Top 10 Ways To Heal Thyroid Problems Naturally
The malfunctioning of the thyroid gland can lead to two types of thyroid problems — ‘Hyperthyroidism’ and Hypothyroidism.’ The difference between these two thyroid disorders — because of which the small thyroid gland in the neck does not function properly — is that Hyperthyroidism results from an ‘over-active’ thyroid, while Hypothyroidism is a result of an ‘under-active’ thyroid.
Some of the main symptoms of Hyperthyroidism are mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, sensitivity to heat, loss of interest in sex, hyperactivity, and sudden weight loss. On the other hand, some common symptoms linked to Hypothyroidism are depression, sudden weight gain, weariness, muscle aches, dry skin and rough hair, and sensitivity to cold.
If a person suffers from the above-mentioned conditions over a period of time, it is quite likely that he/she has thyroid problems, and should consult a doctor. The official diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism by a doctor is largely based on blood tests and other medical examination.
Though the doctor often suggests medication to the patients of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, these two thyroid problems can also be healed naturally, with some changes in the sufferer’s diet and lifestyle. The top 10 ways to heal thyroid problems naturally have been discussed below:
(1) Make your diet Gluten-free and A1 Casein-free
For treating your thyroid problems naturally, you should avoid eating high-gluten foods — like bread, oatmeal, pasta, and other starchy foods– and should consume dairy products like cream, grass-fed butter, etc. which have zero or very less A1 Casein.
The hybridized proteins of Gluten and A1 Caseincause common allergies and food intolerances; and are also responsible for thyroid malfunctioning because they lead to a ‘Leaky Gut’ which further causes the inflammation of the thyroid.
(2) Check your Iodine levels
Another way in which Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism naturally is to ensure that you do not have iodine deficiency. Since iodine facilitates the metabolism which regulates hormones produced by the thyroid gland, you should check that you are getting enough iodine from your food. In case of a deficiency, take iodine supplements.
(3) Flush out toxic heavy metals from your body
If tests reveal that you have overabundance of heavy metals — like mercury, lead, aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, etc. — in your body, you should detox your body to flush out these metals. Heavy metal poisoning can lead to a number of issues, including autoimmune disorders which result in Hypothyroidism.
For an effective heavy metal detox, you should include chia seeds, Brazil nuts, cilantro, chlorella, eggs, and turmeric in your diet.
(4) Take herbal supplements which support adrenal glands
Proper functioning of adrenal glands is important for healing thyroid disorders. Herbs which have the capability to support adrenal glands include AshwagandhaPowders or Capsules, Tulsi Capsules, Kanchnaar Guggul, Chanderprabha Vati etc. It’s advised to consult your Ayurveda expert for proper prescription.
(5) Increase Selenium intake
To heal thyroid problems naturally, ensure that your daily consumption of Selenium — a micro-nutrient and antioxidant present in foods like shellfish, cold-water fish, seeds, and nuts — is at least 70 micrograms.
(6) Reduce your Sugar intake
If you have symptoms of thyroid disorders, you should cut down your daily intake of chemically-processed sugar which most manufacturers add to their processed food. According to the American Heart Association the recommended daily intake of sugar for an adult is 6 teaspoons (or 25 grams).
(7) Minimize your exposure to radiation
Different types of radiation — including radiation from electronic products like cell phones, tablets, and GPS devices — can cause thyroid disorders as well as aggravate them. So, to treat thyroid problems naturally, it is advisable to reduce radiation exposure.
(8) Eat Probiotic Foods
Probiotic foods — like yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, etc. — keep the gut healthy, and are also effective in healing autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease which is often linked to Hypothyroidism.
(9) Consume wholesome ‘natural’ fats
If you have a thyroid problem, you should consume wholesome and delicious ‘natural’ fats — that is, fats obtained from natural sources like dairy, meat, and nuts, along with fruits like coconuts, olives, and avocados. Also, avoid the intake of unsaturated fats like vegetable oil and margarine.
(10) Make sure that you practice good dietary habits
If you are suffering from Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism, make sure that you eat nutritious foods which provide all the minerals and vitamins that are required by the body. Ensure that you take a protein-rich diet, so that your blood sugar remains steady.
In conclusion, if you pay attention to your eating habits and consume wholesome foods needed for maintaining good health, you can heal your thyroid disorders in a natural and effective manner!
Article: Heal Thyroid Problems Naturally: Top 10 Ways you Need to Know
This article is written by DR. Vikram Chauhan (MD – AYURVEDA). He is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda (Ancient healing treatment), not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.