The butterfly-shaped organ situated in your neck is called thyroid gland. This gland is responsible for releasing hormones that help control your metabolism. Hormones released by your thyroid regulated body functions such as breathing, heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels and the overall central and peripheral nervous systems.
The thyroid gland is mainly a part of your endocrine system. It stores produce and release hormones into your bloodstream so it can easily reach the cells in your body. Sad to say, because of unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet, your thyroid gland acquire certain types of diseases including;
- Thyroid disease
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodule
- Congenital hypothyroidism
- Thyroid Adenoma
- Silent thyroiditis
- Subacute thyroiditis
- Thyroid disease during pregnancy
- Acute infectious thyroiditis
- Riedel’s thyroiditis
Above all the listed diseases in the thyroid gland, goiter is the most prevalent. Though it can be removed surgically, there are also natural remedies to prevent and remove goiter.
1.No To Sugary and Processed Foods
Foods rich in sugar and processed foods contain chemicals which can cause inflammation. Once you are diagnosed with thyroid cystic nodules (goiter), it is very important to avoid any kinds of inflammation. Opt for healthier foods like fruits and vegetables.
2.No To Dairy Products and Fried Foods
Aside from sugary and processed foods, dairy products and fried foods promotes inflammation, causing the production of excess mucus.
3.No To Alcohol and Caffeinated Drinks
Too much consumption of these drinks promotes goiter formation. Stop drinking coffee, soda, tea and other similar drinks.
4.No To Stress
Try doing stress relieving activities including yoga, massage, warm bath, listening to soft music and doing your hobby. Once you avoid stress, you are also giving your body a chance to cope with common symptoms of thyroid cystic nodules like heart palpitation and nervousness.
5.Yes To Foods Rich In Iodine
One of the reasons behind the development of goiter is iodine deficiency. As much as possible, consume foods rich in iodine including potatoes, fish, shrimp, banana, shellfish, sea vegetables, cranberries, yogurt, navy beans, and cheese.
6.Yes To Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C which helps in eliminating mucus and improving your overall immune system. Eat citrus foods like tangerines, oranges, grapefruit and lemons.
7.Yes To Ginseng Supplement
Ginseng contains anti-inflammatory properties, good in treating goiter. Ginseng is used even by traditional healers because of its excellent healing powers.
8.Yes To Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay can both be applied or consumed to help get rid of body toxins that cause goiter.
You can consume one teaspoon of bentonite clay by adding it in a glass of water or you can simply apply it on your neck.
9.Yes To Ginger Tea And Other Herbal Teas
Since coffee and other caffeinated drinks are not recommended for people with thyroid cystic nodules, you can opt for a ginger tea or any other herbal teas for your morning drink. Herbal teas have this magnificent ability in soothing inflammation.
Now that you’ve known the do’s and don’ts when it comes to treating and preventing goiter, you do not have much to worry about. As long as you take into consideration the things listed above, you can surely eliminate goiter sooner than expected.