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Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes overactive and secretes excessive amounts of the hormone thyroxin.

If the thyroid produces too much thyroxin, this ultimately throws the body's metabolic processes into overdrive and speeds up many of the functions of the body.

No matter how much you eat, however, you will likely experience noticeable weight loss because the digestive processes are strongly affected by excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. As a result, you may eat more in an attempt to give your body what it needs, but continue to lose weight.

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include fine tremors of the hands and fingers; warm, moist palms; fatigue; irritability; nervousness; rapid heartbeat; heart palpitations; elevated blood pressure; sleep disturbances; bulging eyes; breathlessness; frequent bowel movements; stomach and intestinal spasms; muscle weakness; intolerance to heat; profuse perspiration; hair loss; and light, infrequent menstrual periods. As the disease progress, a swollen thyroid gland may become apparent. This is known as a goiter. It usually occurs in people who are deficient in iodine, which the thyroid requires in order to function. Hyperthyroidism can also lead to an enlarged thymus, overgrowth of the lymph nodes, and heart and bone disorders.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTHYROIDISM:
  • The diet should consist of high proteins, calories, minerals, and vitamins. It also consists of meat, eggs, poultry and cereal. Minerals and vitamins like A, B complex, C, calcium and phosphorous should be increased to twice a day. Enjoy with yellow fruits like mango, papaya, milk and milk products, sprouted pulses and fish.
  • The cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, contain a substance that helps suppress thyroxin production. Enjoy these vegetables often. For best effect, eat them raw.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, chocolate and high-caffeine beverages such as coffee, tea, and cola.
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