All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: What is a good diet for a person with an under-active thyroid?


A: An under-active thyroid can cause a whole variety of both physical and mental symptoms as the endocrine system is closely tied with the nervous system. Feeling sluggish and depressed are common symptoms of an under-active thyroid.

To diagnose an under-active thyroid, a simple blood test is taken to determine the degree of underactivity (sometimes it can be borderline, which means there is very little conventional medication that can be given).

The thyroid is particularly supported by two minerals - iodine, selenium and an amino acid - tyrosine. In fact, iodine is part of the structure of one of the thyroid hormones (T3: tri-iodo-thyronine).

Your diet should should include foods high in these nutrients to help support the thyroid's function. You should also ensure your thyroid hormone levels are monitored with regular blood tests. You could also see a natural therapist who can advise you on the right course of action for your particular condition.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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