Are you feeling fatigued lately and can’t figure out why? Or, depressed for no apparent reason? Maybe you can’t lose weight no matter how much you try? These are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. 27 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, and many don’t even realize it.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is the term for an underactive thyroid gland. The thyroid is a gland that is found in your neck. It produces the thyroid hormone which plays a role in many bodily functions. Functions such as regulating your heart rate, maintaining your metabolism, and controlling your body’s temperature.
When your thyroid doesn’t perform correctly, it can result in a reduction in thyroid hormone production and the thyroid gland doesn’t work the way that it should. This causes many problems. There can be several causes of hypothyroidism such as a nutrient deficient diet, an autoimmune disease, and even certain medications.
What are the Most Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
Symptoms may be hardly noticeable at first, and become worse over time.
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle tenderness, stiffness, aches and pains
- Joint stiffness, swelling, aches and pains
- Raised blood cholesterol level
- Puffy face
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Heavier or irregular menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Impaired memory
- Slowed heart rate
There is good news, however. There are a number of ways to naturally treat hypothyroidism and end the symptoms once and for all.
~ Try These 5 Natural Remedies To Help Treat Hypothyroidism ~
1. Take a Probiotic and Eat More Fermented Foods and Diary-Free Yogurt
Good gut health is essential for your body to perform at it’s best. It also directly affects your immune system, which, in turn, affects your thyroid gland. Studies show that supplementing with probiotics can prevent immune-related issues and diseases as well as stimulate and strengthen the immune system.
Furthermore, eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and probiotic rich foods such as dairy-free yogurt is an excellent way to improve your gut health.
Moreover, take a daily probiotic supplement which will boost your gut health, immune system and thyroid gland.
2. Reduce Your Stress
Too much stress can be contributing to your thyroid issues. When we become stressed, stress hormones such as cortisol increase. When this hormone increases, it directly affects the increase or decrease of other hormones such as the thyroid stimulating hormone. Higher levels of thyroid stimulating hormone coupled with decreased thyroid hormone levels can be directly linked to hypothyroidism.
Therefore, reducing your stress levels can lead to a healthier thyroid. Regular exercise, meditation and taking personal time can help you to destress. For more ideas on how to destress, take a look at these 10 Steps To Less Stress.
3. Try Eating a Gluten-Free Diet
Eliminating gluten from your diet is one of the best things that you can do for your thyroid gland.
Gluten has a substantially comparable protein structure to that of thyroid tissue. When you eat a lot of gluten-packed foods from cereals, pastas and refined carbs, it can produce an immune response and cause your immune system to attack your thyroid gland.
4. Eat a Nutrient Filled Diet
Make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your body requires. Some nutrients, such as selenium and iodine, are often overlooked. Both of these nutrients are needed by the thyroid gland to produce the proper amount of hormones.
Selenium is abundant in Brazil nuts, chicken, fish, beef and turkey.
Iodine is found in eggs, seaweed, cranberries, navy beans and potatoes.
5. Stop Drinking and Eating Dairy
When you have an autoimmune disease like hypothyroidism, dairy can spell trouble for your gastrointestinal tract. Just like gluten, getting too much dairy can produce an immune response, lessening thyroid function. Furthermore, dairy intensifies the adverse symptoms that come with hypothyroidism.
A great alternative to dairy is almond milk, and it is quite delicious! Take a look at these other non-dairy substitutes, as well.
In conclusion, if you are feeling tired and sluggish, plus having difficulty with losing weight no matter what you try, now is the time to restore your thyroid function! We hope that these 5 natural remedies can help with your journey to a healthy thyroid.
Robin and the Zen Team
**Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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