8 Natural Remedies to Boost Thyroid Function Naturally

8 Natural Remedies to Boost Thyroid Function Naturally
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Your thyroid is a hormone producing gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It has an impact on every cell, organ, and tissue of the body. It regulates your body’s temperature, body weight, heart rate, metabolic rate, and production of energy. Although it a very small organ, it optimal function is vital for your overall health and well-being.

An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from a thyroid disease. And almost half of those people are currently undiagnosed. The risk of a thyroid malfunction increases with the age and women are more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid issues than men.

Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, is when your thyroid gland doesn’t work properly and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism on the other hand is when your thyroid gland goes in overdrive and produces too much of its regulatory hormone.

You can find information about the Top 13 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Disorder and this post will be all about hypothyroidism and on how to treat it naturally as it is becoming a major problem for many Americans.

Common Causes Of Thyroid issues

  • Radiation and heavy metal exposure
  • Food intolerances
  • Hormone imbalances

Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms can be vague and are often overlooked by many doctors and health care providers.

To get more detailed information about the symptoms of Thyroid disorder, read the post: Top 13 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Disorder.

How To Treat Hypothyroidism Naturally

Curing hypothyroidism is a slow process that can take up to a year, or longer. Treatments involve assisting your thyroid to heal and avoiding possible triggers. Hypothyroid drugs are highly addictive and most people are advised to take them forever. So for those who have been taking those for years, you must slowly reduce the intake.

Abruptly stopping your medication can even push you further down the lane and cause extreme fatigue and additional thyroid problems. So make sure to contact your doctor or health care provider first.

1.      Healthy, Whole Food Diet

Reduce or eliminate caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, refined grains, and processed foods. Increase your intake of healthy sources of protein and healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, nut butters, quinoa, legumes, organic grass meats, and sustainable farmed fish. Proteins help your body to transport thyroid hormone to all your organs and tissues.

2.      Eliminate Soy And Balance Estrogen Levels

Too much estrogen slows down the thyroid gland. Avoid birth control medication, all non-organic meat (the growth hormone in meat can cause hormone imbalances), reduce dairy intake, and increase fiber in the diet.

All soy-products should be eliminated as they contain phytoestrogen that cause major hormone imbalances and can also cause an enlargement, or goiter, which disrupts the iodine usage.

3.      Eliminate Following Thyroid Disruptors

  • Eliminate Non-Stick Cookware
  • BPA’s found in plastic bottles
  • Heavy metals: you could use a combination of milk thistle, turmeric, chlorella, and cilantro to eliminate heavy metals from your body

4.      Address Vitamin And Nutrient Deficiencies

Although vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are not the cause of hypothyroidism, not having enough of some of these essential nutrients can worsen the symptoms or even disable you body’s recovery systems. You can read the post about 5 Common Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies That Can Harm Your Health.

Iodine: our thyroid needs iodine to function properly. If you are planning to take iodine supplements make sure to contact your doctor first. Natural iodine can be found in fish, shell fish, krill, sea veggies, eggs, Swiss chard, asparagus, Lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seed, garlic, and summer squash.

Vitamin D: make sure to spend some time in the sun. Normal vitamin D levels are between 50-80ng/ml. Anything below 32ng/ml can cause hormone disruption.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3’s are the building blocks of your hormones that control growth and immune function. Both are super important for a good working thyroid gland. Omega-3 can be found in fish, organic grass fed meat, seeds, and nuts. Taking omega 3 is also one of the 70 habits featured in the e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Glutathione: is a powerful antioxidant known to strengthen the immune system and protects and heals thyroid tissue. Foods that increase glutathione are asparagus, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, eggs, and grapefruit.

Other important vitamin and nutrients to watch are selenium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin A, and B12.

5.      Probiotics

Some studies link immune system issues, like thyroid malfunctions, with the digestives system. Therefore a healthy gut flora is very important for people who face hypothyroidism. A balanced gut flora may help your body to reduce attacks on the gland. You can find information in a previous post about probiotics and why they are so good for you,

6.      Be Mindful Of Goitrogens

Goitrogens can interfere with the thyroid function and enlarge the thyroid gland. Foods that contain goitrogens include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, watercress, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans.

I’m not saying you can’t eat those foods altogether, except for soybeans, those must be avoided at all times. Cooking inactivates those compounds so be mindful of eating goitrogen rich foods raw.

7.      Go Gluten Free

The molecular composition of gluten is almost identical to the thyroid tissue. Especially when you have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition of the thyroid, gluten should be eliminate to avoid an increase of autoimmune attacks on the thyroid gland.

8.      Consume Healthy Fats

Insufficient consummation of healthy fats and cholesterol can lead to hormone imbalances, including thyroid hormones. Both are important precursors or building blocks of most hormones. Healthy fats include avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, flax seed, fish, yogurt, cheese, nuts, nut butters, and nut milks.

Hydrogenated or processed oils like canola oil should be avoided at all times as they interfere with the production of thyroid hormones.

If you don’t have any medical issue with your thyroid gland but you want to keep it in top working condition, you can read a previous article to learn how to make an effective tonic for the thyroid: Easy and Effective Tonic for the Thyroid.

AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, biologist, natural nutrition expert, and health coach who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org  and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bodyinbalance.org

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51 Responses to 8 Natural Remedies to Boost Thyroid Function Naturally

  1. sasikala says:

    Helpful to maintain health

    • patricia jonassen says:

      why dont you write about hypathyiodisum (over activ ) it can be even more devistating i know ,back in 2002 i developed it and lost 10kgs in 14 days,i finished up drinking radioactive iododen times 2 over 1 year and developed “marty feidman eyes”finished up having a operation on both eyes and eye lids they had to take my eyes out and chisel some cheekbone away ,befor putting my eyes back 3months later i had my eye lids cut open (on the in side to lower them times 2.

      • Jenny says:

        I haven’t researched hyperthyroidism yet. The only reason I started with hypothyroidism is because it’s more common that hyperthyroidism, but I may write about it in the future.

      • Lee Ambat says:

        I got hyperthyroidism too but i never take any medicine prescribed by doctor since i dont want to take medicine for lifetime. Such a waste of money either.

        I am treating my hyperthyroidism in a natural and healthy way. How?

        Here:

        you only need atleast 5pcs of makahiya roots and boil it with 1 gallon of water and wait til the water gets reddish/orange in color then it’s done. Let the boiled water with makahiya roots cool or you can drink it also even if its hot like tea…or…then you can transfer the water into any other bottle so you can store it or put it into the fridge. Drink atleast 5 glasses/day(taste like water) upto 7 days and see the result.

  2. Elaine says:

    I have had hypothyroidism for 20 years now and am on 125mg thyroxin a day. Is it possible to reverse this with diet still? I am very interested and have done a lot with my diet but would love to go without the thyroxin if possible.

    • Jenny says:

      You may want to implement the suggestions that Amy, the guest writer who wrote this article, suggested. If there is a change it will probably be slow, but in any case discuss the issue with your doctor. Every person is different and it’s hard to know what results to expect.

  3. liz swinehart says:

    I had thyroid remove all but a 1/4 of it and it seem to swell up alot what can I do about this until I can get medical to go to the doctors

    • Jenny says:

      Unfortunately Liz I don’t have knowledge about this issue. This is a specialized area that requires a consultation with a doctor, preferably endocrinologist.

  4. I have most of these symptoms constipation bring cold tinglin weight gain horse voice thin hair and have been doc twice for blood test and they tell me nothing wrong so wont help me .

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Deborah, sometimes the problem might be due to something else and not the thyroid, and sometimes there is a need for further tests to find the source of the problem. Maybe it’s time to get a second opinion from another trusted doctor that can have a fresh look at your problem.

    • Michelle Konstantopoulos says:

      Deborah I have the same thing,,I have a severe intolerance for cold,,,I mean I will actually cry and it takes forever to warm up., Severe constipation problems, a hoarse voice, my hair falls out in clumps in the shower,,I have lost some weight and I needed to so I had to work very hard at it and now I am stuck with about 13 lbs to go that I just can’t get off, no matter how hard I try, my eyebrows are very thin at the ends and not because I pluck them that way. Tired all the time,,I mean I have like every symptom and I got tested and they say I am fine,,,I don’t believe it,,my cousin, mom, aunt and sister have also had thyroid problems,,For my Mom they had to do an advanced test until it showed up..Her first test results were normal,,I think I am going back to the doctors and insist they do more tests or put me on meds cause this is crazy and I think you should do the same,,,we need to take care of ourselves.

      • Jenny says:

        Thank you Michelle for sharing your experience, and I hope you get well soon.

      • Nicole says:

        I have te same issue. Strong family history, goiter , all hypo symptoms… Still told I’m ok…. Very frustrating!

      • Tricia says:

        Deborah, a lot of doctors only check one thing. There’s a t3 and t4 that needs to be checked. That’s a problem for me too and a lot of doctors seem to neglect that.

    • multiautoimmunepatient says:

      Think about seeing a rheumatologist. I had same issue. My thyroid levels were normal but I have Hashimoto which I was actually discovered by rheumatologist test. Later I had a thyroid ultrasound and they can see the inflammation on my thyroid. Your ths can be normal and still have Hashimoto, which actually acts like hypothyroidism.

      Hope this helps.

      • peterpatex12 says:

        Hi multiautoimmunepatient,
        Have your symptoms improved now? Have you been treated for this condition? I seem to have the same problem.

  5. Linda says:

    I have had hypothyroidism for years and am on 1.5 mg levothyroxine. I have problems with the gland period. Where it swells up and I get a nasty taste and nasty breath in my mouth. When I go to my Dr.,because she is at the VA in Fargo 100 miles away, the swelling is gone. Then it winds up getting misdiagnosed as drainage from a sinus infection or my ears. Then my thyroid winds up going out of whack within a month or so and they wind up doing adjusting my dose .Last year they wound up doubling my dose even though my thyroid was in the normal range still. It was the Endocrinologist who told them to and it was because I was Exhibiting signs of having my thyroid bottom out. I am just curious if it is possible to have a thyroid gland that just doesn’t work because I think that is what I am dealing with. It seems like it’s infected because of the nasty taste.

  6. Tricia says:

    At the beginning of this article it talks about radishes and radish juice how good it is for thy riots then at the end it says foods to avoid and radishes is on the list.. So confusing!!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Tricia, this tonic is for a general maintenance of the thyroid, just like you maintain any other organ in the body. There are people with certain medical conditions who should avoid radishes, and their special condition always takes precedences. This article specifically said that if you don’t have any medical issue with your thyroid gland but you want to keep it in top working condition, then you can read a previous article to learn how to make an effective tonic for the thyroid.

    • Donna says:

      I’m glad you mentioned that, Tricia, I was just thinking that as well… In previous articles I’ve read, it said that radishes are supposed to be a natural way of supporting the thyroid, and then to read this, it IS very confusing; you start to wonder what to believe..
      Coconut oil is another good oil to incorporate into the diet apparently. 🙂

  7. madeline says:

    hello.. i just want to ask.. i have read in some article that eating carrots is not good for those who had hypothyrodism.. but i read in your article here that in juicing for hypothyroid 6 carrots is included in the juicing together with celery andlemon.. is it true?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Madeleine, the thyroid tonic is for a general maintenance of the thyroid, just like you maintain any other organ in your body. People with special conditions such as hypothyroidism should follow their doctor’s advise which always takes precedence. The article specifically says that if you don’t have any medical issue with your thyroid gland but you want to keep it in top working condition, you can read the previous article to learn how to make an effective tonic tonic.

  8. menyl says:

    5 years back I was overweight(60 kg)… puffy skin,thick protuded neck (from front) much too obvious, in cold my hands n feet will turn abnormally red n cold… my face skin will emit heat , I would eat n eat ( unconsciously) n would always complain of the thining falling hair..n I had severe cramps that I would wake up screaming …though u might say it can be depression. Yes I was having some problems.. doctor suggested me thyroxine …but when I came to know it causes fertility issues..I threw it away
    For some time i even tried homeopathic medicine.Then while searching on internet for natural remedy… I got to know about yoga… I read n read n watched videos. I tried plough pose n shoulder stand ( beside others since these two were my favourite ones) .when I showed up at college after vacations… people noticed the difference .I had reduced weight .. my hair were once again long. Other problems also solved . Even the growth of thyroid gland was reduced in the front of neck.rather it was quite un noticeable. But now I have quite opposite scenario. Nw I m underweight 42) (I m quite diet conscious. I never use processed food) no matter how much i try Im not able to put on few kgs.and my thyroid is also visible again.I wonder if I overdid it n my hypo changed to hyper?????

  9. RITA ARORA says:

    I am suffering from hypothyroidism since last 6 years .and taking medicines as advised by Dr k d verma je .my t2 n t3 is normal but it will reach as low as .001. Kindly suggest me how to maintain.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Rita, unfortunately I don’t have an in depth knowledge about this issue. This is something that requires a medical consultation with an endocrinologist.

  10. Tasha says:

    I have had a thyroid problem since my 1st pregnancy.. that was 9 years ago.. but when i went bak to the doc.. he didnt mention anything about my thyroid..but before he had said my thyroid was fine..although i gained about 70 pounds an cant lose it.. but is it possible for it to go bak to normal without any diet or medication?

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure about it and don’t really know, but I’ve seen that in some cases hypothyroidism will go away on its own and in other cases it is permanent and requires lifelong treatment (see more info here under “initial treatment” which mentions pregnancy as well: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/hypothyroidism-health/page8_em.htm). It still worth keeping an eye on it periodically to make sure it’s under control as things can always change.

  11. Amy says:

    What if you don’t have a thyroid? Do these options still help. I’ve heard of no soy, but love edamame.

  12. Savio says:

    I am a man of 42years..who is detected of having hypothyroidism last october. I am taking Thyroxine 100 a day 20 min before breakfast. My issue currently is not getting proper sleep. Sometimes i sleep for 1-2 hours a day

  13. sumeet says:

    Hi! Jenny

    I am suffering from Hypothyroidism. I have gained weight. I am on levothyroxine 100 mg. I have had acne all my life. being diagnosed with thyroid disorder I thought may be this is the reason for the acne I always had. But still there is no change. I desperately want to reduce my weight and this acne. my stomach is always troubled with one or another thing. please suggest me something helpful. I am getting depressed by all this.

    • Jenny says:

      According to Livestrong website, acne can worsen in hypothyroidism, but a 2009 review in “European Journal of Internal Medicine” reports that acne is not necessarily more common among people with hypothyroidism. So as you can see, the acne may or may not linked to your hypothyroidism. I have an article about natural acne treatments which you can have a look at (http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/natural-acne-cures/), but if your acne is really bad and persistent, you may need to see a dermatologist to give you stronger applications. As for losing weight – many people with hypothyroidism struggle to lose weight. There are some suggestions that can help, but there is no a quick or easy solution as an under-active thyroid makes it more challenging. You get some general ideas from here – http://www.wikihow.com/Lose-Weight-With-Thyroid-Disease – but it’s really something you should talk to with your endocrinologist.

  14. fakhar alam says:

    I m suffering thyroid from last 7 year and maintaining the level from long time.eventhough doctor has not stopped the medicine. Should I take regular medication??

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know. Thyroid issues are specialized area that require an advice from a medical practitioner (which I am not). You can always receive a second opinion from another trusted doctor.

  15. meghana says:

    Hi. I have hypothyroidism and I’m fat. I do one hour of yoga and one and a half hour of gym. Im not loosing weigh . No one is ready to marry me. My parents r getting frustrated. I’m going crazy. Could u plz help me with thi .

  16. jeannie lim says:

    great information… may this too will able to help some one out there to get better in their Thyroid issue..

  17. jean says:

    I also have hypothyroidism. I can tell you that the generic levosynthroid that you get cheap with an Rx is not a good fit for many people. it just does not work.

    I think that each person must find out what their thyroid lab values are when they are feeling well. often it seems that what the physician believes to be adequate lab values are not reflected in a reduction of symptoms for the individual. a high normal THS result might not get you where you need to be. maybe yours needs to be a lower number. it elevates as you have less circulation thyroid hormone. have a real serious talk with you medical doctor and do not but silenced because you lab values are in the so called “normal range” you need to get yourself educated about this disorder so that you can gain some control of your treatment. remember that it is not the MD who has to live with the symptoms of this disorder, YOU DO. so it is up to you to take back some control with knowledge and common sense.

    there is an otc at the natural herb stores called thyroid support for those who need it. just be cautious when taking this. start with half the recommended does for a few weeks to see how you feel, that might be enough for you. if you have a heart condition talk with md before use, or if you begin to experience any cardiac flutters or palpatations…get to the ER and stop taking it. be sure that you let the md know that you are taking this supplement. most mds will warn you off of herbals… just so you know but if you are having heart issues it is time to fess up and tell them the truth. be careful.

    good luck. stay well

  18. julie says:

    Help I suffer from hypothyroidism I sweat purfusively like ve been in the rain I get way too hot Does anyone have any suggestions for this No Dr’s been able to help me yet

  19. Mike M. says:

    The glands of the human body are very very important, and so it our thyroid glands. There are other glands that has some thing to do with your mood, height, etc… called the pineal gland. Here’s what you can do with it. http://jvz1.com/c/389373/89747
    Some glands make something that is released from the body — like saliva, sweat, or tears. And if you’re a girl, the mammary glands in your breasts could someday make breast milk to feed a baby.

  20. Jeena Adhikari says:

    Hi! I am suffering from thyroid. I took more medicine from the doctor but still same condition.please kindly suggest me how to maintain….thyroid problem.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jeena, thyroid problems are a specialized area that require a treatment by a doctor, preferably endocrinologist. I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner, hence cannot give advice.

  21. jahangir says:

    Sir my brother has headache for last one year but nowadays he is feeling too much pain please suggest something as soon as possible I will be very thankful

    • Jenny says:

      Hi there, there are many causes of headaches (see my article about this subject). As I’m not a doctor, I’m unable to give a specific advice. If the headache persists for so long, your brother needs to seek a proper medical advice.

  22. dona says:

    Hi jenny, I’ve been having trouble swallowing, I observed that if I swallow, the food kind of passes through the right hand side of my throat. Plus I feel very weak, find it hard to even get up from the bed in the morning, I sweat a lot,i find it hard to even remember things, if I walk just a few distance, I tend to sweat and gabs for breath. Could this be the signs of a thyroid problem? I am scared

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Dona, I’m not a doctor and cannot give specific advice. You really need to get a proper medical diagnosis from a doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests. It is natural to feel scared. But taking care of your health and getting a proper treatment plan will give you a peace of mind, and I’m sure you will feel much better.

  23. jassie says:

    like to know raddish juice iam on medicine for thyroide plz help

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