Hypothyroidism is a condition in which thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. A healthy thyroid gland, produces two important hormones, Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Once released from the thyroid gland into the blood, a large amount of T4 is converted into T3 – the active hormone that affects the metabolism of cells. To cure hypothyroidism naturally, you have to first understand the root cause of the hypothyroidism.
Understanding hypothyroidism is not an easy job, for example; The thyroid and its hormones are regulated by the pituitary gland, and in turn, the pituitary is regulated by both the thyroid hormones and another gland called the hypothalamus; creating essentially a ‘chain of command’ or a ‘feedback loop’ as it’s also known. When one is not working, they all don’t work.
Thyroid command and feedback loop explained
The hypothalamus first initiates the process by stimulating the pituitary gland with a hormone called thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH), this tells the pituitary gland to release thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Once the TSH message reaches the thyroid, the thyroid kicks into action and starts to produce thyroid hormones. At any stage a disruption can occur, causing this highly sophisticated system to falter, and thus produce a diminished supply of thyroid hormones.
Hypothalamus – TRH -> Pituitary- TSH -> Thyroid- T4 and T3
Facts about hypothyroidism in women
- Autoimmune Hypothyroidism affects women more so than men (5:1)
- Women are ten times more likely to develop hypothyroidism than men.
- 6% of women over 60 experience hypothyroidism, and some experts believe that a further 20% have sub clinical hypothyroidism.
Common causes of hypothyroidism
Most common causes of hypothyroidism are Iodine deficiency, Hashimoto’s disease, Post-Partum Thyroiditis, Radio-active Iodine, and External Beam Radiation. Due to our diets and over farming of the land, the foods that we consume now are Iodine deficient. Thankfully in some countries Iodine is added to table salt (and other foods) so that we may get our Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of 150μg.
Another cause of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is stress and high levels of estrogen. The thyroid gland located at the base of the neck in front, furnishes energy to every cell in the body, and its functions are linked to progesterone. Both thyroid and progesterone regulate metabolism, normalize and de-stress the pituitary, oppose the effects of stress, aid nutrition and are blocked by stress and promoted by good nutrition. Stress releases cortisone, which inhibits the thyroid and causes a rise in estrogen levels and a drop in thyroid and progesterone levels. Estrogen impairs the action of thyroid, while progesterone enhances it.Women taking estrogen supplements often complain of chronic fatigue or lack of energy, symptoms of hypothyroidism. When thyroid tests are found to be normal, the symptoms are ascribed to old age. But if natural progesterone is given to these women, their symptoms disappear.
Home Diagnosis for hypothyroidism: How to Take Your Basal Body Temperature
Basal body temperature is one of the most effective tools for diagnosing hypothyroidism, and it’s easy to take and record your temperature at home. The night before you begin the recordings, assemble the following:
– A thermometer; if not digital, shake it down to 96 degrees F or lower
-Pen or pencil
– Clock, watch? or stopwatch
Place these items on your bedside table, within easy reach of your usual sleeping position. When you wake up in the morning, place the thermometer under your armpit and lower your arm over it. Hold the thermometer tightly in place for ten minutes.
You need to lie still for the entire seven to ten minutes, as even a small movement can disrupt the reading.
When the ten minutes are over, note your temperature and record it, with the date, on the paper.
Repeat this procedure for three days. If you are a menstruating woman. you should begin taking your temperature on the second day of your period.
After three days, lake the average of the readings. If it is below 97.7 to 98.2 degrees F (the normal range for a basal temperature), you probably have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
Remedies to cure hypothyroidism
Try these natural ways to help cure hypothyroidism naturally. In some people, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland mistakenly, interfering with thyroid hormone production and producing weight gain, inflammation and elevated insulin If thyroid dysfunction is at the root of your blood sugar problems (and statistics do show a direct correlation between high blood sugar and low thyroid function), it can easily be treated with supplements, nutritious foods and, if necessary medication. When your thyroid starts functioning normally again, blood sugar abnormalities usually improve or disappear.
Early morning sun light
In the morning sit in the sun light. Sun light stimulates the pineal gland(the endocrine gland in the center of your brain),which effects the thyroid as well as all the other endocrine glands. Sit outside within the first hour after sunrise and look towards the sun(not directly at it) for 10 minutes. If done consistently for few months, this is one of the most effective remedy to cure hypothyroidism naturally.
Choosing organic or free-range meat is very important. Most meat, dairy products, and eggs contain synthetic hormones that can affect the balance and functioning of the thyroid. Foods to limit would be more green leafy vegetables, Soy and millet. This should be followed daily for at least three months. These diet changes are must to cure Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Natural progesterone creams can help reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism especially if you have premenstrual syndrome or have entered pre-menopause.
Gluten Free Diet
If you are experiencing digestive disturbances, such as diarrhea, loose bowels, wind, bloating, etc. it is best to avoid gluten rich foods. There is a strong correlation between gluten intolerance and hypothyroidism. Those with no digestive disturbances, I would err on the side of caution only eat small quantities of gluten & wheat.
Avoid Soy Products
Soy contains phytates and CGS which reduce thyroid function. Soy products also hinder absorption of minerals particularly Zinc, Calcium & Magnesium. Tempeh, Miso,Tofu are all OK, as fermentation process helps breaks down CGs & phytates.
Hypothyroid is more difficult to treat without taking some form of supplemental thyroid. However, there are a number of supplements and herbs that have proven themselves to be effective for hypothyroid. As stated, kelp and dulse are usually part of a hypothyroid program and as such play a greater or lesser role in the outcome, The Ayurvedic herbs coleus forsìcholì and the formula called guggul made from a variety of myrrh together with other herbs are used to stimulate thyroid function, Chinese medicine would prescribe deer antler and a variety of other herbs to stimulate yang energy.
Various nutritional supplements can be beneficial for normal thyroid function. These include zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, and the B vitamins riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyndoxine (B6), and folic acid. One of the most useful supplements is the amino acid Ltyrosine, which is effective for counteracting stress and increasing energy.
Homeopathic remedies to cure hypothyroidism naturally
Disclaimer: Please consult your physician before using any kind of medication
Although homeopathic remedies are not a substitute for thyroid supplementation, they are quite useful for easing the symptoms of an under-active thyroid. In mild cases, these remedies may stimulate the thyroid enough not to require supplement thyroid hormone.
Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms in this section, Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 300 potency twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised
is helpful when there is low thyroid function, accompanied by chilliness, fatigue, and a sense of being overwhelmed, The person tends to be flabby and may have excessive sweat on the head at nighttime. There is a craving for eggs and milk products.
Lycopodium (Lycopodium clavatum)
is helpful if you have a right-sided enlargement of the thyroid. You also experience a tremendous amount of gas and bloating. There is a strong craving for sweets. You tend to be chilly and irritable.
Take 150 to 300 mcg daily, or more if under a doctor’s supervision. Iodine is necessary for the formation of the thyroid hormones.
Take 200 mcg daily. Selenium is necessary for the production of free T3, the most active thyroid hormone.
Take 500 mg twice daily on an empty stomach. This amino acid is used in the synthesis of the thyroid hormone,