5 Important Home Remedies For Thyroid Healing

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Thyroid dysfunction is rapidly becoming a health issue for more and more of us.  All forms of thyroid disease and especially the autoimmune form Hashimoto’s, are a growing problem due to our unhealthy diets and toxic, stressful lifestyles.

Although understanding and managing a thyroid problem can be overwhelming, there are a few really simple home remedies for thyroid health that you can introduce today to support thyroid function at a fundamental level.

Here I’ll explain 5 of the most important home remedies for thyroid health and how you can get more of them into your diet and lifestyle.

5 Important Home Remedies For Thyroid Healing & Support

1  Selenium

Selenium is a key mineral for healthy thyroid function, because the body uses it for the production of thyroid hormones.  Specifically, selenium is needed for the chemical reaction that converts the thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine) into the more active form T3 (triiodothyronine).

Selenium’s other important job is to help neutralise hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural by-product of thyroid function.  Without this neutralisation, excess hydrogen peroxide can build up and create free radicals, which then lead to oxidative damage and inflammation.

These two very crucial roles mean that selenium is one of the most important home remedies for thyroid function.  And without enough selenium it’s impossible for your thyroid gland to function optimally.

  • Dietary sources of seleniumBrazil nuts are undoubtedly the best dietary source of selenium, with only a handful of nuts supplying your total daily requirement.
    Other food sources include tinned sardines, grass-fed beef and liver, chicken, eggs or spinach.
  • Selenium supplementation –  If you’ve researched and feel supplementation is a good option for you, then the most absorbable form of selenium for your body is selenomethionine.  I take Nature’s Way Selenium 200mcg.

2  Ashwagandha

No list of home remedies for thyroid OR adrenal support would be complete without the wonder-herb ashwagandha.  A 2017 double-blind, placebo-controlled study examining the effect of ashwagandha on hypothyroid patients, found that the herb effectively normalised thyroid hormone levels (TSH, T4 and T3) over 8 weeks with minimal side effects [2].  Really exciting stuff!

Also, because ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb it can help alleviate chronic stress, which wreaks havoc on the thyroid and adrenals over time.

The other bonus of ashwagandha is that it seems to balance thyroid function, whether it’s too high OR too low.  And that ability makes it super-versatile for anyone with a thyroid problem.

  • Ashwagandha supplementation – In the recent study referenced above, patients took 600mg ashwagandha once a day, with few adverse effects.  Try to go for organic ashwagandha if your budget will stretch to it.

3  B Vitamins

Obviously, the B-vitamin complex is essential for the optimal health of your whole body, but is particularly important for proper thyroid function.  Key thyroid B-vitamins include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamin) [3][3a].

  • Dietary sources of B1Asparagus, brussels, green peas, spinach, pistachio nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flaxseed.
  • Dietary sources of B2Beef liver, lamb, natural yoghurt, raw milk, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, mushrooms and spinach.
  • Dietary sources of B3 Organic turkey, beef liver, peanuts, organic chicken breast, mushrooms, grass-fed beef and sunflower seeds.
  • Dietary sources of B6Organic turkey, pistachio nuts, pinto beans, avocado, organic chicken breast, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
  • Dietary sources of B12Wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, grass-fed beef and liver, lamb, cottage cheese, raw milk, raw cheese and eggs.
  • B12 supplementation – Critically with B12, all good quality dietary sources are animal-based, so vegans/vegetarians are much more susceptible to B12 deficiency.  If this is the case then B12 supplementation may be a good idea.
    The best forms of B12 are oral liposomal sprays, because B12 is more easily absorbed through mucus membranes in the mouth, than via the gut.
    My current favourite B12-only product is Better You Boost B12 Spray from Amazon.
  • B-complex supplementation – If you’re looking for a good complete B-complex to keep your levels topped up alongside dietary sources, then look for a supplement like Igennus Super B-Complex, that contains folate not folic acid.
    (To find out why that’s important, read my post Why You Should Take Folate NOT Folic Acid.)

4  Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes (proteinases) are relatively new kids on the block in terms of healing supplements for chronic disease.  They’re pretty useful because they play a part in reducing inflammation in the body, a problem which is prevalent in chronic conditions such as thyroid dysfunction and Hashimoto’s [4].

A really good proteolytic enzyme to use for inflammation and immune-modulation is bromelain, which is readily available in supplement form [4a]4b].

  • Proteolytic enzymes supplementation – The best way to take proteolytic enzymes is at the beginning of the day on an empty stomach.  Remember if you’re taking these enzymes to treat cancer and chronic disease, you want to take them without food so they get absorbed straight from your stomach into your bloodstream.  If you take them with food, they will be used to break down the food and you’ll lose the therapeutic effect.
    Good enzyme products to try are ‘Garden Of Life’ Wobenzym and Nature’s Aid Organic Superfood Complex.

5  Probiotics

Just as with all other bodily systems, a healthy thyroid is intrinsically linked to a healthy gut and a balanced microbiome.  In actual fact about 20% of your thyroid hormone is made in your gut, so a healthy gut is essential for adequate thyroid hormone levels (for the lowdown, read the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian).

Your gut bacteria also make up 80% of your entire immune system, so the richer and fuller your microbiome, the healthier your immune system will be.  It’s for this reason that anyone with Hashimoto’s disease (the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism) must look at improving their gut health as part of their healing protocol.

  • Awesome food sources of probiotics – These include kefir, fermented veggies and sauerkraut, kombucha, natto, organic plain cultured yoghurt, kvass and raw cheese.
    For more on this see 5 Fantastic Probiotic Foods For Gut Health and How To Heal Leaky Gut.
  • Probiotic supplementation – Of course this is always a good option to boost your microbiome when needed.  This is especially important at times of stress, or if you’re taking antiobiotics, which are like a nuclear bomb for your friendly gut bacteria.
    Choosing a good quality probiotic makes all the difference, so look for high-strength (at least 50 billion) and multi-strain (at least 10 species) products where possible.
    You can read loads of advice about how to choose a good probiotic in my article – The Best UK Probiotics Supplement.

So what are your experiences with thyroid disease and management?  Do you have effective home remedies for thyroid health that have made a difference to your quality of life?  Or foods that you wouldn’t be without in your thyroid diet?
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