Natural Remedies to Overcome Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

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What is it?

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland (butterfly shaped organ located in the throat) does not secrete enough thyroid hormone. It occurs more commonly in women and the chance of the disease occurring increases as age increases.

  • Normal thyroid stimulating hormone levels:

    • TSH levels: 0.5-5.0 mIU/L

    • FT4 levels: 0.8-2.7 ng/dL

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What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms people experience:

  • Fatigue

  • Weight Gain

  • Decreased Appetite 

  • Muscle Cramps

  • Cold Intolerance

  • Depression

All of the symptoms listed above would be major obstacles that people with the condition will have to face along their fitness journey. 

How can we combat the symptoms?

First, being in the right head space is key. You must be determined to push through when the difficult days come.  Adding in fatigue and cold intolerance adds to the difficulty. There are some homeopathic and over the counter remedies that can be used for non-pharm therapy. 

  • Fatigue

    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)- needed o release energy in food

      • Dried beans, peas, & peanuts

    • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)-helps in breakdown of proteins for energy

      • Nuts, yeast, & potatoes 

  • Muscle Cramps

    • Potassium- regulates water balance in cells

      • Bananas, oranges, & potatoes 

  • Cold intolerance

    • Heating pads/hot baths

    • Adequate Sleep

    • Balancing Blood Sugar

      • Low blood sugar weakens the thyroid

    • Vitamin D

      • Low levels can worse autoimmune diseases

Medications your MD may prescribe:

  • Levothyroxine

  • Armour Thyroid

  • Liothyronine


STEPS TO NATURAL HEALING

STEP 1: Eliminate the causes of thyroid dysfunction, such as inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, changes in hormones due to stress as well as overuse of medications. The hypothyroidism diet eliminates foods that can cause inflammation and immune reactions and instead focuses on foods that help heal the GI tract, balance hormones and reduce inflammation.

STEP 2: Foods to start eliminating from your dietary regimen

  • Gluten

  • Conventional Dairy

  • Sugar 

  • Refined Flour Products 

  • Tap Water

STEP 3: Natural remedies to reduce inflammation of the thyroid

  • Ashwagandha (500 mg daily)

  • Fish Oil (1000 mg daily)

  • Vitamin B-complex (200 mcg daily)

  • Selenium (150-300 mcg daily)

  • Probiotic (500 Bil CFUs per serving)

  • L-tyrosine (500 mg 2x daily)

STEP 4: Foods to begin including into your regimen

  • Clean water

  • High fibrous foods

  • Probiotic-rich foods: kefir (a fermented dairy product), organic goat’s milk yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, natto, sauerkraut and other fermented veggies

  • Coconut oil

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) :

    • Alaskan salmon, Atlantic mackerel and Pacific sardines

Goals

The main goal is to get back into normal thyroid range. Once back into normal range the symptom severity will decrease. Less symptoms that are present means less obstacles from achieving your health and fitness goals!