Hypothyroidism is a condition that is characterized by an underactive thyroid gland. People with hypothyroidism tend to have a low basal metabolic rate and hence one of the most noticeable symptoms of this condition is weight gain and difficulty to lose that weight. While there are many medicines your doctor may prescribe to reduce weight during this condition, it is always better to opt for herbs for hypothyroidism weight loss. Natural treatment doesn’t have any side effects unlike treatments that involve harsh medicines. An underactive thyroid results in low ‘metabolic burn’. So that explains why women with hypothyroidism are unable to lose weight even if they are on a highly restrictive diet.
What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
Often people confuse between the hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. And if they use herbal medication to
control the symptoms due to these conditions, they should know what their condition is. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are conditions that affect the same gland, but are the exact opposite of each other. Thyroid secrets hormones that regulate brain, heart, muscles and several other organs of the body, and aid the body in proper energy consumption. So when something goes wrong with this gland the body’s metabolism withers. Either it goes into overdrive, or it slows down too much. These two conditions are referred to as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism respectively, and they have distinct symptoms. Simply put, in hypothyroidism the body is unable to make enough hormones to satisfy the body. With hyperthyroidism the thyroid produces too many hormones.People with hyperthyroidism never gain weight, no matter what they eat. This is because body is in ‘fast metabolism’ mode. The body burns up extra food without using it for anything but production of heat. Due to this essential nutrients are eliminated from your body, which is an extremely serious problem. In hypothyroidism weight gain occurs because metabolic rate slows down. People have to take hormone therapy the side effects of which are just as bad. Thankfully there are many alternative home remedies and herbs that aid weight loss in people with hypothyroidism.
Some Herbs for hypothyroidism Weight Loss
Remember that herbs do not offer you the same help as thyroid hormone replacement therapy, but merely boost the production of thyroid hormone by improving the health of thyroid or by supplying it with iodine. Therefore herbs are of no use to patients whose thyroid glands are totally or near-totally damaged. They will only work if the thyroid hormone is still being produced by the thyroid gland even if it is produced weakly. Herbs are safe to use and do not have side effects, but you should regulate their use. In case one herb doesn’t work on you, you should change and start using another herb. Also take advice from your physician before taking any herbal medication
.Here is a list of natural remedies for weight loss related to hypothyroidism that will actually work. Also take a look at the tips we offer in order to get maximum benefits from these herbs.1. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
: This is iodine rich seaweed that contains Vitamin A, C, E, and B-complex. The main use of this herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland to treat obesity and cellulite. This herb helps in problems related to lipid balance causing obesity, and where obesity is caused due to thyroid dysfunction. Bladderwrack is rich in iodine, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulphur, silicon, and iron. Apart from these it also contains small amounts of phosphorous, selenium, manganese and zinc. All these minerals are helpful in stimulating an underactive thyroid and increasing body’s metabolism.There are some side effects of bladderwrack. People who have bleeding disorders should not take it. Research suggests that taking this herb may cause infertility. People with an iodine allergy should not take it as it may cause an allergic reaction. This herb should be taken under the advice of your physician.2. Oat Straw Extract (Avena sativa)
: Wild oats have traditionally been used to treat hypothyroidism. It contains high amounts of iron, zinc and manganese. Its restorative properties can stimulate your thyroid gland. Since this herb contains high amounts of vitamins B and selenium, it helps in proper functioning of thyroid gland. If your thyroid is in good health your metabolism will improve and this will result in weight loss. You need to take Avena sativa with lots of water.3. Nettle
: Nettle is a good herb for hypothyroidism weight loss. It is a rich source of iodine. You can use dried nettle herb to make nettle tea. You can also use nettle oil to massage your neck.4. Black Walnut
: This herb is a rich source of iodine and a thyroid stimulant. Black walnuts and their hulls contain a high amount of antioxidants, iodine, and essential fatty acids. These fatty acids along with sterols are good for the heart and cardiovascular system. But black walnuts also play a great role in weight loss of people affected with hypothyroidism. The iodine content of this herb supports a healthy thyroid and proper metabolic function. If your metabolism is well tuned, the body is able to break down the fats effectively aiding in weight loss.
Here are a few dietary supplements for hypothyroidism
: Selenium is one of nature’s best-kept secrets. Most people who have hypothyroidism have low levels of selenium. This mineral is required to convert thyroxine hormone T4 into triiodothyronine (T3), which increases your body’s metabolism. People afflicted with hypothyroidism who have used selenium as a dietary supplement have reported a substantial increase in their energy levels. Selenium and iodine are a thyroid’s natural partners. Selenium balances the metabolism in the body, thereby helping the thyroid function well, which in turn will help in weight reduction. The problems associated with selenium deficiency become more serious if there is iodine deficiency too.The best sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, oysters, tuna, seeds, pork, beef, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. A daily dose of around 200 mcg of selenium is right for most people, but check with your physician to see what amount would be right for you.2. Iodine
: This is a key component for production of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones. To increase iodine in your diet, you can eat more seafood, eggs, yogurt, parsley, and black walnuts. You can also supplement your diet with Nettle or Bladderwrack herbs, which are good sources of iodine. Iodine helps in improving the functions of an underactive thyroid and increasing body’s energy. This has a positive effect on losing weight gained due to underactive thyroid.[table id=2 /]Keep in mind that the best diet for hypothyroidism is one with low-carb, low-protein, and high-fiber.There are many other herbs for hypothyroidism weight loss such as licorice, elethero and ashwagandha. But care should be taken with every natural remedy you choose for treatment. All these herbs are safe to consume, but you should know the quantity for consumption. Do not take these without your physician’s advice.