Did you know that despite its small size, the thyroid gland effects nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body? This is why a properly functioning thyroid is so important. Surprisingly, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and yet, 60 percent are unaware that they have such a condition, according to the American Thyroid Association.
One major type of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid produces too little hormone. When this happens, you may experience such symptoms as muscle cramps, constipation, weight gain, fatigue, and memory loss. You may also experience hair loss, dry skin, cold intolerance, low libido, depression, and general weakness.
To combat hypothyroidism, Healthy Food House recommends making a home remedy tea. Simply boil 2 glasses of water. Add 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger, 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 cup cranberry juice. Let the solution sit for 20 minutes. When you are ready to drink the tea, add 3/4 tablespoon orange juice and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. The tea has the added benefit of boosting both your metabolism and immune system and infusing your body with a host of vitamins.
According to Endocrine Web, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, as well as vitamin-D and omega-3 rich foods like salmon and olive oil can help ease hypothyroid symptoms. The best thing you can do for your body is to put good things into it. When you have hyperthyroidism, doing so with a little bit extra care can make the difference between a symptom-free day and one that hurts all over.
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Please note, natural remedies should not replace your physician-recommended treatment. Talk to your doctor before adopting any major changes to your diet or daily routine.
RESOURCES: REMEDY DAILY, AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION, HEALTHY FOOD HOUSE, AND ENDOCRINE WEB