10 Ways to Stimulate an Underactive Thyroid Naturally

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3. Iodine

Iodine is a common treatment for hypothyroidism. Most people get their iodine through salt, but those with hypothyroidism need a more stable source of iodine. Ask your doctor for a recommendation as to which brand and the proper dosage. You can also get natural iodine by including more fish, krill oil, sea vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, summer squash, garlic, sesame seeds, asparagus and lima beans in your diet.


4. Balance Estrogen Levels

Too much estrogen in the body slows down the function of the thyroid. Avoid sources of estrogen such as non-organic meat (conventional meat contains powerful growth hormones), dairy products, and birth control medication. You should also remove all soy products from your diet as these contain phytoestrogen, which can cause serious hormonal imbalances, upsetting the delicate balance of the thyroid.


5.  Consume More Probiotics

Many studies have linked the immune system, including malfunction of the thyroid, with the digestive system. In fact, about 90 percent of your immune system lies within the digestive tract. Keeping your gut flora healthy and balanced should become a priority. Eat more foods that contain healthy probiotics, such as yogurt and kefir. You can also consume plenty of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchee, pickles, and kombucha, which all contain tons of probiotics. You can also take a probiotic supplement after speaking with your doctor.

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