7 Natural Ways to Treat Hypothyroidism

Did you know that the thyroid hormone affects every cell in your body? Yes, all the cells in your body have thyroid hormone receptors. This hormone helps regulate body temperature, metabolism and heart rate.

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid problem. It occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. And this results to weight gain, fatigue, depression and memory loss.

Now, you may think that hypothyroidism doesn’t affect you, but it’s estimated that 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and 13 million cases are undiagnosed. Get a blood or urine test if you think you might be at risk.

Before I show you how to improve thyroid function naturally, here are common causes of hypothyroidism:

Now let’s look into natural ways to treat hypothyroidism.

Reduce BPA exposure

BPA is a chemical found in cans, plastic kitchenware and plastic bottles. It has been linked to hormonal imbalances, cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.

Here are four things you can do to reduce BPA exposure:

  1. Look for cans that are BPA-free or stop eating canned foods.
  2. Store drinking water in glass jars or BPA-free bottles.
  3. Don’t eat processed foods – cook your meals from scratch.
  4. Don’t store food in plastic containers.

Use herbs

Ashwagandha is one of the herbs that have been proven to improve thyroid function. Other beneficial herbs include bacopa, black walnuts, eugleweed and Echinacea.

Increase iodine intake

Eat more iodine-rich foods if tests show you’re iodine deficient. These foods include seafood, sea veggies, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, asparagus, garlic and sesame seeds. You can also take organic iodine supplements.

People with Hashimoto’s should actually restrict iodine intake. This study found that thyroid function of Hashimoto’s patients normalized after restricting iodine intake.

Get enough selenium

According to research, selenium deficiency can reduce thyroid hormone levels. Luckily, you can reverse this effect by consuming more selenium. The best sources of this nutrient are Brazil nuts, salmon, sunflower, onions, mushrooms and supplements.

Cut back on gluten

Research shows that gluten-free diets can reduce inflammation. Cutting back on gluten will help since inflammation is known to lower thyroid function.

Increase omega-3 intake

There’s no evidence that omega-3s can treat hypothyroidism. But this animal study found that omega-3s can prevent the cognitive impairment caused by hypothyroidism.

Manage stress

Stress causes hypothyroidism and many other health issues. Use exercise, meditation, walking, visualization and quality sleep to reduce it.

Do you know other natural ways to treat hypothyroidism?

37 comments

Sue H
Sue H4 months ago

Helpful information, thanks.

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith10 months ago

thanks

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE1 years ago

My daughter has a poor diet. Thank you

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heather g
heather g1 years ago

I guess the first step is to have blood works - then you know where you stand.

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers1 years ago

Thanks.

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