Recently I posted an article regarding hypothyroidism and how it affects your metabolism. I have had a request for information on remedies for hypo and hyperthyroidism.
These remedies may not cure the disease but they are known to help treat it.
- Eliminate Soy: Soy suppresses thyroid function, imbalances hormones and has been shown to cause goiters (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) in previously healthy individuals.
- Adhere to an Alkaline Diet: This is extremely helpful when curing any chronic disease. Use a pH food chart to guide you on alkaline/acidic foods.
- Balance Estrogen Levels (Women): Excess estrogen slows down the thyroid gland. This means eliminating birth control medications, increasing the fiber in the diet, and avoiding all non-organic meats. Growth hormones in meats lead imbalance in the hormones. Reduce dairy intake, because milk often contains lots of estrogen; primarily because cows are milked frequently during pregnancy.
- Exercise: Without regular exercise, optimal health can never be reached. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and do it often. Exercise could cut your treatment time in half.
- L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine is a natural amino acid which helps the body produce its own thyroid hormone. This is also known to help with the depression, which usually accompanies hypothyroidism. Most naturopaths recommend 500 mg. taken 2-3 times day.
- L-Arginine: Arginine is known to stimulate the thyroid and its hormones. It also improves immune function, improves fertility, and alleviates erectile dysfunction.
- Avoid ALL SOURCES of Fluoride: Fluoride suppresses the thyroid, and is likely to be the leading cause of hypothyroidism. Drink spring water, avoid soft drinks, use fluoride-free toothpaste, use a shower filter, and throw away your non-stick pans.
- Eat a natural diet: To help your body to heal itself, you need to remove strains on its immune system. This means that all processed foods, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, white flour, white sugar, “table” salt, hydrogenated oils, aluminum, high fructose corn syrup, and etc. should be eliminated from the diet. Organic food is always the ideal. Do not trust marketing that reads “All Natural”, because this phrase is unregulated, and thus anyone can use it for practically anything. Read the ingredients to verify.
- Iodine: The thyroid needs iodine to function properly, and lots of people now suffer from iodine deficiencies. This is especially an important precaution for those with Hashimoto’s. Iodine can be found in may foods, such as cranberries, organic yogurt, organic navy beans, and organic strawberries.
- Pears: The ancient Chinese discovered that pears have a powerful tendency to balance hormones; especially in women.
- Red Marine Algae: Red Marine Algae will increase your iodine intake safely.
- Zinc and Selenium: Studies indicate that severe zinc or selenium deficiencies can cause decreased thyroid hormone levels. Never take zinc on an empty stomach.
- Coconut Oil: You should buy organic, cold pressed, coconut oil from a health food store. Take around 1 teaspoon of it daily. You can also use it to cook with, but be warned that it smokes at low cooking temperatures. Unlike most modern oils, its smoke is not poisonous. Coconut oil speeds the metabolism, encourages production of the thyroid hormone, and kills candida.
- Avoid Canola Oil: Canola oil interferes with the production of thyroid hormones, amongst its many other dangers.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Increase the intake of cruciferous vegetables. Foods like cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip and broccoli are also termed as goitrogenic foods since they interfere with the body’s ability to utilize iodine effectively. These foods would reduce the utilization of iodine and thereby aid in reducing the excessive production of thyroid hormone, responsible for hyperthyroidism.
- Goitrogens: Millet, Sorghum, Soy and Cassava also act as goitrogens and block the availability of iodine.
- Zinc: Zinc supplementation is crucial especially in individuals suffering from hyperthyroidism. Overactive thyroid gland tends to deplete the zinc content in the body. Include foods like garlic, almonds. Peanuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds in your diet. These foods are loaded with zinc.
- Calcium: Calcium supplementation is also important among individuals with hyperthyroidism. Increase the intake of prunes, dates, figs, turnips, sesame seeds which are good sources of calcium. Avoid diary food products.
- Vitamin E and C: Vitamin E and Vitamin C are powerful antioxidants that can help fight oxidative stress and help in effective management of hyperthyroidism.
- Canned and processed foods: Avoid canned and processed foods. These foods are loaded with chemicals, coloring agents and preservatives and tend to interfere with the normal production of hormones in the body.
- Refined foods: Avoid refined foods like refined flour, white sugar, trans fats and pasta.
- Iodine: Avoid foods that are high in iodine content namely seafood and certain medication. Limit the intake of iodized salt, instead try using sea salt or non fortified salt.
- Drinks: Avoid tea, aerated beverages, alcohol and coffee. These foods interfere with the absorption of vital nutrients and further complicate the problem.
“Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”