Hypothyroidism, also referred to as an under-active thyroid, affects two to three percent of the American population today. You could have it and not even know it. Just like me…I now am totally aware that I had thyroid problems well before I was diagnosed. Here are a few suggestions on natural alternatives to Hypothyroidism.
When I was diagnosed I had no clue what Hypothyroidism even was until I got on the internet and research the name. You would think the doctor that diagnosed it would have told me more. If you don’t know, Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone called thyroxine. Thyroxine is responsible for regulating the way that the body uses energy. The use of energy in the body is known as metabolism, which is how the body breaks down foods and drinks and converts it into energy. With low or insufficient thyroxine hormone levels, several of the body’s functions are slowed down which can lead to dry skin, memory problems, and fatigue.
Thyroid glands are located below the larynx on either side of the windpipe. The main cause of Hypothyroidism is as a result of the poor functioning thyroid gland. A poor functioning thyroid gland can be due to the lack of proper stimulation by hypothalamus gland.
Natural Alternatives to Hypothyroidism
However, there are other causes of a poor functioning thyroid gland which include:
- Hashimoto’s Disease – This is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its own body cells and organs. This disease makes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland which in turn causes inflammation.
- Medications – Various drugs can influence the functionality of the thyroid gland and the thyroid hormone production.
- Abnormalities of Pituitary Gland – If the pituitary gland does not function well, it can make the thyroid gland to stop working properly.
These are just a few of the major causes of Hypothyroidism, however, there are other causes of this thyroid condition. This includes:
- Food intolerance
- Iodine imbalance
- Thyroid treatment & surgery
- Congenital hypothyroidism
Symptoms for Hypothyroidism can include:
- Weight gain
- Muscle & joint pain
- Cold intolerance
- Dry skin
- Slowed heart rate
- Puffy feet, hands, and face.
Hypothyroidism is tested through medical history check, physical examination as well as blood tests. Two main ways in which Hypothyroidism is treated include synthetic thyroxine administration and nutrition and iodine.
Fortunately, there are Natural Alternatives to Hypothyroidism.
- Avoid Gluten – Food intolerance and allergies are mainly caused by intake of dairy products; they contain hybridized proteins of gluten. They can cause inflammation of thyroid gland and hence affecting its functionality.
- Check the iodine levels – If you have a low iodine level, use the organic liquid or kelp supplements to raise your iodine level.
- Eat a natural diet – processed foods, preservatives, colors etc. should be avoided. Instead, go for pure and natural foods for a better thyroid health.
- Apples and pears – These wonderful fruits have been discovered to contain hormone balancing characteristics and therefore will keep thyroid hormone in check.
- Coconut oil – it is known for its role in speeding up metabolism rate and it encourages the production of thyroid hormone.
- Avoid stress – Thyroid is very sensitive gland and it is highly reactive to stress. So, you should practice relaxation.
- Maintain a healthy gut – Thyroid functions depend on having enough supply of healthy gut bacteria which makes it important to take probiotic supplements.
- Include selenium in your diet – Selenium improves the thyroid gland functionality. Some best sources of selenium include Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, salmon, among others.
- Reduce carbohydrate intake – Excess carbs tends to increase estrogen which can negatively influence the thyroid. You can replace carbs intake with healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado, chia, among others.
Treatment involves hormone regulation. There are medications that do that but in the long run, they may actually do more harm to your body than good. With natural ways of treating Hypothyroidism, you stand a better chance of making the thyroid gland resume normal operation without endangering your other body functions.
>>>>I take Armour – but I am still feeling the symptoms as stated above. So, you could say, I am still on the road to a better me, and have not yet received either the right medication or the correct dosage. It’s frustrating, to say the least. I also fired my last doctor because she had no clue how to treat thyroid disease the correct way…or should I say, my way – all natural.
Bottom line, whether you’re a woman, man, or child, if you have these symptoms as stated above, make an appointment with doctor…and have list in-hand with questions. Do not leave their office until the doctor has answered your questions. Treating thyroid disease can be tricky (I know, I’ve been told by every healthcare professional I’ve talked with). Don’t hesitate to find another doctor if yours isn’t providing you with good solid answers AND ways to treat it naturally while on medication – ex. what foods to eat – what foods to not eat – staying away from certain chemicals, etc. There’s more to it than just taking a pill, and coming back in 3 months. Please do your own research on Natural Alternatives to Hypothyroidism.
PS. I am not a medical profession, and I don’t mean to treat anyone. I am just a woman who has Hypothyroidism.