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Hypothyroidism natural treatment – sardines, mackerel and salmon

Hypothyroidism is a low thyroid function. When you are having underactive gland, then this means it is not properly making or releasing thyroid hormones. Our thyroid gland is releasing many important hormones which travel throughout the bloodstream, and they reach receptors which are found throughout the whole body. If you have a disturbance in your thyroid function, then it can cause widespread and noticeable health problems. There are some studies in which are said that 40% of the population suffers from some form of low thyroid function. Women, especially older women, are having increased chances of getting hypothyroidism. [1] Also, people who are elderly or people who have existing autoimmune diseases like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes type 1, are having increased chance of developing hypothyroidism [2]. Some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are changes to your mood, sleep, appetite, energy, digestion, heart function, metabolism, and even changes in the growth of your nails, skin, and hair. This is a silent and epidemic disease. Many people suffer from hypothyroidism for many years because they do not use the right medicine or home remedy for it. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, then you need to talk with your doctor before you start using some of the below-mentioned home remedies for this condition.

17 Hypothyroidism natural treatments

Fruits and vegetables

You should consume fruits and vegetables because they are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. These elements are necessary for combating free–radical damage, and they can lower inflammation. Also, they are nutrient-dense, and they should make a large portion of a healthy diet because they support a healthy weight, hormone balance, heart health, brain function, and digestive health.


This is an adaptogen herb which can help the body to respond to stress, and it can keep the hormone levels better in balance. This kind of food can help to lower cortisol, and it can balance T4 levels. There are some clinical trials in which people who were suffering from hypothyroidism and who were taking Ashwagandha for 8 weeks have noticed that this home remedy has significantly increased the thyroxine hormone levels which can reduce the severity of this disease [3]. Also, there are other adaptogen herbs, such as holy basil, ginseng, licorice root, and Rhodiola which are possessing similar health benefits.

Bone broth

It is known that beef and chicken stock have amino acids l–proline and l–glycine which can help to repair your digestive lining and they can improve hypothyroidism. Also, they have many important minerals which nourish the digestive tract, and they can prevent deficiencies like silicon, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. When bone broth is a part of the hypothyroidism diet, then it can help to overcome food sensitivities, lower pain in the muscles and joints, improve energy and fight fatigue. [4]

Natural cures for hypothyroidism



This natural technique can help you to improve your symptoms. Also, it can help your body respond to your regular treatment. Also, this is a very effective natural treatment for your immune system.

Avoid tap water

You should know that most tap waters have chlorine and fluorine (an endocrine disruptor), which can inhibit iodine absorption. The iodine levels may be high enough in most people’s diets, but this does not mean that every single person is capable of absorbing and using all of this mineral. [5]

Soy and coffee

These ingredients can lower the ability of the body to use hormone medication. You do not have to avoid them completely, but you should not eat or drink them close to your time when you are taking your medication. If you are taking your medicines in the morning, then you should wait until later in the day to have coffee, tofu, soy milk, or soy sauce.


There are many doctors who are saying that yoga is good for relaxation. This was not scientifically proven, but it can improve the blood flow to the thyroid gland.

High–fiber foods

People who suffer from hypothyroidism can have digestive difficulties, so they should add 30 – 40 g of fiber on a daily basis. A diet that is rich in fiber can help with digestive health, but also it can support a healthy weight by making you feel fuller, balancing blood sugar levels, and it improves heart health. There are some easy ways that can help you to increase your fiber intakes, such as eating more seeds, lentils, beans, berries, and fresh vegetables.

Avoid sugar

It is known that sugar can disrupt the hormone balance which is necessary for metabolism. People who suffer from hypothyroidism can have a difficult time losing weight. The thyroid is the key gland for the hormone balance and metabolism, so this is a reason why you should avoid sugar because this can lead to weight gain, worsened depression, mood changes, fatigue, and hormonal disturbances. [6]

Clean water

We know that water can help with hydration and digestive function while at the same time it can prevent moodiness and fatigue. You should drink at least 8 ounces of water every 2 hours because this can help to prevent constipation, low energy, and sugar cravings.


This natural technique can help to relax you. There is no risk associated with this natural technique as long as you continue improving the blood flow to your thyroid gland.

Sprouted seeds

Chia seeds, hemp, and flax have ALA which is a type of Omega – 3 fat, and it is critical for proper hormonal balance and thyroid function. When you have adequate levels of fats in your hypothyroidism diet, then it can help you to support a healthy mood and brain function which can help to lower the inflammation. You should eat a lot of healthy fats because this can help to stabilize the sugar levels and it can help to have a healthy weight. [7]

Probiotic-rich foods

You should consume probiotic foods such as sauerkraut, natto, kombucha, kimchi, kefir and other. When these foods are part of your hypothyroidism diet, then they can help to create a healthy gut environment by balancing the microflora bacteria, which reduces autoimmune reactions, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and leaky gut syndrome.


It is known that seaweeds are one of the best natural sources of iodine. They can help to prevent deficiencies which disturb the thyroid function, and they should be part of your hypothyroidism diet. The best choices are dulse, nori, and kelp. You should look for dried varieties of these foods at health food stores, and you should use them in fish cakes, with tuna fish, and in soups. [8]

Coconut oil

This natural cure provides medium–chain fatty acids in the form of capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid which can support a healthy metabolism, fight fatigue and increase energy.  Coconut oil is a staple for a hypothyroidism diet. This oil is easy to digest and nourishes the digestive system. Also, it has antibacterial, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties which can suppress inflammation. It can help to improve immunity, and it can increase endurance, brain function, and your mood while at the same time it can stabilize blood sugar levels.

Wild-caught fish

These types of fish have Omega – 3 fatty acids EPA/DHA which are very important for hormone balance and thyroid function. When you are on a hypothyroidism diet, then it is very important to balance the levels of Omega – 3 and Omega – 6 fatty acids because they can help to reduce inflammation and they support healthy neurological function. You should consume wild fish like sardines, mackerel, and salmon because they are one of the best sources of Omega – 3 fatty acids which can increase neurotransmitter activity and they can support a healthy mood and immune system. [9]

Go 100% gluten-free

It is known that the molecular composition of the thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten. There are many people who suffer from hypothyroidism and who are sensitive to gluten, or they have celiac disease (this is an autoimmune disease which is resulting in an allergy to gluten). Gluten is found in barley products, rye, and all wheat. When you are buying some kind of food, then you should check if it has gluten as its ingredient. If you have undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten, then it can raise your inflammation in the future, create nutrient deficiencies, and also it can worsen hormonal problems. [10]


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[10] Krysiak R, Szkrobka W, Okopien B. The effect of gluten-free diet on thyroid autoimmunity in drug-naïve women with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A pilot study. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes. 2018.

Dr. Emil Sarsath (aka) Vijila, a licensed naturopathic doctor (BSMS) who always ensures his patients receive compassionate, and individualized care. He has extensive experience in primary care, digestive health, mental health, nervous system disorder and more.Area of Expertise – Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods-based Nutrition, Siddha, Panchakarma.She is always available through [email protected]


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