Best Natural Hypothyroid Remedies
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid necessary for the creation of T3. Without it, your body cannot produce the thyroid hormones essential for all metabolic functions. Hypothyroid sufferers may not be getting enough of this important amino acid.
Thyroid and pituitary glandulars help nutritionally support the thyroid. Thyroid glandulars are typically produced from porcine products, so they should not be used by those with pork allergies.Vitamin-D
Vitamin-D promotes a healthy immune system by keeping it in check (immune system modulator). Vitamin-D is even more important for people with Hashimoto’s Disease since over 90% of them have a hard time absorbing Vitamin-D due to a genetic defect. The defect involves defunct vitamin-D receptors.
A Vitamin-D supplement should be taken by those with thyroid autoimmune disease. Although many food products have vitamin-D, they use a form of vitamin-D (vitamin-D2) that is harder to absorb. Vitamin-D3 is more easily absorbed, and should be taken daily. Vitamin-D levels should be in the high-normal range for thyroid autoimmune sufferers. A minimum of 2,000 IU of Vitamin-D should be taken daily. However, many doctors prescribe more. In “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When my Lab Tests are Normal?”, Dr. Datis Kharrazian recommends 5,000-20,000 IU of Vitamin-D (Kharrazian, 35).
Selenium is required to convert T4 to T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone). Selenium also lowers the production of rT3 (reverse T3, an inactive form of T3).
Iodine supplements should not be taken for Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis. Iodine can actually cause Hashimoto’s or worsen the autoimmune thyroid condition.
An overabundance of harmful gut bacteria directly impacts thyroid metabolism. Many people harbor excessive harmful bacteria due to poor diet. This is even more true for those with hypothyroidism since they tend to have slower digestive systems. Harmful bacteria in the gut: dull receptor sites of thyroid hormones, decrease TSH, and increase inactive T3 in the body. Excessive harmful bacteria also decrease thyroid hormones, and encourage thyroid autoimmune disorders. Importance of Diet and Cleansing
It is extremely important to remove the harmful bacteria from the gut and replace them with beneficial bacteria and nutrients. Harmful foods that interfere with thyroid function and performance must also be removed if the thyroid is to ever function properly again. In order to do this, a thorough cleanse along with temporary diet restrictions will go a long way to improving thyroid function and energy.
An unchecked immune system response leads to a domino effect in the body. One unchecked trigger causes another immune system attack on a different subject. For example, a gluten intolerance sparks the immune system to attack gluten. The molecular similarity of gluten and the thyroid leads the body to attack the thyroid, as well. Now, the body is constantly in attack mode. The next victim could be the pancreas, causing Type I Diabetes, or the intrinsic factor of the stomach (blocking the ability to absorb vitamin B12). If still unchecked, chronic viral infections may occur due to a taxed immune system. The body may begin attacking heavy metals and various foods that you used to be able to tolerate.
The immune system may choose to attack perceived threats in any order. The current triggers (viral/ bacterial infections, gluten, heavy metals, certain foods) must be removed before the thyroid can improve.
Heavy Metals and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
For some people, their bodies see heavy metals as a threat and attack these materials. Autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s) increases the risk to such immune system reactions.
A heavy metal cleanse should be done to remove the immune system agitators. Once the triggers are removed, the immune system can relax and the body can work on healing.
Typical Food Allergy Reactions
Look for these signs and symptoms of an immune reaction to foods.
- Joint stiffness and pain
- Fatigue, lethargy
- Foggy, fuzzy headed
- Gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, indigestion
- Acne, eczema, skin eruptions, welts
- Mood swings, anxiety
Foods to Remove
These foods should be completely removed for your diet so your body has a chance to completely eliminate these possible agitators and repair itself.
You should abstain from these foods for at least 2-3 weeks. Then, you can slowly reintroduce them one at a time. When reintroducing a food, weight 3 days before reintroducing the next food so that you have time to see if you have an allergy to that food. Food allergies/ sensitivities can take a few days to show any signs or symptoms. Be dedicated and patient. It WILL pay off.
Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease
People with Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothroidism) should permanently abstain from gluten.
People can often develop food allergies to frequently eaten foods. The molecular structure of the thyroid and gluten are similar, and studies have shown a relationship between Hashimoto’s and gluten intolerance. Gluten leaks through the gut (leaky gut syndrome) into the bloodstream where it does not belong. As a result, it is attacked by the immune system. The close similarity of gluten and the thyroid causes the thyroid to be attacked, as well.
As much as 81% of people in the United States have the gluten intolerance gene. Gluten intolerance can cause joint inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and more.
Fortunately, a wide array of gluten-free products are readily available in most grocery stores. It’s never been easier to live gluten-free.