The problem of underactive thyroid is medically known as “Hypothyroidism’’. Decrease in the production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland can result in this problem. It can also be caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and viral infection.
Symptoms of this problem include tiredness, dry skin, constipation, irregular periods, muscle ache, weight gain, depression and so on. Further, this problem may also result in deafness, anemia, hoarse voice, puffy face or slow heart rate. Use of below mentioned natural cures can provide relief from the symptoms associated with the problem.
Natural Cures for Underactive Thyroid
Fruits and Vegetables
Consumption of anti-oxidant fruits and vegetables can help in the treatment of the problem. Vegetables such as bell pepper, kale, red cabbage and spinach have anti-oxidant properties.
Similarly, fruits such as blueberry, cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate are anti-oxidant in nature. Drinking pomegranate juice on a daily basis can provide good results.
Aerobics or Yoga
Aerobics or yoga can relieve various symptoms associated with the problem. Dancing, jogging, climbing stairs and practicing different types of stretching exercises can help in improving the production of thyroid hormone and stimulating metabolism. Yoga can strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Regular practice of sarvangasan can provide the desired results.
Fresh yogurt (2 to 3 cups) can be consumed on a daily basis to reduce the problem. It can help in improving the functioning of the immune system. To obtain effective results, fresh fruits can also be added to a cup of yogurt and consumed multiple times in a day.
Vitamins can boost the immune system of the body. It has been observed that vitamin B deficiency can lead to the problem of underactive thyroid. Consumption of vitamin B and vitamin B12 can cure the problem within a reasonable time. Vitamin A can improve the production of thyroid hormone. Vitamin C can also help in promoting the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Milk, egg, orange, cereals, nuts and seafood can be consumed to obtain effective results.
Coconut oil can improve metabolism. Intake of coconut oil (half teaspoon) on a daily basis can cure the problem. Consumption of food items prepared with coconut oil can also provide the desired results.
Another natural cure is bladderwrack. It is botanically referred to as “Fucus Vesiculosus’’. Intake of bladderwrack on a frequent basis may also relieve the problem. It can also promote the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Lemon balm is a member of the ‘’Mint’’ family. Lemon balm can treat underactive thyroid resulting from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Lemon balm infusion (2 teaspoons) can be consumed with water (1 cup) to deal with the problem.
A combination of dried lemon balm and bugleweed can be used to prepare a cup of tea and consumed multiple times in a day to obtain effective results.
Selenium Rich Food Items
Consumption of selenium rich food items such as wheat bran, onion, tomato, tuna fish and broccoli can strengthen the immune system to fight against the problem. Further, it can help in improving the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.