Thyroid has nowadays become common problem found in all the age group people. This is mainly due to the changing lifestyles and eating habits which contribute to the low iodine intake and other nutrients in the body.

Thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland situated in the neck. It balances the metabolism rate of the body. All the internal functioning of the body gets disrupted, when this hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity.

In hypothyroid condition, thyroid gland becomes inactive, rupturing the production of T3 and T4 hormones in the body. As a result, a person starts witnessing following problems:

  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Inactiveness
  • Dry skin
  • Swelling on face and eyes
  • Depression
  • Irregular periods
  • Hair fall
  • Hoarse voice
  • Becomes emotional

Here are home remedies for hypothyroidism:

1. Yoga

Yoga is one of the best remedies for thyroid. It needs long curing time period than other remedies but surely gives prolonged and permanent remedy to the thyroid. Apart from yoga, it is beneficial for the whole body, one remedy for many problems, all in one.

Various yogas to practice for thyroid are:
⦁ Kapalbhati – Exhaling air out of nostrils with full pressure.
⦁ Bhramari – Inhaling air, then exhaling it slowly with the OM recitation.
⦁ Shaitali – Inhaling with pressed teeth, so that you feel cool in the mouth.
⦁ Ujjayi – Completely fill your lungs, while slightly contracting your throat, and breathe through your nose.

2. Avoid Cabbage

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and Broccoli should be avoided by the people with hypothyroidism, as they lower the thyroid hormone production in our body.

People with iodine deficiency face difficulty absorbing iodine, after the intake of these cruciferous vegetables. And as we all know iodine is important for normal thyroid function and helps produce thyroid hormone.

3. Coriander seeds

Coriander seed is a spice ingredient used in our daily cooking and it should be used in every recipe. Besides enhancing the taste of food, it also has many health benefits. It increases the iodine absorption capacity of the body. And as all know iodine is the main mineral that keeps the thyroid hormone levels balanced.

  • Soak 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds in a glass full of water.
  • Strain this water and boil it in morning.
  • Drink the boiled water.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a high content of medium chain fatty acids and due to this unique property, it is considered beneficial in thyroid problem.

It boosts the energy and improves metabolism of the body. If coconut oil is consumed regularly with the balanced diet and proper exercise, then thyroid can be controlled and medications are no longer needed.s

This oil should be included in the daily diet in various forms:

⦁ In vegetable cooking
⦁ In smoothie

5. Removal of processed foods

Processed foods are greatly in demand nowadays due to busy schedules. People prefer ready to make packaged food found in the market to escape from the lengthy and difficult task of home cooking.

But keeping in mind the health concerns one should say big ‘no no’ to packaged foods. These have preservatives to increase their shelf life. Thus causing hormonal imbalances, lack of nutrient supply in the body. In other words, opens the door for multiple disorders which are harmful in the long run.

So, always eat freshly cooked and nutrient-rich food.

6. Amla

Amla is a powerful antioxidant that increases the metabolism. It flushes out the toxins accumulated in the body and checks the hormonal imbalances.

  • Take amla juice twice a day.
  • You can also take amla churna once a day empty stomach.

7. Tulsi

Tulsi is a sacred plant grown and revered in every Indian household. It has antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties which stimulate the thyroid hormone to function normally.

  • Add 2-3 tulsi leaves to tea. Drink this tea twice a day.
  • Extract juice of 5-10 leaves by adding some water. Take this juice once a day.

Note: Tulsi is not recommended for pregnant women due to its high mercury content.

8. Black pepper

Black pepper is a nutritionally effective and healthy spice that is used a lot in every Indian kitchen. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help balance the thyroid hormone. It also improves the digestive process of body and relieves all gastric problems.

  • Add it in a small amount to the buttermilk you take.
  • Add a small quantity of black pepper to all the vegetable recipes thus serving the dual purpose.

9. Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which balances the overall functioning of thyroid hormone.

  • Extract ginger juice and mix it with honey. Take this once a day.
  • Add some ginger to the tea and drink this warm tea twice a day.
  • Also, ginger can be added to any vegetable recipe and soups.
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