The Benefits of Liquid Fasting on HypothyroidismBy Dr. Michael Cutler • Jul 30th, 2008 • Category: Acid/Alkaline Balance, Acidity, Allergies, Anti-Aging, Blood Sugar, Cleansing/Detox, Constipation, Digestive Health, General Health, Healthy Living, Immunity, Poor Diet, Weight Loss, Weight Management
Dear Dr. Cutler,
I read your article “For A Deeper Cleanse… Try This” about fasting and I want to fast for all of the reasons you stated. However, I suffer from hypothyroidism and take Synthroid® everyday. Is it safe to do a liquid or water fast under this condition? Would it be safe to stop this medication during a fast? —Kathy L.
The liquid fast (where you drink only water for an average of three to 10 days) will only improve your thyroid condition, not hurt it. Here are some of the effects you can expect with a water fast:
- Weight loss with little or no hunger.
- Detoxification, breaking down fat reserves and mobilizing stored toxins to be eliminated.
- Digestive system is allowed to rest.
- Resolve inflammatory processes, including painful arthritic conditions.
- Relief from allergic reactions, such as asthma and hay fever.
- Relief from abnormal fluid accumulations such as leg edema.
- Helps restore blood pressure to healthy levels.
- Clearer skin, and revitalized taste buds.
- And much more…
All the while, you are preparing yourself and your stomach for a lifestyle change to whole, natural foods.
However, keep taking your thyroid replacement medication. It has a gradual effect on metabolism. Only reduce the amount when you are feeling you need less, but please don’t forget to follow-up with a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level test with your doctor.
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All the best!
Michael Cutler, M.D.
Dr. Michael Cutler
is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 18 years experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients. He is also a Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
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