According to the National Institute for Health, ‘Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.’ Located at the front of the neck just below the voice box, the thyroid gland releases the hormones that regulate metabolism. Hypothyroidism is essentially an inflammation of the thyroid gland and is most commonly caused by the immune system attacking the gland.
Though other causes such as birth defects, radiation treatments, surgical removal of the gland, some pharmaceutical drugs, or a virus may cause the disease. And while there is no prevention for hypothyroidism, there are therapies to help the thyroid gland function better. One of those therapies is juicing foods that support healthy thyroid function.
Some of the recommended foods for the thyroid are: alfalfa, all leafy greens such as lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, watercress, apples, apricots, carrots, grapes, kelp, radishes, parsley, rosemary, and wheatgrass. Avoid processed and refined foods and unfiltered water.
The following juices can be therapeutic for the thyroid:
- Carrot juice
- Carrot, beet, and cucumber juice
- Carrot and spinach juice
- Carrot, parsley, celery, and spinach with ¼ tsp of powdered kelp or dulce.
- Any combination of fruits and vegetables from the aforementioned recommended foods.
The serving per day for hypothyroid juice therapy is 1 pint in order to see a noticeable change in a person’s health. You can take more juice of course, but remember to get a good dose of daily fiber by adding the pulp to other foods you eat or adding chia seeds to your juice.
You can also add spices to stimulate your metabolism. These include ‘hot’ spices such as cayenne, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, and allspice. Fat burning spices include onion and garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.
If you’re concerned that you might have hypothyroidism, here is a list of some of the early symptoms:
- Heightened sensitivity to cold
- Fatigue or feeling ‘slow’
- Heavier menstrual periods
- Muscle or joint pain
- Dry skin
- Brittle hair or fingernails
- Hair loss
- Unintentional weight gain
If you’re experiencing 2 or more of these symptoms, visit your health professional to see if you need to be tested for thyroid disease. Thyroid disease is fairly common in the United States due to the typical western diet. Luckily, hypothyroidism can be treated with a combination of Western medicine and more natural therapies including diet and by extension: juicing. Consider the Omega VRT as a tool to use for juicing. This is what I use and it is quite versatile.