Natural Ways to Help Treat Hypothyroidism

· September 22, 2014
There are subtle symptoms that can help you detect this difficult-to-diagnose disease: pale complexion, hair loss, thinning in the outer corners of the eyebrows, and very dry skin.

Hypothyroidism, which affects 3% of the population, is a decrease in thyroid hormone levels. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, feeling cold, unexplained weight gain and loss, anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues. Today, we’re going to show you some natural ways to help treat hypothyroidism.

Recommended foods for hypothyroidism

If you have this condition, it’s good for you to eat the following foods regularly:

  • Parsley
  • Eggs
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Almonds
  • Watercress
  • Cucumbers
  • Peas
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Iodized salt or sea salt
  • Seafood and iodine-rich algaes like kelp, fucus, and spirulina
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

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If you don’t like algae (we recommend the organic kind, so that it doesn’t contain toxic substances), you can take it as a pill supplement. Besides giving you iodine, it also provides many other minerals and essential amino acids that are beneficial for your body.

Another option would be to prepare an algae salt.  To do this, you should grind up sea salt and the algae of your choice, along with some aromatic herbs. Then, mix everything and store it in an airtight container.  The salt will act as a preservative.  You can then use the mixture the same way you would normally use salt in soups, stews, etc.

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On the other hand, you should avoid the following foods, because they block your body’s iodine absorption:

  • Purple cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Soy
  • Peaches
  • Beans
  • Lima beans
  • Processed foods
  • Refined foods
  • Tap water

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You should also prepare mint and ginger infusions and make foods with small quantities of cayenne.

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Natural medicine to help treat hypothyroidism

Together with a naturopath, you can determine if it would be good for you to take homeopathic treatments (Kali iodatum or Magnesium phosphorica, for example), or trace elements (gold, iodine, lithium, copper manganese, or copper zinc).

With  emotional issues, you can turn to the Bach flower. Wild rose (rosa acicularis) can help treat hypothyroidism if you’re dealing with things like submissiveness, apathy, and lack of interest.  But it’s always best to have a specialist evaluate your emotional health before you try any treatments.

Other advice

Exercise is a great way to stimulate the thyroid gland, so doing it regularly is a great natural way to treat conditions like hypothyroidism.

Hydrotherapy (therapy with water of different temperatures on different parts of the body) can also help you stimulate and relax your body in a natural way.

Lastly, you can try acupuncture. This involves inserting extremely fine-tipped needles in specific parts of your body to help regulate thyroid function. You should attend several sessions, and of course, find a skilled professional to do this therapy for you.

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