Treat the Thyroid Naturally
Edited by Saranya Karthikh, Nuance, Alma, Eng
The thyroid is a gland found at the base of the neck. The shape of the thyroid gland resembles that of the butterfly. It's responsible for all the important functions of the body. The thyroid gland secretes a hormone called; thyroxine. Thyroxine is responsible for various functions of the body like the regulation of the heartbeat, proper functioning of the metabolism, growth and development of the body and the maintaining the correct amount of the insulin in the body. If there are any imbalances of the thyroid and the secretion of the thyroxine, the body will suffer. This article focuses on various methods of treating these imbalances in the thyroid using natural therapies including proper diet and the use of herbs. These are easy to follow and essential for the well-being of the thyroid gland, and also improve your general health.
Let's Talk About Toxins in the Body
As Heavy Metals become more prevalent in our environment, they become more rampant in our bodies. The biggest culprits are mercury lead, arsenic, cadmium, and more recently, uranium. Heavy metals poison us by upsetting our cellular enzymes. These enzymes function through nutritional minerals our body's need, which include zinc, selenium and magnesium. The receptor sites of these nutrients are bound by the heavy metals, causing problems with hormones, nerves, immune systems and digestion. When they are present in our bodies, they dislodge minerals essential to our health, such as, zinc, iodine, magnesium, calcium and copper. Invariably, this negatively affects the function of all major organs.
The problem is, the cells in the body are not able to distinguish from iodine, which is essential, and toxins called "pseudo-iodides", like fluorine, bromide, cyanate, chlorine, pertechnate and thiocyanate. Because the molecular size of the toxins are similar to the molecular size of iodine, the cells indiscriminately absorb the toxins.
When using fruits and vegetables to improve your health, it makes no sense to pollute your body further by consuming fruits and vegetables that are not only coated in pesticides and herbicides, but these chemicals, also toxic, have leached into the food, the same way they will leach into your body. Think organic! Eat organic!
Natural Fruits To Treat The Thyroid
- 1Apple. Apple is a useful fruit when it comes to natural methods for treating issues with the thyroid. The apple helps to eradicate toxic substances like lead from the body. The apple is rich in a fiber, called pectin. The pectin attaches to the toxic substances and helps flush them out through urine.Advertisement
- 2Avocado (Butter Fruit). Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that help stimulate the metabolic rate of the body. Free radicals are the rogue molecules of oxygen that damage the cells and tissues of the body. The monounsaturated fats in avocados will thwart these attacks that disrupt the mitochondria. Avocados help neutralize the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, helping to protect the thyroid. The fiber content of avocados help to remove toxic substances from the body. It's always to eat t butter fruit with honey mixed to them.Advertisement
- 3Lyceum Berry (Goji Berry, Wolfberry). The lyceum berry is one of the best-known natural treatments for the thyroid. The lyceum berry helps to regulate the bad cholesterol in the body. It also improves the secretion of certain hormones that are sluggish, particularly thyroxine. The lyceum is therefore known to be an immunomodulator (it boosts the immune system). It improves the functions of the thyroid gland, making it more efficient.
- 4Blueberries. Blueberries are a delicious fruits. It has been proven by the Medical Center of the University of Maryland that the symptoms of hypothyroidism are reduced significantly by antioxidants, which blueberries are super rich in. Another research conducted by Iowa State University, concluded that blueberries topped the lists of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. Aside from its antioxidant properties, blueberries are rich in the vitamins and minerals that improve the immune system and increases the general health of the body.
- 5Cherries. Like the other members of the berry family, cherries are also rich in antioxidants. With this combination antioxidants and essential vitamins, the cherry is very good at protecting the tissues of the thyroid, and the entire body from free radicals. Even the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMMC) agrees that the function of the thyroid is improved by eating cherries.
Let's Talk About Deficiencies
Nutrient deficiency is a part of the mystery of the thyroid gland. There are specific nutrients essential for a healthy thyroid, but often doctors are not looking at nutrition, and what you eat, for the reason behind thyroid issues. The following are ten nutrients you should have checked if you're having problems with your thyroid, as deficiencies of any one or more of them, might be the root of your thyroid problem.
- Protein Magnesium
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
Natural Vegetables To Treat The Thyroid
- 1Peas. Peas, a legume, do more than just enhance our cooking. Peas are rich in zinc, an important mineral necessary for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Women are more prone to zinc deficiencies. This deficiency is linked to the formation of the hyperthyroidism. Adding the peas to beans and brussel sprouts may improve the results.
- 2Lentils. Lentils have been considered one the best sources protein. Most often they are consumed in soup. If you anemic, or your iron levels are low, lentils are an excellent choice. This is especially useful information for women, who are more likely to have low iron levels due to monthly menstruation. One serving of lentils supplies more iron than is required for a single day's work. Lentils are also helpful in lowering both cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- 3Broccoli. Broccoli is rich in several nutrients, including many vitamins and calcium, and is useful for treating thyroid problems. This combination increases the metabolic rate of the body. It is also rich in fiber. The broccoli has also certain agents that reduce the risks of cancer, and according to a recent survey, it concluded that people who consumed about four servings of broccoli a week were less prone to the risks of cancer than those who did not.
- 4Green Leafy Vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are rich in almost all the nutrients the thyroid requires. Iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Iodine is found in small traces in asparagus, mustard greens and spinach. Some of the green leafy vegetables have the antioxidants that positively affect the thyroid gland. Green leafy vegetables also have some amount of iron. The cells are replenished by iron. The combined effects of iron and the iodine will result in the higher functioning thyroid gland.
- 5Brussels Sprouts. Brussels sprouts are very useful when it comes to treating the thyroid. They are a rich source of protein, iron and calcium, all required by the body in order to function properly. The iron provides the platform for the synthesis of the T4, while calcium helps to strengthen the body's immune system. This combination helps to increase the intensity of the metabolic activity.
- 6Tomato. Tomato is rich in selenium that is vital for the proper functioning of the thyroid. Oregon State University proved that tomatoes help to regulate the functions of the thyroid and improve the immune system. According to Harvard Medical School, the selenium in tomatoes helped to neutralize the unstable free radicals in the body. The selenium works to detoxify, in order to protect thyroid glands during stress. The compounds of selenium are also responsible for the synthesis of the T4 into T3, while sufficient amounts of selenium assist in maintaining iodine levels in the body. Selenium balances the metabolic activity of the thyroid, and also throughout the organs and tissues of the body.
Herbs To Treat The Thyroid
- 1Marine Phytoplanktons & Seaweed. Marine phytoplanktons and seaweeds are types of algae rich in trace minerals, essential amino acids, chlorophyll, carotenoids, nucleic acids, EPA, DHA antioxidants and vitamins. They are edible substances obtain from the oceans, where they and their relatives are responsible or providing the Earth with 90% of its oxygen. Seaweed refers to several species of macroscopic, multicellular, marine algae. Marine Phytoplankton is brilliant at oxygenating and detoxifying the ocean, and it has the very same effect on the body. Researchers and scientists refer to phytoplankton as the future of natural medicine because of the synergistic elements contained in it. Phytoplanktons should be included in everyone's diet, but especially those with thyroid issues. They control the metabolic rate of the body, reducing the problems of a malfunctioning thyroid. Seaweed and phytoplanktons are invaluable to an ailing thyroid due to the large amounts of iodine they contain. Different versions of these are available at most organic food stores.
- 2Ginseng (L Panax spp). Ginseng is an excellent remedy for the treatment of the thyroid. It closely resembles that of ginger. Ginseng improves the condition of the thymus glands and increases the secretion of the thyroxine. You can use ginseng in its natural state (root), by adding it to food or you can use powdered ginseng and add it to tea or take it in capsule form. It's excellent for fatigue, one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Drink 100 to 220 mg of the extract of the ginseng in water twice daily, before breakfast and before supper. Talk to your doctor before you start adding supplements of ginseng to your diet.
- 3Vitex Agnus Castus. Vitex Agnus Castus, also known as Chastetree Berry, is an ancient herb known to be an excellent treatment for dysfunctional thyroid. Even in health food stores, this herb is difficult to get, and may be best purchased online. Vitex Agnus Castus helps to regulate the thyroid glands and monitor the secretion of the thyroxine. It can be included in the foods we eat everyday, and used in the form of tea.
- 4Kelp (L Macrocystis pyrifera). Giant kelp is brown, and the largest of all seaweeds. It mostly grows on the Pacific coast of North and South America. Several other edible species of kelp are found in Japan. Kelp has been effective in treating hypothyroidism, as the iodine content in kelp helps increase the production of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Both these hormones help to regulate metabolism. NOTE: People with autoimmune diseases should never use kelp, as it will make the disease worse. Always ask your doctor for advice before adding kelp to your diet.
- 5Ginger (L Zingiber officinale). Ginger, part of the Zingiberaceae family (including cardamom and turmeric), has a long history in nearly every culture for treating a myriad of physical ailments. The root (rhizome) of ginger can be consumed fresh, in oil form, powdered (spice), or as a juice. The swellings and various lesions associated with thyroid problems can be prevented by consuming ginger. You can use ginger as a spice in foods, and also you can drink it in tea (infusion). The ginger has some hormone secreting agents that help in the overall propagation of the thyroxine hormone.
- 6Garlic (L Allium sativum. Garlic is a wonderful herb. It increases the rate of the metabolism, and reduces the fats and lipids in the blood. It also boosts the immune system, impeding damage from free radicals and other toxic substances. It's effective for treating heart disease, purifying the blood, lowering cholesterol, hypertension and maintaining the blood glucose level, among a myriad of other amazing things garlic can do. For problems with the thyroid; garlic will reduce the swelling of the thyroid gland.
Tips and Tricks
- Any bulges or irregularities in the thyroid area (neck), should immediately be checked by a physician.
- Weight-loss and hair-loss should also be checked by a physician.
- Iodine must be part of the your daily diet.
- Avoid ginseng during pregnancy, as it can adversely affect the fetus.
- Don't use kelp if you have an autoimmune disease.
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