Many people with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are sick and tired of taking thyroid medication, and would like to do what is necessary to achieve optimal thyroid health naturally, without having to take any drugs. Of course some people with thyroid conditions do need to take thyroid medication on a continuous basis. On the other hand, many people can restore their health back to normal by following a natural thyroid treatment protocol.
If you have a hypothyroid or hyperthyroid condition, or even an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the following represent six things you can do in order to help you achieve optimal thyroid health:
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #1: Whole foods are the best. Eating well is definitely important to achieve optimal thyroid health. Many people wonder what the perfect “thyroid diet” is, but it really comes down to using common sense. Eating a diet consisting mostly of whole foods and minimizing the refined foods and sugars is the ideal diet.
Is the quality of the whole foods you eat important? In other words, should you be eating organic foods? Well, obviously eating organic foods is ideal, but is also more costly. I would definitely recommend that you try to eat organic meats whenever possible. As for fruits and vegetables, some of these are higher in pesticides than others (spinach, strawberries, grapes, etc.), and therefore you definitely should try to avoid eating these foods if they’re non-organic. Of course it’s impossible to avoid all of the toxins, and nobody expects you to eat a perfect diet 100% of the time. However, if you follow the advice I just gave then this will definitely help you to achieve optimal thyroid health.
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #2: Effectively manage your stress. Most people deal with chronic stress on a daily basis. No matter how hard you try you won’t be able to eliminate the stress from your life. But most people can do a much better job of managing their stress. One of the things I ask on my patient health questionnaires is for people to rate the amount of stress they have on a scale of 1-10, as well as their stress handling skills. And while many people give themselves high ratings when it comes to stress handling, I find that most people don’t do as good of a job of managing stress as they think. It’s definitely a challenge to do this, but is essential for anyone looking to achieve optimal thyroid health.
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #3: Obtaining quality sleep is essential. We all know the importance of obtaining quality sleep each night, yet there still are many people who try to get away with less than seven hours sleep on a regular basis. Of course some people do attempt to get quality sleep, but have difficulty falling asleep and/or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. If this is the case then you might need to modify some of the other lifestyle factors I have discussed in this article. On the other hand, if you intentionally neglect your sleep then eventually this will catch up to you, and will most likely affect your ability to achieve optimal thyroid health.
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #4: Certain nutritional supplements and herbs can help. Some people with thyroid conditions can benefit by taking certain supplements and herbs. Which ones depends on your specific condition, as many people with hypothyroidism can benefit from herbs such as Bladderwrack and Ashwagandha, while many people with hyperthyroidism can obtain natural relief from their symptoms by using Bugelweed and/or Motherwort. Other important supplements and herbs include Vitamin D, iodine, selenium, Magnesium, and Eleuthero. Of course the long-term goal shouldn’t be to rely on taking herbs and supplements, but they usually are necessary to restore the health of someone who currently has a thyroid condition.
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #5: Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins. Environmental toxins can also exacerbate, and in some cases directly cause a thyroid condition to develop. Just as is the case with chronic stress, one can’t completely eliminate their exposure to environmental toxins. But most people can do a much better job with this, especially with regards to the foods, cosmetics, and other household products they purchase and bring into their home. So simply being more health-conscious with regards to the foods and products you buy can make a big difference here.
Optimal Thyroid Health Tip #6: Consult with an expert. While most of what I described above you can do on your own, if you’re really looking to achieve optimal thyroid health then it’s a good idea to speak with a holistic doctor who focuses on endocrine disorders. This type of doctor will do what is necessary to evaluate your condition, and can put you on a natural thyroid treatment protocol to help restore your thyroid health back to normal, assuming this is possible of course.
In summary, whether you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, if you follow these six tips you are likely to achieve optimal thyroid health. While it can be challenging to follow some of these tips, most people who are willing to take responsibility for their health are happy they made such a commitment.