Thyroxin is the hormone that your thyroid is supposed to release. Thyroid disease can result in too much or too little thyroxin. Thyroid health is an essential component of maintaining stamina, human growth and protein synthesis, temperature regulation and cellular oxygen consumption. Thyroid problems can lead to fatigue and obesity. Home remedies for thyroid problems may help revitalize the thyroid gland.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Symptoms of a thyroid problem are depression, lethargy, the chills, weight gain, chronic fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, eczema, adult acne, muscle aches, constipation, hoarseness, PMS, menstrual abnormalities, low libido, swollen feet and legs, brittle nails and a poor immune system. Aside from a doctor's laboratory test, thyroid problems can also be determined by monitoring the basal body temperature. Upon awakening, but before rising out of bed, take an armpit reading of your body's temperature for ten minutes. Add the temperature from each day and then divide by ten. If the average is below 97.8 degrees, something is amiss. Have your doctor test you further.
Spirulina & Kelp Seaweed
Your body needs iodine in order to make thyroid hormones, so spirulina (blue-green algae) and kelp seaweed are one of the oldest home remedies for thyroid problems. They are available in capsules from Chinese medicine distributors and herbal medicine supply stores. The iodine that's used to control germs, however, is not the same--a very small amount of this can kill you, so don't try it.
Vitamins & Minerals
Calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, terbium, neodymium, and thulium are minerals and trace elements that are important for the functioning of metabolic reactions in the thyroid. A vitamin B complex improves the ability of your cells to receive oxygen, improving energy and helping with digestion, thyroid function, and immunity. Some vendors distribute thyroid formulas that combine these ingredients. Consult a professional naturopath, however, because some ingredients counteract one another and some are better absorbed in food sources and liquid forms.
Herbs to Treat Thyroid Problems
Primrose oil is rich in amino acids, which nourish the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack and black walnut are rich in iodine and black walnut has an additional dose of manganese, which helps your body absorb the iodine. Siberian ginseng nourishes the adrenal gland and the thymus, both of which support the thyroid. Healthy estrogen levels can influence the thyroid, so black cohosh and agnus castus are used to help maintain estrogen levels. Agnus castus also supports the pituitary gland. Furthermore, Irish moss is said to nourish the thyroid in much the same way that iodine does, and mullein can reduce swelling in glands and protect soft tissues.
Dietary Remedies for Thyroid Problems
A diet rich in fresh vegetables and low in processed foods provides more nutrition and vitamins than the standard American diet. Cut down on pastries, breads, high-fructose corn syrup, alcoholic drinks, candies, pop, and cakes. These foods are high in calories, low in absorbable nutrients. Yellow vegetables, eggs, carrots, and dark green leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamin A, which helps increase iodine absorption. Sea vegetables like kelp, dulse, arame, nori, hijike, kombu and wakame are rich in iodine, as are some kinds of fish.
Increase your physical activity. If obesity has led you into a sedentary lifestyle, start increasing your activity levels. Susan Powter developed an exercise program after having weighed over 300 pounds and then losing the excess weight. She started on her couch during commercial breaks, simply by lifting her legs up repeatedly until her energy level increased enough to the point where she could stand. Exercise brings oxygen and circulation to your entire body, including your thyroid. Getting fit again can kick your thyroid back into shape.