Simply put, your thyroid uses iodine found in your foods and produces a hormone that regulates metabolism. Problems with the thyroid gland include producing either too much or too little of this hormone.
The common causes of thyroid problems.
Hyperthyroidism, producing too much of the hormone, has several different causes, but the effects are in increase in metabolism, which can make you feel hot or flushed, and causes weight loss even though your appetite may be increased.
The other end of the spectrum, hypothyroidism, is when your thyroid production is low. This can be caused by an inflammation of the thyroid gland or by other medical treatments you are undergoing. The result is a decreased metabolism, which can cause weight gain, fatigue, and symptoms such as cold intolerance, dry hair, and dry skin.
Home remedies that treat thyroid production.
Natural home treatments for reduced thyroid production include adjustments to diet and nutrients. Some foods should be avoided, such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, soy, and tea. Other foods that should be avoided include pine nuts, mustard, peanuts, and turnips, as well as alcohol and caffeine.
If you are suffering from low thyroid production, it may be helpful to increase your iodine intake. You can do this through certain food choices high in iodine, such as seafood, fish, dairy, eggs, and strawberries. Iodine supplements are available in the form of kelp extracts.
You can also increase your tyrosine intake, which acts like iodine in your body. Sources high in tyrosine include chicken, fish, pork, wheat, oats, avocados, and bananas. Supplements are also available.
Vitamin A controls how much iodine is taken by your thyroid gland, while the B complex vitamins help your thyroid manufacture thyroid hormones. Zinc is important for many functions in your body, including thyroid health. Each of these vitamins and minerals is available in many food sources, multi-vitamins, and specific supplements.