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How to Treat Thyroid Problems Naturally at Home

by | Mar 15, 2024

White thyroid problems typically requires medication (and in some cases surgery), some natural remedies can help improve thyroid health and work with traditional treatment to reduce symptoms further. Discover the best natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can try at home.

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Introduction to Natural Remedies at Home for Thyroid Problems

Your thyroid governs much of how your body works. Problems with it can affect any part of your body and mind. If your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism), your system slows down, causing things like depression and weight gain. If it is overactive (hyperthyroidism), your system speeds up, causing symptoms such as weight loss and difficulty sleeping.

Top Natural Remedies for Thyroid Symptoms

Treating thyroid problems typically requires medication (and in some cases surgery) to either increase or decrease thyroid hormone levels. However, some natural remedies can help improve thyroid health and work with traditional treatment to reduce symptoms further.

Here are some of the best natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can try.

Iodine-Rich Foods

Your thyroid requires iodine to function correctly. Iodine is not made by the body, so you have to ingest it. If you have an underactive thyroid, you should increase your consumption of iodine-rich foods, including seaweed, fish, dairy, eggs, beef liver, and chicken. Choose iodized table salt.

If, however, you have an overactive thyroid, you should reduce your consumption of those iodine-rich foods and choose table salt that is not fortified with iodine. Check other fortified food too. You don’t have to cut them out, just not eat too much of them. Talk to your doctor.

Selenium-Rich Foods

Selenium is also used by your thyroid. Your thyroid gland contains the highest levels of selenium in your body. Consider eating more of these selenium-rich foods: Brazil nuts, fin fish, shellfish, beef, turkey, chicken, whole-wheat bread, beans, and lentils. Selenium is also typically found in fortified cereals and may be found in other fortified foods. Brazil nuts are the best source of selenium.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to improve thyroid function in hypothyroid patients. Getting enough vitamin D also helps your general health. One of the best ways is to spend more time outside! Using sunscreen, which helps protect your skin, does not reduce the amount of vitamin D your body produces. Just 15 to 20 minutes outside a day optimizes vitamin D production. If you are still deficient, you can take a supplement.

Probiotics

Your gut affects everything in your body. On top of that, it’s common for some thyroid diseases and some gut diseases to coexist specifically, autoimmune thyroid disease often coexists with gluten sensitivity. Supporting your gut can help support your thyroid. One way to do this is by taking probiotics, which contain live microorganisms that are helpful to your body. Active yogurt is a good way to get probiotics, but you can also take a supplement. Talk to your doctor before taking probiotics if you have a compromised immune system…they can be dangerous and cause runaway infections if your immune system is not healthy.

Coconut Oil

While coconut oil can’t “cure hypothyroidism,” it has anti-inflammatory properties that may help your body’s overall health. It also helps a slow metabolism, and thus can reduce the weight gain associated with hypothyroidism. It also helps lower your cholesterol.

Use only one or two tablespoons of coconut oil a day. It works well on popcorn, to coat meat before rubbing, or for stir frying. You can also substitute it for butter. Don’t overdo it, though, it’s quite fatty.

Avoid Goitrogenic Foods

Some foods disrupt the production of thyroid hormones. They’re called “goitrogens” because they increase your risk of goiter (thyroid enlargement). Reduce your consumption of cruciferous vegetables, sweet potato, sorghum, linseed, cassava, lima beans, soy, and millet. Watch for soy, which can be hidden in a lot of processed foods.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise positively impacts the symptoms of both hypo- and hyperthyroid conditions. If you aren’t used to exercise (or if thyroid symptoms are making it hard to get started) try walking, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, or strength training. Yoga and tai chi are both shown to also reduce strength and improve mood.

Try to exercise most days in any given week. Another way to get more active, depending on where you live, is to leave the car parked and run errands on foot or by bike.

Sleep Well

Thyroid dysfunction can cause sleep problems. Practice good sleep hygiene, such as going to bed at the same time every day and keeping your bedroom cool, and make sure to allocate enough time to sleep. You may find you need to spend longer in bed if you have issues falling asleep.

Stress Management

Last but not least, do your best to reduce stress. Yoga and tai chi, already mentioned, can give you the benefits of exercise and stress reduction. Meditation can help too if you aren’t sure where to start there are phone apps that provide guided meditation. Make time for hobbies, family, and friends. Keep alcohol consumption reasonable (don’t drown your sorrows). If necessary, there is nothing wrong with receiving therapy or professional help with stress management.

None of these things can replace medical treatment for thyroid problems. But they can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. Contact our specialized thyroid nodule clinic in Singapore to find out how our thyroid nodule specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, can help you manage your thyroid issues with both traditional and natural methods.

Thyroid Nodule Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation aims to give patients a non-surgical option for treating thyroid nodules. This procedure is a minimally invasive option that a surgeon can perform, should the preliminary tests determine that you would benefit from it.
The Advantages of RFA of Thyroid Nodules
The major advantages of the technique are as below.

  1. It is done as day surgery procedure under light sedation.
  2. It takes about 45 minutes to one hour to complete the entire procedure.
  3. Patients are discharged the same day.
  4. Normal thyroid tissue adjacent to the nodule is preserved.
  5. It does not affect thyroid function.
  6. Multiple nodules can be treated at same time.
  7. The treated nodules do not regrow again.
  8. No surgical scar with needle mark on the skin.
  9. Quick recovery and back to full activity and normal lifestyle.
  10. The technique is suitable to treat even large thyroid nodules.

Find out how thyroid nodule Radiofrequency Ablation can help you in a minimally invasive way on our blog post, “Thyroid Nodule Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment: Diagnosis,  Management, and Recovery.”

Find the Right Doctor

From family and internal medicine to specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja is the best in the field. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist, Dr Manish Taneja looks after peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms, dialysis interventions, venous diseases like deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins/spider veins/reticular veins. He is also competent in performing newer endovascular procedures such as uterine artery embolization, prostate artery embolization, genicular artery embolization, and erectile dysfunction interventions. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

Read More About Vascular Treatments on Our Blog

To dive deeper into the types of vascular treatments such as thyroid nodule radiofrequency ablation, head over to our clinic’s blog.  Read our recommended vascular treatments related blog posts to stay informed.

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How to Keep Thyroid Healthy for Optimal Well-Being

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid hormones must be perfectly balanced at all times for the body to function normally.

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Caring For Your Thyroid Health

Have you ever experienced difficulty swallowing or breathing? You may have risk factors including a family history of thyroid nodules or iodine deficiency. Thyroid nodules are abnormal lumps (growths) within the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located below your voice box. Even if most thyroid nodules are benign, 10-15% of nodules are cancerous. Sometimes overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue can lead to hyperthyroidism. In other cases, multiple nodules can form in the thyroid called multinodular goiter. Fluid filled thyroid cysts can be one type of thyroid nodule within the thyroid. More complex nodules may lead to thyroid cancers. Depending on the root cause and type of nodule you have, patients can monitor with regular ultrasound or even have a thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAC) if required. Surgery to remove partial or whole thyroid gland can be done but thanks to minimally invasive treatments such as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), this procedure can treat noncancerous and cancerous thyroid lumps.

Types of Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

Watch our video guide and find out more on our blog post, “Types of Thyroid Nodules and Cancer” with the types, causes, evaluation, biopsy, treatment options, and when to see a thyroid specialist. Find answers to questions on whether thyroid nodules are cancerous or not.

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