Last Modified on Sep 09, 2014
Hyperthyroidism treatment varies depending on the reason causing the over-active thyroid. A natural diet including foods that lower thyroid activity will be beneficial. Vitamin D and herbal supplements will also help support the thyroid and immune system.
What is Hyperthyroidism?
When the thyroid (a gland in the front of the neck) is over-active, making too much thyroid hormone, it is called hyperthyroidism. Since the thyroid controls the metabolism (how the body turns food into energy), it has a profound effect on muscles, bones, the heart and even cholesterol. Hyperthyroidism is a case of too much of a good thing. Some people experience no symptoms, but many feel their heart beating too fast, become anxious and depressed, lose weight and sweat unexpectedly, Fatigue and muscle weakness may also be experienced. This is a genetic condition, more common in women than in men.
Hyperthyroidism may occur as a result of Plummer’s disease, Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder), toxic adenoma or thyroiditis (a chronically inflamed thyroid) which are all characterized by the overproduction of thyroxine (T-4). The long-term outlook for hyperthyroidism depends upon the cause. It may get better without treatment, but those with Graves’ disease usually get worse and can have life-threatening complications, If someone has Graves’ disease or a serious heart problem in addition to hyperthyroidism, this can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition called a ‘thyroid storm’. A large quantity of thyroid hormone is released, causing the person to feel very ill or as if they are having a heart attack. Seek emergency medical help.
Natural Remedies for Hyperthyroidism
Treating the underlying reasons for the hyperthyroidism may need to be a long-term regimen. Avoiding iodine-rich and processed foods is important. Vitamin D and herbal supplements are also suggested home remedies.
A well-balanced anti-inflammatory diet will be beneficial. Avoid sugars and processed foods.
The below foods are good for an over-active thyroid by helping to lower thyroid function and aiding the thyroid to stop producing excessive thyroid hormones. The anti-thyroid properties are strongest when eaten raw.
- Nuts: almonds, pine nuts, peanuts
- Any vegetable in the broccoli family: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
- Green leafy vegetables: kale, mustard and spinach
- Fruit: pears, peaches, coconut products, berries
- Misc.: Turnips, corn, millet, soy (isoflavones block iodine) and canola oil
Many people have Vitamin D deficiencies. One of the benefits of Vitamin D is that it helps the immune system to recognize the difference between foreign and self-proteins, reducing auto-immune problems and inflammation. This home remedy is especially useful if Graves’ disease or thyroiditis is involved.
Turmeric is one of the most useful herbal cures; it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Ginger, rosemary, cinnamon and oregano are also useful alternative remedies for fighting inflammation and strengthening the immune system.
Hyperthyroidism means that the thyroid is producing too much thyroid hormone and is caused by another underlying disease, such as Graves’ disease. Proper nutrition, Vitamin D and herbal remedies are useful in treating this condition.