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Home Remedies For Thyroid: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021

What are the best home remedies for thyroid?

The thyroid is a condition that occurs because of an imbalance in your thyroid levels. A drastic increase or decrease in your body weight can be an indication of thyroid problems. In hypothyroidism, your weight increases due to the improper functioning of your metabolic rate whereas in hyperthyroidism, the fast metabolic rate results in loss of weight.

The following home remedies can help you to get rid of thyroid problems:

  1. Vitamin A:

    Increased intake of vitamin A is considered to be one of the best ways to deal with thyroid problems. Include yellow foods in your daily diet. Also, eggs, carrots, and other green vegetables contain a good amount of vitamin A and are recommended for people suffering from thyroid.

  2. Lyceum berry:

    It is an immunomodulator (modulates the activity of your immune system), can help to balance all the abnormal responses of your body.

    Leading a sedentary lifestyle will never help in getting rid of thyroid problems. It is important to exercise regularly as that can help boost the supply of oxygen in your body.

  3. Apple cider vinegar:

    It is said to help in detoxification, and restore the acid and alkaline balance in your body. Add 2 teaspoons of the apple cider vinegar with a few drops of honey in warm water. Drink this mixture regularly to get the desired results.

  4. Iodine:

    Increasing your intake of iodine can prove to be very beneficial for your thyroid problems. Foods such as onion, strawberries, garlic, pineapple, tomatoes, asparagus, onion, and oats are organic sources of iodine that you can consume regularly.

  5. Sugar-free diet:

    sugar can lead to inflammation in the body by slowing down the conversation of T4 to another thyroid hormone. A sugar-free diet can reduce the chances of bringing the thyroid situation to worsen.

  6. Almonds:

    It consists of selenium that is a healthy nutrient for the thyroid. It also contains magnesium that helps in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Almonds are also a rich source of protein, minerals, and fiber.

  7. Flaxseeds:

    They are a rich source of fatty acids which are good for the thyroid gland. It also helps in the production of hormones from the thyroid gland. Flaxseeds are a rich source of vitamin B12 and magnesium that helps to fight against hypothyroidism.

  8. Dairy products:

    Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are high in iodine content which is an important mineral in thyroid functioning. Take sufficient quantities of dairy products, It will help to fight thyroid problems by increasing the vitamin level. Add a Vitamin B rich diet like tuna & cheese to your diet.

  9. Eat slowly:

    The thyroid gland plays a key role in regulating metabolic activity in the body. Eating slowly helps in proper digestion and enhances the metabolic processes in the body. Eating slowly is the most effective home remedy for thyroid prevention.

  10. Take sunlight:

    Sunlight contains vitamin D. Deficiency of vitamin D causes thyroid problems. So, expose your body to sunlight at least 15-20 minutes daily, it will help to reduce the deficiency of vitamin D in the body. Take sunlight to recover faster from the thyroid.

  11. Ginger:

    Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a rich source of potassium and magnesium. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger helps in reducing the thyroid. You can take ginger in raw form or the form of tea.

  12. Adequate protein intake:

    Protein-containing food such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts helps to promote the functioning of the thyroid gland and reduce thyroid symptoms.

Summary: Thyroid can be recovered by increasing iodine intake, taking protein, Vitamin A, Apple cider vinegar, sugar-free diet, almonds, ginger, dairy product, sunlight. Flaxseeds and Lyceum berry are also effective for the Thyroid.

Are there any side effects of remedies for thyroid?

The possible side effects could be:

Excessive intake of lyceum berries can disturb your sleep or cause dizziness. In case you are taking a medication for blood thinning, it is better to avoid having lyceum berries. Also, people taking medication for diabetes or blood pressure need to consult their doctor before consuming these berries.

Too much vitamin A can cause nausea, dizziness, nausea, or a poor appetite. It should be taken in moderate amounts. If you are having apple cider vinegar, you must keep a check on the amount that you are consuming. Too much of it can cause health problems.

The acid that is present in the apple cider vinegar can affect your teeth and throat. Its other components can also affect your potassium and blood sugar levels.

Excessive consumption of iodine can lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, soreness of the teeth and the gums, or even throat inflammation.

Summary: Despite being effective, certain home remedies have some side effects which vary from person to person, so choose your home remedy only if you are not allergic or sensitive to the particular substance. Do not use any home remedies in excess as it may be harmful to health.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

The post remedy guidelines include:

  • Maintain a well balanced and healthy diet.
  • Avoid processed foods that are normally packed with sugar as well as preservatives.
  • Stop smoking.
  • When you are exercising, restrict yourself to low impact exercises like walking or jogging.
  • You can also opt for cardio exercises in moderation or workouts related to circuit training.
  • Do not go for excessive training or exercises as that can do more harm than good.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Try to consume less meat, especially red meat.
  • Do not stress yourself.
Summary: Follow proper guidelines post-recovery as well. Take a properly balanced diet food. Exercise daily, avoid smoking. Do not stress yourself. Drink plenty of water and avoid processed food that is packaged with sugar as well as preservatives.

How long does it take to recover or to get rid of thyroid?

The recovery period generally varies from person to person. On average, it may take around 4 to 6 weeks before you start showing any improvement. However, if you notice that there has been no change in your thyroid symptoms or your condition has deteriorated, it is better to consult a thyroid specialist.

Summary: It usually takes approximately 4-6 weeks to recover from thyroid problems. However, if there is no improvement it's highly recommended to consult a doctor.

Are the results of the home remedies for thyroid are permanent?

If your thyroid disorder is diagnosed in its initial stages, it can be treated. In the case of some other disorders, you have to seek medical assistance and opt for treatments that may be life-long.

Summary: If you are taking remedy in the initial stage then it can be cured but in severe cases, you need to take doctor's assistance.

Is there any training or experts required to perform these home remedies for thyroid?

You would not require any special training to practice any of these home remedies. In case you want training for any cardio exercises, it is better if you do it under the guidance of a professional trainer. Also, you can consult your nutritionist for a proper diet chart that you can follow.

Summary: No, Training and expert assistance are not required but if you are looking for any particular exercise you may seek assistance.

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Written ByDr. Neeraj Garg MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery,MD - Medicine,DM - EndocrinologyEndocrinology

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