The Thyroid Problem

Thyroids are the driving force behind our ability to function. Thyroids are found in the neck area right above the breastbone. It is responsible for controlling our bodies activity levels and the energy we expel. The thyroid controls several cells in our bodies, including the ability to regulate metabolism. It also aids in the fat burning process. It is estimated that 10-40% of Americans have some type of thyroid deficiency (and most don’t even know their thyroid is functioning at an irregular level).

“According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; not suppress the symptoms as is done with medication.” [1]

While many attempt to keep the thyroid in working order, many individuals find themselves on one of two spectrums - hyperactive or underactive. A hyperactive thyroid can feel like racing heart palpitations with bouts of increased digestion and physical energy. Left untreated, a hyperactive thyroid can lead to extreme weight loss.

Both ends of the spectrum should be treated under the direct care of a physician. 

While many opt for a more traditional medicine regimen, others heal from the inside out.  

There are natural methods that can help ease symptoms and begin the road to recovery and re-balancing. According to Chinese herbalism, thyroid conditions are said to form in the heart and liver. Paying close attention to both can help decrease symptoms and stimulate proper activation of the thyroid.

Some remedies to try:

  1. Sup Bugleweed tea 3 times a day.  Avoid teas rich in caffeine.

  2. Cook and season with garlic and onions (both rich in iodine).

  3. Ingest Vitamin A in generous amounts. One nutritious source of Vitamin A is mackerel or other types of oily fish.

  4. Include a supplement routine rich in iodine and tyrosine to decrease symptoms of hypothyroidism.

  5. Increase levels of milk thistle and turmeric for a heavy metal detox.

  6. Lower carbohydrate intake and replace with grass-fed beef, coconut oil and avocados.