3 Natural Treatments for an Underactive Thyroid

There are some natural ways to support your thyroid, and ensure it functions optimally. You may want to find a doctor that practices functional medicine. A functional medical doctor can assist you with natural ways of treating the root cause of illness, rather than just treating the symptoms with medication.

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.

2. Ensure you get enough iodine, BUT…..
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. One BIG exception to the iodine rule: if you’ve been diagnosed with or think you may have Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroiditis), iodine may make you worse if there is a selenium deficiency. Selenium protects against the effects of iodine toxicity. If you increase iodine without checking for a selenium deficiency, you can not only create Hashimotos but make it worse if you have already been diagnosed with it. Make sure your doctor is testing for this before any iodine therapy is undertaken.

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:

• Eggs

• Grass-fed beef

• Wild caught saltwater fish

• Cultured or fermented dairy (cheese or yogurt) from grass-fed sources

Avoid or lessen consumption of foods such as:

Some foods are considered “goitrogenic,” meaning they cause the thyroid to function more slowly, making hypothyroid symptoms worse.

The foods that fall in this category include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale.

Other foods that do not support your thyroid’s functioning include:

• Peanuts

• Corn

• Almonds

• Soy products (soy milk, soy shakes, etc)

• Spinach

• Peaches

• Pears

• Turnips

• Foods containing gluten

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