How Hypothyroidism Can Be Misdiagnosed
We’re taking a slight detour from our articles on antioxidants and water. This Friday, we’ll get back into it, and reveal some surprising things.
In the meantime, I’d like to introduce a special guest for today’s article. His name’s Yegyan (pronounced like “Yee-John”) and he ran a holistic health practice where he coached men and women to help them reclaim their healthy bodies and minds.
Oftentimes, Yegyan’s clients came to him as a last resort, after their doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers, and other advisors couldn’t help. Their ages and backgrounds were all over the map. Some were young athletic men…others were pain-ridden grandmothers. But they all had one thing in common: They worked with Yegyan to overcome hidden health problems to attain their fitness goals. Over the years, some of his most successful clients, he’s honored to call friends today.
In today’s article, he reveals a hidden threat to your health, which very few people know about…
Know anyone who has these symptoms?:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
- Impaired memory and concentration.
If so, there’s a good chance they were diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
About 4.6 percent of Americans are diagnosed with it.
But there is another simple deficiency that is far easier to correct. And its symptoms are as follows:
- Cold hands and feet
- Pale skin
- General weakness
- Pain in the legs when walking
- Poor concentration and memory.
See any similarities?
This is an iron deficiency. Low iron causes very similar symptoms to hypothyroidism.
When I had my holistic practice, I can’t tell you how many women came in telling me they were diagnosed with hypothyroidism even though their blood tests showed normal thyroid levels!
Whenever I see this, my first thought is to check for iron deficiency.
A simple blood test will determine this.
If it’s an iron deficiency, you can save yourself a lot of heartache. It’s a lot easier (and less expensive) to fix an iron deficiency than it is to correct hypothyroidism.
Usually, a person diagnosed with hypothyroidism is forced to take medication for years, if not the rest of their life.
But it could easily be something as simple as iron.
One hidden cause of iron deficiency is a lack of hydrochloric acid production.
Your stomach produces hydrochloric acid. It’s the only organ in your body that does.
Hydrochloric acid, also called HCL, is an acid that your body uses to break down proteins in the digestive process.
This is especially true for cooked proteins. Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are very long molecule chains. And when you cook them, those molecule chains ball up.
Hydrochloric acid unravels them back into their original state.
Then digestive enzymes start to break them apart so they can be used by your cells.
When your stomach lining gets too thin, less HCL is produced. This can even lead to a condition called hypochloridia.
When we cannot break down protiens in our digestive tract, we cannot absorb iron.
That is also why people who take iron supplements report a lot of digestive discomfort. They don’t have enough HCL, and this is preventing the iron from being used.
Often, I have found that correcting HCL production resolves the iron deficiency problem as well the hypothyroidism symptoms.
As a side note, people who are on the paleo or a low-carb diet often complain they get constipated, bloat, and digest slowly. This is partly due to not having enough HCL to properly break down the protein they are eating. Since starches and carbohydrates hydrate your colon, they aid in elimination. Without these, digestion can slow to a crawl.
The supplement to take to increase your HCL levels is called betaine HCL.
You want to look for a pharmaceutical-grade supplement. The quality will make a big difference.
You want to take betaine in the middle of your meal and refrain from drinking liquids when you eat. Take a few bites of your meal, take the betaine, and continue eating.
By drinking liquids during your meal, you dilute the HCL as well as your digestive enzymes and they don’t work as well. You can take a sip of water to swallow your supplements in the middle of your meal, but no more than that. Refrain from drinking liquids for 30 minutes to an hour after your meal as well.
When your HCL levels are restored, you may notice an increase in mental sharpness, alertness, and concentration (most likely due to the increase in iron) as well as a noticable difference in how fast your food digests.
You can feel the food passing through easier and faster. It will not feel like it is sitting there for a long time.
The best news is that your stomach lining repairs itself over time. You will know this because when you take the betaine, you will feel a warm flush in your stomach area. It is not a burning or uncomfortable sensation. It is best described as a warm flush..
Eventually, you will find that taking one capsule of betaine will produce this warm flush. That is when you can stop taking it.
Coming back to the begining of this article, hypothyroid symptoms, low-iron symptoms as well as indigestion problems can ALL be rooted in low HCL levels.
Until next time,
Living Well Daily Contributor
About 4.6 percent of Americans are diagnosed with hypothyroidism:
Golden SH, Robinson KA, Saldanha I, Anton B, Ladenson PW. Prevalence and incidence of endocrine and metabolic disorders in the United States: a comprehensive review. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2009;94(6):1853–1878.
View More Free Articles
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’ve gained a bit of weight over the last few years, and my doctor keeps telling me to lose it. It’s hard to do, especially now with the holiday season starting. Is there anything easy I can do without having to just eat leaves while everyone enjoys turkey and stuffing?...
Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. But depending on where you live, you may have already been feeling a nip in the air for weeks. I love the change of seasons. But for many folks, fall brings more than falling leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkin pies. The cold, dry air signals the start...
It’s pumpkin season. This humble squash is virtually ignored from December through to the following September. But when fall rolls around it takes center stage again. For most of us, pumpkins show up as festive décor and baked into delicious pies in October and November. But there are plenty of reasons you ought to start...
Okay, I’ll admit I may have been accused of being a fathead a few times in my life. But I’ve got a secret. It doesn’t bother me one little bit. In fact, I take it as a compliment. After all, having a bigger brain is a GOOD thing, especially as we age. And now scientists...
I’ve sung the praises of omega-3 fatty acids many times here in Living Well Daily. I’ve encouraged you to be sure you’re getting enough of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by eating plenty of cold-water fatty fish and taking supplements when needed. And there’s a good reason for that. EPA and...
I’m sure you know that getting enough sleep is good for you. But what does that mean, exactly? It’s always been hard to get a straight answer. Until now, that is. Thanks to new research we have an answer to that question. The newly published 25-year study compares the sleep habits of over 7,000 men...
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “Along with COVID, I’m worried about getting the flu this year. What do you recommend for avoiding the flu? The flu shot?” – Mike from Park City, UT Hi Mike, I’ll be honest. The flu vaccine COULD have a better long-term track record. According to the Centers for Disease Control...
If you’ve been a loyal reader for a while now you’re probably already taking steps to ensure your health is in tip-top shape. You do your best to eat well… You stay hydrated… You, hopefully, get in some regular exercise… And maybe you even take a multivitamin… While I would certainly give you an A...
Healthy aging boils down to one surprising thing: your muscles. I know that may sound strange at first. But hear me out. Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is the first step to keeping a healthy body and sharp mind well into your golden years. After all, sturdy muscles are required to fight off frailty and...
They say cleanliness is next to godliness. Now, I don’t know about that. But, I DO know that when it comes to your kitchen, cleanliness is absolutely VITAL. The trouble is, even the cleanest of kitchens can harbor some sickening hidden secrets. And new research just revealed one of the most surprising culprits. Trust me,...