How to Naturally Treat Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid functions as your body’s energy and metabolism regulator. It produces hormones that control how your cells use energy, which is necessary for maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart rate, and mood. Although hypothyroidism technically reveals a low-functioning thyroid, it is basically considered an immune system ailment.

Hypothyroidism may be brought on by food intolerances (gluten and A1 casein allergies), iodine and selenium deficiencies, hormone imbalance (from too many or too little carbs or fat), or due to exposures to radiation or heavy metal. There is no foolproof prevention or cure for hypothyroidism. Your thyroid is subjected to ongoing changes over time due to individual habits, nutrition, trauma, tumors, stroke, surgeries, medications, and more. Therefore, we should strive more to control hypothyroidism once it is detected.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Hypothyroidism symptoms progress as the thyroid gland produces less and less thyroid hormones (triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4)). When your thyroid malfunctions you gradually feel your energy level decrease. Muscle and joint pain or eye/vision problems may be due to food nutrients not sufficiently absorbed by your body. You may also experience weight gain, forgetfulness, nervousness, or depression due to lack or, or poor, chemical reactions that impact bones, muscles, and cell maintenance. Women may experience infertility, enstrual irregularity, or increased cramping. Others may experience an intolerance of cold in their hands or feet, coarse or thinning hair, or severe constipation.

Physicians should check for anemia and low sodium, or elevated cholesterol and prolactin, levels. Left untreated hypothyroidism can eventually lead to infertility, pain, more brittle hair and nails, reduced taste and smell, high cholesterol, or heart disease.

Naturally Controlling Hypothyroidism

Medications are commonly prescribed to synthetically replace thyroxine. However, an incorrect dosage that raises levels too quickly can result in palpitations, shakiness, or bouts of insomnia. Naturally treating hypothyroidism with diet, exercise, and organic supplements is a more preferable option.

Diet changes and dietary supplements are often combined with prescribed medications. Monitor high soy and high fiber diets loaded with raw broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc. since these foods can inhibit levothyroxine absorption. Similarly, non-organic dietary supplements such as iron, calcium, and cholestyramine can reduce the absorption of certain thyroid medicines.

• Eat a grain-free diet or go gluten-free.
• Nuts and seeds, wild salmon and grass-fed beef, mushrooms, avocado, and onions boost selenium levels.
• Only consume dairy products from A2 cows or goat or sheep milk.
• Avoid drinking beverages out of BPA (Bisphenol A) plastic bottles (BPA interrupts the endocrine system which affects the thyroid).

Regular exercise is highly encouraged. Swimming, hiking, biking, yoga, and other low-impact activities can relieve joint and muscle pain. More strenuous exercise, such as weight lifting, helps build muscle mass. Push- and pull-ups help energize your mind and body, reducing feelings of low energy and lethargy. Treadmill and stair-climber workouts aid good cardiovascular and thyroid health.

Finally, have any amalgam (silver) tooth fillings replaced with mercury-safe fillings.

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Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "How to Naturally Treat Hypothyroidism," in PsychologyDictionary.org, February 21, 2016, https://psychologydictionary.org/article/how-to-naturally-treat-hypothyroidism/ (accessed August 15, 2018).
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