Best Home Remedies & Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism...

Here are the very best home remedies and diet options for hypothyroidism (including correct iodine supplementation) that are guaranteed to finally stop and reverse your weight gain and energize you like a teenager again!

Article by Troy Sawyer (Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, Sports Nutritionist)

Updated June 29, 2024 -- This post contains affiliate links  

Hypothyroidism is very easy to cure using home remedies and natural treatments, but you have to be willing to put in the effort (and as you'll see, it’s really not that hard). There is no single treatment for hypothyroidism, it's a combination of supplementation and lifestyle changes that will actually give you the permanent healing you’re looking for.

The medical treatment for hypothyroidism is hormone therapy and powerful pharmaceutical drugs. If you like the idea of ending up with cancer or a dead liver then by all means go ahead with the drug or hormone therapy. If on the other hand, you want to enjoy living a long and healthy life, then read on for some of the most potent and proven natural remedies for hypothyroidism yet discovered!

Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism. What's the Difference?

Hypothyroidism is very often confused with hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism is an over active thyroid gland. This condition results in a fast metabolism and lean body mass. These people can basically eat whatever they like and not gain weight (I know some people, including myself, would love to have that problem!)

On a serious note though, suffering from hyperthyroidism means your body has trouble metabolising food, including the vital nutrients you need. This is a serious problem. Without nutrients you leave yourself at the mercy of life’s horrible degenerative diseases.

Hypothyroidism is the more common affliction and the exact opposite of hyperthyroidism. It results in an underactive thyroid gland and causes problems such as bloating, weight gain, dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, constipation, cold intolerance and painfully low energy levels. It can be a living nightmare for most suffers and although drugs and artificial hormones can improve the symptoms, many report that the side effects of these are often just as bad as the condition itself!

Thankfully, there is a better and safer alternative.

If you’ve tried any natural remedies for your hypothyroidism in the past and found they didn’t work, then you probably made one or more of the most common mistakes.

So here is a list of the best natural treatments options available for hypothyroidism, along with special tips on how to get the most out of these remedies so they actually work. Each of these treatments are also safe to use if you're pregnant and suffering from hypothyroidism as well.

Best Home Remedies for Hypothyroidism...

Iodine: The Japanese consume a diet rich in iodine (primarily from sushi {seaweed}) and they rarely suffer from hypothyroidism.

You’ve probably already read about this treatment for hypothyroidism before, or may have even tried it yourself. If it didn’t work then there are two basic reasons, which are also the two biggest mistakes people make when using any home remedy or natural treatment…

Number 1: You tried to get it solely from your diet.

This is common blunder number one! If you don’t remember anything else from this article, remember this… there are no longer enough nutrients left in our food supply today. Radical farming methods such as the use of commercial fertilizers (NPK) have now stripped our food crops of virtually all life-giving nutrients. Today we are eating nothing but nutrient dead foods!

So the message here is that you must supplement with iodine and the other nutrients we are about to discuss if you really want to treat and cure your hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, if you don’t do this, you'll simply be wasting a whole lot of time.

Number 2: You didn’t take enough for long enough.

This is common blunder number two. The medical profession has worked very hard over the years to scare people into believing that they can harm themselves if they take too much of a particular nutrient or supplement. It’s purely lies and propaganda designed to keep you reliant on highly profitable pharmaceutical drugs.

Do not buy into it!

If your doctor tries to warn you against taking nutritional supplements then challenge him to show you just one autopsy result that says… “cause of death, vitamin C overdose” or “calcium overdose” or “iodine overdose”. He will never be able to show a single one!

So forget about following the recommended daily allowances (RDA) for iodine. It’s so low that you won’t gain enough benefit from it. Researcher and world renowned expert and author on iodine, Dr. David Brownstein, says iodine supplementation of up to 300 mg's a day is actually very safe. But the average person with hypothyroidism will only need to take between 25 - 50mg's a day, depending on your weight (if you’re overweight then you may require up to 100mg a day).1

You can get the iodine you need from a combination of elemental iodine and kelp supplements (kelp also contains thyroxine, which helps to restore your thyroid hormones back to normal). With the elemental iodine, it must contain selenium for maximum absorption. Expect to consume these supplements for at least 3 months before seeing any measurable benefits.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is an incredibly powerful treatment for hypothyroidism. Scientists are just now starting to realize that hypothyroidism is actually an inflammation and auto-immune problem. The beauty of coconut oil is it regulates the immune system and decreases inflammation in the body. This has a profoundly positive effect on the thyroid gland, and in turn, reduces the symptoms of hypothyroidism quite significantly. The "healthy" fats (MCT's) in coconut oil boost energy and stimulate the body's metabolism, which is why many hypothyroidism sufferers find themselves easily losing weight whilst taking coconut oil.

The only oil you should ever have is the raw, virgin coconut oil (organic). Consume 3 tablespoons daily mixed in smoothies, teas, food, etc, (or eat straight off the spoon!) and use it in your cooking as much as possible.

You can read more about the incredible benefits of coconut oil for hypothyroidism here... healthimpactnews.

Selenium: Most people diagnosed with hypothyroidism are chronically deficient in selenium. This trace mineral is needed to convert the thyroxine hormone T4 into triiodothyronine (T3). T3 speeds up the body’s metabolism, which then stops and reverses weight gain and prevents bloating. Many hypothyroidism sufferers also report a substantial increase in energy when selenium is introduced into their diets.

Selenium has now been completely wiped from our food crops and soils so supplementation is absolutely crucial. You need at least 200 micrograms daily for it to be an effective treatment for hypothyroidism. You can easily get this from brewers yeast and a good quality selenium supplement specifically targeted for thyroid health (such as these). 

Tyrosine: As far as natural treatments for hypothyroidism go, tyrosine is right up there with iodine. The reason? Your body needs this amino acid to be able to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine, so it's crucial that this nutrient be in any iodine supplements you buy.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is one of nature’s amazing “cure all” remedies... and hypothyroidism is definitely on its list! You get vitamin D free from the sun so there’s no excuse for this one.

Forget everything you’ve been told about how the sun is bad for you, it’s not! Natural sunlight, especially through the eyes, stimulates the body’s glands, including the pineal and pituitary glands, which are essential for the release of T3 and T4 hormones.

Make sure you get at least 30 minutes a day of natural sunlight (no sunblocks or sunscreens) especially on the back of the hands and face. And whatever you do, do not wear sun glasses! These terrible inventions stop the UVB rays from reaching the eyes and penetrating into the glands. Why do you think eye problems such as cataracts and other macular-degeneration disorders have skyrocketed since people began wearing sunglasses?

Also, be sure to take a high potency vitamin D3 supplement and fish oil/cod liver oil so you receive at least 3000 IU's of vitamin D per day.

Cereal Grasses: Free radical damage to the body plays a part in triggering hypothyroidism. Cereal grasses contain one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world (super oxide dismutase), along with B group vitamins (which promote general good health of the thyroid) and the antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E. They also contain the essential thyroid nutrients iodine, tyrosine and selenium.

To increase the potency of these even more, you can actually buy some wheat and barley grasses that have a small amount of kelp added. Just be sure to always check that they have been grown in mineral rich soils though (very important).

Essential fatty acids: Essential fatty acids from evening primrose oil and flaxseeds produce hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. These chemicals stimulate thyroid hormone production, which in turn, increase energy and help treat (and prevent) hypothyroidism.

Nettle and Bladderwrack: These two particular herbs and seaweed are rich in iodine. Maritime people have very low incidence of goitre (another thyroid problem) and this has been attributed to their consumption of iodine from bladderwrack.

Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism - Foods You Need to Avoid, Foods You Need to Eat...

If you suffer from hypothyroidism then all junk food and refined and processed foods - including processed milk and milk products - must be eliminated. Also avoid coffee and switch to green tea instead (green tea is incredibly good for you). And definitely no carbonated drinks or soft drinks (they leach minerals from the body at a rapid rate). Instead, be sure to drink lots of clean, filtered water every day.

Finally, you must avoid all soy products and goitrogens (cruciferous vegetables), along with all polyunsaturated oils and vegetable oils. These are some of the main causes and culprits that exacerbate hypothyroidism and it's accompanying symptoms. As an alternative for the oils, use coconut oil in your cooking instead.   

To continue to prevent and treat hypothyroidism, make sure you eat a high protein, low complex carb diet (pastas, breads, etc) and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially blackberries, blueberries, goji berries and peppers such as cayenne pepper). Also eat plenty of free range eggs as they contain the important nutrients your body needs everyday for overall good health (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and healthy fats).

In addition, be sure to salt your food to taste with healthy Himalayan pink rock salt (crystal salt) and use it in your cooking as much as possible rather than commercial table salt. Remember this, pink rock salt is rich in naturally absorbable iodine.

Oh, and of course... don’t forget to have your supplements every day as well!

Stick With it and You'll be Rewarded...

So be sure to stick with our recommendations until you completely heal yourself of your hypothyroidism.

“If it ain’t from nature or the land then don’t eat or drink it” is a good maxim to have when knowing what to eat.

Finally, once your energy levels begin to return you can start doing some light, moderate exercise such as walking. Exercise not only helps you lose weight, it oxygenates the body so diseases like cancer can’t get a hold of you!

Good luck and all the best.

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