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Thyroid Benefits

Coffee is such a popular drink. According to various studies Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That’s 146 billion cups of coffee per year! But did you know that if you are taking thyroid hormone replacements, you should avoid drinking coffee? What about settling for a cup of tea? Tea is a great alternative that can be very beneficial if it is the right type of tea. Many thyroid patients have opted for herbal teas (black tea should be avoided because it actually contains fluoride which is known to have a negative effect on the thyroid).

Autumn and winter are the seasons that make us want to just cuddle up with a nice, warm cup of something to drink. However, autumn and winter are also considered the flu season which means we should be taking extra precaution with our immune system. Did you know that that warm cup of tea you’ve been craving may actually help support your immune system? There are so many herbal teas out there that can help do just that (please remember to avoid drinking any of these if you are taking immune-suppressive medication). We’ve listed a few ingredients to look for when you’re out shopping for that perfect blend.

Astragalus- This comes from a type of bean or legume and also goes by the name Huang Qi or Milk Vetch. This herb has been shown to help various conditions, but specifically for the treatment of the common cold or just a boost to the immune system in general. This is great, but how does it taste? If you’re going to cuddle up with a cup of tea, it needs to be a good one, right? Many people have said the taste is a little bland, but after some searching there are a few techniques on the internet to make the taste more enjoyable (try adding a dash of cinnamon).

Elderberry- The fruit from the elder tree is most commonly used for colds and the flu. According to various studies if you already have flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, cough, etc, the berries help ease those symptoms. Also, elderberries contain flavonoids which seem to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. As far as taste goes, elderberries eaten raw have a very tart taste and many agree that they are better cooked in a pie, jam, or tea. The heating process of course brings out the sweet taste of the berries.

Tulsi- Also known as Holy Basil, Ajaka, Albahaca Santa, Baranda, along with many other names is a plant originally from India and used in Ayurvedic medicine (the medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds). Tulsi is used for a variety of conditions including the common cold, influenza, fever, headache, and has even been applied to the skin to fight ringworm. Seems like a super tea, right? To make it even better it comes in a variety of flavors including Jasmine, Lemon Ginger, and Chai.

Who knew these ingredients could actually help us during the cold and flu seasons? This just gives us another reason to give in to the desire to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and a nice cup of tea.

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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