Last Modified on Apr 19, 2015
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.
[YEA] Apple cider Vinegar cured my constipation problems caused by hyPERthyroid. I take a tablespoon full once a day in a glass of water.
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Union City Ca
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Annabell (Chicago, Il) on 02/28/2015
[YEA] Chia Seeds from day 1 have helped so significantly with my hyperthyroid symptoms it's hard to believe and it's as though I've been taking medication (I haven't). I started out with 2 rounded tablespoons a day (I put them in almond milk or yogurt), and I immediately from that 1st or 2nd day felt drastically better; I felt a huge relief as I was calmer, less shaky, and actually able to sleep. Some days I went up to taking 2 rounded tablespoons 2X a day, but found I didn't need that much, and I did get a slight stomach ache, so probably wise to go up in dosage slowly, if you need to. I feel I am on the road to recovery, feeling my symptoms diminish more each day. Chia seeds are miraculous!Replied by Annabell
Approval Ratings BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1) 100% Posted by Monique (Sudbury,ont) on 02/22/2014
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] hi, I'm Monique from Sudbury Ont.
My concern is that I been cured from hyperthyroidism. My treatment was radiation and followed by Eltroxin 0.1 mg, now after several years on this medication to control the hypothyroidism in which I'm being treated now. From 35yrs to now 46 yrs. I still suffer from fatigue, mental and physical fatigue, I find myself absent minded, loss of concentration, low libido, lack of confidence and not to mention weight gain. I keep fighting these symptoms as much as I can with daily supplement, vitamins, and herbs...they help thank God. My question is I liked to stop taking Eltroxin because it's not natural substance but a chemical. I been looking for answers for a long time for a natural and healthier way. Along with these supplements I also take "zinc and copper balance" at one capsule per day. My doctor is uncertain about this method since they have little study on homopathic and holistic therapy. I refuse any medical medications for the symptoms mentioned. I am a total believer on natural approach for my health. Any suggestions....is Apple cider vinegar, Potassium idione, kelp or any other approach is greatly received. If I'm taking off the Eltroxin, to be replace with the alternative, this would so great. If the other approach is to stay on Eltroxin and to take other supplement like kelp or other is also welcome. thank-youReplied by Mike62