Shomon started to feel tired and to experience hair loss right before her wedding and her doctor said that it was because of the stress before the wedding. When she gained weight suddenly and could not fit in the dress, she visited the doctor again and the doctor told her that because of the age (33), her metabolism is changing. She was recommended to do some changes in the lifestyle. She started exercising and put her on healthy diet but there were no results. She did extensive tests and it was found that she had underactive thyroid.

She didn’t understand the problem then, but now she has written eight books about it and its treatment. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, about 27 million of people in the US are suffering from thyroid disease. Its symptoms are sometimes confused for other disease’s symptoms. The thyroid cancer is not as deadly as the other cancer types, because it develops slowly and it can be removed easily.

But it shouldn’t be ignored. The hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause health problems that can affect the life. The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the nail, hair and skin quality in the body, Control the heart function, fertility, cholesterol levels and sex drive. The hypothyroidism, according to a study, is responsible for 60 percent of the female heart attacks. The thyroid problems are connected to miscarriage, birth defects and lower IQ in babies. The hyperthyroidism has been linked to heart failure, pre-diabetes and osteoporosis.

Women are more affected than men by the thyroid disease. The blame is to the estrogen and progesterone imbalance for the thyroid hormone imbalance.  The hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid gland works slower and it produces not sufficient amounts of the thyroid hormone. It’s usually caused by Hashimoto’s disease, in which the immune system cells attack the gland and impair its ability to produce hormones. Main symptoms are depression, losing focus, constipation, joint pain, muscle weakness, cold sensitivity and weight gain. The hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland produces too much hormone which can lead to excess sweating, insomnia, light menstrual flow, diarrhea, trembling in the limbs, anxiety, irritability and arrhythmia.

The thyroid nodules are swelling and they are common in women over 50 years of age which have 50 percent chances of developing them. The doctors can’t find the cause and they do not cause symptoms and sometimes they grow too big and the airflow is obstructed. The thyroid cancer isn’t common and it does not cause symptoms. It spreads and grows slowly and with gland removing, the cancer eliminates, as well. The goiters are thyroid growths caused by iodine deficiency and it can also be a side effect of the Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s disease.

Shomon treated her disorder with Levoxyl which is prescribed along with other drugs like Levothroid, Synthroid or Unithroid. They are artificial thyroid hormones that regulate the hormone levels in the gland. They do not have side effects and they are not very effective. She still suffered from hypothyroidism after one year, and she tried natural drug, pig thyroid. This provides the thyroid gland with T3 and T4.The practitioners of alternative medicine say that it is not enough as the main problem is the non-working gland.

To keep the gland function properly, you should make some lifestyle changes. Avoid white flour, eat healthy diet, exercise regularly, reduce the stress levels, sleep seven to eight hours overnight and tale mineral and vitamin supplements. But, the best way to treat it is to treat the problem that is underlying. The adrenal, thyroid and the pituitary glands produce important hormones. The adrenal hormone imbalance which is caused by stress can alter the cortisol production and cause hypothyroidism. According to alternative doctors, it hyperthyroidism is better treated with conventional medications. There are numerous natural remedies that can manage these disorders of the thyroid glands by supporting, detoxifying and balancing the body and here are some of them:

*Iodine*

The deficiency in iodine has been associated with many thyroid disorders. It is recommended to take 150 to 250 milligrams of iodine supplements on a daily basis. These supplements can be found in pill, tablet, capsule or liquid form.

*Other minerals and vitamins*

Magnesium and zinc are needed on a daily basis, but those with hypothyroidism need also vitamin D3, vitamin A and selenium supplements. If the thyroid is overactive, you should take six to eight milligrams of copper per day in order to block the hormone production.

*Foods*

There are numerous foods that can regulate the gland. A great source of iodine is the sea veggies. Salmon, sardines, flaxseeds and walnuts can stimulate the hormone production. Limit the intake of caffeine in order to control the hormones. It is suggested by the experts to drink tea or coffee at least 1 hour after taking the medications for the thyroid gland.

*Cruciferous veggies*

These veggies like cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli can reduce the iodine amount and slow down the thyroid hormone production. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, you should avoid eating them. It is said that the soy can or cannot be recommended for women (younger), as it is considered goitrogenic. It is recommended to limit the consumption of soy if you are concerned that it may be the culprit.

 *Supplements and herbs*

Lucille, ND, is recommending taking Siberian ginseng, licorice and ashgawandha supplements every day in order to keep the thyroid healthy. Those with hyperthyroidism can have benefits from the stoneseed and the guggul and manjistha can detoxify the gland. Many supplement formula for thyroid contains herb mixture and they can control the thyroid hormone production.

*Chemical and heavy metal detox*

Toxins, pollutants, chemicals, mercury and lead may interfere with the thyroid hormone production and it is recommended to detoxify the gland every 2 weeks. Having steam baths and sauna can help in this. Start with ten minutes and then increase gradually until you reach thirty to forty minutes. You can also soak in a bath with two cups of Epsom salt and eight oz. of baking soda.

*Water and air filters*

The chlorine and the fluoride in water can impair the absorption of iodine, and allergens, pollutants and mold can cause thyroid disorders. Install water filter at your home to avoid problems and use HEPA air purifiers.

*Exercise*

Exercising regularly is very important, if you are trying to prevent thyroid disease. Aim for thirty minutes a day, three to four times per week. The yoga works effectively against these disorders and it can regulate the production of thyroid hormone.

*Reduce the stress levels*

You should reduce the levels of stress so you can regulate the hormone production and reduce the adrenal stress.

*Chiropractic*

It is suggested by some experts that improper neck vertebrae alignment can affect the nerves which control the thyroid and cause thyroid disorders.

*Acupuncture*

It can resolve the disorders by fixing the body imbalances. It treats hypothyroidism. The Chinese medicine (traditional) identifies hyperthyroidism as liver depression and it treats it with chai hu and chen pi herbs.

Source > organichealthhouse.com