Do Natural Thyroid Supplements Work

It's never too early to think of supplements for thyroid health. After all, there are many factors that could compromise the health of your thyroid, and some of these are environmental in nature. For each and every day that you live, you cannot be 100% sure that your thyroid will stay healthy. If truth be told, lots of people are suffering from all forms of thyroid problems, and they don't even know it. It goes without saying, thyroid problems are very common, and just because it is often overlooked does not make your being complacent of the situation justifiable.

Let's not forget, the thyroid has a very important role in the body, it being involved in metabolic processes. When there is something wrong with your thyroid, your metabolism slows down, and this alone can have far-reaching effects - obesity and constipation among them. As it turns out, the thyroid gland also affects emotions. No wonder, with an under-active thyroid, your emotional state becomes unstable and you feel irritable. As if to add insult to injury, an unsightly bump grows on the neck area where the thyroid gland is located.

That said, the need for supplements for thyroid health cannot be overemphasized. Following is a shortlist of supplements you need to support your thyroid or to keep your thyroid functioning well:

1. Iodine - this one is pretty obvious. Iodine is a very essential element that the body should never lack of. The thyroid depends much on iodine to carry out its functions. Unfortunately, with hypothyroidism, there is not enough of this. Seafoods and seaweeds are rich sources of iodine so make sure that you have enough of these in your diet.

2. Selenium - this element is also very important in ensuring a healthy thyroid. Selenium can be sourced from tuna, mushrooms, beef and organ meats, soybeans, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds.

3. Zinc and copper - also very vital in the maintenance of a healthy thyroid. In fact, according to clinical studies, when the body is low in zinc, there is a corresponding decrease in the levels of the thyroid stimulating hormone, T3, and T4. Copper is necessary to oxidize iodine to produce TSH. Sardines, beef, turkey, fresh oysters, soybeans, whole grains, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and pecans, are excellent sources of Zinc. Copper sources include dark chocolate, lobster, crabmeat, nuts, beans, and sunflower seeds.

4. Antioxidants - these provide a protective defense against damage from free radicals. Specifically with thyroid, antioxidants help to balance oxidative stress it is exposed to every day. Vitamins A, C, and E are excellent antioxidants

5. Vitamin Bs - Vitamins B2, B3, and B6 help in the manufacture of T4. Food sources of Vitamin B2 include organ meats, wheat germ, almonds, mushrooms, and egg yolks. B3, meanwhile, can be found in rich quantities in Brewer's yeast, wheat and rice bran, liver, and chicken meat (white). Vitamin B6 can be sourced from sunflower seeds, fish, liver, walnuts, brown rice, beans, and bananas.

Make sure that you have these supplements for thyroid health, and you can be almost assured of a healthy thyroid. More information here: http://www.homeremediesfor.info/thyroidassist.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural thyroid supplement site?
    I have hypothyroidism and I want to try natural supplements.Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      You should not treat hypothyroidism with natural supplements, you need to be on Synthroid or Levothyroxine. Many supplements also interfere with thyroid hormone meds and thyroid functioning, so they should be thoroughly checked out first for interactions.

  2. QUESTION:
    is it safe to take natural thyroid support supplement when my thyroid is healthy?
    I have a family history of thyroid disorders. My mom had thyroid cancer and my father had hyperthyroid. I had a goiter 3 years ago. It was drained and turned to be benign. My recent blood work indicated that my thyroid is functioning normally. However, I have been feeling a bit sluggish and have put on over 10 pounds in the last 5 months without changing my eating habits at all.
    Any advice is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, those natural thyroid support supplements are generally made from either bovine or ovine thyroids (dead cow or pig thyroids ground up into powder and made into pills). If this is the kind you are looking at it could have not only a negative impact on your thyroid function but also on your liver.
      Most credible homeopaths don't recommend taking those kind of pills (the ones made from body parts) because not only is it terribly processed, but it is hard for your body to know what to do with it - it isn't really like your body's hormones, but it is still telling your body to do something.
      It will make your thyroid function increase, and that might not be what you want if you want to have a healthy thyroid.
      Good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    What's a good, natural thyroid supplement for dogs?
    My vet doesn't think he needs prescription thyroid (levothyroxine), but my 11 year old dog is not himself, and some symptoms suggest low thyroid. He's had loads of blood tests, and thyroid is low normal. She doesn't want to do the full thyroid panel. We've tried a low dose of denamarin, and I give him high quality food, fish oil, and a senior vitamin daily. He has to have grain-free food, due to allergy.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for hypothyroid health?
    I would prefer to be on a natural supplement for a hypothyroid condition and wonder if there is something available that is easier on my health. I take Cortisone for Addison's disease and am just not too crazy about adding other harsh medicines. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A good homeopath should be able to help some. Also, there are some things to avoid which you can do -

      don't do triclosan (the additive in all things anti-bacterial - with the few exceptions of those that are just plain alcohol) Regular soap and warm water is antibacterial enough to keep you safe.

      avoid fluoride as it does horrible things to the thyroid. NO you do not need fluoride for healthy teeth. It is a by-product of agricultural processes which would have to be disposed of as toxic waste if they didn't tell us it was wonderful for teeth and put it in the water supply. Fluoride has long been used in chemical warfare.

      supplement with iodine, that does help support the thyroid.

      keep rested and avoid pharmaceuticals as they also work against thyroid.

      support your adrenals, as the symptoms can overlap and compound your thyroid issues.

      Soy is shown to cause problems, but more so when fed to infants as soy formula. Infants fed soy formula are more likely to develop thyroid problems in their teens. I'd say, if it has that effect on infants, you may as well drop it from your list of edibles too. For more info on the dangers of soy read "Soy: The Abominable Bean" Can be found on the internet.

      Check with your local naturopath for a natural thyroid supplement. I can't remember the name of it right now, but my mom does all the above and takes that supplement when the above isn't quite enough because she is either sick or overtired. Thyrolate is what comes to mind, but don't quote me. Many docs hate the use of natural thyroid because they can't control it, btw, so be forewarned if you are going to address any of this with your doc. They may not like it.

      Definitely visit the Stop the Thyroid Madness link that DNA provided. I was under the impression that Armour was by prescription only. I'll have to check that. If you can get it, that is a good option.

  5. QUESTION:
    Weightloss supplements for people suffering from PCOS?
    Are there any natural supplements to help women who suffer from PCOS? Specifically one that can help with weight loss. I am not looking for a miracle pill to "melt" away fat, just something to help move things along. Women who suffer from PCOS often have a very hard time loosing weight compared to others.

    • ANSWER:
      Focus more on your health rather than your weight because having excess weight (particularly on the abdomen) can lead to health problems. If you take care of your health you should hopefully feel fitter and happier, and you might lose a little weight as a bonus. So healthy eating and exercise is what to aim for. Try to get some daily aerobic exercise. A little power walking day time with a friend might be beneficial.....weather permitting. Don't walk in the evening and don't walk alone. Be safe. And walking with a friend should help lift your spirits. With PCOS you need to keep an eye on your blood sugar levels moreover because insulin resistance can be a feature of PCOS. It would be advisable to get a full medical check up if you haven't already done so.....particularly focusing on blood sugar, blood pressure, thyroid function and sex hormone levels (including free testosterone).

      There is no such thing as a miracle pill to melt fat.
      Regular aerobic exercise should help speed your metabolism a little.
      Avoid cakes, pastries biscuits and chocolate and instead try to get your carbohydrates from such as rice, wholemeal bread and pasta, and potatoes. This should help with blood sugar control. Try chewing fennel seeds before a meal if you want to try and reduce your appetite......it is an old-fashioned Mediterranean remedy for that....it might work for some so worth trying. And assuming you are not on any thyroid medication, you could take sea kelp after meals. Take as directed on the label. But don't take this if you are on any kind of medication for your thyroid. Also, talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before taking any supplements if you are on any prescribed medications or have any other medical conditions to be safe.

      Try to find a forum or support group online for women with PCOS.
      Best wishes.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some natural supplements that help speed up your metabolism?
    My metabolism is definitely not up to speed, so it makes losing weight pretty difficult. So I was wondering if there were any natural supplements that help boost the metabolism?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best effective NATURAL Thyroid Health Medications for an unbalanced thyroid?
    I am 7 mos pregnant now so there's not much I can do now about this but after I have my baby I would like to get something to balance my thyroid and help me. I do not think that my thyroid situation is extremely bad, maybe a good supplement will help me. Please recommend??? Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      I use Armour thyroid. It's the oldest thyroid medication and it works well. The other person mentioned Naturethroid. It works well too. Below are some links on Armour. Best of luck with the upcoming birth.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can a combination of certain supplements have bad side effects?
    I take a thyroid complex, Ginkgo, St John's wort, Echinacea, and calcium. I have to take the St John's Wort because of depression and the Thyroid Complex because of a thyroid issue. I am just wondering if besides the side effects that already come with taking these individually, can any combination of these cause serious health problems by counteracting with the other? I occasionally take Melatonin and Ginsing as well. But I only take those when I NEED to.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I would definitely talk to your doctor or natropath. These are still drugs, even though they're natural, and there are side effects. You don't want to take on new syptoms. I would google it, find a website about these things, and definitely get in to talk to someone. Best of luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    How would a stylist change your haircolor back to natural?
    I have dyed hair (light ash blonde). I want to dye it back to my normal color because touching up the roots is just way too time consuming, and the consistent dying to upkeep my color has been damaging my hair. My natural hair color is a dark ash blonde... How would they dye my hair so that the ultra-light colored parts and my natural roots match? Would this dye job damage my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Not if you go to a good colorist. It's much harder to go from a dark color to a light color.
      If you live near a reasonably large metro area, call a couple of the largest wholesale beauty supply houses that serve your town. (Do not go into a retail beauty supply house.) Ask to speak with the manager. Do not talk to the kid who answers the phone. Don't tell them that you are pregnant at this point.Tell them that you are new to the area. Explain what you need and tell them that you'd like a couple of recommendations for someone in your area who is a great colorist (and can give a great cut). If you ask for more than one colorist, it's easier for them not to be playing favorites. When I move to a new location, I always do this and it has worked out well. It really isn't a problem to cover up light hair. You could go with some foils around you face--just a few--if you'd like it a bit lighter in front. With good product, coloring should not damage your hair. If your hair is also permed, that may be part of your problem. There are some newish products out there made in Italy that some of the more knowledgeable colorists are using now. More knowledgeable doesn't necessarily mean more expensive. You need to tell the colorist what you have been using--name brand--and what volume developer you have been using. You should also tell him/her that you are pregnant and what kind of medications that can affect hair--such as thyroid supplements--you are taking.

      You want to look beautiful for your new baby and have an easy-care do. It makes perfect sense to me. (When I had my first child, I cut off my long hair and had a shampoo-and-go style. This saved time and my sanity.)

      I hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between T3 and T4 Thyroid?
    My T3 was good but my T4 levels were too low and now I'm on Thyroid meds. Whats the difference between the two? Why would just one be low and not the other?
    Thanks Deans great answer, I understand more now.

    • ANSWER:
      There are actually levels T2, T3, and T4. T4 is the one most dr's will check when checking for low thyroid levels. T4 is converted into T3 and T2 by the body. Most all thyroid meds are only a T4 supplement. Ex: Syntheroid, Levoxyl. It is really, good that only the T4 is low. It shows that your body is converting the T4 to T3 and T2 properly. If it was not, you'd have to be given an extra medicine...a natural thyroid hormone with T3 and T2 already in it. That is what I have to take, and now it is supposedly being reformulated...but in the process, I have no way to get my T3 and T2 supplement. But, it sounds like you have a good doctor. Unfortunately for many with hypothyroid symptoms...the doctors never check anything besides T4, and the low T3 and T2 go unnoticed.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are natural thyroid supplements helpful in treating cold clammy skin and metabolism issues?
    My age is 56 and as I get older, I notice I have cold, clammy skin and can't seem to stay warm. In summer, I always have to have the temp at 70 or below with air movement to be comfortable. My body temp. is always at 97 or 97.1 for a normal temp. Would appreciate any input from experience in this area.

    • ANSWER:
      I think hormonal treatment can help old age problems. Here is the doctor that can provide you online consultancy on this with a nominal fee http://www.sexhormones.org

      This doctor is a very knowledgeable and has a valid medical license from UK. He has treatment for other old age sexual or hormonal disturbances problems too. Skin problem is also related to hormonal disturbances.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the best vitamins to take for increasing thyroid?
    My husband has a low thyroid and we were wondering what kind of natural vitamins are best for increasing it. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid hormone molecule hasTyrosine (an amino acid which you can buy OTC) at the centre with 4 iodine atoms hanging off that. A shorthand for this arrangement is T4. You can think of T4 more as your body's reservoir of thyroid hormone. If treated, this is what you are given, usually in a synthetic form.

      When it's needed, the body then knocks an iodine off to make T3, which is the really active form. The enzyme that does this neat trick needs Selenium, and is poisoned by Mercury.

      You say you want something natural. Did you know that there is a natural thyroid supplement, called Armour Thyroid? It contains T4 and T3, in the human body's required ratio of about 4 to 1. It's made in a standardised form from desiccated pig thyroid gland. Don't be alarmed! It's available on prescription in the US. I am in the UK and get a prescription for it, but I have to send that to a particular pharmacist who imports it from the US. But it was a long journey to get outside the usual box of synthetic hormone replacement. Try the website in sources below for information. If your husband has tested low and a doctor is convinced he needs hormone replacement, but you would rather do natural things, he may be lower than mere supplements can reach. I have to say that although I tried all these things, and in theory they should work, since they meet the body's need for thyroid building blocks, I was still not well enough and needed the actual hormone. But everyone is different.

      So you could try Tyrosine (say 500mg/day), Iodine (you can take too much iodine - be careful. Kelp is a good source of natural iodine, to give you say 150micrograms iodine per day, I think), Selenium (say 200 micrograms per day) and keep your teeth free of mercury fillings if you can, and try to avoid contaminated fish (while still having enough omega3 oils of course!).

      Read any labels carefully regarding dose. I checked my supplies for all but the Kelp, which is not in the cupboard for some reason, but I think it's 150micrograms

      This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. You should always consult a qualified physician. Unfortunately I have to say that! This is a contentious subject.
      There are herbs that help too, but off the top of my head I can't remember them.
      Good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the possible side effects of dietary supplements?
    Basically, I have a very poor diet. Fact is I don't like foods that are on the healthier side. I try so hard to eat a balanced diet but frankly I have no self control. That being said, I'm not overweight at all, I'm just not healthy.

    So, I've been looking into dietary supplements to ensure that I still get vital vitamins and minerals but everything just seems to be bias. What are the risks when it comes to taking dietary supplements?

    • ANSWER:
      It is always better to get your minerals and vitamins from natural sources and only when you feel you aren't getting enough nutrition, supplements must be used. If you take a proper diet, your body will not be deficient in anything.

      But since many of us, like you, have very poor diet regimen, supplements are a good idea. Since these are also kind of medicines, it is always good to first consult your doctor/nutritionalist for suggestions regarding supplements. You don't want to be your own doctor and take too much or too little of these.

      Of course like everything else, your body needs vitamins and minerals in adequate amount. A little too less and you will be wasting your money on them, a little too much and they'd start harming your body.

      If you take supplements are prescribed to you by your doctor, they will not be harmful. Caution must be taken while you are on Iron supplements and protein supplements. Too much of both of these is very harmful. Especially nowadays it is a fad to take too much protein supplements. Our kidneys process proteins and an excess of protein will make them overwork, and in most of the cases end up having serious renal problems.

      Instead of concentrating on supplements, you must first sort out why your diet is so poor. It could be caused by too much stress, too much inactivity, or any underlying medical problem. Get some blood tests done, especially a Thyroid function test. These tests can determine if you have any other medical issue which needs to be treated. Good Luck :)

  14. QUESTION:
    How to Lose Weight with an Underactive Thyroid?
    A family member was recently diagnosed with an underactive thyroid / hypothyroidism and has been having difficulties losing weight. Although there are many exercise and "lose weight" programs out there, she needs to know how to lose weight with an underactive thyroid.

    I've read that one of the main symptoms of an underactive thyroid is problematic weight gain. If you have any suggestions or resources it would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Learning how to lose weight with an underactive thyroid can be a difficult and confusing task. First, you need to know that excessive weight gain is a “symptom” of hypothyroidism as a whole. Your goal should be to treat the condition (hypothyroidism) first and that will help reduce or eliminate the symptoms in the long run.

      With that being said, there are some things you can do to help control your weight and even lose weight with an underactive thyroid.

      Here are some "How to lose weight with an underactive thyroid" tips that can help you with your goal...

      #1 – Increase meals and decrease portion sizes
      #2 – Find ways to get your heart moving throughout the day
      #3 – Make sure you are getting enough sleep
      #4 – Learn how to detoxify your body every 6-12 months
      #5 – Utilize natural supplements

      There are several others, but you can read the entire article at: http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/weight-loss-with-hypothyroidism.html

      I hope this helps you out.

  15. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies help a hyperthyroid condition that was caused by an autoimmune response?
    A family member has a hyper-thyroid supposedly caused by his immune system attacking his thyroid gland. The scan shows one side larger than the other. What can he do naturally to try to stop this autoimmune response and heal his thyroid gland? He is already taking a megavitamin to help alleviate the stress. Are there some other supplements or natural remedies that could help stop this autoimmune response? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.Balch and balch, (prescriptions for healing) try (read books online free) for this book. also try homeopathy at you local herb store, ie formerly (misses gooches).

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I increase TSH production and thus thyroid function?
    Is there any alternative method or remedy that can increase tsh production, therefor positively influencing thyroid function.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      My name is Maureen. I suffer with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and have often asked this question myself so I've done quite a bit of research on it. I guess it depends on what type of alternative remedy you desire. In other words, I believe that with determination, we can really see positive changes in our TSH. I tend to come from the standpoint that it is more about how we feel than what our numbers are showing but obviously, it is good to monitor our progress too so we know if what we are doing is helping.

      I have tried all types of alternative methods but tend to stay on the "natural" side. I like to experiment with diet especially and have been on natural thyroid supplements for 5 years now. I previously was on Synthroid but found that the straight T4 in the preparation did not help me at all. I really needed the T3 and other components of the natural dessicated thyroid, like Armour. I am taking a preparation called Naturethroid. If you are not taking a natural supplement, I would recommend trying that first. Unfortunately, many traditional doctors will not prescribe it. It did so much more for me and gave me a life back.

      Without getting too technical (because I like to stay simple), it has also helped me to supplement with natural Progesterone cream. For some reason it is known to stimulate thyroid hormone and it caused me to have regular cycles for the first time in my life! I am now 44 and always had irregular cycles since I can remember. I've been using it for 5 years also. It also tends to help with PMS and if I miss a day, I can tell that I feel a bit "edgy". So that is a side benefit of taking it.

      You also may want to check into the herbs Bladderwrack (or kelp), Avena Sativa (derived from the wild oat plant), Coleus forskohli (an Indian mint derivative), which all appear to be helpful for low thyroid conditions. The herbs prepared specifically for low thyroid may help weight loss efforts by stimulating metabolism, help lower cholesterol, calm nerves, lower blood pressure and most importantly, can stimulate the thyroid to release thyroid hormones.

      There are also foods to avoid (like the cabbage family which can suppress thyroid function) and foods that can stimulate it like virgin coconut oil. I did follow The Maker's Diet last year in the Fall and at the same time added 2 to 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil to my diet (of course I was not eating any sugar, caffeine or preservatives during this diet) and I was able to drop my medication by one third! That was the first time ever I was able to see a drop in medication that was specifically done through diet alone!

      This subject is so important to me, I have a website which specifically focuses on natural treatments for stimulating the thyroid and reversing the progression of the symptoms. I also provide a forum so others can share which natural remedies have worked for them. You might like to consider joining us. We would love to have you.

      I hope this question has helped a bit. It is quite a battle we are fighting but I believe there are natural answers. I've seen many positive changes from some of the above methods I have outlined.

      Good luck!

      HashiHope (Maureen)

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone out knows of any good natural fat burning supplements?
    I am trying to lose weight, I want a little more help than just diet and exercise. I am looking for a natural supplement, like an herb to lose weight. I have lost a good deal already I want to accelerate the fat lose though.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
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      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to naturally raise my thyroid levels?
    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism , but due to the economy can not afford the medication any longer. Is there a natural remedy that I can try please show facts and links if you can. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine boosts the thyroid gland, so maybe taking an iodine supplement. Most table salt contains iodine. Also, natural fatty acids found in fish oil, olive oil, primrose oil, honey and flax can boost the thyroid.
      Vitamin A is also very good for the thyroid. If you can't afford a supplement, you can find this vitamin naturally in eggs and veggies.
      Magnesium & calcium will also work together to assist your metabolism and lack of thyroid health.

      The effects of hypothyroidism are weight gain because the thyroid gland is responsible for efficient cellular respiration and metabolism. This is probably the most and common symptom of hypothyroidism.
      So maybe to counter the effects of an inefficient thyroid gland, you could naturally boost metabolism levels in many ways instead.
      There are many things you can do to speed up your metabolism that don`t include expensive medications.
      If you can afford a B complex supplement, this will metabolize carbs and fats that the thyroid can't account for.
      Also, Lemon water , honey & cinnamon in 8 oz of warm water in the morning is a soothing remedy for obesity and slow metabolism. If taken in the morning, it will speed it up all day.
      Eat breakfast! Eating smaller meals full of fiber and protein will have great effects on your metabolism.

      And enjoy green tea. While its not exactly a direct aid for your thyroid condition, it is full of antioxidants and is also good for health and weight maintenance.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural way to jump start my Thyroid??
    Im Hypo Thyroid. Im on the smallest dose of Synthroid but would love to be off any meds.

    • ANSWER:
      Chances are you won't get off the medication. Most are on it for life. Selenium, zinc, and Lytrosine help convert T4 into T3. It's the T3 that is the potent active hormone. Synthoid is T4. You are given T4 because it converts into T3. Some aren't good converters, so the supplements might help. For poor converters a natual med like Armour may help.

      Now that you are hypothyroid, make sure to always test in the morning only and larn what your levels are. Most on Synthroid feel best with a morning TSH around 1.0

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you lose weight if you thyroid is underactive?
    I've had a problem with my thyroid for years and take medication. It is underactive. I am familiar with all the symptoms and I think it is underactive again and I need a stronger medication.

    Thing is though - I am losing weight. Muscle weight. I shouldn't be - I eat a lot! This has been going on for about a month now. Does this happen sometimes with an underactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      It can happen.

      I highly recommend finding a good chiropractor/nutritional specialist. Your body isn't getting the nutrition it needs. A chiropractor can see that neck and spinal vertebrae are in place, so that nerves aren't getting pinched. You would be surprised at what pinched nerves can cause.

      They can also check to see what your thyroid needs. It doesn't really need medications to regulate it, it needs natural supplements to feed it so it can heal itself. Your adrenal glands may be run-down too, because they work with the thyroid.

      More and more insurance plans are covering chiropractic, so don't delay. Good luck!!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural supplement for hypothyroidism?
    Im a student and I dont have insurance to go to the doctor and get started on proper medication. Its been about 3 yrs since I last had meds.

    • ANSWER:
      If you live in the US, i've read Acella's NP thyroid hormone replacment is very cheap. One comment was - no insurance needed for a 30 day supply. This depends on how much you are taking and may be cheaper than this or slightly more. There are natural products to help support the thyroid but they are not a replacement for thyroid hormones. Herbs such as Coleus Foreskohlii, Guggul and Ashwagandha are popular. The links below go into more detail...

      Acella: NP thyroid (check out the comments below the article):
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/2011/04/13/more-on-acella-desiccated-thyroid/

      Natural Hypothyroid Treatment:
      http://www.ei-resource.org/treatment-options/treatment-information/natural-hypothyroid-treatment/

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Thyroid Assist, if so, how well did it work?
    I am looking for a Natural Thyroid medication.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to determine what is causing the problem with your thyroid before taking anything for it. That product is just a mild iodine solution and could help or hurt you by taking it. It is a feeble attempt to solve an iodine deficiency issue that many people in America have due to the over consumption of fluoride, primarily.

      The first thing you need to do is determine if you have an iodine deficiency. Get some "Tincture of Iodine" from the pharmacy and paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm or chest early in the morning. Watch it during the day and see when it disappears. It should be visible 24 hours later. If it disappears in a few hours, you most likely are iodine deficient. Since the T3 and T4 hormones made by the thyroid are made of iodine, a deficiency in this mineral will not allow you to make good hormones.

      Taking a supplement like the one from that company with out having it tested to see if your body will accept it as a nutrient or as a toxin is definitely not the thing to do. A nutritional therapist can test you in a few seconds to determine this, as well as help you with the amount you need to take.

      There are many other reasons the thyroid may be not working well, all the way from infections in the body to other glands being insufficient. The thyroid is part of the pituitary axis that consists of 4 glands, the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, and ovaries (if you are a woman) and gonads (if you are a man). If anyone of these glands have a problem, it affects them all because they work together.

      There are products that a nutritionist can recommend that are far better than the assist thing.

      EDIT: Doctors will tell you to take Synthetic Hormone Therapy pills, like Synthroid, etc. or Armour that is more natural, but that is a lifetime sentence. I used to have to take Synthroid and did so for five years; got my yearly check up and dosage change, but then I learned how those drugs damage the body. I found I was simply iodine deficient. I have been off Synthroid for over 4 years now and my thyroid is functioning perfectly normally. Interestingly enough, my DOCTOR WAS WRONG to tell me that "I would be very sick if I stopped taking the medication and that I would need to take it for the rest of my life." Surprise! ! I'm far more healthier than following that "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH." Do you actually believe your thyroid became insufficient because you are deficient in a drug?

      Doctors need to follow the oath they took that says ". . .If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God." Arrogance is ignoring the "frailty." Playing GOD without the credentials is just more arrogance.

      Find out what is causing the problem and solve it, don't give in to the medications. Free yourself from the lies you believe.

      good luck to you

  23. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid antibodies cause swollen lymph nodes?
    I have high thyroid antibodies and a goiter, there's one lymph node in my neck harder than a rock and two more, is this related?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't find high antibodies mentioning swollen or hard lymph nodes but i did find this..

      "Someone with Graves' or Hashimoto's disease may have a diffuse goitre, which is one that has spread throughout the thyroid gland. A goitre can also be a localised lump or nodule, caused by a single thyroid nodule or a cancer (although cancers are rare in the thyroid). And the term multinodular goitre is used when many lumps have spread throughout the gland."

      http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2005/06/16/1831822.htm

      How to lower thyroid antibodies >>>

      200mcg of selenium daily.

      "The first study from Crete was published in the 2007 Thyroid Journal. This study reported a 21 % reduction in TPO antibodies after one year of selenomethionine supplements (200 mcg per day).

      A second study from Germany from the 2002 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed a 40 % reduction in antibody levels after selenium supplementation with 9 of 36 (25%) patients completely normalizing their antibody levels.

      A third study done in Turkey by Omer Turker et al. was published in the 2006 Journal of Endocrinology. They showed a 30% decrease in anti-thyroid antibodies after three months of L-selenomethionine supplementation at 200 mcg per day in women with Hashimotos thyroiditis. The starting average TPO antibodies of 803 and after three months the average was 572.:

      http://jdach1.typepad.com/natural_thyroid/2011/02/selenium-for-hashimotos-thyroiditis-by-jeffrey-dach-md.html

      Vitamin D and gluten free diet.

      "Autoimmune Thyroiditis patients can reduce or eliminate thyroid antibodies by maintaining Vitamin D levels of at least 125nmol/L (as will a Gluten-free diet). Vitamin D deficiency has an adverse effect on hair growth due to its influence on thyroid-adrenal function.Vitamin D levels at least above 125nmol/l (50ng/ml)."

      http://www.worldtrichologysociety.org/membersarticles/vitamindillnessprevent.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best supplement to fight sadness/depression?
    Not pills, natural!

    • ANSWER:
      Depression can be caused from a chemical imbalance in your body and depression can also create your system to become imbalanced.

      I would suggest that you do get checked out by a doctor to rule out a physical problem being the cause of your depression. You may have an iron deficiency, thyroid problems or something else.

      Exercise is often a huge help in helping depression as it releases endorphins that make you feel good. A balance diet will help as your body will be getting the nutrition it needs which will help you feel better mentally as well as physically. Meditation can also be of great benefit.

      A good vitamin to take is Complex B, it helps you cope better as well as improving your moods. There are a few herbs out there like St John's Wart that may help depression and they come in many different forms from teas, liquids to tablets. Take it in the form that suits you best.

      What actually helped me overcome depression was learning that 'Thoughts create feelings'. Becoming aware of my thoughts was really something. Most of us have chattering going on constantly in our heads that we are not taking notice of and not aware of. Much of this chatter can be negative.

      Just becoming aware of your thoughts, hearing words that are used verbally as well as in your thinking and making changes to their use really can make a difference. Its like listening to a sad song will make you feel sad but next song that comes on the radio is lively and happy and it makes you feel upbeat. Same principle. Becoming aware to what you surround yourself with can be illuminating.

      When noticing a negative thought, counteract it with a positive reply or challenging its truth. ie. 'I am hopeless' ... are you really? look at all the things you did right today. Is it really a truth? would it hold up in court? etc etc ... It will take years to master but you will notice improvement almost immediately. Maybe because you have something to work with.

      There is information out there on negative thinking and cognitive psychology that might be interesting for you. I found out about it from a psychologist many years ago and then read up on it and it helped me immensely. 'Thoughts create feelings' was the key.

      A great example is being in love ... when you are in love all your thoughts are filled with love, happiness, greatness, goodness and you just want to hug everyone! Is it love that makes are feel so great or is it the thoughts we have when we are in love? Thoughts create feelings.

      Allow yourself to feel and don't be too hard on yourself. In time you can help yourself feel stronger and better equipped to deal with situations.

      I hope this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid disorders cause problems about sleeping?
    If the thyroid metabolism is deregulated, I believe it may influence in the process of sleeping.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! I have a thyroid disorder, and that was one of the symptoms that prompted me to ask my doctor about it. I either couldn't sleep, or I slept way too much but was still exhausted.

      Your thyroid gland produces a hormone, which is the same thing another gland does to make you sleepy. Your body has tons of hormones going through it, but it always has the same cumulative amount. Think of it like this:

      You have a bowl of water. You take one cup out and pour a different cup in. You have the same amount of water as you started with, but you have replaced some of it with different water. This is how your hormones work. When one hormone becomes unbalanced (too much or too little) then the other hormones react to that. So if your thyroid makes too much hormone, the levels of the other hormones are going to decrease to compensate. Your body has the same amount of hormones in it, so one when gets too high or too low, the others change accordingly.

      So if you have a thyroid problem, it can affect the amount of seratonin hormone (the hormone that makes you sleep) in your body.

      Does that make sense? If not, e-mail me and I can give you a lot of good information about this, including a natural remedy for thyroid problems. Things like Synthroid (a pharmaceutical drug used to replace thyroid hormone) cause damage to your thyroid, basically rendering it useless permanently, meaning you will have to take the medication for the rest of your life. There are a lot of different safe remedies for thyroid conditions, such as Iodine supplement. Your thyroid uses Iodine to function, so if you don't get enough or get too much (a common way to get Iodine is from table salt) then it throws off your hormone levels.

      E-mail me for more info, I have a lot I can tell you!

  26. QUESTION:
    How to cure Thyroid problem naturally?
    Hi, I am Sarah and i am suffering from thyroid. I searched many sites for natural thyroid supplement and found this one http://www.antiaging-systems.com/178-thy… . Is this supplement effective to cure my thyroid?? Should i have to try more? Guys please help

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot.

      "suffering from thyroid" does this mean thyroid DISEASE? like maybe HypOthyroidism?

      Your body needs replacement of the thyroids it is not making.

      God bless

  27. QUESTION:
    What natural supplements can I take to replace the prescription Paxil?
    I have been taking this drug for several years and have recently weaned myself off. This has caused an uproar at home and I am in dire need of something to keep me from having anxiety, which is the reason for taking this to begin with. HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      try 300mg a day of 5HTP if you've been clear of Paxil for a few weeks. Also, the supplement GABA could help.
      If you're over 30, see an endocrinologist: Paxil has probably effected your thyroid and hormones-- you'll need hormone replacement for a few months. Avoid ALL sugar- sweets, candy, cake for sure, and cut out all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, milk products for 6-8 weeks to relieve your adrenalin glands. Take Omega,vitamin c and other vitamin supplements
      Paxil has taken a pretty heavy toll on your body, so you'll need to start building it back to health.
      Deep breathing exercises will help if you feel an anxiety attack coming on.
      You can try the herbs valerian, kava-kava, chamomile, or passion flower to help take the edge off the anxiety, but ultimately, the only thing that's going to work is a change in diet, balancing your hormones, and some type of long-term positive thinking or prayer to keep yourself from feeling frustrated, angry and anxious.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can I take that's all natural for more energy?
    I am tired all of the time and want to take something that's all natural for energy. I should not be tired like this All of the time.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons for low energy. It is one of the most frequent complaints that doctors hear. Low energy can be related to an underactive thyroid gland, adrenal exhaustion, depression, lack of good quality sleep, nutritional problems, and more possibilities.

      The reason I mention these possibilities is that if you know why you have low energy, it can be easier to solve. If your thyroid is underactive, nutritional supplements or herbs like ginseng are unlikely to help you.

      If you want to avoid traditional MDs, you can try naturopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, etc. However, try to find someone who can really pinpoint why your energy is low. If you are willing to seeing a regular MD, at least get a thorough physical exam and blood tests. Best wishes.

  29. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any natural remedies for hypothyroidism?
    I'm sluggish, always tired, and my hair is dry and brittle. I'd rather try a natural remedy first before seeing a physician.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism is cause by the Iodine Deficientcy. Throid Glands produce Tri-iodothyronine and Tetro-iodothronine, both hormone needs iodine to make them. When u have an iodine deficientcy, this will affect the production and causing decrease of the hormone production which cause the thyroid to enlarge and therefore Hypothyrodism will occur. To solve this, you have to take iodine supplement or eat more seafood will solve this problem.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the homeopathic remedies for a hyperactive thyroid?
    Before I choose option "ablation" , what natural products can I get from the health food store to balance my hyperactive thyroid? I am a 52 year old woman, with a total hysterectomy,,,if that matters.
    I am also very anemic! Please help me! Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Anemia can be resolved with supplements or injection. You don't mention if it's iron or B12 lacking.

      Homeopathy simply does not work. It's utter nonsense. If you leave your over-active thyroid gland untreated (essentially what using homeopathy would be doing) you will end up with serious health complications.

      Follow your Doctors advice please.

      Ignore the cranks.

  31. QUESTION:
    How can you raise your thyroid levels?
    My wife was tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis and they said her Thyroid levels were really low but didn't give her anything to help her but said it's probably why she is tired all the time and just nods off on occasion. Is there anything that you can take OTC or any supplements or natural remedies or anything that could help to raise those levels or just help in general?

    • ANSWER:
      Other than iodine, Vitamin E is the most important component in raising and maintaining thyroid levels. In addition, Vitamin E is an universal defense against disease and infection, and can help stave off thyroid disease. Vitamin E also helps with the intake process of iodine, making it more usable. When combined with Vitamin A and zinc, Vitamin E can improve the function of the thyroid gland in producing its hormones.

      The thyroid is controlled by the hypothalamus, which in turn is controlled by the pituitary gland. Both of these glands are located inside the brain. Vitamin D triggers the thyroid hormone production process in the pituitary gland, and is also believed to play a role in the early stages of binding thyroxine to its receptor, which then carries it through the bloodstream.

      Vitamin A is not only good for thyroid health, but for that of all glands in the human body. Its active ingredient is beta-Carotene, which is found naturally in many vegetables, including carrots.

      A deficiency of the Vitamin B family can lead to a number of maladies, including low thyroid levels. Vitamin B literally helps build both the adrenal and the thyroid glands,

      Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some good supplements that will take place of my thyroid medication?
    I am looking to replace my thyroid medication that is 150 micrograms of Synthroid with natural supplements that will as strong or stronger than this medication. Any help would be great. Would you please give me any websites or name os stores in your answer. Thanks?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine rich kelp can help as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=kelp+%2B+thyroid&fr=ush-ans One tablet a day is all you need.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to quicken your metabolism?
    I've always had a slow one. Exercise helps some. What are some eating habits or supplements that help as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  34. QUESTION:
    What to do about waking up with leg cramps?
    I have been experiencing really painful leg cramps that wake me up. They are so excruciating I sometimes cry out from sheer agony.

    In the past, I had placed a couple of bars of unwrapped soap under my bottom sheet by my legs and it helped. However, it no longer seems to help.

    Can anyone please give me some suggestions that do not require drugs and that are natural? And help would be gratefully appreciated!

    Thanking you in advance for your help with this.

    • ANSWER:
      Nighttime leg cramps can be caused by overusing muscles or dehydration. Sometimes birth control pills or diuretics (again the dehydration) are implicated. Thyroid problems can be implicated. Go to http://www.questdiagnostics.com/kbase/topic/special/za1086/sec1.htm

      I am mostly writing to say that while it is true (as other writers say) that it can be due to potassium deficiencies, you need to be careful about willy nilly adjusting these levels. Get your potassium from healthy foods - bananas, potatoes, etc.-read carefully about supplements or see your doctor. (I, personally, would not take potassium supplements without doctor's orders.)

      Too much potassium can cause a myriad of very serious problems

      Hope you get some relief.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any vitamins or natural apart from exercise to increase the efficiency of the thyroid gland?
    Does anyone know any vitamins or natural apart from exercise to increase the efficiency of the thyroid gland?
    My cousin has a thyroid issue and was wondering if anyone knew any vitamins or natural herbs apart from exercise and prescribed medications tht would help?

    • ANSWER:
      1) TAKE CERTAIN SUPPLEMENTS:

      * An all-purpose mineral supplement from a health food store,
      * Ascorbic acid (C),
      * Choline.
      * Copper is necessary for the production of the TSH.
      * Copper and Zinc for the peripheral cellular mechanism of T4.
      * Iodine; 100 to 180 mcg per day is the suggested dose.
      * Kelp,
      * Thiamine (B1),
      * Vitamin B complex,
      * Zinc.

      2) AVOID CERTAIN FOODS: The following foods, if eaten frequently, could interfere with iodine uptake, and cause poor thyroid function:

      * Almonds have a suppressive effect.
      * Broccoli,
      * Brussels sprouts,
      * Cabbage,
      * Cashews have a suppressive effect,
      * Cauliflower,
      * Garden cress could do the same,
      * Kale,
      * Kohlrabi,
      * Milk of cows grazing on these foods,
      * Mustard -- brown/Indian, black, or white,
      * Nitrates interfere with the tyrosine-iodine linkage.
      * Peanuts are OK; only the SKINS of peanuts need to be avoided.
      * Radish,
      * Rapeseed,
      * Rutabaga,
      * Soybeans, and
      * Turnips.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for mood disorders and anxiety?
    For the past three years I've been on at least 30 different meds for anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder. My diagnosis is still unclear, but I tend to have serious mood swings. Recently I decided that perhaps I don't need medication and that maybe the solution to my issues would be to understand the intricate framework of my mental states and the triggers that lead me into either a manic or depressive episode. Getting off meds is very difficult and potentially dangerous (that's why I decided to keep my meds on hand just in case). It's been a week since I stopped my meds and I am experiencing moderate dips and peaks in my mood (I have noticed a tiny bit of mania, no suicidal thoughts, a little bit of insomnia, irritability and aggression are definitely heightened).

    I'm determined to last it out without meds for I think it would be more beneficial to tackle the root issues. I need some suggestions for natural ways to curb the swings and anxiety. I have been experiencing insomnia and nightmares (no suicidal thoughts though). I'm willing to change my diet and daily routines and swap them for a healthier lifestyle. Tai Chi before bed helps a bit, I use mantras to get into a meditative state when anxiety gets bad. I smoke pot every day, but I try not to chase a high (I use it for more medicinal purposes).

    Please help me out and get me motivated and educated. Any suggestions for books, spiritual insights, diet improvements, vitamin supplements, de-escalation exercises, videos, positive affirmations, advice ect. would be extremely helpful.

    If you have similar issues, let me know what works for you. Please try to be as detailed as possible for my benefit, I really want to better myself mentally and physically.

    • ANSWER:
      I would combine several things .
      clic my avatr pic to get a list of resouces
      first use eft to clear out all emotional baggage, pain, etc , since birth
      there is a free version and professional help to hire , on my home page, put adhd, depression, whatever into the search bar here, eftuniverse.com and see the stories of people who have healed
      make sure that you are using a good vitamin/mineral supplement
      getting enough of D3 with k2 and others, especially the B family
      mercola.com has a good health routine.
      Go to dearphamacist.com and find out what nutrients your meds are robbing yur body of, and replace them.
      Stop smoking pot asap
      get your hormones tested including thyroid and adrenal hormones
      If you are hving food cravings, and/or are over weight, then you may have high blood sugar which can cause bi polar like symptoms, and intense food cravings, insomnia
      bi polar is not something to mess with IF that is what it is,
      so you could do all that, and see how things go, but if you need your meds, take them
      you could check with this guy also, amenclinics.com he gives out brain advice on PBS tv

  37. QUESTION:
    Have you been diagonised with hypothryroidism that caused your carpel tunnel?
    I've had carpal tunnel for years in my left hand. Recently it has become inflamed from the inner elbow down to my hand. The pain happens at night and it is intense. My doctor said that with the inner elbow symptoms it could be my thyroid. Has anyone been treated for hypothyroidism and their carpal tunnel has cleared up. What medicines or therapies were used?

    • ANSWER:
      WHAT? YOur doctor knows what medicines to use for hypothyroid. (usually some form of synthoid, or natural dessicated thyroid) Many problems occur when the thyroid is out of balance. Muscle pain and inflamation can be symptoms, some people with 'fibromayalglia' and other pain have thyroid imbalances.
      Most doctors dont think about the connection between carpal tunnel and other problems , like thyroid. Some wouldnt even say they are related.
      You should be sure to take a good vitamin/mineral supplement, also.

  38. QUESTION:
    How Do I Lose Weight When I Have A Thyroid Problem?
    i'm 15 and i weigh 220 pounds. i'm around 5'11.

    i have a thyroid problem and it makes me gain weight like crazy.

    i have been in many sports like soccer and currently in marching band.

    but i can't seem to lose any weight.

    i don't go to a doctor so i can't receive any medicine for my problem.

    will going vegetarian help me lose weight?

    what can i do to lose weight?
    i'm tired of being extremely overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      Good question :) I have a thyroid issue as well. I found some great homeopathic remedies and supplements that can keep me off prespription drugs. (Google organic thyroid regulator).

      On top of those supplements I do zumba, weight lifting, running, walking, jogging, and other things to stay active on a daily basis.

      Also, I stay on a good food lifestyle, eating a gluten-free diet, and the only "sugar" that is in my diet, is HONEY! Sugar is a killer when it comes to fat.

      I pretty much stick to a frugal organic healthy food lifestyle. Including, homeade gluten free breads, salads, veggies, lots of smoothies and fruits, eggs things for protein including yummy natural peanut butter and protein shakes.

      Really with trying to lose weight affectively, you need to stick to a good healthy regimen. :) I hope this helps you! It can get so frustrating!!

  39. QUESTION:
    Why i cannot get my menstrual cycle regular after giving birth?
    4half years, my menstrual not consistance. 4mths to 6mths once. I have done my medical checkup, all normal except obi & high cholestrol. Besides exercise & diet, is there any natural remedies for normal menstrual cycle.
    Height : 155cm, Weight : 74kg.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you also check your thyroid? Sometimes that can be low after a pregnancy. Then it can change your cycle. Also Vit B6 can shorten your luteal phase, if you are low. But that would make your cycle more frequent, not less frequent. Also zinc can cause low progesterone if you are low.

      Like everyone says on her, you must find an MD or an natural doctor and discuss your history and your concerns.

      I noticed that when I supplemented with b6 and zinc, in which I knew I was low, I saw changes that month in my cycle.

      Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Any natural cures or natural meds for Hypothyroidism?
    I'm 18 and I have had Hypothyroidism for over 5 years. I have been on Synthroid since I've been diagnosed with it. It doesn't seem to help with a lot of the issues plus I hate taking it. It's such and inconvenience. Does anyone know anything natural that I could use in place of Synthroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are natural substitutes for thyroid medication. A lot of people find a good difference when they switch over from Synthroid to natural ones. The natural ones are: Armour Thyroid (also known as Naturethroid and Westhroid. They all basically have the same core ingredient, they just differ in the fillers and binders.) Like someone mentioned here, many pharmacies in US don't have stock. You can find a lot more details about natural remedies (including Armour Thyroid) and potential places to buy them from the following site.

      http://www.healthandcures.net/hypothyroidism-treatment.html

      If you are successful at getting Armour or the other natural meds, don't just abruptly change over from Synthroid to that. Ask your ND how to do it comfortably.

      You could also try "Raw Thyroid" which is usually available in good stock at most places. There are other things like iodine supplements, yoga and organic virgin coconut oil all of which help a good deal.

      You are just 18, all the best for a good active life! Hope the info (this answer and the website) helps.

  41. QUESTION:
    How to get long, thick hair? How egg is to be used to improve hair growth? What type of food i need to take?
    5 years back i used to have long and very dense hair? Due to thyroid and anemia i had huge hair loss. Can i get back my hair? What care i need to take?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister had the same problem as well as breaking brittle nails. Her doc recommended a dietary supplement called Biotin from a drug store or natural food store. She's been taking it for 3 months, her hair has come back and her nails are gorgeous. I'm taking it now. It's in a pill form and says support for hair skin and nails on the bottle.
      Good luck, hope it works for you.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any vitamins or natural apart from exercise to increase the efficiency of the thyroid gland?
    My cousin has a thyroid issue and was wondering if anyone knew any vitamins or natural herbs apart from exercise and prescribed medications tht would help?
    b complex are there any specific brands..idk one a day or something that u know of"?

    • ANSWER:
      Interference with thyroid hormone is often an underlying cause of hypothyroidism, which, in turn, is responsible for more than 100 different symptoms. There are many undesirable effects which include weight gain and fatigue that cannot be controlled by diet or exercise.

      Commonly observed symptoms of Hypothyroidism include
      Fatigue

      Weight Gain

      Dry Skin

      Constipation

      Intolerance to Cold/Heat

      Muscle Weakness

      Indigestion

      Memory Loss

      Menstrual Disorders

      Infertility

      Sleep Disorders

      Swelling of Hands, Feet, Eyelids

      Loss of Hair

      Heart Palpitation

      Premenstrual Syndrome

      Emotional Instability

      Unopposed estrogen (estrogen dominance) can interfere with thyroid hormone activity and is often a primary underlying cause of thyroid dysfunction.

      Because estrogen and thyroid hormone have opposing actions (probably at the thyroid hormone receptor level) unopposed Estrogen will prevent the thyroid hormone from "completing its mission," resulting in "hypothyroid symptoms." This excess estrogen is often responsible for the symptoms of Hypothyroidism, despite normal serum levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

      Natural Progesterone, however, re-directs the activity of estrogen by increasing the sensitivity of estrogen receptors and, most importantly, inhibits many of unopposed estrogen's undesirable side-effects, which includes interference with thyroid hormone activity.

      Most women who are plagued by the symptoms of hypothyroidism have found that thyroid function has been normalized within a few weeks of using a properly formulated Natural Progesterone Cream, in conjunction with proven Dietary- Lifestyle modifications.

      Because natural progesterone most often has a normalizing effect on a sluggish thyroid, the use of thyroid medication may over-stimulate the thyroid gland. Consult your health care professional if you are taking prescription thyroid medication.

      In addition to a properly formulated Natural Progesterone Cream, many informed women have found that supplementing with ten kelp tablets per day has a nourishing effect on thyroid function.

  43. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of depression during the same time every year?
    Not during the winter like most people. For the past 3 years it's been around March to June or July. I live in New York so it happens during springtime typically. It's not severe, but definitely enough symptoms to be depression. I don't experience mania, so it can't be bipolar disorder. What's up with this cyclic depression happening at the same time every year? What is it? I DO have a possible thyroid issue (only menstruating three or four months a year, sleeping and eating problems, etc) abut that wouldn't explain this annual frequency.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a number of close friends that have found success with Amoryn. It's an all-natural supplement designed to help reduce symptoms of depression during anytime of the year, not just winter depression. Amoryn is non-addictive/non-habit forming, so your body won't build a dependence on this natural formula. Amoryn's formula contains both 5-HTP, St. John's Wort, and Rhodiola Rosea among other ingredients. These ingredients are not known to be addictive or habit forming. You can learn more about Amoryn at http://www.amoryn.com/advantage.html - This site actually has a lot of great info.

      If you're looking for any St. John's Wort (SJW) product, it's my understanding that you need to find one that's been standardized for hyperforin. This is main active component in SJW that's responsible for reducing symptoms of depression. Here's a link to a clinical research study published in a reputable medical journal discussing the topic - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15492771

      Another great resource to learn more about SJW is the Kelly's St. John's Wort Blog - http://www.sjwinfo.org/

      Try Google-ing "Depression Pills" - It seems like there's some good info there about how to naturally boost your energy and help reduce symptoms of depression.

      Start there and continue learning about different alternatives. Everyone's different, so the best long-term approach is to continuing to educate yourself and find what works best for you.

      Hopefully this information is of some help. All the best!

  44. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried SoloSlim diet pills, and how did they work for you?
    I started them today, and I am hoping they will work for me.
    I ail from a Thyroid Disease, and Diabetes, and need to lose a lot to weight.
    Will appreciate any of your knowledge about this product.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been through it all and know what's it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can't be an addict to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I've worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.

      Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.

      First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can't eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising...

      This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it's good for the heart.

      However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It's so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I've found a great addition to help any one out, it's a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don't get all crazy on me and say diet pills don't work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn't meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It's an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace. com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it's the best pill I've tried and I've tried cupboards full. Now this doesn't mean you have to follow my foot steps but I've successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.

      Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have a thyroid problem?
    I dont eat anything terribly bad for me, it's almost always healthy. I exercise daily and i drink water as much as i can. I can not lose weight and some days i feel like im gaining weight. I know my matabolism is slow, but i'm wondering how I can find out if i have a thyroid problem. PLEASE someone help me!!

    • ANSWER:
      The very best way to tell is to keep a thermometer next to your bed. Every morning for 7 days take your temperature as soon as you wake up. If your body temp is consistently low(below 97) then you are probably are low thyroid.

      I had every symptom of low thyroid, thinning hair, weak nails, very dry skin, very low energy, always cold, and I was taking anti-depressants, but the doctor said the test came back fine. So I did some research and found that the tests they do are not very accurate, and found this method. I had a waking body temp of only 95 degrees three days out of seven(and the room temp was 78). That is classified as hypothermia! My doctor looked at that and put me on meds! I took them for awhile, and then changed to "natural thyroid" that I get over the counter. There are also supplements you can take specifically to help your thyroid, as certain vitamins and minerals HAVE to be present for your thyroid gland to function(one is iodine). Like I said, I did a LOT of research. I found out about the synthetic meds prescibed by most doctors, how eating soy can literally destroy your thyroid(soy is SO popular in diet foods, and it is sabotaging women's efforts to lose weight), how salt free diets can affect you(salt is the only way most people get iodine in their diet), the list goes one! Most of the stuff I found by googling, try "thyroid", "soy" and natural health sites and you will find out alot. Most of the stuff I found was new to me, and some is controversial, but I can tell you that I feel 100% better than I have in years, all my symptoms are improving, and I am no longer taking anti-depressants. I get up early, work out, work a full time job and actually feel good! I hope that you can find out what is going on with you, too. Good Luck!

      P.S. I have not lost all the weight I want, but I feel so much better I don't even care!

  46. QUESTION:
    When you take Synthroid must you also take Iodoral for it to work effectively?
    DR prescribed Synthroid and a compound capsule of Iodoral (some type of iodine) to take w/it. Never taken either one b/f...he said my Thyroid is low, hence slow weight loss. He say's the Iodoral has to be taken for the Syn to work? Problem is the Iodoral is VERY expensive and has to be done thru a compounding pharmacy....which he happens to own. Any one w/exp. help me please?

    • ANSWER:
      Not true. Iodine is very important to thyroid health but too much iodine can worsen hypothyroidism as can too little. Synthroid may not work if your liver does not convert thyroid storage hormone T4 (synthroid) to active thyroid hormone T3 effectively. Many find this to be the case and switch over to natural desiccated thyroid which contains T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. And if you do need iodine in your diet..hello cheap iodized salt! :) Many multivitamin capsules and tablets supply 100 - mcg of iodine as well. Read more about iodine in the top 5 supplements for thyroid support.

      Were you diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis - autoimmune hypothyroidism? Your antibody tests will come back high (many doctors do not test for this). Lowering antibodies is key to helping with this condition. Studies show 200mcg of selenium daily lower TPO antibodies. Vitamin E (natural) helps absorption of selenium - 400IU daily. A gluten free diet is shown to lower thyroid antibodies.

      Top 5 supplements for thyroid support - iodine, selenium, zinc, vitamin D and E>>>
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/topsupplements.htm

      Natural desiccated thyroid hormone>>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      A new book out called Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests are Normal by Dr Kharrazian's is a revolutionary new way to treat hypothyroidism and hashimoto's thyroiditis

      "Do you take thyroid hormones yet still suffer from symptoms? If so, join millions of Americans who, despite normal test results, suffer low thyroid symptoms because they are mis-diagnosed or mismanaged. Treating the thyroid is often ineffective. Find the real culprit, and why it doesn't show up on a standard blood test." >>> http://thyroidbook.com

  47. QUESTION:
    I have hypothyroidism and I'm also iron deficient but my meds give me a sick headache?
    I'm unsure if it's the Eutroxsig or the Ferro-tab or the combination of both but when I take them I gradually get so sick I that I have to take two strong pain killers and spray sinus spray up my nose.

    I was wondering are there any natural remedies for hypothyroidism and iron deficiency?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      almost everyone has some degree of nerve interference to their thyroid as part of their overall nerve interference pattern, characteristic to them when they are subluxated. in most cases, it is the lobe of the thyroid on the same side of atlas listing that is primarily affected. see an hio method chiropractor.(and be careful with use of iron supplements. they can lead to serious systemic problems.)

  48. QUESTION:
    Should I switch to Armour thyroid medication?
    I have been on synthroid for almost my entire life, and have never had a stable dosage for longer than a year and a half because of my hashimoto's thyroid. Would armour be a better choice for me? I've thought about switching for a while but my doctor is against it. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You could trial it out. Many find they are much improved with natural desiccated thyroid extract. A advocate of natural thyroid treatment is the stop the thyroid madness website. Another excellent article about thyroid disease states the following...

      "Thyroid hormone supplements

      Supplementation with thyroid hormone is the standard medical treatment for underactive thyroid. Some hormone medication, however, is better than others. This is because many people to not respond well to T4 (thyroxine) alone. Thyroxine does normalise blood tests, but it cannot relieve low thyroid symptoms until is has been converted it to T3, the active hormone. Failure to make this conversion is common. (Selenium, zinc, vitamin B6 and other co-factors are required.)

      Two alternative prescriptions are available:

      T3 (Tertroxin or the much preferred, but more expensive, slow-release T3) used together with T4 long term or by itself for a short term correction.

      Thyroid Extract (desiccated thyroid, Armour thyroid) is popular. It can be a good choice for non-autoimmune thyroid problems, or for Hashimoto's if the antibodies are not too high. High thyroid antibodies may be aggravated by thyroid extract. Thyroid extract is available by prescription from compounding chemists."

      As for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, a must is supplementing with 200mg of selenium (around 3 - 4 brazil nuts) daily. Selenium lowers TPO antibodies. A gluten free diet also lowers antibodies.

      "New research has shown that Hashimoto's patients with high thyroid antibodies report more symptoms than patients with low thyroid antibodies, even if their thyroid function test is normal. In other words, thyroid replacement is not enough to ameliorate symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease."

      T4 only meds don't work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      Thyroid disease >>>
      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best metabolism boosting pills?
    I heard that caffein was a natural metabolism booster, any more advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Sea Kelp - Kelp is one of the best natural sources of the mineral Iodine. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormone (which plays a big role in controlling your bodies metabolic rate).
      You can get herbal Sea Kelp supplement pills from any good health food shop.
      Of course, a healthy balanced diet and plenty of exercise also play a major part!

  50. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods that DON'T have any iron or calcium?
    I have an under-active thyroid (don't know the scientific name) and I have to wait a half hour to an hour before I eat anything and I can't have calcium or iron within 4 hours of taking it. Its crazy hard! Even cereal without milk had calcium. I am having apples a lot. Anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      You can eat whatever you want an hour after taking your medication you just cant take IRON or CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS. It has nothing to do with if you eat food that has it in.
      You should know more about the condition you have and research the medications you use. HOPEFULLY your on natural thyroid hormones and not synthetic hormones like synthroid.

      Check out this site

      www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

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