Exhaustion, low energy, brain fog, nervousness, weight gain, dry brittle hair, joint pain, muscle cramps, inflammation, and depression are all signs that you might be struggling with an underactive thyroid.
If that sounds like you, then you’re not alone. More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from thyroid issues, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). But here’s where things get tricky: a startling 60% of those are struggling with thyroid issues but don’t know of their condition.
Living with a thyroid that isn’t functioning like it should can be all too consuming, especially with all the conflicting information out there.
Paleo, low carb diets, veganism, intermittent fasting, yoga, HIIT cardio, Ovasitol, “hormone balancing” supplements, and even birth control pills are often used to treat an underactive thyroid. Oof. It’s a lot. So how do you take back control of your health?
First, I suggest working with a practitioner that doesn’t just treat your symptoms but also focuses on finding the root causes of your underactive thyroid.
Next in line is making some changes to your lifestyle. After all, balancing your hormones is all about what you eat, how much you move, and what you drink. That’s right!
Did you know that there are tons of thyroid-friendly teas and natural concoctions that may help you feel more balanced, refreshed, and happier?
It’s important to note that teas and herbs alone won’t resolve your thyroid issues. But they can help soothe some of the symptoms that are linked to this condition. These recommended teas are those I personally drink to help with adrenal fatigue and to keep my sugar levels low. So please talk to your medical practitioner before experimenting yourself.
Nothing in this blog should be considered medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health
Dandelion Root Tea for Low Thyroid Issues
The easiest way to balance your hormones is to make changes in your diet, and that includes incorporating more thyroid-friendly teas like dandelion root.
Dandelion is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and taraxasterol, a natural compound that has been long praised for its anti-inflammatory effects. Dandelion tea is made with (you guessed it!) dried dandelion root, leaves, and flowers.
So what are its health credentials? Dandelion is loaded with beta-carotene, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C, which help support your immune system. Aside from tasting very similar to coffee (yay!), drinking dandelion tea can increase the antioxidant levels in your blood, which is crucial for fighting inflammation.
How do you make dandelion tea?
You can find dandelion root at any health supply store, but consider growing some in your own herbal tea garden and brewing your own. Just harvest the flowers, leaves, or the root. Wash thoroughly, and steep 2 or 3 teaspoons in hot water for about 20 minutes. Add honey or your favorite sweetener and stir.
Nettle Tea for Under Active Thyroid Issues
Nettle is an ordinary herb that’s loaded with extraordinary properties, especially for anyone with underactive thyroid issues.
Iodine plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone. Since the body doesn’t naturally produce iodine, the only way to consume this nutrient is by incorporating it into our diets.
Luckily for tea lovers with an under-functioning thyroid, nettle is loaded with iodine, as well as Vitamins B6 and A, iron, magnesium, and selenium, a key player for proper thyroid function. Nettle can be used to reduce inflammation in the body and to stimulate your body’s own detoxing process.
How do you make nettle tea?
You’ll need about 2 cups of water for every cup of nettle leaves. Pour the water and the leaves in a pot and heat it up until it’s almost boiling. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and strain. Sweeten to taste.
Licorice Root Tea for Hypothyroid Issues
If you love the taste of anise, then this one’s for you! Taking a small amount of licorice root tea every other week can protect your thyroid gland from oxidative damage among other fantastic health benefits. Plus, the flavor profile of anise and licorice is so similar that some tea enthusiasts can barely tell a difference.
Licorice root tea can give you a boost of energy that’s a lot “cleaner” than coffee. The benefits of licorice root is nothing new. For years, it was used to fight infections, alleviate pain, soothe an upset stomach, and to treat with digestive issues.
On top of that, licorice root tea can improve hair health, strengthen your immune system, and most importantly, it can help keep your cortisol levels in check. Think of cortisol as a type of alarm system that gets triggered when your body goes through stress. When you suffer from a thyroid condition, you’re more sensitive to physical and psychological stress, which can make your symptoms a lot worse. Try using licorice root tea to keep cortisol at healthier levels and improve your body’s stress response, but make sure to consult with your practitioner before you make any dietary changes.
How do you make licorice root tea?
Take a small amount of licorice root tea and pour it in a pot. Add 1 tablespoon of licorice root for every 1 cup of water and boil the mixture. Turn off the heat and let it sit there for about 5-10 minutes. Add cinnamon, lemon, or ginger for a more delicious combo. Licorice is kind of sweet so you might not need to add any sweetener or honey. Half a cup of licorice tea is an acceptable dose.
Siberian Ginseng Root Tea for Low Thyroid Function
Known for its earthy but slightly bitter notes, this antioxidant elixir has been used for centuries to improve brain function, insomnia, boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, and to protect the body from everyday stress.
Siberian ginseng root tea is a super healthy concoction that has been proven to decrease insulin resistance by lowering or balancing blood sugar levels. On top of that, this strengthening tonic can stimulate the immune system, giving you more clarity of mind. According to Mount Sinai, Siberian ginseng root tea can even improve your memory and fight inflammation in the body, a common symptom found in people with thyroid issues. As I mentioned earlier, don’t make any dietary changes without your health care provider’s supervision as Siberian ginseng root tea can interact with anticoagulants, diabetes, and sedative medications, among others.
How do you make Siberian ginseng root tea?
You can use pre-cut and pre-sifted dried Siberian ginseng root tea. Grab a pot of water and bring it to a boiling point. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons per every cup of water. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
The Takeaway: There are herbal teas that can help with the symptoms of Low Thyroid Function
If you’ve been diagnosed with low thyroid function, you know how challenging it can be to feel better. After talking to your doctor, why not try some thyroid-friendly herbal teas and natural concoctions that may help you feel more balanced, refreshed, and happier?