Hypothyroidism, caused by a thyroid that doesn’t produce enough of the hormones your body needs, can create several medical issues. I’ve written before about the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and it’s something that does need to be treated.
Untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to several complications. A common complication is a goiter—an enlargement of the thyroid gland that is visible on the neck. Mental health problems including depression and slowed mental functioning sometimes accompany hypothyroidism.
Infertility and birth defects may also arise from untreated hypothyroidism, as well as heart problems, neuropathy, and, in extreme cases, a life-threatening condition called Myxedema. Myxedema is characterized by extreme cold intolerance, drowsiness, significant lethargy and unconsciousness. It is a condition that requires emergency medical attention.
There are multiple drug options to treat the low hormone levels of hypothyroidism. But there are some natural routes you can take for treatment as well, including animal thyroid medications. Before you begin any treatment regimen, be sure to discuss your plans with a doctor so he or she can help you evaluate any complications.
What does it look like to naturally treat hypothyroidism?
Avoid gluten and a1 casein: Thyroid issues can be triggered by thyroid inflammation caused by a “leaky gut.” Gluten and a1 casein (a protein found in some dairy products) are common food intolerances that can contribute to this.
Get more selenium: This mineral has antioxidant properties and can be found in brazil nuts, beef, mushrooms, and onions.
Less sugar and grains, more healthy fats: Healthy fats help our body balance hormones. You can find them in plant products like coconut oil and milk, avocado, and chia, flax, and hemp seeds. Animal sources include wild salmon and grass-fed beef.
Consider Ashwagandha: This is an adaptogen herb, and it helps your body respond to stress. Other adaptogen herbs include rhodiola, holy basil, ginseng, and licorice root.
Reduce stress: Speaking of stress, mental stress does put physical stress and strain on your body. Find ways to relax by practicing yoga, deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and getting outside!
For more natural ways to treat hypothyroidism, give us a call. We’d love to talk with you about any diet and lifestyle adjustments that can help you live a healthier life.