If you suffer from an underactive thyroid, you will know that the condition is not an easy one to treat. Recovery takes time and there are only limited hypothyroidism treatment options available from conventional medical practitioners. These treatments work, but using the right natural supplements for hypothyroidism can really help to speed up the recovery process.
Normally, but not always, your doctor will prescribe iodine tablets as part of your treatment regime. Iodine is a natural substance and given the fact that one of the main underlying causes of an underactive thyroid is a lack of iodine it is the most common treatment solution offered. In most cases, it makes a big difference and over time really helps.
However, you should also consider taking other hypothyroid supplements. Doing so can help to speed up your recovery because you will be tackling the underlying cause of the disease and will be doing so from more than one angle.
Are Supplements for Hypothyroidism Safe?
Firstly, a note of caution, if you are going to take natural supplements for your hypothyroidism you need to do some research. It is important to understand what is in each supplements and how they work and help. That way you can make an informed decision before taking them.
On this website, you will find articles about many of the natural treatments that are designed to help speed up recovery from hypothyroidism. My aim is to make you aware of your options and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about taking herbal remedies for your thyroid condition. This website is focusing on natural thyroid support. You must follow your doctors’ order for your hypothyroid treatment.
If you are being treated by your doctor for hypothyroidism speak to him or her about adding natural remedies to your treatment regime. This will help your doctor to track your progress and avoid any confusion over your treatment.
An Overview of Natural Thyroid Supplements
There are several natural supplements available for hypothyroid sufferers. However, your first step should always be to improve your diet. You really are what you eat, so a healthy diet is vital.
The Role of a Healthy Diet and Nutrition
A lack of essential vitamins and minerals can be the root cause of thyroid issues. Our bodies are not able to store reserves of some of the vitamins and minerals that we need to stay healthy.
Iodine is an example, if you do not eat enough iodine rich foods your body will not have enough available to use. A lack of iodine in your diet will eventually have a detrimental effect on your health.
Fortunately, this is not the case with all vitamins and minerals. The body stores other vitamins, such as vitamin C. That means if you don’t eat enough vitamin C for a few weeks, provided you have good reserves, your body will be able to function normally, at least for a while. Only once the reserves are gone will problems occur.
So, a healthy diet is essential to keep the vitamins and minerals your thyroid needs at an optimum level.
A Good Multivitamin
That said if your body’s reserves of essential vitamins and minerals are depleted just following a healthy diet will not be enough. You have to give your body a boost.
The best way to do this is to take a good quality multi-vitamin. Choose a good quality brand rather than buying the cheapest one.
It is important to use a broad spectrum multivitamin. Iodine and selenium are both important for hypothyroid sufferers, and not all OTC supplements contain them.
You need range of vitamins and minerals to cover all of the bases and replenish your bodies potentially depleted reserves. Usually a supermarket multivitamin simply will not do the job. They do not necessarily contain the full spectrum of B vitamins, nor enough zinc or vitamin C and E to have much effect.
Many people recommend that people suffering from an underactive thyroid go out and buy iodine supplements. To some extent, the advice is sound. Most of the time a lack of iodine is a problem, but too much iodine can cause problems that are more serious. For this reason, before taking high dose iodine supplements you need to seek qualified medical advice.
There are so many conflicting advice on iodine supplementation. I asked my acupuncturist / chiropractor about iodine and her response was: “This is not a perfect world. Each individual responds differently…”
Dr. Richard Shames has an excellent suggestion in his book (Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled?, p. 112) about supplementing iodine for your thyroid disorder… Read below:
Other Natural Ways to Tackle Hypothyroidism
As well as herbal supplements, there are other natural ways to deal with Hypothyroidism. Stress plays a big role in how quickly the disease develops and how quickly you recover from it.
For this reason, it is important to achieve a good life balance. You need to train your mind, exercise properly and take your medication to recover fully from hypothyroidism.
In my research and personal experience, I know that a holistic approach is the best way to cure underactive thyroid, which is why I have taken the time to put together this website. It’s my desire to provide you with a one-stop shop to find natural supplements, advice and news that will help you to live with and eventually cure your hypothyroidism.