Thyroid disorders are a relatively common endocrinology problem. The three most common thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid nodules, according to the Diabetes and Hormone Center of the Pacific. Hypothyroidism is usually treated with a lifetime of hormone therapy through medication, while the other two disorders are treated with radiology and surgery by traditional medicine. There are, however, alternative and home remedies available for those who wish to supplement these conventional treatments.
An iodine-rich diet is critical for those with hypothyroidism, according to healingdeva.com. Iodine is an important part of the hormone thyroxine, which is produced by the thyroid gland. An underactive thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of this hormone, which slows down the metabolism. You can increase your iodine intake through dietary choices by eating foods like shellfish, seafood and iodized salt. This compensates for the body’s lack of natural iodine production. You can also purchase iodine drops at a health food store. These drops can be added to your food and drinks in order to increase your daily iodine intake.
Dietary changes can either boost or suppress your thyroid activity, depending on the nature of your thyroid disorder. According to healingdeva.com, broccoli, spinach, mustard greens, turnips, kale, soy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and beans all have a repressive effect on the thyroid. You can add these to your diet if you have hyperthyroidism and avoid them if your thyroid is sluggish.
Herbal remedies for thyroid disorders can be taken as teas, pills or drops added to food and drink. Many herbs are available in a variety of preparations, depending on the supplier you choose to use. Nativeremedies.com recommends ayurvedic herbal treatments such as triphala, guggul and ginger for thyroid. David Hoffman of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists further recommends the use of bladderwack for hypothyroidism and bugleweed for hyperthyroidism.