I hold my degree in pharmacy, as well as a background, and training in the use of supplements.
Dr T on Thyroid Disorder
Supplements, Advice, and Symptoms of Low Thyroid Function, and Fatigue.
Many of us experience fatigue from time to time, say after we have over done it, with extensive exercise or a strenuous activity. This is normal. Ongoing fatigue, so extreme that it affects your lifestyle, quality of life, and even your relationships is not normal. Many doctors assume that it is just depression, but usually it is not, and has a physical cause. The causes of fatigue can vary from person to person. From mild to extreme, from occasional to constant, here are the many causes of fatigue.
1.Dehydration The number one cause of fatigue. We require a 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight to remain hydrated. The level of activity increases the need. The more you sweat, the more you need, along with necessary electrolytes, sodium, and potassium. Other symptoms of dehydration include headache, poor muscle tone and coordination, strong smelling, and dark urine, joint and muscle soreness, and is a contributing factor in arthritis, as well as many other conditions.
2. B Complex Deficiency. The B vitamins are known as the stress vitamin, but they are also necessary for energy. They are best taken in a combination form, as they work with each other. A good daily multivitamin should contain all of the major B vitamins. B12 can also be administered by your physician in the form of an injection, or obtained in a sublingual form. Many of the energy drinks, and vitamin waters contain B complex vitamins for energy. A new supplement that has come on the market, which combines enzymes, electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals is called Oxylent. Comes in packet form, and can be mixed with water for a quick pick me up. Available at health food stores.
3. Diet low in complex carbohydrates, omega fatty acids, and protein can also cause fatigue. All of these nutrients provide sustained energy, without the insulin spike that simple carbs, and sugar causes. A three o'clock pick me up, might consist of a hand full of nuts, some fresh, or dried fruit, and whole grain crackers. These will give you a lift, and sustain you longer.
4. Low Thyroid Function Another possible cause of fatigue is low thyroid function. The symptoms of low thyroid include the following: low body temperature, weight gain, dry scaly skin, dry coarse hair, a decrease in scalp hair, and eyebrows, fatigue, edema, forgetfulness, and irregular periods. Thyroid function can be measured by standard blood tests, T3, total T4 and TSH. Another test can be administered at home. Place a thermometer under the armpit for 10 minutes, upon rising, remain still, as this may affect the temperature reading. Take a consecutive reading for 5 days. A consistent temperature below 97.8 with the symptoms of hypothyroidism, may indicate a need for thyroid hormone. The midwest is considered the thyroid belt, because there is no iodine in the soil. Synthroid is usually prescribed, which is a synthetic version of T4. Side effects include headache, irritability, nervousness, loss of sleep, loss of weight, loss of bone mass, and deplete the body of iron, and calcium. Holistic doctors recommend the following supplements in the treatment of hypothyroidism.
1. Kelp 2000mg-3000mg daily, contains iodine. L-Tyrosine 500mg twice a day. This combination makes active thyroid hormone, that the body can utilize.
2. Armor. desiccated thyroid hormone tablets, by prescription only, contains both T3 and T4.
3. Vitamin B complex needed for proper thyroid function.
Foods that suppress thyroid function, and to avoid, include the following: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and radishes. Avoid fluoride, and chlorine as they block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland. A natural toothpaste, that does not contain fluoride, and filtered water are recommended. A pur water filter will filter out chlorine, as well as many other contaminates.
Other recommendations include black cohosh, and progesterone cream, to increase thyroid activity, as well as Chlorella. Available thru sunchlorellausa.com.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Md is "the" doctor on fatigue. He has a line of Books, and supplements, specifically for the Chronic Fatigue, and the Fibromyalgia patient. He himself contracted fibromyalgia, and over came it. An awesome Doctor.
Information obtained from these books and websites: Nutritional healing, From Fatigued to Fantastic, Depression Free, Naturally, and the Vitamin Shoppe, health guides.
My training in pharmacy.
Dr Teitelbaum about Fatigue
Recommended Reading Dr T's protocol and recommendations based on clinical experience
Symptoms of Depression, Dehydration, and Thyroid
The symptoms mentioned above correlate very closely. Why it is hard to self diagnose, without clinical intervention, and blood tests. Before your visit to a healthcare provider, write down symptoms, as some maybe forgotten. Fatigue, or low energy are associated with many diseases. If symptoms do not subside, or seem to be reoccurring, consult a physician.
Lack of interest
Dry Mouth and skin
Feeling Thirsty ( also associated with diabetes)
Dizzy and light headed
Dry skin, dry brittle hair
Natural Energy Supplement
Recommendations for Energy
I practice what I preach. MIO is a combination of Taurine, Ginseng, and B vitamins. All proven by science to increase energy. It does contain caffeine. Found at any grocery store, usually in the bottled water section. There are other formulations for different needs, this one is my go to for energy.
A word of caution, if you currently have a medical condition, it is best to consult a physician before use. Ginseng can cause heart palpitations, as well as caffeine. If this occurs, stop use, and consult a physician. Do not exceed the recommended amount. 1 squirt in an 8 oz. bottle of water.
I have used this product for over a year, with no side effects. I keep a supply in my lunch box, for those days when I need a pick me up. It does help, as well as a protein snack. Such as nuts, and seeds. Also helps with dehydration, a leading cause of low energy. Check for any interactions with any medications you maybe taking at Drugs.com. As the ingredients can interact with medication, and other supplements.
Since contracting Lupus, I have utilized many of the supplements, and protocols mentioned in my articles. Start with a good foundation. A good multi vitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and an Omega 3 fatty acid. Choose either a gummy, capsule, liquid, or quick dissolve formula. Hard pressed pills, aren't utilized as effectively. Improve diet, exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water, and fresh air are a solid foundation to maintain, or improve health.
Music, Creativity, Art, and Aroma are also very healing. Creativity includes cooking. Trying new recipes, new Flavors, reading, aroma, rewarding the senses, and mind.
15 minutes a day of music, improves moods, and restores mental health. Most effective was Upbeat, and positive, as well as Jazz. Proven by science.
Add one supplement for a specific disease, or condition. If there is a reaction, discontinue use. The last supplement that was added, will be the culprit of the reaction. Always check for interactions, and side affects before starting any supplement, or therapy.
**** I am not a physician, this is only recommendations from holistic doctors. All have been used with good results. It is best to consult a pharmacist, or physician concerning your health.***
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Sherrie Gill
Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on June 17, 2013:
Thank you for giving me the thumbs up!! The #supplements, and #advice really do work. #fatigue is easily overcome with a lot of the recommendations of these #holistic measures.
deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on June 17, 2013:
Very interesting hub for the health conscious people. Informative as well. Thank you for sharing this one. Shared and votes up +++++++++++++
Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on July 18, 2012:
Thank you so much.
Cynthia from North Myrtle Beach, SC on July 18, 2012:
Awesome hub. Thanks for writing. Voted up and awesome. I will try the supplements!
Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on July 04, 2012:
Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on July 04, 2012:
Timely topic especially during summer. Eating the right kinds of food helps alleviate our physical and mental condition too. Thank you for writing this useful article.