Goiter is a condition characterized by a swelling thyroid gland due to either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. It can create problems with breathing, talking or swallowing. One of its most common causes is the lack of iodine content of the body. However, women who are over 50 are at higher risk of getting this condition.
Be aware of the other symptoms of goiter:
- Visible swelling at the base of your neck
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Coughing for no reason
- Constricted feeling in the throat
- Mood swings
- Hoarseness of voice
- Discomfort while swallowing
Luckily, there are natural treatments that can help shrink goiter. Here are the most common remedies that can help us manage this common thyroid gland problem.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is mildly acidic. It helps detoxify the body and restores pH balance, thus helping increase the absorption of iodine and reduce thyroid swelling.
Simply add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and ½ teaspoon of honey in a glass full of warm water. Stir well and drink in an empty stomach every morning.
Virgin Coconut Oil
High levels of lauric acid are present in virgin coconut oil. Once consumed, this acid is converted into monolaurin which stimulates the metabolism and helps in better absorption of iodine found in the foods we eat. Also, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil can help lower down thyroid swelling. Use coconut oil when cooking or add it to hot drinks and smoothies.
We all know about this superfood has various properties that can help treat a range of diseases. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help reduce goiter inflammation and protect the body from free radicals. For this remedy, we need to heat a cup of water in a pan and add 1/2 cup of turmeric powder in it. Once it forms a thick paste, in about 5-10 minutes, add one and a half teaspoon of black pepper and 70 ml of olive oil (cold-pressed) to it. Remove the paste and store it in an airtight container. Consume one teaspoon of it daily.
This earthy taste herbal has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce thyroid gland swelling. Make some tea by steeping 1 tablespoon dried moringa leaves in a cup of hot water. Strain and drink the tea once every morning.
Green tea is a known stimulant, energy booster and has antioxidants that can help cure goiter as well as high amounts of fluoride that prevent goiter and aids in thyroid functioning. Fight off this disease by consuming a cup of it 2-3 time every day.
Garlic And Lemon
These two are both anti-inflammatory and can help get rid of toxins that accumulated in the body. This remedy requires us to mix a tablespoon of lemon juice, honey, and a crushed garlic clove. Consume the mixture in an empty stomach every morning.
Beetroots contain betalain pigments that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Simply boil fresh beetroots directly consume or add into salads. We can also try to drink beetroot juice or smoothie.
For many years, garlic has been used to treat different illnesses. It aids in the production of glutathione in our body which contains selenium. Selenium is a mineral that is beneficial for the healthy functioning of our thyroid.
Have 3-4 garlic cloves crushed and add some honey to them and chew.
Flax seeds are another anti-inflammatory food that can help reduce swelling, thus relieving symptoms of goiter.
Grind 2-3 teaspoons of flax seeds and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply the paste on the neck and let rest for 20-25 minutes. Rinse off with water.
The leaves contain high amounts of iodine and have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and act as a cooling agent.
Make a paste by crushing a handful of sorrel leaves and adding it with water. Apply the mixture on the neck and let rest for 25 to 30 minutes. Wash off and repeat doing this process every day.