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)
- Frequent bowel movement—perhaps diarrhea
- Heart palpitations
- Heat intolerance
- Increased sweating
- Light menstrual periods—perhaps even missed periods
- Mental disturbances
- Muscle weakness
- Problems with fertility
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden paralysis
- Vision changes
- Weight loss-but perhaps weight gain
- Thinning of hair
- Itching and hives
- Possible increase in blood sugar
Natural remedies to cure Hyper-Thyroid:
- 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.
- 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
- Consume nutritious foods like barley, oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, yams and lentils.
- Take food which is fiber-rich carbohydrate sources.
- Take carrots, asparagus, green beans, onions, garlic, lettuce and bell peppers.
- In place of red meat, take fish, skinless white-meat poultry and legumes for protein.
- Focus on whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains over processed fare.
- 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.
- Soy products – Try to include nuts, quinoa, eggs, farmed fish and legumes in your diet.
- Berries – You can eat different types of berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and others.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take Cabbage – For best results, eat uncooked cabbage.
Dietary Tips: Foods to be avoided
- Iodine Rich Foods – seaweeds, kelp, other sea foods and iodized salt in excess.
- Caffeine – avoid stimulants like coffee, sugar or other caffeinated or stimulating food. Replace caffeinated drinks with water or healthy fruit juices.
- Whole Milk – avoid whole milk. Consume skimmed milk.
- 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.
- Added Sugars – Avoid food and beverages like soft drinks, pancake syrups, Jam/jelly, cookies, cakes, pastries candy, fat-free frozen yogurt etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – Avoid eating crackers, cookies, doughnuts, margarine, pie crusts, onion rings which are commercially prepared.
- Dairy Products – Avoid dairy products if you experience indigestion, bloating or fatigue after consuming milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt etc.
- Alcohol – Limit or avoid wine, beer, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages