Does Natural Treatment Work for Hypothyroidism?

The Thyroid gland is located in the lower neck of the human body. The two main hormones secreted by the thyroid gland are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones are responsible for the proper functioning of the different organs of the body. The thyroid gland is the driving force behind the heartbeat rate, the overall body temperature, and controlling the rate of metabolism.

Hypothyroidism is the medical term given to an underactive thyroid gland. In this state, the gland does not produce the required amount of T3 and T4 hormones that it normally does.

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The causes for this anomaly are:
• Mutation due to exposure to heavy metals or to radioactive elements
• Iodine and selenium deficiency
• Allergic reaction to gluten and dairy products
• Imbalance of hormone in the body due to excessive stress or due to a diet rich in carbohydrates and little fat content

 

Symptoms
If the following symptoms are seen in a person, it’s high time to take the same to the doctor!

Chronic Fatigue- Even after having an adequate amount of rest and sleep, if a person is suffering from fatigue and can’t keep up with his day to day activities, then this might be a sign to go and check the same for hypothyroidism.

Depression- If a person is suffering from chronic homelessness and depressed all the time, these sudden changes in the mood could be due to elevated levels of cortisol hormone in the bloodstream.
Loss of memory- Hypothyroidism can also lead to poor memory and retention of information. This condition is also called brain fog and can be frustrating sometimes.
Unexplained weight gain- Since the regulating hormones are not secreted from the thyroid gland properly, the rate of metabolism is left unchecked. This leads to an unexplained gain of weight or the other way around.

 

 

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Hypothyroidism
Additional to the carefully plotted diet plan, some natural remedies are also provided to tackle Hypothyroidism.

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Ashwagandha-This is an herb that helps the body to tackle stressful situations by keeping the cortisol levels in the blood in balance. It has been clinically proven that patients who are treated with Ashwagandha showed improvements in their overall health. This is possible as the herb is maintaining the T3 and T4 levels in their bloodstream in check.

Iodine- The inclusion of iodine-rich foods in the daily diet of a person suffering from the ailment has shown significant improvement in their overall health. Food items rich in iodine such as freshly caught fish, eggs, seaweed can cope with the iodine deficiency.

Fish oil-The fatty acids found in freshly caught fish from both the saltwater and the freshwater sources are crucial for maintaining the overall health and functioning of the brain as well as the thyroid gland. Important components like DHA, EPA omega-3 fatty acids that constitute fish oils are the main reason behind lowering risks of thyroid gland dysfunctions. Other related symptoms like depression, weakened the immune system, high cholesterol, and the links are also kept in check.

Probiotics-The inclusion of probiotic supplementary food items in the daily diet of a person suffering from a dysfunctional thyroid gland helps in creating a strong immune system. The same is responsible for healing the linings of the gut and helps in the absorption process of nutrients in the guts. Probiotic food items also help in maintaining a healthy microbiome in your gut and checks the growth of harmful bacteria in the same. Other benefits are improved, skin, proper metabolic activity, and checking of excessive weight gain.

 

Concluding Remarks
It is always recommended to consult a physician before trying any of the above situations. A measure that might be good for a person may not turn out to be effective in others.