Hypothyroidism has been a confusing affliction for its sufferers. Puffy face, extra pounds, dry skin, lack of energy, fatigue, joint pain, thinning hair, muscle aches and irregular periods that often lead to infertility are some of the most worrisome symptoms.
Most doctors’ only solution for hypothyroidism treatment is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to patients. This includes taking thyroxin sodium or other variants of the synthetic thyroid hormone orally. Women may additionally be recommended Birth Control Pills containing estrogen, progesterone or both. However, this cannot be a long term solution as they certainly don’t tackle underlying problems. Moreover, they may give rise to some other chronic health issues as well, which may include damage to the kidney or liver, and other auto-immune diseases.
Natural remedies on the other end act slowly but they address hypothyroidism causes as well as the symptoms. There are many natural remedies for hypothyroidism that can be used in conjunction with or without HRT. Please note, do not stop taking your medication without your doctor’s approval!
The best thing you can do right now for hypothyroidism treatment is to change your lifestyle to accommodate more lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Moreover, sugar can be consumed, but only in small quantities. Even this lower quantity should ideally be composed of honey or fruits, not white processed sugar.
There are many things to avoid when it comes to the natural treatment of hypothyroidism. You should avoid all gluten-containing foods and dairy as well as fluoride in all forms, be it toothpaste or spring water. Pesticide-treated produce is mostly rich in harmful chemical compounds that may wreak havoc in your body, and milk from pregnant cows and buffalos may contain estrogen.
Try to stick to organic dairy and poultry. Egg yolks can be great. They have many minerals and are a good source of protein. In addition, if you expose yourself to the sun for at least 10-15 minutes a day, then you maintain your Vitamin D levels and also help your metabolism.
Include some fish and sea food in your diet, just make sure it’s wild-caught and not farm-raised. Farm-raised fish is inflammatory because of the food it consumed while wild-caught fish like salmon is anti-inflammatory. But beware of high mercury content in most fish!
You can also use coconut oil every day. You can use it for cooking or just take 2 spoons a day with food. Stay away from Canola oil and vegetable oil for good. Use olive oil instead.
It’s very important to make sure that your digestion is in good condition in order to have any success with hypothyroidism treatment. Use flax seeds or fenugreek seeds soaked overnight for this purpose. Bentonite clay works great for cleansing your colon – depending on the type of Bentonite you choose stir in ½ to 1 teaspoons of clay in a glass of water and drink it every other day in between meals (wait 2 hours before and after meals).
Overall, if you substitute a few things from your diet and include their healthier alternatives, you can better balance your hormones and improve your health. Moderate exercising, yoga or acupuncture may make the healing process faster and make results last longer.