Hypo-Thyroid

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. It produces tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are two primary hormones that control how your cells use energy. Your thyroid gland regulates your metabolism through the release of these hormones.

Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

Major Symptoms of Hypothyroidism are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches.

Natural Remedies to cure Hypothyroidism:

  1. Coriander – Soak about two tablespoon of coriander seeds overnight in a glass of water. Boil this water mix in the morning and have it empty stomach. This will help you in normal functioning of thyroid glands.

Dietary Tips : Foods you can take

  1. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables like Blueberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other foods rich in antioxidants.
  2. Eating selenium-rich foods, such as sunflower seeds or Brazil nuts, can be beneficial.

Dietary Tips : Foods you have to avoid

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Spinach, Turnips, Millet, and Mustard Greens.
  • Nuts and Beans – Soybeans, Peanuts, Linseed, and Pine Nuts.
  • Fruits – Strawberries and Peaches.
  • Iodine-rich foods
  • Iron and calcium supplements
  • Too much High-fiber foods

Hyper-Thyroid

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. It produces tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are two primary hormones that control how your cells use energy. Your thyroid gland regulates your metabolism through the release of these hormones.

Hyperthyroidism, also know as Overactive Thyroid, occurs when the thyroid makes too much T4, T3, or both.

Major Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism are:

  • Appetite change (decrease or increase)
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movement—perhaps diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating
  • Irritability
  • Light menstrual periods—perhaps even missed periods
  • Mental disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Problems with fertility
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden paralysis
  • Tremor/shakiness
  • Vision changes
  • Weight loss-but perhaps weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Thinning of hair
  • Itching and hives
  • Possible increase in blood sugar

Natural remedies to cure Hyper-Thyroid:

  1. Lemon Balm – Add two tablespoons of lemon balm to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about five minutes. Strain and drink this tea 3 times a day.
  2. Indian Gooseberry (Amla) – Mix Indian gooseberry powder with honey to make a thick paste and eat it in the morning before breakfast.

Dietary Tips : Foods to be included in diet

  1. Consume nutritious foods like barley, oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, yams and lentils.
  2. Take food which is fiber-rich carbohydrate sources.
  3. Take carrots, asparagus, green beans, onions, garlic, lettuce and bell peppers.
  4. In place of red meat, take fish, skinless white-meat poultry and legumes for protein.
  5. Focus on whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains over processed fare.
  6. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic drinks, such as low-fat dairy or nondairy milk, sparkling water with lemon and herbal teas.
  7. Soy products – Try to include nuts, quinoa, eggs, farmed fish and legumes in your diet.
  8. Berries – You can eat different types of berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and others.
  9. Broccoli – eat uncooked broccoli as much as possible. Other cruciferous vegetables that may be helpful are brussel sprouts, cauliflower, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens, and radishes.
  10. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by eating more fish, grass-fed animal products, flax seeds, and walnuts.
  11. Take Cabbage – For best results, eat uncooked cabbage.

Dietary Tips: Foods to be avoided

  1. Iodine Rich Foods – seaweeds, kelp, other sea foods and iodized salt in excess.
  2. Caffeine – avoid stimulants like coffee, sugar or other caffeinated or stimulating food. Replace caffeinated drinks with water or healthy fruit juices.
  3. Whole Milk – avoid whole milk. Consume skimmed milk.
  4. Enriched Flour – Replace the enriched pasta, bread, snacks, cereals with 100 % whole grains like brown rice, barley, quinoa, air- popped popcorn, whole wheat breads etc.
  5. Added Sugars – Avoid food and beverages like soft drinks, pancake syrups, Jam/jelly, cookies, cakes, pastries candy, fat-free frozen yogurt etc.
  6. Red Meat – Include more lean proteins such as cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and beans and avoid red meat to reduce inflammation caused by hyperthyroidism.  Avoid processed, fried, sauce –topped meats.
  7. Avoid Allergic Foods – avoid foods that trigger allergic reactions in you. Allergies from food include lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, peanut allergies, wheat allergies, allergic reaction caused by food additives etc.
  8. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – Avoid eating crackers, cookies, doughnuts, margarine, pie crusts, onion rings which are commercially prepared.
  9. Dairy Products – Avoid dairy products if you experience indigestion, bloating or fatigue after consuming milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt etc.
  10. Alcohol – Limit or avoid wine, beer, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages

Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It typically occurs as a side effect of medications for diabetes. Low blood sugar can happen in people with diabetes who take medicines that increase insulin levels in the body.

Major Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar are:

  • blurry vision
  • rapid heartbeat
  • sudden mood changes
  • sudden nervousness
  • unexplained fatigue
  • pale skin
  • headache
  • hunger
  • shaking
  • sweating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • skin tingling
  • trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • loss of consciousness

Major Causes of Low Blood Sugar are:

  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Some critical illnesses – tumors, disturbed liver, disturbed adrenal gland functions and stress
  • Insulin overproduction
  • Hormone deficiencies
  • Excessive consumption of refined foods

Natural Remedies to cure Low Blood Sugar:

  1. Liquorice root – Cut the root in pieces and add to boiling water and boil this for five minutes, the patient can drink this once a day.
  2. Apple – Two apples should be taken after meal everyday for better results.
  3. Wild yam – Yam should be boiled in water and left for an hour before drinking. The dried powdered root can be made into a paste, and this paste should be added to milk or a glass of warm water and consumed.
  4. Molasses – Take a little molasses and add to a glass of warm water, drink this at least twice daily to improve blood sugar level.
  5. Dandelion root – Powder the root and mix the powder in a glass of milk or warm water, take this mix daily for better results. An concoction made of this root can be taken twice daily.
  6. Parsley – Juice extracted from the leaves of parsley can be taken daily to rejuvenate liver and pancreas.
  7. Tomatoes – Drinking juice of tomatoes, twice daily, for two weeks, is very effective way to alleviating pancreatic disorders which cause low blood sugar. Fresh tomatoes also can be included in the diet for better results.
  8. Sunflower seeds – Sunflower seeds can be eaten in raw form or can be powdered and added to water, taking sunflower seeds daily, is a very effective natural cure for low blood sugar.
  9. Pumpkin seeds – Powder pumpkin seeds and mix in a glass of milk or warm water and drink for beneficial results.
  10. Gentian root – Take gentian root and dip in boiling water , to make a concoction and drink this twice daily.
  11. Barley – Barley is a first-rate food for patients if type 2 diabetes or people diagnosed with low blood sugar.

Dietary Tips:

  1. The diet should be supplemented with meat (for magnesium), dairy products and substitutes (for proteins), bread and whole grain substitutes (for carbohydrates and dietary fiber) and vegetables or fresh fruit (for fiber and antioxidants).
  2. Take food rich in chromium such as brewer’s yeast, potatoes, peas, oysters, whole wheat bread, shredded wheat breakfast cereal, rye bread and wheat germ.
  3. Take food rich in magnesium include halibut, tuna, artichoke, banana, dry figs, barley, oat bran, prune juice, milk, yoghurt, almonds, brazil nut, cashew, beans, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, soybean, spinach, sweet potatoes and potatoes.
  4. Take food rich in Vitamin B3 include tuna, crimini mushrooms, halibut, salmon, asparagus, venison and chicken breast.
  5. Consume around 25-40 g of dietary fiber per day. Psyllium, Oat bran, apple pectin, whole meal cereals and ground flax seed are rich in fiber.
  6. Take food rich in Proteins like nuts, seeds, roasted soy beans and cheese. Canned fish like sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon are great sources of protein and can be added to the diet.

How to prevent Low Blood Sugar:

  1. Understand your medications.
  2. If using a fast-acting insulin, pay attention to blood glucose levels one to two hours after injection.
  3. Avoid insulin mix-ups – If you use more than one type of insulin, store vials or pens in different locations (away from sunlight and at comfortable room temperature).
  4. Know the symptoms – Having a good working knowledge of hypoglycemia symptoms, including those you haven’t personally felt, will help you opt to treat rather than ignore the symptoms.
  5. Carry a glucose source at all times.
  6. Get enough sleep.
  7. Eat when you plan to eat – The top reason people ended up in the emergency room for a severe low in a recent study was taking insulin and then not eating.
  8. Pay attention to physical activity

 

High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

High Blood Sugar is also known as Diabetes or Hyperglycemia. There are 2 types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce any insulin, whereas, people with type 2 diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin or their cells resist the insulin, and they tend to be overweight, because the high insulin levels, unable to channel glucose into muscle cells, convert glucose into fat and cholesterol instead.

While type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin injections, which help glucose get into the body cells and maintain blood glucose control, type 2 diabetics commonly use glucose-lowering drugs. Most diabetics are type 2 and are usually in their 40s.

Normal Sugar Levels

  • When Fasting:  4.0 to 6.0 mmol/L (72 to 108 mg/dL)
  • 2 hours after eating:  7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL)

Major Symptoms of High Blood Sugar are:

  • Increased thirst
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent peeing
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Weight loss
  • Blood sugar more than 180 mg/dL
  • Vaginal and skin infections
  • Slow-healing cuts and sores
  • Nerve damage causing painful cold or insensitive feet, loss of hair on the lower extremities, or erectile dysfunction
  • Stomach and intestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Damage to your eyes, blood vessels, or kidneys

Major Causes of High Blood Sugar are:

  • Skip or forget your insulin or oral glucose-lowering medicine
  • Eat too many grams of carbohydrates for the amount of insulin you took, or eat too many carbs in general
  • Have an infection
  • Illness
  • Mental stress
  • Become inactive or exercise less than usual
  • Take part in strenuous physical activity, especially when your blood sugar levels are high and insulin levels are low

Natural Remedies to cure High Blood Sugar:

  1. Bitter Gourd
  • Drink some bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach each morning. First remove the seeds of two to three bitter gourds and use a juicer to extract the juice. Add some water and then drink it. Follow this treatment daily in the morning for at least two months.
  • Also, you can include one dish made of bitter gourd daily in your diet.
  1. Cinnamon
  • Mix one-half to one teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of warm water. Drink it daily.
  • Another option is to boil two to four cinnamon sticks in one cup of water and allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Drink this solution daily until you see improvement.
  • You can also add cinnamon to warm beverages, smoothies and baked goods.
  1. Fenugreek
  • Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Drink the water along with the seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. Follow this remedy without fail for a few months to bring down your glucose level.
  • Another option is to eat two tablespoons of powdered fenugreek seeds daily with milk.
  1. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
  • Take two to three Indian gooseberries, remove the seeds and grind it into a fine paste. Put the paste in a cloth and squeeze out the juice. Mix two tablespoon of the juice in one cup of water and drink it daily on an empty stomach.
  • Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry juice in a cup of bitter gourd juice and drink it daily for a few months.
  1. Black Plum or Indian Black Berry (Jambul)
  • Try to include it in your diet as it can be very effective for the pancreas. Else you can make a powder of dried seeds of Jambul fruit and eat this powder with water twice a day.
  1. Mango Leaves
  • Soak 10 to 15 tender mango leaves in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, filter the water and drink it on an empty stomach.
  • You can also dry the leaves in the shade and grind them. Eat one-half teaspoon of powdered mango leaves two times daily.
  1. Curry Leaves
  • Simply chew about 10 fresh curry leaves daily in the morning. For best results, continue this treatment for three to four months.
  1. Aloe Vera
  • Mix together one-half teaspoon each of ground bay leaves and turmeric and one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Consume it twice daily, before lunch and dinner.
  1. Guava
  • Eating guava can be really helpful in maintaining the blood sugar level. It is best for diabetics not to eat the skin of the fruit so peel it first. However, too much consumption of guava in a day is not recommended.
  1. Okra
  • Cut off the ends of a few okras and prick them in several places using a fork. Soak the okras in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, discard the okras and drink the water on an empty stomach. Do this daily for several weeks.

How to Prevent High Blood Sugar Level:

  1. Get plenty of fiber in your diet.
  2. Get daily exposure to sunlight for Vitamin-D, which is essential for insulin production.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. In fact, replace your regular sodas and sugary juices with water.
  4. Try deep breathing, meditation, listening to your favorite music, or working on your hobby to relieve stress as it may raise your blood sugar.
  5. Control Your Weight.
  6. Do exercise regularly.
  7. Be physically active.
  8. Choose whole grains and whole grain products over highly processed carbohydrates.
  9. Skip the sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
  10. Choose good fats instead of bad fats – Good fats, such as the polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds.
  11. Avoid bad fats which are found in many margarines, packaged baked goods, fried foods in most fast-food restaurants, and any product that lists “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” on the label.
  12. Limit red meat and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.
  13. Avoid Smoking & Alcohol.