Statistics show that more than 12 percent of the population in the world will develop a thyroid problem at some point during their life. Nowadays, thyroid disorder is a very common health issue and the incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled in the last 40 years. The thyroid gland is very important for the immune system. If it doesn’t function properly, then the body becomes prone to various diseases.
The thyroid releases two hormones that control heart rate, digestion, muscle control, brain development, and metabolism. The most common thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism (underactive) or hyperthyroidism (overactive).
When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, especially “T3” and “T4” (triiodothyronine and thyroxine), and that leads to depression, fatigue, increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, and weight gain.
On the other hand, excessive production of these hormones results in anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, and accelerated heart rate.
Unhealthy lifestyle and environmental factors may cause thyroid disorders. Some of them can be treated, while others thyroid conditions cannot be cured.
Thyroid malfunction can be caused by microscopic fungi in food and air, whose proliferation affects the immune system. These fungi typically lives on the skin and other moist places. Mycosis is an illness caused by their over-proliferation.
Mucotoxicosis is a group of diseases that develop when people are over-exposed to these fungi. According to a research published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews:
“Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals…mycotoxicoses are examples of ‘poisoning by natural means’ and thus are analogous to the pathologies caused by exposure to pesticides or heavy metal residues…the severity of mycotoxin poisoning can be compounded by factors such as vitamin deficiency, caloric deprivation, alcohol abuse, and infectious disease status. In turn, mycotoxicoses can heighten vulnerability to microbial diseases, worsen the effects of malnutrition, and interact synergistically with other toxins.”
Fungi are not destructive, but the weakened system allows them to go out of control, which challenges the immune system even more. That causes eye twitching or even multiple sclerosis.
“Because of their pharmacological activity, some mycotoxins or mycotoxin derivatives have found use as antibiotics, growth promotants, and other kinds of drugs; still others have been implicated as chemical warfare agents. “
Food Sources Of Known Mycotoxins
- Alcoholic beverages
A healthy thyroid is critical for fighting off all toxins to which one is exposed on a daily basis. We are in control of our immune systems through our lifestyle and the food we eat.
Potential Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction
- Chronic stress
- Chemicals and contaminants in tap water
- Xenoestrogens in food and personal care products
- Iodine deficiency
- Radiation, including X-rays
- Too much soy in the diet
- Family history
In order to prevent thyroid malfunction, you should eat the following foods:
- Sunflower seeds
- Vegetables – stay away from cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts if your thyroid is compromised
- Purified water via reverse osmosis
- Brazil nuts
- Processed foods
- Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Fried foods