goiter

Treat a Goiter Naturally

When the thyroid gland, found in your neck, becomes enlarged it becomes a goiter. This is usually a sign that your thyroid gland is not functioning normally; it is either too active or under active. Goiters make it difficult to breathe and swallow as they put pressure on the trachea and esophagus and many people have them surgically removed because they are ugly. Thankfully, they are easy to treat and treatment for a goiter often helps to control thyroid problems as well!

 

How do I know if I have a goiter?

  • Hyper or Hypo thyroidism
  • Neck pain
  • Ear pain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches
  • Snoring
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of the neck
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Wheezing problems

 

How do I prevent a goiter?

  • Make sure you’re getting enough iodine in your diet.
  • Treat conditions such as Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism.

 

How can I treat a goiter?

  • Take kelp supplements if you are low in iodine.
  • Bugleweed, lemon balm, and horsetail help to support thyroid function and stabilize overactive thyroids.
  • Eat a diet high in protein to help replace lost muscle.
  • A low fat diet is best if you are overweight.
  • Drink bottled water; some additives in tap water such as fluoride can make thyroid problems worse.
  • Avoid excessive soy products including soy based baby formulas as they can make thyroid problems worse.
  • Give up smoking.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Garlic can help to reduce swelling from an enlarged goiter.
  • Green tea can help a slow thyroid speed up.
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