These days majority of Americans suffer from symptoms like weight gain, loss of libido, ringing in the ears, hair loss, brittle nails, constipation, fatigue, sensitivity to cold, headaches, insomnia, dry skin, cold hands and feet, frequent infections, dizziness, hoarse voice, and joint aches. Nearly 65% of the American population is overweight, 27% is clinically obese. It has been scientifically shown that the underlying cause of weight issues, particularly among women, is an underactive thyroid.
Since coconut oil is saturated and very stable fat, the body is not hampered with oxidative stress. Unlike vegetable oils, it doesn’t require the enzyme stress, preventing T4 to T3 hormone conversion. Being stable oil is not the only reason for this, though. It is processed differently in the body and doesn’t need to be broken down with assistance of enzyme-dependent processes.
In addition to this, given that the liver is the place where damage from oxidized and rancid oils as well as a conversion of T4 to T3 occurs, removing long-chain fats from the diet and swapping them from medium-chain fats found in coconut oil, may eventually help rebuild cell membranes and increase enzyme production.
Although further research on the topic needs to be done, people replacing polyunsaturated oils with coconut oil are reporting many positive effects. For instance, Donna and Sharon have undergone notable improvements in her thyroid health.
“I’ve been on coconut oil since September 2002 and, although, that doesn’t seem like long, it has changed my life and the lives of my family and friends. My weight actually went UP when I started on coconut oil but I felt so GREAT! Being hypothyroid, I was on Synthroid and Cytomel and had been for years, but with inconsistent results and feeling worse. Other changes besides the addition of coconut oil were the complete removal of soy (and that is a major challenge in itself!), all trans fatty acids, no refined sugar, and organ cleanses seasonally.
My thyroid meds were discontinued with my doctor’s knowledge as I was getting too energetic and having trouble sleeping! [Imagine], from being a ‘sleepaholic’ couch potato that was cold! My weight stayed steady until the last three weeks and it has now started the downward move. My goal was health and just believed the weight would come off when I found the right diet and exercise routine that my life was comfortable with. I’ve tried removing the coconut oil but my energy drops and I don’t feel as good,” Donna explains.
Furthermore, Sharon writes the following in the coconut-info discussion group, “I have had the same problem with sluggish metabolism and weight gain since having children. Even a no-calorie diet (fast) for 5 days did not work. As soon as I started taking Virgin Coconut Oil, the fat began to melt and I have lost 20 pounds. Over the same period of time, my 13-year-old daughter who was very chubby and very worried about it, but could not bring up the self-control to renounce some of her favorite fatty foods, lost about 10 pounds. She now has the perfect figure, to her great joy! Pants she was bulging out of a year ago hang loose on her!”
Tips on How to Nourish Your Thyroid
- Eat healthy oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and butter
- Avoid commercial salad dressings which are packed with unhealthy fats and prepare your own instead
- Eat iodine-rich foods like black seaweed, kelp powder, kombu, and smaller coldwater fish
- Supplement with zinc, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E
- Juice cranberries and radishes on a regular basis
- Limit exposure to mercury and fluoride