The thyroid gland plays an important role for our overall health, as it distributes hormones throughout the body, and regulates body temperature, menstrual cycles, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, cholesterol levels, respiration, brain development, the heart and nervous system, blood calcium levels, and skin integrity.
The most common disorder of the function of this gland is hypothyroidism, which is a result of the reduced function of the thyroid and is characterized by difficulties concentrating, weight gain, dry skin and hair, and fatigue.
On the other hand, when the thyroid is overactive, it causes another dangerous condition, known as hyperthyroidism, and its symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and diarrhea.
In most cases, it is treated with various pharmaceutical, surgery, or oral radioactive iodine. Yet, these might lead to an underactive thyroid, and other adverse effects.
Fortunately, there is a natural remedy which can boost the function of the thyroid in an effective and safe way. Here is how to prepare it:
Cranberry Thyroid-Boosting Juice
- 1 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 1/4 tablespoon dry ginger
- 1/2 tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 3/4 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 7 cups spring or filtered water
- 1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
First, heat the water, but do not boil it. Then, add the cranberry, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and simmer for 20 minutes. Then, reduce it from heat, and leave it to cool. When cold, add the orange and lemon juices.
You should drink the entire batch in one day.
Apparently, cranberries are a rich natural source of iodine, which is essential for the thyroid hormones, as they are made of it.
Moreover, the orange and lemon juices are high in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that supports the healthy function of the thyroid.
Cinnamon lowers the risk of hypothyroidism, and the high magnesium content of ginger prevents thyroid diseases.
Furthermore, make sure you exercise regularly and try to optimize the levels of selenium, vitamin D, B12, and goitrogens in the body.