Natural Remedies for Thyroid Health

Did You Know…that there are many natural remedies that can help regulate and revive your thyroid?

thyroidYour thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits just below your Adam’s apple.  This crucial gland helps monitor your metabolism, digestive system, hormone balance, weight control, and mood and energy levels.

It’s also incredibly vulnerable to wear and tear.  An estimated 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, and approximately 10 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, a disorder in which your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones.  This estimate is probably low, since hypothyroidism is commonly misdiagnosed as another disease, such as fibromyalgia.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
Manage Hypothyroidism Naturally 

You can help regulate thyroid function using safe, natural, nutritional remedies. recommends the following juice elixir to help treat hypothyroidism.
What You’ll Need:

      —  1 cup unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
      —  7 cups purified water
      —  1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
      —  1/4 tsp. ground ginger
      —  1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
      —  3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
      —  1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Boil water and then mix in cranberry juice. Lower heat, and add cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  Let the elixir simmer for 20 minutes.  Cool before consumption. 

Drink Bone Broth 

Bone broth is simply animal bones stewed in water.  You can make bone broth from chicken legs, which are rich in collagen protein.  Bone broth helps stabilize hormones under siege from adrenal fatigue or thyroid dysfunction.

Mix 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed grass-fed gelatin with a cup of bone broth, salt, and coconut oil, and drink daily.

Go Gluten and Soy Free 

Wheat contains a protein called gliaden, which can cause the thyroid to attack itself.  Removing gluten from your diet can help restore normal thyroid function.

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder, it’s also a good idea to remove soy from your diet.  Soy stops your thyroid from absorbing iodine, which is necessary for proper thyroid function.  Fermented soy, such as tempeh, tamari, and miso won’t exacerbate the problem.

Got Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Disease? 

Hashimoto’s disease is a disorder whereby the immune system attacks itself, and Graves’ disease is a condition that causes the thyroid to produce too many thyroid hormones.

Goitrogenic foods suppress the uptake of iodine (needed for proper thyroid function), but cooking deactivates this process, so nutritionists recommend cooking these types of foods first.  Be sure to cook foods such as:

  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok choy
  • Watercress
  • Sprouts
  • Peanuts

Eat Your Way to Thyroid Health 
pineappleSeaweed, kelp, onions, artichokes, and pineapples are thyroid-friendly foods.  Experts recommend consuming an ample amount of omega-3s, so indulge with chia seeds and coconut oil.

Selenium is an important nutrient for thyroid function because it helps regulate hormone production.  Pasture-raised eggs, wild shellfish, crimini mushrooms, garlic, sunflower seeds, and Brazil nuts are all high in selenium.