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What Can Cause Under-Active Thyroid? Hypothyroidism Treatment, Immune System Issues And More

Updated on July 22, 2012

There are many different treatments available for an under-active thyroid but what is the most effective treatment? Hypothyroidism is the medical name for an under-active thyroid. It is caused by a deficiency in thyroid hormone. In America it is estimated that it affects between 30 to 50 million people with about half not knowing they have it. About 90% of them are women and most of them are between the ages of 35 and 60. However, hypothyroidism can affect people of all ages. Severe hypothyroidism can be effectively treated by physicians using prescription medications like Armour Thyroid or Synthroid. Most people who have the disease, experience it in a milder form. There are a number of symptoms, causes and effective treatments for the milder form of hypothyroidism.

The most common symptoms with hypothyroidism are the inability to lose weight, intolerance to cold and chronic fatigue. Other symptoms include depression, muscle weakness, pale, dry skin, hoarse voice, constipation, sluggishness, tenderness, stiffness, muscle aches and pains, brittle hair and fingernails, puffy face, swelling of the joints, high blood cholesterol, migraines, recurring infections, goiter, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, swollen eyes, slow heart rate, dry skin and fertility problems.


Anorexia or Bulimia - People with these conditions are at high risk for hypothyroidism because of lack of nutrition.

Drugs - People being treated for chronic illnesses are susceptible to thyroid disease.

Pregnancy - Women are at high risk for hypothyroidism because of the high requirement of iodine needed for both mother and fetus.

Adrenal glands - If the adrenal glands become overly stressed, the thyroid gland will attempt to correct the problem and will eventually become exhausted.

Genetic defects - This condition may not be seen in parents because it has a tendency to skip generations.

Smoking - Certain chemicals in cigarette smoke have been found to be very harmful to the thyroid.


There are a number of ways you can stimulate an under-active thyroid.

1. Apply natural progesterone cream to the palms, wrists, chest, inner arms, neck, face, soles of the feet and wrists.

2. Apply creams and oils that contain thyroid supporting nutrients to the front of the neck above the collar bone.

There are several other possible causes for hypothyroidism which include bacterial and viral infections, neck surgery or injury, lack of iodine, autoimmune disease, low DHEA levels of tyrosine and selenium deficiencies.

Address areas that play a part in thyroid disorders

Nutritional Deficiency - People with thyroid problems are deficient in selenium, zinc, iodine and copper. Replenish these deficiencies with foods rich in minerals, multi-mineral supplements and unrefined sea salt.

Heavy Metals - have a devastating affect on thyroid function, especially mercury and cadmium. An effective body detox formulation that includes chlorella and cilantro will effectively bind with these heavy metals and remove them from the body.

Estrogen dominance - Because of daily exposure to chemical estrogens through food and water, men and women have been overloaded with estrogen by their early thirties. Estrogen dominance is a common trigger for goiter (thyroid enlargement). An effective solution for this condition is natural progesterone cream.

The Immune system - A weak and inefficient immune system will begin to malfunction causing an autoimmune disorder where the body begins to attack its own thyroid tissue. The way to get the immune system working properly again is by supplementing with proteolytic enzymes.

Make Healthy Changes to Your Diet

-Eliminate saturated fats from your diet. They interfere with thyroid function.

-Eat organic meat to avoid meats loaded with hormones.

-Eat foods rich in Vitamin B3 or take a B3 supplement.

-Eat sea vegetables and kelp that are high in iodine. Iodine is used by the body to make thyroid hormone.

-Eat radishes because they are known to keep thyroid hormones balanced and have been used to treat thyroid problems

-supplement with Gentian because it is known to normalize thyroid function.

-supplement with selenium and zinc. Severe deficiencies of these nutrients can decrease thyroid hormone levels.

-Coconut oil helps stimulate the thyroid gland.

If you have severe hypothyroidism, there are effective medical treatments that can be provided by your healthcare professional. Milder cases that are experienced by the majority of people can be effectively treated through alternative, natural methods.


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      allnaturalthyroid-meds 7 years ago

      Based on what I have read, there are some medicines may cause hypothyroidism. Your thyroid function will return to normal when you stop the medicines.

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      WRITTENBYSHAWN 7 years ago from Port William, Ohio

      Great hub Steve. Seven members across three generations of my family - including myself suffer from the underactive Thyroid. Although I am on meds - I will try some of the tips. Thanks

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      E M Smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I did not realise about radishes. Are they still ok to eat when you are taking a thyroid supplement?

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      cierra 8 years ago

      hey uh steve, i have a question...i was bulimic for almost two years and i am still trying to get over this. but i have hypothyroid and i was wondering if my eating disorder was the cause? i kinda feel like this is a stupid question because my doctor said it was more than likely caused by a throat infection so yea i could see how i had an infection ya know. but if you have any idea if this is what caused it let me know thanks.

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Steve, is it okay to use progesterone cream and the other natural treatments in addition to taking Thyroxine?

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      Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      SteveMark, I keep needing to review the natural solutions to my sluggish thyroid. I appreciate your informative article, thanks so much!

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      Svea 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the suggestions. As you may have read I am a big fan of Dr. Martin Medical Secrets Your Doctor Doesn't Want you to know but I picked up some really valuable information from youu hub and I am going to start taking those supplements Thanks

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      HWP 8 years ago from my own world

      I suffer from an under-active thyroid and have been on medication for about 3 years now, however I recently started doing yoga and have noticed a massive increase in my energy levels and I look and feel much more revitalised than I have in ages, I have also noticed what seems to be a fairly significant weight loss (I don't have scales so go by clothes). I read a couple of days ago that certain yoga poses help stimulate the thyroid gland so I am hoping I have hit the jackpot with a natural way of managing mine!

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      Claudia Adães 8 years ago from Portugal

      A good information. Thank you for that and for becoming my fan.

      Claudia Adães

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      jgeorge1 9 years ago

      I've been through 2 interferon alpha 2-b/ribavirin treatments and many of my body functions are acting up due to interferon toxicity induced brain damage. My thyroid was the first. It appears to be under control. I am attacking things one at a time. Thanks for the informative acticle.

      Jimmy George

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      entertaininstyle 9 years ago from Southern California

      Someone close to me has this disorder and she has to take medication to control her thyroid. It was a case where it was inherited and she had done nothing to cause it. I don't think she has tried any creams or oils but the medication seems to helf keep it under control. Thanks for the hub to make others aware of this disorder.

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      Interested 9 years ago from NYC

      Great Info! Thanks!

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      Anna Howard 9 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Wow. A friend of mine and I both have battled different combinations of hypothyroidism, mine caused by a viral infection that I didn't figure out until about my 4th different doctor that could think outside of the box (my TSH was in the "normal" range, but I had all the symptoms. He didn't even look at my numbers, just pressed on my thyroid, upon finding out that it was sore, he was like "you have thyroid problems"! imagine that :-P)

      Anyway, bottom line, I've found much of this unformation as my friend and I have bungled around, but never ever all in one place and so neatly laid out!

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      BeatsMe 9 years ago

      This is good info. It helps us be more aware of hypothyroidism. :)

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Interesting information.

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      kristinmedved 9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Great info. Wish I read this a long time ago. Thanks!

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      tanyasee 9 years ago

      I have does my grandmother and brother. I gather it's hereditary?

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      NYLady 9 years ago from White Plains, NY

      Interesting hub, and something I haven't thought about before this. I'll be vigilant about watching for these symptoms and regulating the old diet.