February 08, 2014


Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck. It controls your metabolism, which is how your body turns food into energy. It also affects your heart, muscles, bones, and cholesterol. Having too much thyroid hormone can make a lot of things in your body speed up. You may lose weight quickly, have a fast heartbeat, sweat a lot, or feel nervous and moody. Or you may have no symptoms at all.
What are the symptoms?

  • You may have no symptoms at all. Or:
  • You may feel nervous, moody, weak, or tired.
  • Your hands may shake, your heart may beat fast, or you may have problems breathing.
  • You may be hot and sweaty or have warm, red, itchy skin.
  • You may have more bowel movements than usual.
  • You may have fine, soft hair that is falling out.
  • You may lose weight even though you eat the same or more than usual.

How is hyperthyroidism treated?
The options for treating hyperthyroidism include:
  • Antithyroid drugs
  • Radioactive iodine
  • Surgery treating symptoms
  • Treating the symptoms
Dietary recommendations:

  • Avoid foods high in iodine, such as seafood, iodised salt, eggs, curd, and milk.
  • Eat cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, preferably raw.
  • Green leafy vegetables like mustard greens, spinach and kale are believed to depress the function of your thyroid.
  • Consume flaxseed oil and ground flaxseeds as they are ideal sources for Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D from eggs, salmon, mackerel and mushrooms. The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight.
  • Soybeans and soy products can help an over-stimulated thyroid.
  • Calcium and magnesium in a 2:1 ratio can reduce bone loss.
  • Antioxidant rich foods like berries, grapes, fresh fruits and vegetables offset the damage caused by abnormal metabolism.
  • Whole grains like millet and brown rice, combined with nuts and seeds are rich sources of zinc, an important element necessary for all of the body functions that might be depleted due to hyperthyroidism.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, tea, coffee, colas and chocolates.
  • Take a high potency B-complex supplement daily to replenish the B vitamins used up for increased metabolism.
  • Ayurvedic herbs like shatavari and ashvagandha will help rebalance the body and prevent unnecessary muscle loss.


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