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How To Cure Hypothyroidism Naturally

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Eat a balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants. Pack in vit C from citrus fruits, nibble on pumpkin seeds for zinc, and pop a handful of nuts for your omega 3 fix. Counter sluggish metabolism and weight gain by adding coconut oil, Apple Cider Vinegar to your diet. Get your iodine levels up by eating sea vegetables. Try ayurvedic remedies like ashwagandha, guggul, brahmi.

Did you know that 12 percent of all Americans are likely to have a thyroid problem in their lifetime? If you’re already seeing signs of hypothyroidism like sluggish metabolism, fatigue, or weight gain, you should try and gain control of the problem right away. Unfortunately, mainstream medical treatment can often be quite aggressive, and it isn’t for everyone.1

Some Natural Alternatives To Treat Hypothyroidism

You can help your cause by supplementing any pharmacological treatment with some natural therapy and lifestyle changes.

Consume More Antioxidants

If you have hypothyroidism, it isn’t so much about eating a lot of one kind of food but about having a balanced diet that is rich in all nutrients – especially antioxidants. Focus on getting in antioxidants through your diet to help your body process stress better and ward off the exhaustion that often accompanies hypothyroidism. Pack in the vitamin C from citrus fruits and dark green vegetables, nibble on some pumpkin seeds for zinc, and pop a handful of nuts for your omega 3 fix.2

Go For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a favorite among many alternative therapists, and with good reason too. The oil is made of medium-chain fatty acids that can help with weight loss and boost your metabolism – something everyone with hypothyroidism struggles with. Your sluggish metabolism will get the revving up it needs and you should see an increase in basal body temperature as well.3

Just switch to cooking with coconut oil or have some with a cup of milk at breakfast. It also offers you an abundant supply of nutrients – studies have shown that levels of antioxidant vitamins are higher in test subjects who consume virgin coconut oil.4

Have Some Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can help your body detox5 and restore alkaline balance in your system. It is said to even help with regulating hormone levels.6

What’s more, you should see your metabolism improve after taking a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in some warm water every day. That’s why studies have found regular consumption of this home remedy can actually bring weight loss and a decline in serum triglyceride levels – all good news when weight loss is a struggle due to hypothyroidism.7

Avoid Gluten

Try and lower inflammation in your body by avoiding foods that you could be allergic to, something called food hypersensitivity. Gluten in grains like wheat is a well-known cause of inflammatory stress in those with celiac disease. Studies show that celiac disease is more common among those with autoimmune thyroid disease.8 So go gluten-free to tackle this potential trigger.

Increase Iodine In Your Diet

Your body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone and, consequently, a deficiency can cause your thyroid to malfunction. You may see enlargement of the thyroid, a condition you’ll know as “goiter,” or could even develop hypothyroidism. If this is the underlying cause of your thyroid problem, you will need to ensure adequate dietary intake of the element. Get your levels of iodine up by eating sea vegetables (they’re naturally rich in iodine) or by switching to iodized salt. Other sources include seafood, eggs, dairy, and meat. Just remember, if you are not deficient in iodine you will need to ensure you don’t have too much – which is possible if you binge on foods like kelp, seaweed, spinach, or kale.9

Exercise In The Sunshine

A daily dose of sunshine should be worked into your schedule whenever possible – especially if you have Hashimoto’s disease. Autoimmune problems have been found to be linked to vitamin D deficiency, so a walk in the park or a workout in the sun is never a bad idea. You’ll get your metabolism going and help your body generate some vitamin D to improve immune function.10

Let Ginger Warm You Up

Ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory, is a wise inclusion to your diet. Rich in nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and zinc, it can help improve and normalize thyroid function. Add it to your cooking, make a gingery broth, or brew up some hot ginger tea with honey.11

Eat Whole Grains

Get your recommended daily levels of all the B vitamins to keep your thyroid plied with the nutrition it needs to function. Whole grain foods are packed with these nutrients, as are fortified cereals. Researchers also say that people with hypothyroidism have a vitamin B12 deficiency, so it is probably a good idea to switch to healthier foods that are rich in the vitamin.12

Try Relaxation Therapy

Your hypothyroid problem could be a result of high cortisol levels in the body, resulting from excessive stress. Yoga, meditation, and relaxation therapy can help you find a way to ease anxiety and nervous tension that keeps you constantly stressed and can aggravate your thyroid problem. By gaining control over how you manage your stress, you should be able to better regulate cortisol levels too. In addition, special breathing techniques like Ujjayi Pranayama can help ease a hypothyroid problem.13

Try Ayurvedic Remedies

Ayurveda has a few easy-to-use remedies that can be taken as supplements or massaged into your body for beneficial effects. Eranda (Ricinus communis Linn) can treat gout, a common complaint for those with hypothyroidism. The oil made from eranda, called amrutadi taila, when massaged into the head is supposed to help ease the problem.14

Another remedy is ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Studies on animal subjects have shown that it helps stimulate thyroid activity and can ease hypothyroidism.15 Guggul (Commiphora mukul) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) are other Ayurvedic remedies that can help. The former boosts concentration of T3 hormone,16 while the latter improves T4 levels.17

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CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.