foods that stimulate an increase or cause a decrease in thyroid activity include:
- INCREASED THYROID ACTIVITY: Alcohol, Caffeine, Cadmium, Citrus Fruits, Dietary protein, Grains high in Phytin, L-tyrosine, Salt (including foods high in sodium), Sugar and Zinc.
- DECREASED THYROID ACTIVITY: Fat, Copper, Avocado, Liver, Soy-beans, Walnuts, Calcium, Dairy, Chinese cabbage, Broccoli, Water cress, Kale, Rutabaga, Turnips, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Radish, Horseradish, Collard, Kohlrabi, Mustard greens, Chlorinated water, Fluoridated water, Aspirin, Parathyroid glandular
Detection Methods for Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Imbalances
1. Morning Temperature Test
Hypothyroidism isn’t always caught during routine or annual physical exams, and can remain undiagnosed for far too long. One of the easiest ways to detect hypothyroidism is the morning temperature test. Dr. Broda Barnes, M.D. recommends keeping a thermometer on your night stand to record your body temperature reading the minute you wake up, before getting out of bed. If on several mornings the body temperature isn’t at least 97.6 F then the low temperature indicates an underactive thyroid gland.
2. Thyroid Function Panel Blood Test
The most popular medical clinic method of detecting hypothyroidism is by using blood testing; specifically, a clinical blood panel that measures circulating T3 and T4 thyroid hormone levels, and circulating TSH pituitary thyroid-stimulating hormone levels. TSH hormones indirectly signal the production of T3 and T4, and are typically part of a thyroid panel blood profile. Unfortunately, Thyroid Function Panels are limited in their ability to accurately diagnose hypothyroidism because the tests only measure circulating levels of thyroid hormones. Often adequate levels of circulating hormones may be present but the transporters and receptors needed for the thyroid hormones to function at the cellular level are not functioning normally.
At times high tissue levels of calcium decrease cell permeability and calcify cell membranes impairing transport of hormones for combustion inside the cells. Or low cellular potassium impairs thyroid hormone activity in the cells. Because of the body’s amazing ability to adapt, it may elevate thyroid hormone levels in an attempt to make up for poor transport across cell membranes. These people usually exhibit symptoms of both an underactive and overactive thyroid gland – such as anxiety and fatigue. Or a person really has an overactive thyroid, but because circulating hormones are being absorbed into the cells too fast because of increased cell permeability a misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism is made.
3. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Test
Giving thyroid hormones to someone who has increased cell permeability will often result in adverse health effects, and eventually the removal of the thyroid gland which is quite dangerous. That is why Nutritional Balancing counsellors always recommended Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) - in addition to other testing methods - to confirm the cellular effects of the circulating hormones. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is a cellular tissue biopsy that reports the average thyroid activity over a three-month period. HTMA considers cell permeability and combustion of cellular hormones, not just the circulating hormones measured with blood testing.
If not properly treated, hypothyroidism has the potential to lead to more serious health issues. Fortunately, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), a hair biopsy test used in nutritional balancing, detects thyroid abnormalities. HTMA test results reveal body mineral imbalances and heavy metal toxicity. The laboratory test report shows mineral and toxin levels over a three month period, and because thyroid activity can vary depending on a person’s level of activity and the time of day, it is helpful in recognizing only the most recent changes in thyroid activity.
How Nutritional Balancing and HTMA Indicates and Address Thyroid Imbalances
Nutritional Balancing practitioners know that the thyroid gland regulates calcium levels, and that the calcium/potassium ratio shown in HTMA test results is a strong indicator of diminished thyroid activity. Abnormal levels of other minerals can also represent thyroid impairment, including high and low levels of zinc, copper, cadmium and lead – all of which can be recognized and corrected with a guided nutritional balancing program.
Calcium/Potassium Ratio and the Thyroid Gland
A high ca/k ratio represents sluggish thyroid activity, which is a characteristic of a slow oxidizer. The calcium potassium (ca/k) ratio on a HTMA hair analysis reveals thyroid activity because of how calcium and potassium play a major role in regulating the thyroid gland.
The ideal ca/k ratio is 4:1 and a ratio greater than 16:1 indicates underactive thyroid function at the cellular level, with as much as a 25 to 50% energy loss. When the ca/k ratio is between 16:1 and up to 32:1 it can indicate as much as a 50 to 75% energy loss. It must be noted that a person can suffer a significant energy loss whether they have an underactive thyroid gland or an overactive one. It is all about efficient energy production and utilization in the body, and just like driving a car in fifth gear going 5 miles per hour isn’t efficient (underactive thyroid), neither is using first gear driving 100 miles an hour (overactive thyroid),
If you suspect that your thyroid gland is underactive a full Nutritional Balancing program, and following up the initial HTMA test with regular hair analysis retests every three (3) to four (4) months is recommended. If the initial test results confirm an underactive thyroid, a Metabolic Pack, Glandular Supplements and Mineral and Dietary Aids will be recommended. About 80% of all hair analysis test results reveal underactive thyroid and adrenal glands. Energy loss is an epidemic and when the body is properly supported the cells will rebuild and energy production can improve.
Metabolic Pack, Glandular Supplements and Mineral and Dietary Aids for Slow Oxidizers
1. Metabolic Packs
In most nutritional balancing programs, the preferred metabolic pack for a slow oxidizer with an underactive thyroid gland is Megapan by Endo-met Laboratories. Megapan provides a foundation of support with nutrients that speed up the metabolic rate for persons with a low, normal or high sodium/potassium ratio. Calcium is absent, and magnesium and copper are intentionally low since the slow oxidizer will usually have excessive buildup amounts of all three in their soft tissues. Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Manganese, zinc and chromium are included in Megapan in order to enhance the glycolysis cycle and support restoration of diminished thyroid and adrenal gland function. Other ingredients are in trace amounts or small quantities as co-factors.
Depending on the overall condition of the body and the oxidation rate, additional Megapan tablets can be recommended by a nutritional counselor to further increase the metabolism. The most common recommended dosage is one (1) tablet three (3) times a day with food; however, recommendations could be as low as one tablet or as high as up to six tablets a day. If an individual already has an excessive metabolic or oxidation rate, taking Megapan could cause nervousness and anxiety, by stimulating an already fast metabolism. Getting a hair tissue mineral analysis test first is always recommended to optimize the effectiveness of any metabolic supplement program.
2. Glandular Supplements
There are two potential glandular supplements that could be recommended for a slow oxidizer with an underactive thyroid gland. Endo-met Laboratories makes Thyro-Complex and Endo-Dren and hair analysis test results are necessary in order to mathematically calculate how many capsules and/or tablets and which glandular should be taken. In some instances, both Thyro-Complex and Endo-Dren are recommended based on the individual’s HTMA report results.
Thyro-Complex is hormone-free and contains low-temperature processed freeze-dried glandular material. Ingredients include: iodine from kelp, raw thyroxin free thyroid, raw adrenal, raw pituitary, raw spleen and kelp. Analytical Research Labs recommends Thyro-Complex whenever the hair analysis calcium/potassium ratio is greater than 8:1, unless the all four lows pattern is present.
Endo-Dren is recommended for slow oxidizers, and mixed oxidizers who have a sodium/magnesium radio of less than 4.17:1. It is also given for slow oxidizer females with an elevated copper zinc ratio. Some slow oxidizers with underactive thyroid activity might be recommended just Endo-Dren, (if the imbalance isn’t severe), or some of both Endo-Dren and Thyro-Complex or just Thyro-Complex.
When Addressing Thyroid Function, Nutrient Formulations and Interactions Matter
Providing adequate glandular support alongside vitamin and minerals that support normal thyroid function is complex since the various nutrients all have an effect on one another. For instance, copper reduces potassium, and zinc increases potassium levels, which all affect the thyroid gland. Copper and mercury toxicity lower thyroid activity. Cadmium increases sodium levels and interferes with zinc and enzyme systems, and lead interferes with calcium and they all contribute to imbalance the thyroid gland.
Dr. Paul C. Eck studied the metabolic causes of hypothyroidism for ten years, correlating hundreds of thousands of hair tissue mineral analysis results and successfully developed very specific supplement recommendations to support the restoration of the thyroid and adrenal glands. The basic concept is for the recommended supplements to influence the body balance in the optimal direction. When someone is a slow oxidizer with underactive adrenal and thyroid glands, then the program will shift the chemistry and speed up the metabolism. The body uses homeostatic balances and it maintains a delicate balance of minerals. From the science research of soil expert Dr. William Albrecht, Dr. Paul C. Eck developed specialized formulations using vitamins, minerals, amino acids and glandular substances that manipulate this balance to a more desirable state.
Most vitamin formulations being sold today are too broad spectrum, are used as symptomatic or replacement therapies and have not been proven to manipulate and correct metabolic imbalances with hair analysis. Fortunately, Endo-met Laboratories manufactures specific formulations to correct thyroid imbalances and with hair analysis retesting these corrective changes are documented.
A Nutritional Balancing program provides deeper healing versus chasing symptoms through supplementation with natural substances. This process takes longer, because it respects and works with the body’s natural cellular regeneration cycles. The body is amazing at using substandard toxic metals (junk yard parts) to survive; however, these substitutions never work efficiently and consume more energy, so an exchange needs to take place. As toxic metals and bio-unavailable minerals are eliminated, new cells are created with the preferred minerals (new OEM parts) which work to restore body functions.
Memory Loss: Stress and Poor Nutrition Starve the Brain
Many people have concerns regarding memory loss and how it can be improved. Although memory does relate to the brain, it is also impacted by nutrition, stress and how relaxed bodily systems are.
With Nutritional Balancing Science, significant low-nutrient causes of diminished brain function are corrected while high-toxin bad memory contributors are eliminated. Nutritional Balancing Science corrects nutrient and mineral imbalances and removes toxins, which relieves stress on the body and brain.
To Optimize Memory Function in the Human Brain, the Body needs:
- Adequate rest and sleep
The brain needs sufficient rest in order to heal, regenerate and process traumas and other events. Without enough rest, the brain may end up processing these during the day instead, which can interfere with you absorbing new memories or accessing old ones. Restoring the body to optimal function through nutritional balancing dramatically improves sleep patterns.
- Proper Calorie and Nutrient Intake
The human brain uses over 30% of calories ingested daily and does not store any backup fuel, so for the brain to work – the body needs to be continually nourished with proper nutrition. Blood sugar that fluctuates too much can harm thinking and memory. A Nutritional Balancing program assures the body is getting all the proper daily nutrients that the brain needs to function properly.
- To eliminate toxic metals and chemicals
High or hidden levels of aluminum, in particular, are associated with memory problems. It affects the brain more than any other body system. Nutritional Balancing uses safe and gentle methods to thoroughly clear toxic metals out of the brain body including coffee enemas, near infrared saunas, diet and supplements.
A properly designed Nutritional Balancing program can also help heal chronic infections that significantly lower stress and balance the autonomic nervous system. All programs insist on eliminating the ingestions of harmful food chemicals (such as Aspartame, sugar, and MSG) and recommend stimulating brain activity through daily memory exercises.
Weight Loss: Nutritional Balancing vs Fad Diets
Following a Nutritional Balancing program can have additional, positive lifestyle effects including always welcome weight loss for most clients. The process by which body mineral balancing, toxin elimination and thyroid and adrenal correction occurs can prove very valuable as a long-term method for keeping unwanted weight off. The differences between a guided Nutritional Balancing program and the majority of fad weight loss diets is that fad diets do not fully fuel each individual’s unique body with the right nutrients or work to remove toxins while carefully balancing the body’s chemistry. When the body is nutritionally balanced and functioning optimally, excess weight disappears naturally.
Benefits of a Nutritional Balancing program for weight loss:
- With a Nutritional Balancing Program, weight loss is quick; requiring only safe and minimal amounts of exercise. There is no starvation, no fasting and no special cleansing requirement.
- The accompanying dietary recommendations are tailored specifically to foods and supplements necessary to the specific individual for a gradual return to optimum bodily function. Nutritional Balancing programs do not to cater “one size fits all” meal plans to all persons with nothing in common but excess weight.
- Thyroid activity is slowly restored – this replaces toxic metals with the proper minerals, allowing the thyroid to regain proper function without a hormone replacement. For persons with hypothyroidism, this alone will trigger weight loss.
- Restriction of sugar, fruit, and simple carbs leads to reduction in insulin production. Reduced insulin levels keep the body from storing excess glucose as fat.
- Zinc is restored which is also needed for insulin regulation, the adrenal and thyroid glands, and for digestion as an anti-inflammatory element
- High cortisol levels are reduced which helps to prevent weight gain. Cortisol is a stress hormone that, when released, encourages increased consumption of sugar and fat. Hence, naturally lower cortisol levels mean less cravings and lower stress.
- Water retention is reduced. More than making it easier to zip clothing, less water retention results in better levels of zinc, cortisol, cortisone, and insulin - plus - a more balanced oxidation rate. Nutritional Balancing program guidelines always include anti-inflammatory nutrients that will additionally reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Proper Diet and Nutrition Has Always Been the best Solution to Overall Good Health
But even the healthiest eaters may not be giving their unique body what it needs to function at optimal or even normal levels proven necessary to human wellness. Compared to blind supplementation and self-analysis, professional Nutritional Balancing services are more affordable than most people might think.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Americans spent $12.8 billion out-of-pocket on natural product supplements, which was about one-quarter (24 percent) of what they spent out-of-pocket on prescription drugs ($54.1 billion). The mean annual out-of-pocket expenditure in this category was about $368.”
Professional Nutritional Balancing services are well below the $368 average, with programs starting as low as $245 for a hair tissue mineral analysis and customized nutritional recommendations. Nutritional Balancing also eliminates the guesswork, the fad diet claims, and the wasted expense of unnecessary - or even harmful - supplementation.
Persons who have continually struggled or suspect problems with thyroid, memory loss, or weight loss issues should consider a professionally guided HTMA and Nutritional Balancing Program for better, more accurate and more successful improvements to long-term overall health goals.