Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyrodism

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder and the leading cause of hypothyroidism. For those suffering from its effects, the pain, discomfort and complications can be a real challenge. With Hashimoto’s disease, the body actually attacks its own tissue, causing the production of thyroid hormone to decrease. Because the thyroid gland is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism, a decrease in hormones can lead to a wide assortment of symptoms including fatigue, hair loss, muscle pain and weight gain.

Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is not curable at this time, but it can be successfully treated and managed with a whole host of remedies. In this report, we provide you with a number of natural and simple remedies and suggestions to help you live a fuller, more productive life than you ever thought possible.

Without further ado, here is exactly what you need to do to treat the symptoms of your Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. Each of the remedies presented within this report have been shown to have valuable and life-changing effects for Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism sufferers. If one remedy does not work for you, please do not be discouraged – try another. Your health is that important!

§       Bladderwrack Tea

Did you say “Bladderwrack?” Indeed, this tasty tea with a most unusual name combines one of the most powerful herbs known to combat the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and with a little sweetness to make a very potent remedy for you.
Bladderwrack’s active constituents – iodine, alginic acid and fucoidan – work together to help treat some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism.
2-3 Tsp Bladderwrack (can also be found in capsule, liquid and dried states at many health food and herbal stores)
Stevia (to use as a natural sweetener)
Non-fluoridated, non-chlorinated water
To make this helpful, healing tea:
    1. Bring water to a boil
    2. Add bladderwrack.
    3. Return to a boil.
    4. Remove from heat and cover.
    5. Let steep for 15 minutes.
    6. Strain and pour.
    7. Add stevia to taste.
    8. Drink 8 ounces every 4 hours and/or until symptoms subside.

§       Make It Coconut!

There’s no need to go to a tropical island to find your next remedy – simply visit your nearest grocery store and pick up a coconut. That’s right; coconuts (specifically coconut oil) have been shown to significantly help in aiding thyroid function.
By boosting metabolism and assisting your body’s ability to normalize thyroid function, studies are showing that coconut oil can dramatically improve numerous hypothyroid symptoms, including weight problems.
So, how do you “make it coconut”? It’s simple – coconut oil can replace any cooking oils that you traditionally use. Additionally, coconut oil can be taken by the spoonful as a daily supplement. Experts recommend using an organic, extra-virgin oil.

Note: When cooking with oil, coconut oil is best. However, if coconut oil is not available, try cooking with sunflower, olive and/or sesame oils. Be sure to avoid canola, corn, soybean and rapeseed oils.

§       Protein Drink

Protein has been shown to significantly help in individuals with thyroid issues. This protein drink can help to lessen the frequency and severity of hypothyroid symptoms.

Ingredients 2 eggs 1 Tbsp. Lecithin 1 cup whole milk 1 Tsp. brewer’s yeast 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt or 1 Tbsp. acidophilus culture 1/8 to 1/4 cup wheat germ
Optional: fresh or frozen fruit juices and/or 1 Tbsp. molasses (for taste)


In a blender, mix together all of your ingredients.
Enjoy the health benefits of this protein-packed super drink.
Remember, you can get as creative as you want with your ingredients. The most important thing to remember is your protein – as long as you have your protein accounted for, you may spruce up your drink in with whatever makes you happy (of course, be sure to check the Foods to Avoid section to make sure you don’t add any no-no’s to your power-packed protein drink!).

§       Contrast Hydrotherapy: Hot AND Cold-Pack It On!

Contrast hydrotherapy – where a patient alternates cold and hot compress applications – has been shown to help stimulate healthy thyroid function. Additionally, the compresses can help swelling or soreness associated with inflamed glands.
o       In a medium-sized bowl, prepare a bath of ice water.
o       In a separate bowl, prepare a bath of hot water.
o       Dip a washcloth or small towel into the iced water, wring it out, and place on the affected area.
o       Leave on area for one minute.
o       Using either the same or separate towel, dip into the hot water, wring out excess water and place on the affected area.
o       Leave on area for three minutes.
o       Repeat three times in one sitting, and repeat the entire process 2 to 3 times per day (or as needed).
Alternative: For the heat compress, you may add castor oil to the affected area for additional treatment.

§       Sweat It!

Believe it or not, sweating can be a highly effective way to rid your body of the harmful toxic build-up that leads to complications of hypothyroidism. To do your body a favor, be sure to make sweating a regular part of your weekly regimen.
Easy ways to work up a sweat include:
    • Regular exercise for no less than 20 minutes
    • A visit to your local sauna
    • Elimination of antiperspirants
    • Drinking hot beverages can actually build up a sweat!
No matter how you do it, be sure to consult your physician before beginning any new diet or exercise program to assure you will attain the best possible results.

·         The Thyroid Balancing Solution

For a potent remedy to help balance your thyroid, there are a number of commercially available balancing mixtures. However, if you have a little time on your hands, you can mix up your own custom-made batch of balancing solution. A solution that aids normal thyroid function should have an abundance of minerals, including:


    • Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
    • Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
    • Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)
    • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
    • Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
    • Non-fluoridated, non-chlorinated water
    • Unless otherwise indicated by your physician or the herb itself, solutions should be made with 1 Tsp. of each herb per cup of hot water.
    • Bring water to a gentle boil and add the herbs.
    • Let steep for the recommended time: 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, 10 to 20 minutes for roots.
    1. Drink 3 to 4 cups per day until symptoms have abated.

§       Vitamin and Herbal Supplementation

It may seem cliché, but taking vitamins is important not only to your overall health, but also to the treatment of your very specific Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism symptoms. If you have an underactive thyroid, your body typically has difficulty breaking down the foods you ingest and making the most of their nutrients and, because of this, it’s even more important to make sure you supplement appropriately. We have included a list of vitamins and supplements to consider; please review them and consult with your physician to determine which vitamin and supplement combination is right for you.
Important vitamins and minerals to consider when treating and managing the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism include:
    • Calcium (1,000 mg per day; should be taken at least 4 hours from the time of taking any thyroid medication as the calcium can inhibit the proper absorption of the medication)
    • Copper (take as directed on the label)
    • Iodine (300 mcg per day)
    • Iron (take as directed on the label)
    • Magnesium (200 to 600 mg per day)
    • Neodynium (take as directed on the label)
    • Selenium (up to 200 mcg per day)
    • Terbium (take as directed on the label)
    • Thullium (take as directed on the label)
    • Vitamin A (10,000 to 25,000 IU per day)
    • Vitamin C (1,000 mg three to four times per day)
    • B complex (50 to 100 mg/day)
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) (15 mg per day)
    • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (25 to 50 mg per day)
    • Vitamin B6 (25 to 50 mg per day)
    • Vitamin B12 (take as directed on the label)
    • Vitamin D (take as directed on the label)
    • Vitamin E (200-800 IU per day)
    • Zinc (30 mg per day)
In addition:
    • Be sure to take a good multivitamin, 1 capsule daily with food.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids act as an anti-inflammatory and help the functioning of your immune system. Take up to 6 capsules daily as a food supplement with your meals.

·         Herbal Recommendations

As we have already seen, herbs can greatly assist as you learn to treat and manage your Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism-associated symptoms. For your benefit, we have included a list of several of the most effective herbs for treating your symptoms. Before considering any herbal treatment plan, consult your physician to make sure the program you design works best for you and your special needs.
All of the listed herbs can be used one or more of the following:
    • Dried extracts – capsules, powders or teas
    • Glycerites (glycerine extracts)
    • Tinctures (alcohol-based extracts)
When creating a tea, unless otherwise indicated, you should use 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. As a general rule of thumb, steep your covered teas for 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. The recommended dose is 2 to 4 cups per day.

Recommended Herbs

    • Agnus Castus assists the proper functioning of the pituitary gland and the thyroid.
    • Avena sativa is helpful in boosting energy of fatigued individuals, and also helps those suffering with low libido.
    • Bayberry (Myrica Cerifera) helps stimulate and balance your body’s hormone levels, and Black Cohosh acts to balance hormone levels.
    • Black Walnut is high in organic iodine and manganese that helps to support proper thyroid function, especially sluggish metabolism.
    • Bladderwrack is high in iodine and helps balance individuals with an underactive thyroid.
    • Coleus forskohlii helps stimulate the thyroid to naturally release more hormones.
    • Essential fatty acids, such as Primrose Oil, assist in normalizing thyroid function (1,000 to 1,500 mg three times per day).
    • Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) helps limit damage to the thyroid gland.
    • Irish Moss helps support the overall health of the thyroid.
    • Kelp Seaweed, with its source of iodine, can help assist thyroid function.
    • L-Tyrosine helps build plasma levels, which can positively affect the thyroid (500 mg two or three times per day).
    • Mullein (Verbascum Densiflorum) contains iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and calcium phosphate and helps reduce swelling due to autoimmune disorder attacks.
    • Siberian Ginseng assists the adrenal and thymus glands which, in turn, help support the health of the thyroid.
    • Spirulina is valuable for overall body health.

§       Bach Flower Remedies

Long valued for its healing properties, Bach Flower essences can be used successfully to treat many of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism.
We have included three of the most popular essences used, but be sure to visit the Bach website to determine which essences could be of the most help in your particular circumstances.

Wild rose To treat the fatigue and depression that often accompanies Hashimoto’s disease, take 2 drops in water and sip in intervals throughout the day.

Crab Apple For overall body cleansing, take 2 drops in water and sip in intervals throughout the day.

Elm To balance the body and reduce damage to the affected systems, take 2 drops in water and sip in regular intervals throughout the day. Be sure to take this a minimum of 4 times per day.

§       Homeopathic Remedies

Depending on your specific symptoms, there are numerous homeopathic remedies that can greatly help your situation. Consult with a trained homeopathic expert to quickly and effectively determine which remedies will have the greatest chance for success in your particular situation.
We suggest investigating any of the following remedies as starting points for your homeopathic journey. Each has been shown to be effective in the treatment of hypothyroidism and its symptoms:
    • alcare phos.
    • Ammonium muriaticum
    • Arsenicum album
    • Badiaga
    • Baryta carbonica
    • Calcarea iodatum
    • Ferru iodatum
    • Fucus
    • Ignatia
    • Iodium
    • Lapis alb
    • Lycopus virginicus
    • Spigelia
    • Spongia tosta
    • Sulfuricum iodatum
    • Thyroidinum

§       Reflexology, Acupressure and Acupuncture

To help restore your immune system to its optimum functioning, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture can be successfully used. The techniques of reflexology and acupressure/acupuncture employ the use of trigger point therapy to help balance the body’s systems. For example, acupressure – a form of acupuncture in which fingers and thumbs, rather than needles, are used to press points on the surface of the body – not only relieves muscular tension (which increases blood flow, and therefore allows more oxygen and nutrients to be carried to tissue throughout the body), but also aids in healing by removing toxins from the body. In addition, many researchers now believe that, like acupuncture, acupressure triggers the release of endorphins, the neurochemicals that serve to reduce and relieve pain and inflammation and help restore bodily balance.

As amazing as it sounds, there are several reflexes or pressure points that, when massaged correctly, can help alleviate a number of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism symptoms almost instantly.
A certified reflexologist, acupuncturist and/or acupressurist can help you locate these trigger points. Instructed by a trained professional, you can learn how to self-treat your symptoms as well as benefit from the relaxing effects of professional treatments.

§       Essential Oils

Essential oils, concentrated pure plant extracts obtained through distillation, have long been used to help balance the self and environment. Valued for their therapeutic and fragrant qualities, essential oils can help treat all types of disease. In the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, only one oil has been documented to have a particularly beneficial effect: myrtle.
For best results, try using it as an inhalant in your bath or as a massage oil.

Note: Because garlic and onion suppress thyroid function – not a desirable behavior for those suffering from hypothyroidism – it is not recommended that you use oils made from these elements. Of course, because of their less-than-pleasant odors, not many people would consider using these essential oils anyway, but it is good to note just the same.

§       Body Cleansing

As you seek to heal your body and give yourself the best life possible, consider body cleansing. Changing your diet is extremely important, but for many Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism sufferers, cleansing the vital organs of your body becomes necessary. To help your body perform at its highest potential, begin a cleansing program that includes a:

Performing any one of these cleanses can assist your body in regaining maximum health. So get cleaning today

Managing Your Symptoms Before They Show Up

The best way treat Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is to manage your health so you can prevent the symptoms and complications from arising in the first place. Changes to your diet, exercise regimen and overall lifestyle can greatly affect the severity and frequency of your symptoms. If you start taking control of your symptoms today, you can begin living symptom-free for years to come!

§       Food and Diet

When it comes to Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, diet becomes a list of what you can and can’t eat. We’ve assembled a useful list of foods and products to consume as well as those to avoid. By following this list and consulting with your physician, you’ll best be able to plan a diet program that makes most sense for your particular situation.

Foods to Eat
Cold water fish
Flax seeds
Foods high in fiber
Foods high in protein
Foods high in complex carbohydrates
Foods low in sugars and simple carbohydrates
Leafy greens
Non-fluoridated, non-chlorinated water
Non-starchy vegetables and fruits
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
Pumpkin seeds
Sea vegetables
Sesame seeds
Whole grains
Note: Whenever possible, be sure to choose organic fruits, vegetables and grains. In addition, consume an adequate amount of protein-rich foods daily and make sure you get a well-rounded supply of minerals, herbs and vitamins as outlined above.
Foods to Avoid (or consume in moderation)
Just as there are foods that you want to seek out, there are also a number of foods you’ll want to avoid, or at least consume in moderation. You’ll want to avoid or limit foods containing the following items:
Foods to Avoid/Consume Moderately
Brussels sprouts
Dairy products
Lima beans
Mustard greens
Pine nuts
Starchy foods
Soy (e.g. soy milk, tofu)
Sweet potatoes
White bread
Additionally, avoid fluoride, especially toothpastes with fluoride, as well as drinking water. Also, any soy products should be consumed at least 4 hours after taking thyroid medication, as soy may block the body’s absorption of the medication.

§       Health and Exercise Program

As with many diseases, your overall health and exercise plan can make a huge difference in how the disease affects your body on day-to-day basis. Making even subtle changes in your overall health can positively affect how your body responds to your illness.
For Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, you are in an interesting position. Overstressing your body can allow the disease to do even greater damage to your body, so it is important to work with your physician to design an exercise program that is custom-fitted to your current conditioning and symptoms.
Suggested exercise programs could include:
Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation
Tai Chi
Light cardiovascular/aerobic work
General conditioning and toning
As a starting point, a 30-minute walk is recommended.
*Yoga is particularly beneficial to hypothyroid sufferers. In fact, there is one pose -the shoulder stand – that has been shown to have an especially positive affect on those with thyroid issues.
In the shoulder stand:
Begin by lying on your back and bringing your legs together.
With your legs together, slowly raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor.
Continue lifting your legs and rolling up on your lower back to support your hips with your hands.
Tuck your chin into your chest.
The weight of your body should be resting on your shoulders.
You’ll want to start with short pose times (e.g., 15-30 seconds). Over time, work up to 2 minutes per day in this position. For best results, join a local yoga studio or rent one of the many excellent videos and DVDs available today.
Remember to rest! Just as exercise is vitally important, it is also equally important that you always allow for ample rest to help your body continue its healing process.

Hashimoto’s disease and Hypothyroidism

§       What is Hashimoto’s disease?

Hashimoto’s disease, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is the leading cause of hypothyroidism. In hypothyroidism, an autoimmune disease, the immune system literally attacks the thyroid gland, causing it to grow and to decrease its production of thyroid hormone. The thyroid secretes hormones that control your body’s metabolism. Metabolism is vital in managing such things as your mood, weight and mental and physical energy levels. The decreased thyroid hormone produced can lead to all kinds of complications in overall health. In general, a decrease in thyroid hormones leads to an overall slowing of the body’s normal functioning rate. This slowing, in turn, leads to all kinds of symptoms and as well as a tendency toward mental and physical sluggishness.
It’s important to note that there are other possible causes of hypothyroidism than Hashimoto’s disease. Additional possible causes include:
Secondary hypothyroidism, a condition in which the pituitary gland fails to secrete a hormone that is essential for the proper stimulation of the thyroid gland.
Congenital defects
Surgical removal of the thyroid gland
Irradiation of the gland
Assorted inflammatory conditions
Before we continue, a few facts about Hashimoto’s disease:
It affects approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone
It seen in women over the age of 20 than often than in men – and is five times more prevalent in U.S. women
It is named after Japanese doctor Hakaru Hashimoto
At this time, Hashimoto’s disease is not curable. However, as we have seen, there are numerous ways to treat the disease

§       Signs and Symptoms

Hypothyroidism has a number of tell-tale symptoms and signs. If you suffer from Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroidism, you are likely familiar with any number of these symptoms. The symptoms change and evolve depending on the stage and severity of the disease. The symptoms include:
Early stage symptoms:
Cold intolerance
Joint pain
Muscle pain
Thin, weak fingernails
Thin, weak hair
Weight gain
Late stage symptoms:
Decreased taste and smell
Dry, flaky skin
Irregular menstrual periods
Slow speech
Swollen face, feet and hands
Thickening of the skin
Thinning eyebrows
Additionally, the following symptoms may present at any time during the disease:
Absence of teeth (or delay in formation)
Ankle, feet and leg swelling
Dry hair
Facial swelling
Hair loss
Joint stiffness
Lack of menstruation
Loss of appetite
Muscle atrophy
Muscle cramps
Muscle pain
Overall swelling
Uncoordinated body movements

§       Who’s at Risk?

Whereas much is yet to be learned and the exact cause of Hashimoto’s disease is still unknown, there are several indications of who is at risk for the disease:
Those over 50 years of age
Women in their 20 and 30’s are five times more likely to contract the disease
Hashimoto’s is not contagious
As a general rule of thumb for all autoimmune disorders, there is a genetic component. However, the Hashimoto’s disease gene has not been definitively located yet
Researchers have found that stress plays a role in the onset of Hashimoto’s
Viral infections can lead to hypothyroidism
Other life stressors, such as pregnancy, can predispose a person to the disease
Exposure of the neck area to X-ray or radiation treatments
Even today, research continues to better understand the causes of Hashimoto’s and to determine what predisposes one individual to the disease over another.

§       How Hashimoto’s disease Is Diagnosed

Because the symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s disease are so widely varying, the only way to know for sure if you have the disease is to visit your physician. By performing a simple blood test, your doctor will be able to determine if your thyroid hormone levels indicate hypothyroidism.
More specifically, an examination will look for any combination of the following indicators:
Delayed muscle relaxation (during reflex testing)
Pale, yellowish skin
Eyebrow loss (at the outer edges)
Thin, brittle hair
Coarse facial features
Brittle nails
Swelling in the arms and legs
Mental sluggishness
Slowed heart rate
Low blood pressure
Low body temperature
An enlarged heart (seen on X-ray)
T4 test results will show low levels
Serum TSH test results will show high, indicating primary hypothyroidism
Increased cholesterol levels
Increased liver enzymes
Increased serum prolactin
Low serum sodium
Anemic results in complete blood test
If you suspect that you have hypothyroidism and/or are experiencing any of the symptoms, consult your doctor immediately. Once you have determined if you have Hashimoto’s disease, you will be able to work with your doctor to understand your options for management and treatment of the disease.

§       Traditional Medicinal Treatments for Hashimoto’s disease

Basic treatment of Hashimoto’s disease seeks to manage the underactivity of your thyroid. Because hypothyroidism leads to a decreased production of thyroid hormones, medical treatment seeks to treat the disease primarily through the use of medication, or synthetic thyroid hormones. The hormone used and the dose selected by a doctor generally will include consideration of factors such as age and degree of illness.
Thyroid Medications
With thyroid medications such as Levothyroxine, the underactivity of the thyroid is controlled by attempting to create as normal a level of thyroid hormones in the body as possible. Because everybody is different, it is important to work closely with your doctor when selecting a hormone replacement treatment. Subtle changes in dosage can make a world of difference as to whether you feel great or worse than before you began. Be sure to be honest and ask questions of your physician. Treating your hypothyroidism can take time, but once you’ve dialed in the proper dosage, brand and treatment cycle, you can expect relatively good results.
Many people respond well to this kind of hormone replacement treatment. However, if not monitored closely, the replacement treatments can actually lead to too much thyroid hormone in your body (hyperthyroidism). The results of this can lead to such conditions as anxiety and restlessness to insomnia and weight loss.
Note: Some health food stores market natural types of thyroid hormone. It is important to note that these natural hormones are not regulated. Be sure to consult your physician before taking any new supplementation, as some might not work and others could be harmful to your health.
Complications of Hashimoto’s disease
When Hashimoto’s disease is left untreated or a patient does not respond well to the administered treatments, there are a number of serious complications that can result. These complications include:
Heart disease
Increased risk of infection
Increased risk of a miscarriage
Severe emotional problems
In rare cases, the most severe complication of hypothyroidism is myxedema coma, in which an individual may become unresponsive, have decreased breathing, low blood pressure, low blood sugar and/or below-normal temperature; this condition can lead to serious illness or death if left untreated. Myxedema coma can be caused by infection or other illness, exposure to cold, and certain medications that can adversely affect people with untreated hypothyroidism.

§     Your Health, Your Choice

When you began reading this report, you did so because you wanted to learn more about Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism and the ways you could take control of your health by treating your condition with natural, home remedy alternatives to traditional medicinal or surgical approaches. You wanted to learn what steps were necessary for you to regain control of your body, your well being and your life.
Throughout the pages of this report, you have learned these very things – how and why proper thyroid hormones levels are important to the functioning of your body – but also, more importantly, what you can do to manage your symptoms in simple and effective ways.
With a diet and exercise program, combined with our 12 innovative ways to naturally manage your hypothyroidism, we have given you the tools to educate and empower yourself, put your destiny within reach and regain command of your health.
You’ve taken the time to learn about your health and the positive steps required to make a better life for yourself. It’s time to put your learning into action and take back your health.
We wish you the best of luck on your journey, and we thank you for choosing us to be a part of your most important process toward better health.

Resource Links

In this section, we have gathered a collection of quality web resources to help you learn more about Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. These excellent sites will help you take control of your hormone levels and assist you in your goal of creating a healthy, happy life.
eMedicine: Hashimoto’s disease: This comprehensive site offers an educational overview of Hashimoto’s disease. An excellent place to learn more about this disease.
Hashimoto’s Disease: Presented by the Mayo Clinic, this site offers information and resources for those suffering from hypothyroidism as well as those simply wanting to learn more about this disease.
National Institutes of Health: Chronic Thyroiditis: This detailed site offers information covering all aspects of the disease.
American Association of Thyroid Patients: This wonderful site provides a clearinghouse of information on thyroid resources for individuals suffering from all types of thyroid issues.
The Thyroid Association of America: This educational and informational site provides you with answers to all of your questions.
Thyroid Federation International: This global organization provides the latest information to researchers and patients alike on the state of thyroid research.
Cardio Workouts: iVillage presents an assortment of workouts to help you lose weight, increase cardiovascular health, and just feel great. Choose the plan that works best for you!
American Council on Exercise (ACE): This great organization has put together a wealth of resources to help you plan an exercise program that is perfect for your individual needs.

This comprehensive site offers an educational overview of Hashimoto’s disease. An excellent place to learn more about this disease.

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