Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to Improve the Thyroid Function

In recent times, there has been so much focus on the effect of alternative remedies in treating ailments generally. Some even make claims that orthodox medicine cannot make. This has of course led to most people looking for alternative medicines and solutions to their ailments. Fortunately, some who have used these alternative remedies and have had good success with it. 

Hypothyroidism which is an illness stemming from the malfunction of the thyroid gland leading to the inadequate production of the thyroid gland’s hormone called thyroxine. The thyroid gland is found at the lower end of the neck just below the “Adam’s apple”. The thyroid gland like any well functioning organ does not just suddenly cease to function. Its malfunction is a product of certain unfavorable conditions. So, if certain steps are taken earlier, there won’t be any need in the first place to start treating hypothyroidism. There are some ways to effectively keep the thyroid gland in normal healthy condition.

The very first move an individual can make is to be mindful of his diet.  Watching what you eat is not only important in keeping away hypothyroidism, it is an effective way of keeping most diseases away. What you throw inside your belly is partially responsible for your general well being. So if you consume all that comes in your way without any regards for your health and the preexisting conditions or genetic dispositions, then you might as well realize that your internal organs will be adversely affected rendering them ineffective. 

There are certain foods that will inhibit the production of thyroxine. Some of them are the mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbage, soy beans and non-fermented soy products. Foods like sugar, refined foods, dairy products should not be consumed in excess. If you discover that you’ve got hypothyroidism, avoid caffeine, wheat and alcohol. Start including essential fatty acids in your diet. Taking about 1000-15000mg of these essential fatty acids thrice a day helps the thyroid gland in its production of thyroxine. 

Research has also shows that vitamins A, B complex, D, C and E are important in thyroxine production and in generally improving the thyroid’s health. Before, however, taking them in very high doses, you should consult with your health practitioner as he would know in what quantities you should take them and for how long. Supplements like calcium, iodine,  L-tyrosine, and selenium are also recommended by nutritionists. Iodine, however, is controversial. Try to obtain your daily dose from nutritional sources such as salt water fish and organic sea vegetables and sea salt. 

For more information visit the Thyromine website

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