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This is a dedicated space for all tea lovers but with a health twist. I mainly focus on the health aspect of drinking herbal tea.
What is a Natural Thyroid Treatment?
I am not medically trained and I am not a scientist. I have done a lot of research over the years since I started living with a thyroid conditions and was amazed to find out that I did not need to have the radiation treatment that I had.
The radiation treatment only traded one thyroid condition for another. I was first diagnosed with overactive thyroid and after the treatment I then had underactive thyroid condition.
Only to find out during my research that it is easier to control an underactive thyroid, medically.
So I am sharing the methods that I use to help to reduce my synthetic medication. My goal is to totally come off this medication by getting it reduced until it cannot be reduced anymore and I am totally off them.
Then I would have reached my ultimate goal of healing my thyroid. YAY.
Did you know that Levothyroxine is the 3rd most popular drug in the UK and the most prescribed in the US.
In the UK alone the number of prescriptions has risen from 2.8 million in the 1998 to 19 million in 2007 and 29 million in 2014.
This means the cost per day has increased from less than £5,000 to more than £40,000.
I got this information from the British Thyroid Association and find it really interesting that they have put this information together with the cost rather than the cure. Just putting it out there.
Right before I get started with the good stuff I want to highlight one of the most popular hot drinks, and that is coffee.
I am not saying that coffee does not have its benefits, but if you have a thyroid condition it can actually do more harm that good.
When you have a thyroid condition coffee is one of the worse drinks to drink full stop.
I will now show you how coffee can harm your thyroid and get in the way of you healing your thyroid.
How Coffee Can Harm Your Thyroid
Coffee contains caffeine, making it an intense stimulant for the central nervous system. Now coffee has a high level of caffeine which will increase cortisol products. This will boost our energy levels but this is kind of a temporary high.
Now this constant releasing of stress hormones will eventually leave the adrenals and immune system in a continuous state of exhaustion.
This constant release of the stress hormones will cause the body to start gaining weight and along with that comes sleeping issues, not to mention the terrible crashes that comes after a boost in energy.
Put all that together with a condition such as hypothyroidism, full details of hypothyroidism can been seen here.
So knowing all of this what would you drink now…..
Alternatives to Coffee
Did you know that there are herbal teas that will actually help to treat your thyroid condition?
Herbal teas have enormous amount of health benefits and many teas can alleviate thyroid symptoms.
Along with drinking herbal teas you should also consider the effects of tap water which I have written about in more details below.
Just a heads up about tap water and fluoride. Tap water contains fluoride and fluoride is a big no, no for people with thyroid conditions.
Herbal Teas That Help to Treat Your Thyroid
Finding the tea that you like and enjoy drinking will be trial and error to begin with. The good thing is that you may be surprised at how many you enjoy drinking.
Personally I have several herbal teas that I love to drink and will have a few at a time in the cupboard and then when I am running low I will get a different selection. This is how I rotate and it keeps it exciting as well as keep me and my thyroid healthy.
I have listed below herbals teas that will help to treat your thyroid condition and I have added some general information. If you want to find out more information about each tea just click on the name of the tea.
The teas are not listed in any particular order
Chamomile tea is great for improving the thyroid health and reducing the risk of thyroid cancer.
A study shown in the European Journal of Public Health, shows that drink chamomile tea regularly say two to six times a week over 30 years will reduce the chance of thyroid cancer and other thyroid conditions by 80%.
Nettle is often call a “thyroid tonic” because of its ability to balance both overactive thyroid and underactive thyroid conditions.
It is especially beneficial for underactive thyroid because it will help reverse the iodine deficiency due to its high iodine content.
Ashwagandha is one of those powerhouse herbs and has been used for centuries for its numerous healing benefits.
One of the great things about this herb is for its natural healing for hypothyroidism and its ability to produce T4 hormones. The T4 hormone is needed in the body to convert to T3 for the thyroid to function adequately.
You can take a look at the articles that I have listed below.
Sage is not just a popular her for cooking, it is actually a really powerful and tasty tea.
Drinking sage tea will improve your memory and relieve symptoms that are related to the nervous system. Sage will also ease menopausal symptoms, ease muscle spasms and aches.
Elderberry tea is a lovely tasting tea, which is brilliant at defending against inflammation and boosting the immune system.
This fruit is most commonly used in cold and flu treatments. It is also good at treating symptoms such as fever, headache.
You can get a full range of the benefits of drinking elderberry tea RIGHT HERE.
Holy Basil Tea
Holy basil is also known as Tulsi. It is often used in treating the common cold, flu, fever and headaches. It also has a huge amount of other benefits which you can find RIGHT HERE.
Turmeric tea is a potent anti-inflammatory and is really beneficial for autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto disease which is a common factor in hypothyroidism. You can find a load more benefits of this tea RIGHT HERE.
Ginger tea is a great source of magnesium, zinc and potassium which are all important for the thyroid gland.
Ginger contains anti-oxidants that help to reduce inflammation that is related to thyroid conditions.
I hope that you have found this helpful.
My aim is to build aware on the symptom and also to let you know that you can start healing your thyroid naturally.
You can take a look at the articles that I have listed below.
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