There are some natural ways to support your thyroid, and ensure it functions optimally. You may want to find a holistic practitioner, such as a naturopath, in your area. Naturopathic doctors can assist you with natural ways of treating the root cause of illness, rather than just treating the symptoms.
The thyroid is, after all, considered the “Master” in controlling your body’s metabolism. It needs to be treated with respect, so that you can feel better.
Here are three natural treatments that you can do to support your thyroid:
1. Detoxify your liver
Maybe you are asking yourself what your liver has to do with your thyroid. The answer is, “lots!” Your liver is a very important organ, as one of its roles is to filter blood and detoxify it as it passes through the liver. Therefore, it is the main detoxification organ in your body, as everything you consume (alcohol, medications, etc.) eventually makes its way through your liver. Your liver is also responsible for converting the T4 (Thyroxine) hormone into the more active T3 form.
You want to keep your liver running efficiently, so you should detoxify it regularly. Naturopaths and other holistic practitioners can prescribe supplements and methods of doing this detoxification.
2. Ensure you get enough iodine
If you are including iodized salt in your diet, you are probably okay. However, as many people try to cut back on their salt intake for other health reasons such as maintaining healthy blood pressures, they also reduce their intake of iodine.
Natural forms of iodone can also be found in seaweed. You can buy dry seaweed that you can add in casseroles, soups, salads, and anything else you are eating.
3. Eat certain foods that support your thyroid, and avoid or lessen consumption of others that do not.
As Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine…”
Foods to include in your diet include:
Low-fat dairy such as milk, ice cream, cheese, and yogurt (although dairy is controversial, especially for those with food sensitivities)
Avoid or lessen consumption of foods such as:
cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale
Some foods are considered “goitrogenic,” meaning they cause the thyroid to function more slowly, making hypothyroid symptoms worse.
Other foods that do not support your thyroid’s functioning include:
Soy products (soy milk, soy shakes, etc)
Foods containing gluten
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