Stop Stomping On Your Energy

So, there you are, dragging your patooty through one grey day after another, wondering where your brain went, why your body aches and if you’ll ever feel good again.

Even if your doctor checked for thyroid problems–and the flaky blood tests actually found the problem–you probably ended up on the ineffective medicine Synthroid or its generic equivalent. It helps almost nobody.

But hypothyroid or not, anybody dragging through life should give the following ideas a try.

• Don’t eat bread, cookies, cakes, etc–at least, not any you buy. And not because of weight. Commercial bakeries started using bromine, a fire retardant, as a dough conditioner in the 1980s, and bromine is death on the thyroid. Just eliminating bromine from the diet could restore health to hypothyroid problems.

Here’s why. Our thyroid hormone doesn’t work without iodine. Bromine is chemically very similar to iodine, and when it gets into our bodies, it pushes iodine out of the way and hijacks our thyroid hormone. So our thyroid hormone no longer includes the needed iodine, just bromine, and becomes completely ineffective. You’re pumping out hormone with no power. Zilch, zero, nada.

But here’s the rub: Blood tests can’t distinguish between effective iodine and nonfunctional bromine. While having thyroid hormone that doesn’t work is like having no thyroid hormone at all, the test says you’re good to go. Even if you’re verging on comatose. The blood test has spoken.

• And everything I said about bromine goes for fluoride, too, so don’t drink fluoridated water or use fluoridated toothpaste. It’s tough on your immune system and–and lowers kid’s IQs, too.

• Eat plenty of protein, including red meat at least every other day. Our thyroid glands, as part of the endocrine system, thrive on protein. They live for protein. They can’t make it without protein. And red meat has micronutrients we need and can’t get anywhere else.

But (and why is there always a ‘but’?) don’t eat just any protein. Beef from factory farms contains hormones, antibiotics and, because of an unnatural diet of grains, a whole lot of inflammation-causing Omega 6. Gotta get grass fed, grass finished beef–and butter and cheese.

• You don’t want to cut off the fat, either. Our bodies make their hormones from saturated fat. Our brains need it to function. We need dietary saturated fat to absorb nutrition from our food. No fat means no nutrition.

And eating plenty o’ fat tells your body it’s okay to lose weight. That’s not what we hear, but it’s a proven fact.

• And for pity’s sake, I’m begging you, don’t eat soy. Or drink soy. Or put soy lotions on your body. Just don’t have anything to do with soy.

Besides depressing thyroid function, soy messes with the entire endocrine system, especially estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Do you really want to do a number on your reproductive system?

Want more? Soy sucks the minerals out of your body and causes kidney stones, too. How much fun is that?

Here’s the hard part: Eliminating soy means avoiding processed foods–fast food, meals at most chain restaurants and meals that come out of a box.

• Take quality vitamins and minerals to give your body the ammunition it needs to fight the good fight. Food alone can’t do everything that needs doing, so you have to supplement. But you have to supplement intelligently. Picking up any old thing in the grocery store doesn’t work.

So there you have it. Six ways to super-size your health. A tip of the proverbial iceberg to be sure, but a strong beginning for your health revolution.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette Dowdell defines determination. A drunk driver caused a concussion, which put her into a really deep health ditch, when she was a baby. Her endocrine system, the thyroid and the rest of the gang, which controls all of health, dragged along, out of balance and out of sorts, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Along the way, her fascination with how our bodies work grew, and grew, and grew, so Bette’s still researching. Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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