Best Remedies for Thyroid Issues
Thyroid disorders are much more common than you may think. It’s estimated that over 20 million people in the US suffer from thyroid issues of some kind.
Located in the throat, the thyroid gland produces aptly named thyroid hormones. The two main hormones are known as T3 and T4, or triiodothyronine and thyroxine. These hormones are involved in maintaining blood pressure, tissue growth, and the development of bones and the nervous system.
Problems arise when the thyroid gland produces too much or too little of these hormones. Symptoms can include headaches, dry skin, fatigue, constipation, a lack of concentration and forgetfulness.
Once you’re diagnosed with thyroid issues, your doctor will be able to put together a treatment plan. However, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make that will help with your recovery. Here, we’re going to look at two simple “remedies” that can significantly help with thyroid problems.
Try and live a stress-free life
When we’re stressed, our metabolism slows down which affects other bodily functions. One function affected is thyroid hormone production. Hypothyroidism (not producing enough hormones) is the most common thyroid issue.
Leading a stress-free life is not always easy, but there are ways that we can try. In fact, enjoying recreation activities and simply having fun can help to relieve stress. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to de-stress naturally.
Bringing enjoyment into our lives is one way of combating the stress of everyday life. Think about how much better you feel after singing along to your favorite song. Try attending concerts, theatrical performances, and other live forms of entertainment. Or consider dance classes—they’re an ideal way to learn a new skill while having fun in the process.
Socializing with other people can also help get rid of stress. Whether through discussion groups, arts and crafts classes, or playing games, try and get involved with others. Even just sitting and having coffee and a chat can put stress into perspective. As they say, “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
Regular exercise will not only keep your body healthy and help with thyroid issues, but it’s also great for combating stress. With its focus on breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation yoga helps us relax and de-stress, all while gaining some flexibility. It’s a win-win.
Follow the best diet for thyroid issues
Although food will not cure thyroid issues, eating the right diet will certainly help minimize symptoms. Including certain nutrients in your diet can also help restore normal thyroid function.
Iodine is essential in our bodies and it plays a key part in making thyroid hormones. If your doctor diagnoses you with an iodine deficiency, try and include plenty of iodine-rich food in your diet. Fish, dairy, eggs and iodized table salt are all good sources.
Evidence shows that women with high levels of selenium are less likely to suffer from thyroid disorders. Foods rich in selenium include Brazil nuts, lentils, chickpeas, sardines, and tuna.
Antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits are commonly known as “superfoods” due to the good they do for our bodies. If you have thyroid issues, you have an even bigger excuse fill up on them. Berries, seeds, nuts, and leafy dark-green vegetables such as spinach are all super healthy options.
Most importantly, follow a healthy, balanced diet to get all the minerals your body needs.
The natural remedies we recommend above are ones that we practice every day. At Fairview Adult Day Care in Brooklyn, many of our adults and seniors have thyroid issues. In combination with medication, thyroid issues can be managed and overcome with lifestyle changes. Please get in touch if you’d like more information about our services and activities.