The thyroid – a small gland in the neck, located just underneath Adam’s apple – has two main functions which are essential to the health of the human body: to maintain the proper concentration of calcium ions in the bloodstream and to regulate metabolism, including the digestion and processing of proteins. Unfortunately, the majority of people who have either hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid) or hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) either don’t realize that anything is wrong or have been misdiagnosed due to the similarity of these disorders’ symptoms to those of other illnesses.
Hyperthyroidism – hyperactivity, mood swings, insomnia, chronic tiredness, muscle weakness, sensitivity to heat, unexplained weight loss, loss of interest in sex
Hypothyroidism – unexpected weight gain, tiredness, depression, sensitivity to cold, dry skin and hair, muscle aches.
Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism
Some of the most common warning signs of hypothyroidism include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight gain
- Feeling cold
- Muscle aches and tenderness
- Stiffness and swelling in the joints
- Hair loss
- Rough, cracked skin
- Trouble breathing
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- More frequent colds due to low immune function
Home Remedies for Hypothyroidism
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that help improve thyroid functioning. It will also stimulate metabolism and boost energy. Plus, it will help raise the basal body temperature which is important for those dealing with low thyroid function.
- Use coconut oil for cooking. Always use extra-virgin organic coconut cooking oil.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may also help deal with this thyroid disorder. It is believed that it aids detoxification, restores acid-alkaline balance, facilitates weight loss, and helps regulate hormones and improve their energy metabolism.
3. Fish Oils
Fish oils are considered good for increasing thyroid hormone uptake and maintaining healthy thyroid function. Being rich in omega 3 fatty acids, they also fight inflammation and increase immunity.
Ginger is a good source of zinc, magnesium and potassium, and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help improve thyroid functioning.
- Fresh ginger root slices can be added to soups and other dishes.
- Drink a two or three cups of hot ginger tea. To make this herbal tea, add some fresh ginger slices to a cup of boiling water. Steep for five minutes, and then add some honey to it.
5. Get enough iodine
If you eat a diet that includes moderate amounts of salt and some red meat, you probably get plenty of iodine. But, if you have given up salt in order to try to control your blood pressure, make sure you have an alternate source of iodine. The thyroid needs iodine for proper function. If needed, get a high-quality supplement that contains at least 50% of the iodine daily requirement. You can also supplement your diet with some of the following sources of iodine:
- Brownish Sea vegetables (kelp, wakame, dulse)
- Seafood and fish