Hypothyroidism occurs when your body doesn’t release enough thyroid hormones into the bloodstream. The Problem is usually treated medically but you can also turn to thyroid treatment naturally.
Your thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland that lives in the neck just in front of your windpipe. The main function is to help regulate your body’s metabolism. It does this by releasing two hormones-triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The common symptoms are:
- being sensitive to cold
- weight gain
- muscle aches
- slow movements and thoughts
Some people have low levels of these hormones and this is something that can happen at any age. Underactive thyroid can be caused by chronic or terminal paraditis. This is a condition where the body’s own immune system, which normally combats infection, attacks the thyroid gland and damages the thyroid. As a result it cannot produce enough of the thyroid hormones.
The most common form of this is known as hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This can sometimes run in families and maybe link to other autoimmune conditions. It can also occur:
- Post treatment for hyperthyroidism where people have received radioactive iodine treatment
- After surgical removal
- Poor dietary intake of iodine can be a cause of underactive thyroid. In order for the thyroid to make effective levels of thyroxine it requires iodine.
A special gland in your brain also plays an important role in helping to regulate your thyroid function. This is called the pituitary gland. The hormones it produces control so many different processes in the body. It secretes a variety of hormones into the bloodstream. They send signals to transmit information from the pituitary gland to distant cells, regulating their activity.
If you are diagnosed with underactive thyroid, your doctor will prescribe you a synthetic thyroxine hormone which is called Levothyroxine. It’s likely you have to take the medication lifelong.
Avoid junk food
As discussed above, you need to be very picky about what you eat. Special attention requires iodine. Follow a low-iodine diet. This means you need to avoid:
- iodized salt
- dairy products
- high amounts of poultry or beef
- high amounts of grain products (such as bread, pasta, and pastries)
- egg yolks
Ginger contains lots of essential minerals like potassium and magnesium and helps to fight against inflammation, one of the primary causes of thyroid issues. you can have ginger tea or add it to meals.
Low levels of thyroid hormone has a bad impact on B-12 Vitamin in the body. Vitamins from the ‘B’ family are essential for proper thyroid function. You can find them in
- peas and beans
- sesame seeds
Graves’ disease is known as the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, It is called thyroid eye disease (TED), which can be treated with selenium.
You need to also use in your diet beans, dairy products, almonds, flaxseeds. They have a good impact when the thyroid level is low in your body.
And for sure do not forget to exercise. It will reduce the stress, help to lose weight and keep you in a good mood and healthy shape. Just Remember you are capable of reaching the point where you want to be! Stay safe!