Getting Rid of Thyroid Problems at Home Naturally
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are two problems arising from a dysfunctional thyroid which is basically low production and over production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid is an endocrine gland situated at the base of the neck that secretes thyroxine and triiodothyronine hormones. These hormones regulate a body’s metabolism process, thus hyperthyroidism leads to loss of body weight and hypothyroidism results in weight gain. Both these conditions can also lead to abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland resulting in goiter. Natural home remedies have been effectively used to tackle thyroid problems.
Iodine is an element essential for normal production of thyroid hormones. Deficient iodine levels can cause hypothyroidism and iodine in excess can give rise to hyperthyroidism problems. So for low iodine levels foods rich in iodine like black walnut, kelp seaweed, seafood, Irish moss, parsley, raw celery, cayenne, eggs, and fruits and vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil have found to be instrumental in curing hypothyroidism. Use of iodized salt in your daily cooking may also be opted for proper thyroid functions.
Bladderwrack also known as kelp is a seaweed high in iodine that help stimulate secretion of thyroid hormones in required levels. Infuse 2 or 3 teaspoon full of dried kelp herb in one cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes in a closed pot, strain and drink thrice in a day as a useful aid to treat hypothyroidism. However, practice caution while taking iron rich foods for in excess amounts, it will only lead to hyperthyroidism. You would not want to cure one thyroid problem and in the process give rise to another thyroid dysfunction.
Avoid cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, for they are loaded with natural compounds known to obstruct and slow down thyroid secretions.
A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to thyroid problems as this is an essential nutrient for production of thyroid hormones in normal levels. Up your intake of vitamin D rich food sources mainly, vitamin D fortified foods, fatty fish, eggs, and expose yourself to morning sunlight to trigger synthesis of vitamin D in your body.
Calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc are also required by the thyroid gland for secretion of hormones. As goitrogen foods also contain these essential nutrients it may be difficult to obtain these in adequate amounts through diet alone, so switch to use of supplements to restore them back to optimal levels.
Avoid caffeinated or aerated drinks, dairy products, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, processed and refined food, excess of sugar use as they interfere with the body’s metabolic rate causing imbalances in thyroid hormones.
Exercises known to stimulate the thyroid may be done along with your daily normal exercise routine. One such exercise form will require you to lie down comfortably with arms placed at your sides, palms facing down. With legs placed hip-width apart, bend at knees, draw your feet close to your buttocks and plant them on the floor. Raise your hips and lower back upwards, keep your neck flat on ground, and chin downward, gazing straight. Stay in this position to a count of five and relax. Do 3-5 repetitions routinely.
A more easy way to stimulate your thyroid glands is to sit down comfortably and bend your head back with your chin tucked in. Stretch your throat muscles, with your fingers feel your glands situated at either sides of your throat and gently tap both sides rhythmically. This will act as a thyroid stimulant.
When your thyroid functions do not normalize even after these measures, consult an endocrinologist for effective treatment to avoid further complications.