Being diagnosed with thyroid disease can be a life changing moment. Finally, you have answers as to why you haven't been feeling well, but it comes with new medications and a new diet. If you wish to minimize the amount of medications, or don't tolerate them well, you may have to find alternative treatments.
The Natural Alternatives the FDA Approves of
There are natural prescriptions that the FDA has approved for some thyroid sufferers. They are porcine in nature and are regulated to be safe and to maintain accurate dosages. They are made from the dried thyroid of pigs and can be extremely effective. If you are looking for a more holistic approach, as through whole foods and herbs, these medications aren't viewed as natural.
Change Your Diet
That morning cup of coffee is going to have to be decaffeinated and absolutely no sugar. You also have to reduce your carbohydrate intake, get rid of potatoes, rice, breads and pastas. Enjoy vegetables that aren't full of carbohydrates as much as you wish, but have a wide selection so you don't overeat anything that may have too much of any one nutrient. Soy is not a good alternative, so try to stay away from those products as well as they can disrupt your other hormones. Eat healthy fats such as those found in cheese, olive oil, nuts and fish. Also make sure that your other micro nutrients such as vitamin D, zinc and iron are well within acceptable levels. Be careful with iodine, which can actually make things worse, particularly if you have Hashimoto's.
Keep Stress Minimal
In today's world, it's hard to imagine it as stress free, but you need to keep your stress levels as low as possible. Practice yoga, meditation, keep an organized home and work space to help you stay relaxed. The thyroid responds to increased stress and can react to high levels. Breathing exercises can get you through high stress days at work.
Keep Your Doctor Informed
No matter which option you choose to treat your thyroid disease, it is imperative that you keep your doctor well informed of options that you are trying, including dosage, and make appointments to verify whether or not it is actually working for you through further testing. Not doing so can actually result in further trouble with not only your thyroid but other organs as well.