Thyroid health is a growing issue for many Americans. According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), around 20 million of us have some form of thyroid dysfunction (and 60% may not even realize it). When left untreated, poor thyroid health can lead to certain cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and contribute to infertility.
The good news is, you can naturally heal many thyroid-related problems. To do that, let’s first take a look at what the thyroid does for us.
Your Thyroid Explained
While the thyroid is one of the most important parts of our bodies, it’s also one of the most overlooked. Located in the lower neck, this hardworking organ produces hormones essential to the proper function of every cell and tissue in the body, helping to regulate metabolism and energy levels.
The most common causes of thyroid problems are autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves’ Disease. In each case, the thyroid either over or under-produces hormones (referred to as “hyper” or “hypothyroidism,” respectively), leading to a variety of health problems, such as:
- Increased anxiety
- Sensitivity to cold or heat
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Goiters (enlarged thyroid glands)
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodules (lumps in the thyroid gland)
- Thyroiditis (swelling of the thyroid)
Natural Remedies for Better Thyroid Health
Natural remedies for thyroid health are found in nutritious, anti-inflammatory, and organic foods. Enjoying an active lifestyle and a balanced diet (that can include alcohol, refined sugars, and processed foods in moderation) can help to heal a variety of bodily inflammation and issues, including poor thyroid function.
Inflammation (or swelling) within the body can lead to all sorts of disorders, including those that result in poor thyroid function. Healing inflammation begins with an active lifestyle and balanced diet, featuring foods like:
- Olive oil
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collard greens
- Healthy fats from avocados, nuts, and seeds
- Antioxidant-rich fruits such as apples, strawberries, cherries, and oranges
Probiotics and Prebiotics
Keeping your gut healthy and brimming with good, live bacteria is often the first step toward healing any disorder. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, and pickles, along with high-quality supplements. Prebiotics are found in garlic, onions, asparagus, bananas, and leeks.
Thiamine and Vitamin B12 are incredibly important for optimal thyroid health. You can find Vitamin B12 in raw cheese, cottage cheese, and raw milk. Thiamine-rich foods include:
- Brussel sprouts
- Sesame seeds
- Green peas
Selenium fights inflammation and contains antioxidant properties that support the proper functioning of the immune system. Selenium-rich foods include spinach, nuts, and yogurt (which is also full of probiotics).
Ginger is famous for its anti-inflammatory/ analgesic effects and a rich source of magnesium and potassium.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is a natural herbal remedy known to help improve hormone function.
Nettle is a potent natural tonic, rich in iodine and credited with helping to balance an overactive or underactive thyroid. You can find a selection of organic nettle tea at your local natural health food store.
Echinacea is an excellent immune system booster and a powerful help in healing thyroid inflammation and overactivity.
Licorice contains triterpenoid glycyrrhetinic acid, which helps to stop the growth of more invasive thyroid cancer cells.
Iodine is important to healthy thyroid function. The best source of iodine is seaweed (or “nori”), which you can find at your local health food store and enjoy as a daily snack or an additive in soups and salads. Iodized salt is also a terrific source of this essential element.
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