Hypothyroidism is a disease that affects the function of the thyroid. this condition slows the thyroid’s production of important hormones. The treatment usually involves taking synthetic hormones to replace the ones not being made by the thyroid. Some people would prefer to avoid taking synthetic hormones because they worry about side effects. Natural cures can help mild cases of hypothyroidism, although medications may be necessary for more serious cases.
Iodine encourages the thyroid to work properly. Iodine molecules are needed to make the hormones T3 and T4, which are made in the thyroid. If a person is not getting enough iodine, the thyroid cannot do its job. Taking a supplement with iodine can solve this problem.
The best natural source of iodine is kelp, better known as seaweed. You can purchase kelp supplements at pharmacies and health food specialty stores. You will have to experiment with the amount of kelp to take. Some people need only one capsule every week, some need slightly more. You will know it is working when you feel less tired, have less trouble losing weight and have less joint pain.
Being a woman makes you at higher risk for hypothyroidism and many doctors believe this is due to estrogen levels in the body. When estrogen levels are off balance, the thyroid can slow its production.
There are herbal supplements that naturally encourage healthy levels of estrogen in the body. Black Cohosh and Vitex Agnus-castus are two herbal supplements that encourage estrogen levels to return to normal, which can indirectly boost thyroid production and reduce symptoms of hypothyroidism. Speak with the herbalist at an herb shop to find the best dosage for you. These herbs will not help if your hypothyroidism is not caused by an estrogen imbalance.
Low Calorie Diet
Regardless of what the health condition is, a healthy diet is the best way to combat the symptoms. This is especially true in hypothyroidism because when the thyroid does not function properly, metabolism slows. This can result in noticeable weight gain.
A low calorie diet can be hard to maintain, because some people end up feeling hungry all the time. To ward off hunger, eat foods high in fiber such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Snack on nuts and seeds rather than chips. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine. You will feel fuller and be able to stick to your low calorie diet, which will lead to better metabolism and offset the affects of hypothyroidism.