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The Natural Thyroid Remedy You Didn’t Know Existed

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Thyroid issues are becoming very common over the last decade or so.

Every single woman over 40 on both sides of my family has thyroid issues (I’m not kidding or exaggerating), which makes me pretty freaked out that I am going to get them too.

I just keep telling myself that just because they all have it, doesn’t mean I will get it.

Right?

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I’m Not Doomed

I am getting closer to 40, so have really started to look at my family’s medical history to figure out a natural way to avoid the same ailments and illnesses they have.

Ever since I was in my mid 20s, my blood/hormone tests have always indicated I was borderline for thyroid disorders.

Back then, I thought “Well, that’s it, I’m going to get it”.

I mean, I have two cysts on my thyroid, so I’m just out of luck, right?

My question is why a lot of us give up so easy, like I did.

I’m not sure about everyone else, but my doctors who discussed this with me never told me how to prevent it.  And I have seen 6 different doctors about it…

They just told me I would need to be monitored and eventually put on medicine if it gets any worse.  And possibly biopsy for the cysts.

Thanks a lot. That’s……helpful?

Maybe that’s why I thought I was doomed.

They were acting like there was nothing that could be done!

Come to think of it, that’s how it has been every time I have been borderline for a disorder or illness.

Monitor it, get it, take medicine, get more medicine because side effects, repeat cycle.

After looking into natural cures and studying nutrition, I found a mineral I had never heard of and how it could help thyroid health.

So I decided to just incorporate more of it in my diet instead of the wait and see approach.

Selenium and Thyroid Health

Our thyroid is a gland in our neck that keeps our hormones in check. Here is what it does:

Functions of Thyroid Infographic

Many nutrients work together to help this process, but Selenium seems to be a main one that helps with the hormone production.

Why Selenium?  Because our thyroid tissue contains more Selenium than any other part of the body, which also helps protect the thyroid against damage.

Other Things Selenium Helps in Our Bodies

This antioxidant can help with DNA repair, immune function, and inflammation.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Selenium is also thought to help with preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive decline, heart disease, and asthma.

Is it a miracle nutrient?

Sort of.

More studies need to be done.  But mostly, Selenium seems to work with other nutrients, like Iodine and Vitamin D,  to maintain optimal function of the thyroid and immune system.

So How Much Selenium is Recommended Per Day?

FDA recommends at least 55mcg per day, 60mcg if you are pregnant

Symptoms if You Aren’t Getting Enough Selenium

  • Constantly sick
  • Weight Gain
  • Infertility
  • Hair Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty Concentrating

Should I Take a Supplement?

I don’t.

Many scientists and doctors who study this agree it is better to get Selenium from whole foods.

Because although Selenium is powerful, it is all about how nutrients work together in the body, and not one nutrient that can work alone to cure or help anything, which dietary guidelines from Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests in their report.

It is also very easy to consume way too much of it with supplementation, which is why I won’t recommend any here.

As with everything, too much of a good thing can be too much.  High amounts of Selenium (over 400mcg),  could cause the following:

  • Garlic Odor on breath
  • Metallic Taste in Mouth
  • Hair Loss or Brittleness
  • Lesions
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Yuck.

So just like I discussed in my article, Is Lack of Fiber Causing Your Health Problems?, I prefer to get my nutrients from food.

That way I don’t build up a toxic level and I can make sure I consume other nutrients that work with it.

So What Foods Have It?

Brazil Nuts-  These have a TON of Selenium, each one contains well more than recommended amount per day.  So don’t go crazy with these.

Tuna, Halibut

Chicken, Turkey

Beef

Cottage Cheese

Brown Rice

Hard Boiled Eggs

Whole Wheat Bread

Spinach

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Instant Pot Low Carb Turkey Soup– 44%

Difference in My Life

Since I started paying attention to the Vitamins and Minerals in my body, and making sure I get enough Selenium, I have definitely noticed a change.

My blood tests and hormone test are NORMAL for the first time.

Is this because of my increased intake of Selenium, or is it because I have been consuming more nutrient rich foods in general?

I can’t say for sure, and honestly, a lot of scientists probably can’t tell you either, because nutrients work together to help us live our best life.

But I can say for sure, we need Selenium in our diets.

I will continue eating Selenium enriched foods, because I want my thyroid in the best working condition possible to battle my genetic predisposition to thyroid disorders.

I’m not going down without a fight.

And I hope this post can help you in your fight with your thyroid health too.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional. This is just my experience that I based on my education.  Results may vary from person to person. Please consult a medical professional before you make any changes to your supplements or diet to see if it is right for you.

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4 thoughts on “The Natural Thyroid Remedy You Didn’t Know Existed”

  1. I reached just 26 years…. n I found my blood reports as…starting stage of hypothyroidism … n I think… I have been sensing d symptoms from last 1 n half year… my parents n i were really worried to notice this in d very early age…. I liked ur content… n it’s really useful… can u plz tell me is this hormonal imbalance can b cured r… I have to b suffered continuously for my life time with this????????????

    1. I am not a medical professional, so cannot say with certainty, but based off everything I know about it and what many experts say, many cases of hypothyroidism are reversible. But I have read pretty much all cases can be helped with a healthy diet and exercise program, and eating the right types of foods. I highly recommend to avoid eating added sugars and any foods with ingredients you aren’t sure about. Diets that are plant based I have seen work very well for those who have thyroid issues. And make sure you are getting enough selenium in your diet, because it is a major mineral that helps the thyroid. I am sorry for your diagnosis and I hope these suggestions help! I highly recommend to read the book ” The Blood Sugar Solution: 10 Day Detox” by Dr. Mark Hyman. I truly believe that book will help you understand the right foods to eat and why.

  2. Thanks for writing this article. I also have had problems this year with my thyroid. It’s reassuring to know i’m not alone. I last had blood tests in November and my thyroid hormone levels were better. I am taking selenium supplements as I was worried I wasn’t getting enough in my diet. I will subscribe to your blog so I can follow your journey. I think we are the same age as I am also not far off 40. Nice to connect with you. 🙂

    1. Hi and I appreciate you commenting on my article! It’s nice to connect with you too! I am glad your thyroid hormone levels were better just by using natural supplementation! It is helpful to a lot of people out there to see when the natural route helps others. It lets them know that 1. They are not alone, and 2. They have options they can try, so they aren’t stuck. That is what I strive to show people with my website is those two things. No matter what is ailing them physically or mentally. Thyroid issues are something many women have issues with and I hope to have more articles in the future dealing with that.

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