Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional Medicine
and founder of Today I'm going to share with you the three
steps you need to follow to overcome hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease, and I'll go through
the top diet, supplements, as well as natural treatments to do so. So the first thing you've got to do, we've
got to know what causes hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease. And to be honest, 90% of hypothyroidism is
an autoimmune form of Hashimoto's disease. That's where your body is autoimmune. It is attacking itself, which is causing issues
with the thyroid. Hippocrates is famous for saying, "All disease
begins in the gut." And so I believe if you have a thyroid problem,
a big part of that is starting in your gut, and it can be caused by a condition called
leaky gut. So, if you're going to fix your thyroid, you've
first got to fix and heal leaky gut. We're going to do that, again, with diet,
supplements, and then removing toxins from your body. So let me talk about diet and why this is
so important. When you have leaky gut, what can happen is
the holes in your intestines become larger, and particles like gluten can get through. This is why a lot of people with thyroid issues
will notice, if they go on a gluten-free diet, they will notice immediate results with their
thyroid. So diet wise, the first thing you've got to
do is remove those things that are causing inflammation of your gut and the things that
are causing more autoimmune responses within your body. So I recommend going gluten-free and overall
grain free for a period of time, for a total of 90 days, and gluten-free just long term
period. But gluten is one of the biggest culprits. So again, if you've got hypothyroidism or
Hashimoto's disease, go gluten-free to start is so important. Also, look for other foods that can act like
gluten in your body or that cause gut inflammation. Regular grains are one of them, especially
if they're not sprouted or fermented, like ancient grains were. Then also, just other foods. Fast foods, too much sugar. Excess sugar in your diet will undoubtedly
cause inflammation of the gut, which then, in turn, will cause some of those thyroid
issues. The best diet to follow if you have hypothyroidism
or Hashimoto's disease is a diet that's high in vegetables, fruits, as well as things like
bone broth and organic meats. These are the things that are easiest for
your body to digest. That's what you want to focus on, is letting
your system rest and doing things that are easy on your gut and your entire body, if
you want to heal the thyroid. So the type of diet you should be trying to
follow is something very similar to what's called the GAPS diet. Again, it's an ancient diet that's full of
fruits, vegetables, organic meats. So doing things like bone broth soup is fantastic,
as well as also eating some probiotic rich foods, like a yogurt that's been fermented
for 24 to 29 hours, as well as ancient, fermented dairy products like kefir. Those probiotic rich foods can really help
support the healing of the gut. So again, if you want to know more about a
hypothyroidism diet, what I would do is recommend looking up things like the Leaky Gut Diet
and GAPS diet, and those are the sort of diets you want to follow for thyroid issues. Now, the second step in helping heal and repair
your thyroid is getting specific nutrients and supplements, and there are three main
supplements you should consider taking. The first one is a supplement that has selenium. Selenium has been shown to help regulate the
hormones T3 and T4 in your body. So selenium is an essential mineral for really
supporting thyroid function and for balancing out thyroid hormones. So selenium is the first one you should take. The second supplement is called ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that's
been used in Asia for thousands of years, and it's known for its ability to help reduce
stress. Also medical research is now showing that
it also helps balance out your thyroid hormone T4, which is critical if you're going to overcome
hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease. So again, taking a good ashwagandha supplement
is the second most important supplement. And the third most important is making sure
you're getting your B vitamins, especially vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is also known as your energy vitamin
and the vitamin that supports cellular function. In order for your thyroid to be healthy, your
cells must be healthy and functioning and working properly. So vitamin B12 is essential in terms of supplements. If I had to add one more supplement in the
mix, I would recommend probiotics, and the reason is probiotics really help support in
repairing your digestive lining, which, in turn, is going to help your thyroid as well. And then last, but not least, in terms of
natural treatments for thyroid issues is you've got to detox your body. Doing cleansing on a regular basis is beneficial,
and then if you have silver fillings in your mouth, looking at getting those removed by
a DAMS certified dentist that's mercury safe. Also, looking at even your personal care products
and your cleaning products at home, get rid of those, switch over to natural cleaning
products and personal care products that contain things like essential oils. Those can definitely help your thyroid. So again, follow those steps of the natural
diet and supplements and removing toxins from your overall diet and your life if you want
to overcome Hashimoto's disease. Hey, guys. This has been Dr. Axe with my top tips on
natural remedies for hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease.


  1. Hi Dr.Axe, I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s but my Thyroid hormones are normal. I only have high ANTI-TPO & ANTI-TG. I also do regular ultrasounds and I have a few nodes that look stable. The weird thing is that I have all the common symptoms of hashimoto but instead of weight gain I keel losing weight and unless I eat excessively I can't keep it normal. This, along with severe chronic fatigue have been my biggest struggles! What is suggested in a case like mine? Are the same practices in this video suggested?

  2. I would do anything to feel better but not sure where to start. My blood work is always normal… But I'm always exhausted, weight gain, hair falling out. Etc. But I'm never cold… Not sure if its thyroid or adrenal glands.

  3. great video but i have some questions :

    interminent fasting for thyroiid health bad or good and why ?

    brown breads with fiber are also bad too ?

    is mik bad for thyroiid too ? all types of milk from fat free milk to whole milk ?

    muesli is bad for thyroiid ?

    what are the carbs i can eat ? how can i build muscle with that ?

    can i take vitamin d supplement per 6 MONTHS with a dose of 200,000 units it doesn't afffect my kidneys ?

    i notice a cognitive improvement when everytime i take caffeine i can't take dark chocalate because it"s a soy a product but coffee whyy ?? can i take it not on a daily basis or i should never take it ?

  4. This was great, thanks, I been tryin to find out about "hypothyroidism recipes" for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried – Yannabarn Vanish Thyroid – (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my mate got great success with it.

  5. The dr I see told me the only thing I can do is take the pills. Some doctor they didn’t even tell me I had a thyroid problem a nurse at work told me what the pills was for

  6. Quote "Hypothyroidism is technically an autoimmune form of Hashimoto’s Disease"
    Should it not say: "Hashimoto’s Disease is technically an autoimmune form of Hypothyroidism" ?
    Hashimoto disease may very well be the predominant form of primary hypothyroidism (PH), but there are other forms as well. I have no thyroid after surgery for a multinodular goitre but I am said to be suffering from PH.
    Avoiding certain foods and taking certain additional vitamins will certainly help in many instances whatever form of PH you may have, but taking natural desiccated thyroid (sometimes referred to by the brand name Armour) is usually the best way to make progress when nothing else works.

  7. And for all the doubters just ask your self this question, what did the doctors tell you when you asked why did I get this ? They will say they don’t fully understand or they don’t know or say genetics maybe , so really don’t let anybody tell you , you can’t do it , and if your relatives have the same thing they probably had the same bullshit diet and stress so that s what YOU actually inherited is the wrong lifestyle, think about it bro

  8. Gave up dairy and gluten and no more eczema! Had it since I was 10 and I’m 27 now . Bullshit man wish my doctor would if told me this but instead prescribed steroid cream , and my thyroid is also starting to calm down as well , . No surprise, plenty of people HAVE reversed their auto immune disease, I think type 1 diabetes is probably the hardest one to beat but MOST can be remission or reverse

  9. It’s possible, knew somebody who put hashimoto s into the past , wants you find out what’s triggering it , you basically win the battle

  10. Thank you for all these valuable information. I have under working thyroid and I am into T3 and T4 treatment [a daily intake of 88mg].

  11. I have been following this diet plans now for over five weeks and the changes are tremendous! Pulse and temperature raised. I felt warm for days, for the very first time in my life! Sleep and mood improved a lot. I could concentrate better and felt generally fitter. Blood sugar issues started to improve… Thyroidal gland parameters improved in lab work! Yesterday I started to read the exercise program and continued to be amazed! this program is the only source I found until know that matches exactly with my own observations!! click here for more information :

  12. Makes so much since now. Im 13 weeks postpartum and i was given 2 rounds of antibiotics with my c section delivery of my newborn. I was googling postpartum thyroid issues and the point you make about gut health. That is the most valid point. Antibiotics ruin gut health..that i was eating tons of homemade wheat tortillas and lots of careot cake. Gluten! Very crazy. Im starting my day now with bone broth salt and great lakes collagen powder. Wish me luck.

  13. You mention healing the gut & leaky gut & ridding the body of anything inflammatory. Then you recommend things like "meats & bone broth" & DAIRY! Which are all proven to be both acidic & inflammatory & one of, if not THE hardest things for our guts to digest. How can this be helpful at all for healing autoimmune disorders or thyroid conditions?

  14. What about if my hypothyroid is caused by a pituitary tumor? My pit is non-functioning and I'm on thyroxine replacement.. Will following the tips in this video help? Or is it a lost cause coz the pit is not telling the thyroid to produce?

  15. Gut inflammation from grains, sugar and 'vegetable oils' can turn on your genetic predisposition to Hashimoto's (your immune system attacking your own thyroid)

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