Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough of certain hormones and underperforms. The thyroid hormone is closely related to body metabolism and plays a key role in proper maintenance of all bodily systems to function as expected.
Women over fifty are more prone to hypothyroidism because of post menopause imbalances in the system. But the condition could also affect younger women. If unchecked, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart disease, obesity, infertility and joint pains. The symptoms of the disease appear slowly, barely noticed and are wide-ranging so as to be confused with other natural symptoms of aging. Some of the symptoms are:
- Pale, dry skin
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Hoarse voice
- Unexplained weight gain
- A puffy face
- An elevated blood cholesterol level
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Brittle fingernails and hair
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Heavier than normal menstrual periods
Natural remedies to treat hypothyroidism are considered safer and more effective. They promote a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, limited intake of dairy and meat products, caffeine and refined foods. The following herbs and other supplements are recommended:
Cayenne, Ginger, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Moss, Oat Straw Calamus root, Parsley root, Nettles and Watercress are all believed to promote increased production of iodine needed to control hypothyroidism. These are available in tablet form or general health tonics which are excellent health supplements.
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