Hypothyroidism comes from having a thyroid gland that does not produce enough hormones to help the body stay in balance. Medication may be helpful to reduce symptoms; however, medication only disguises the problem and does not improve the underlying causes. There are many beneficial and natural ways to treat hypothyroidism to explore.
If you are already being treated for hypothyroidism, it is always a good idea to inform your healthcare practitioner of any changes you will be making. However, the most powerful first-step in your healing process is to realize that you are ultimately the one in charge of your own good health. Getting good advice and care from others assists you in your own healing process.
The natural ways to treat hypothyroidism include dietary changes, nutritional supplements, improving intestinal flora, and methods to lower stress that help create a balanced hormonal response within the body.
To adjust the body for improved thyroid function, there are things that can be added to the diet and things to be avoided.
Eat More Healthy Protein, Fats, and Fiber, such as:
- Proteins: Wild-Caught Salmon, Grass-Fed Meats, Eggs
- Fats: Avocados, Coconut Oil, Virgin Olive Oil, Full-Fat Dairy Products
- Fiber: Beans, Quinoa, Leafy Greens, Nuts, and Berries
Avoid Eating These Things:
- Sugar: Sugar is responsible for excessive weight gain and many health issues.
- Refined Flour: Choose whole grains instead.
- Gluten: This includes wheat products and the many products that contain this ingredient.
- Vegetables that harm thyroid function: These are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and soy.
The thyroid gland needs sufficient iodine and selenium to function properly. If the diet is lacking in these critical minerals, taking nutritional supplements can help. Additionally, hypothyroid problems often cause vitamin B deficiency, which can be improved by eating asparagus, peas, tuna, and sesame seeds.
Improve Intestinal Flora
It is important to have a healthy gut. The intestinal flora (also called the biome) needs to have plenty of beneficial bacteria. Taking probiotics helps restore the intestinal flora. Natural sources of healthy bacteria include fermented things such as kefir, kombucha, and unsweetened yogurt.
There is a symbiotic relationship between the thyroid and the adrenal gland. These glands secrete hormones in order to keep the body in balance. The adrenal gland produces adrenaline, which causes the thyroid gland to decrease its function. By reducing stress, the amount of adrenaline in the body goes down and the thyroid function improves.
Natural forms of stress reduction include deep-breathing, meditation, and yoga. For those with the desire to naturally improve their thyroid function, just taking a timeout, on a regular basis, to sit down in a calm space, perhaps listen to some soothing music, and then take some deep breaths will usually be very helpful.
It is possible to become free of thyroid problems and not need to take medications; however, it takes a serious commitment to healthy lifestyle changes. Some see real benefits in a matter of months. For others, it may take a few years to achieve the proper balance. For most people, getting professional help from a healthcare practitioner that understands the importance of nutrition makes it easier to improve one’s health.
No diet works for everyone. There is no “magic” pill. However, just having the realization that there is a pathway towards improvement using natural ways to treat hypothyroidism is very empowering.