What Are Effective Treatments for an Underactive Thyroid?

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My favorite way to begin treating a thyroid condition is by changing your diet. The thyroid needs very specific minerals to do its job specifically Zinc, Selenium and Iodine. So I work very hard with my patients and I recommend that you make sure you're getting these minerals in your diet.

Zinc can be found in seeds such as sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds, and zinc especially if you're a vegetarian you might be low on zinc because it's found in animal products mostly. Selenium you can get from eating Brazil nuts, Brazil nuts, one or two everyday are very rich in Selenium, and finally iodine.

A lot of us don't realize it but we don't have iodine in our salt anymore, and really it's been taken out of the standard American diet so make sure you take a pinch of iodized salt, and throwing it in your food everyday and you'll get that a little bit of iodine, over time, this will work deeper and deeper to help your thyroid work its best.

In addition to changing your diet, if you want to take an herb that will really give your thyroid a little boost, my favorite herb is called ashwagandha, it's an [xx] that's been around for 2000 years. Ashwagandha is very strong, so you really don't need much, really only two to three grams a day and usually that's about one capsule of a product that you might find off the counter.

Keep in mind that I recommend this mostly for my patients that just have a thyroid condition and they're generally healthy otherwise and that does a great job boosting the thyroid function. I like to work to with nutrition and herbs for about three months or six months and if that still doesn't do the trick, then sometimes I will go on and prescribe thyroid hormone replacement, if your TSH is already above a four, I might do that right away, depending on where you are on that grey zone, but I do like to give it some chance to let the herbs in the foods to work deeper and deeper, and eventually might decide to put you on thyroid hormone as well, and so if that's you, when you've been walking this way for a little while, you really shouldn't encourage and ask your doctor to give you some thyroid hormone replacements.