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hypothyroid symptom helper

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be draining! Even when you are taking your medication it can take a while before seeing the relief that you desire. What if there was some way to alleviate some of those symptoms? What if, in order to do that all you had to do was walk to your kitchen? While you can’t heal hypothyroidism through foods and supplements they can definitely help you cope with the condition a little better.

Coconut Oil

There has been hype about coconut oil’s healing powers and we’d like to set the record straight. Coconut oil won’t heal your hypothyroidism or thyroid condition. However, it has the potential to help with some of the symptoms associated with thyroid conditions. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is made up of primarily medium-chain fatty acids (MCTS). These fatty acids are known to increase the metabolism, which the thyroid is the center of, and help with weight loss, a common symptom of hypothyroidism. Also, it has been shown to help raise the basal body temperature. However, when you are out shopping for this remedy, make sure to pick up virgin coconut oil.

Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidant-rich foods include things like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, walnuts, artichoke hearts, and pecans, just to name a few. Antioxidants are important because they are a compound that has the ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are highly-oxygenated compounds produced in the body during metabolism. These compounds are toxic to the cells. A thyroid dysfunction can allow the buildup of free radicals and reduce the amount of antioxidants.

Siberian Ginseng

One unknown herb that can help your hypothyroid symptoms is the Siberian ginseng. It also goes by the name of eleutherococcus senticosus. It is a small, woody shrub that is native to eastern and northeastern Asia. Siberian ginseng has been found to affect the adrenals in a positive way. The adrenal glands or suprarenal glands are a part of the endocrine system and they produce a variety of hormones. These glands work in conjunction with the thyroid to help regulate metabolic functions and aid the immune system. The ginseng can help these glands work more efficiently, as well as boost the immune system. It also helps with fatigue, a common symptom among hypothyroid patients.

Now there are other foods and supplements that can help with your symptoms and make them a little more bearable. However, while you are out looking for these items make sure you know what to avoid, too! Try to steer clear of things like soybeans (and other soy based products), peaches, flax seed, and pears. Theses, among others, fall into the goitrogen category. Goitrogens are substances that disrupt the thyroid function. If you have any foods or supplements that have helped you, please share them with us in the comment section!

About the Author

Naomi Parker

Patient Advocate

Naomi Parker is a patient advocate that is enthralled by the medical field. Hypothyroidism became a topic of interest over the last few years while she worked amongst alternative medicine doctors as a front office assistant. She believes that information is key and strives to become better informed so as to help others achieve success and wellness.

Naomi has written various articles concerning hypothyroidism including information on diagnostics and treatment. She enjoys learning alongside others and passing on vital information regarding this condition. Naomi is actively monitoring and writing for the National Academy of Hypothyroidism both on the site and social media.

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