There are many people who don’t have hypothyroidism but have an underactive thyroid. This causes us to suffer from health problems that are difficult to combat, such as nervousness, fatigue or having a hoarse voice.
In this article, we share 7 tips to activate the thyroid gland by using natural remedies.
Do you have an underactive thyroid?
If you’ve not had your thyroid checked, you should know what the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid are:
- Weight changes and difficulty losing weight.
- Dry skin and fragile hair and nails.
- Mood swings.
- Nervousness or anxiety.
- Constantly feeling cold.
One characteristic symptom of the predisposition to suffer from an underactive thyroid is a lack of hair on the outside of the eyebrows.
If you suffer from several of these symptoms you may need to activate your thyroid with the following tips.
1. Eat seaweed
The main nutrient that you need to activate the thyroid is a mineral: iodine. To get it naturally, without overeating, the healthiest thing you can do is to incorporate seaweed into your diet.
The best types of seaweed to include in your diet are kelp or kombu, which are also excellent for cooking stews and legumes.
You should cook them for at least 20 minutes, as seaweed is quite hard.
There are seaweed based supplements such as fucus. However, we don’t recommend using them without the supervision of a physician.
2. Do medium intensity exercise
People with an underactive thyroid tend to feel tired and cold because their basal metabolism is too slow.
The most effective way to activate and stimulate the body, in general, is through medium-intensity exercise, two or three times a week.
Exercise that is not intense enough will produce the results you need, so we recommend short but intense sports, which make us sweat and breathe deeply.
3. Take cold showers
Cold water is another method to increase the functioning of the thyroid in a natural way, since it’s an important stimulus for the body, especially for people who are cold.
You should make this change gradually. The first few times you should shower like always, but then finish the shower with a few seconds of cold water, starting from your feet moving upwards.
You can also alternate between both temperatures when showering.
4. Choose unprocessed foods
One of the most damaging factors to the thyroid is processed, pre-cooked or industrial produced foods. This is due to the processing methods, the poor quality of the ingredients and the amount of additives they include.
Instead, the most beneficial types of food are natural and organic foods that you can eat raw or that you can cook at home.
You should consume fruit and vegetable juices, salads, sprouts, seeds and nuts, legumes, etc.
5. Avoid toxins in your environment
Toxins weaken the immune system in some parts of the body (including the thyroid).
In addition to the foods we’ve mentioned, we also find toxins in hygiene and cosmetic products, the electromagnetic waves of technological devices, tobacco, water and air pollution, etc.
You should try to lead a life where you follow a diet full of natural food products as possible and leave the city whenever we can.
6. Discover spicy food
Adding spicy spices, especially ginger and cayenne pepper, to our food can also be very beneficial.
You can begin by adding very small amounts of these spices stews or infusions, to make our stomach become accustomed to them. After this, you can progressively increase the dose of hot spices.
They will help activate your thyroid gland, lose weight and get warmer more easily.
7. Be aware of your throat
The thyroid is located in the center of the neck, in the throat, and is a part of the body related to the voice. In fact, from an emotional perspective, it relates to our ability to express what we feel.
To regulate the thyroid you can perform a relaxation or meditation exercise by vocalizing the vowel “e”, linked to the throat chakra, while you imagine a circle of light turning in a clockwise direction in your neck.