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Natural Ways of Treating Hypothyroidism

Natural Ways of Treating Hypothyroidism

Our first line of defense in treating hypothyroidism is making dietary changes.

 

  1. Greatly eliminate sugar, including refined carbohydrates like flour, which the body treats like sugar.

 

  1. Limit your carbohydrate intake to non-starchy vegetables in place of grain-based carbohydrates.

 

  1. Enjoy proteins from nuts and nut butters, hormone- and antibiotic-free, grass-fed (vs. soy and corn fed) animal products (meats, eggs), and fish. Protein transports thyroid hormone to all our cells.

 

  1. Avoid soy and soy products even when organic and non-GMO: tofu, soy milk, fake meats, energy bars, etc. Soy impedes cell receptors and disrupts the feedback loop throughout our entire endocrine system (hormonal system).

 

  1. Consume healthy fats from olive oil, butter, ghee, avocados, flax seeds, fish, nuts and sugar free nut butters; hormone- and antibiotic-free full fat cheese, whole milk yogurt, and cottage cheese and coconut milk products.

 

  1. Have enough of micronutrients and minerals such as: vitamin D, iron, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

 

  1. Have enough of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, grass-fed animal products, flaxseeds and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks for hormones. They are critical to thyroid function, and improve the ability of our cells to respond to thyroid hormones.

 

  1. Eliminate gluten from our diet. At molecular level, thyroid tissue is almost identical to gluten. Gluten consumption increases the autoimmune attack on our thyroid.

 

  1. Consume goitrogens (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, spinach, watercress, radishes) in moderation. Goitrogens can interfere with thyroid function.

 

  1. Go for the glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens and regulates the immune system, dampens autoimmune flare-ups, protects and heals thyroid tissueGlutathione is one of the pillars of fighting Hashimoto’s. Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage contain glutathione while asparagus, broccoli, avocado, spinach, garlic, and raw eggs help the body to produce glutathione.

 

  1. Consume probiotics (friendly intestinal bacteria). Thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.

 

  1. Avoid processed food, consume only whole foods. The majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation.

 

  1. Deal with adrenal fatigue; improve our lifestyle –give up smoking, alcohol, and drugs, start an exercise program, eat healthy foods, and follow a daily routine for sleep. There is an intimate connection between our thyroid and adrenal glands. Those who suffer from hypothyroidism commonly have some level of adrenal fatigue.

 

  1. Avoid stress and practice relaxation.

 

  1. Use a thyroid collar whenever we are getting an x-ray. The thyroid is very sensitive to radiation.

 

 

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