Hyperthyroidism or overactivethyroid is the term related to the condition when the thyroid gland produce itshormone thyroxin in the excessive amount, or more than it is necessary, thusincreasing the speed of the body’s metabolism, so that the body does notsucceed in the absorbing enough nutrition. On the other hand, there ishypothyroidism where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones forproper metabolism function. The thyroid gland is one of the most importantglands in the human body because it produces hormones, such as thyroxin andtriiodothyronine, which regulate each cell in the body, and thus the wholemetabolism.
Hyperthyroidism has negativeeffects manifested in the weight loss, extreme sweating, nervousness, and evensome problems with heart. The main causes because of which the overactivethyroid happens are Graves’ disease, toxic adenoma, Plummer’s disease, andthyroiditis. When hyperthyroidism occurs, there are many signs that can warnus. Sudden unexplained weight loss, even in the cases when appetite increases,tachycardia, arrhythmia, heart palpitations are some of the symptoms of theoveractive thyroid. Furthermore, anxiety, uneasiness, fatigue, sleeplessness,as well as sweating, shakings of the limbs are some of the warning signs. Asthe symptoms of hyperthyroidism, enlarged thyroid gland or frequent stool mayappear.
When the symptoms mentioned aboveappear, the person should visit the doctor who will decide the best treatment.There are also some things that the person who has overactive thyroid can do byherself. If the person has considerably lost weight, it is recommended to addextra calories and proteins to the diet. Sometimes, it happens that nutritionalsupplementing leads to the excessive gaining of the weight. Here is importantto make a plan on how to get the right amounts of nutrition without eating manycalories. Foods that contain calcium and sodium are very important for thepeople with hyperthyroidism. Overactive thyroid can cause the thinning of thebones and calcium prevents osteoporosis.
As home remedies, cabbage,broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale as well as peaches and pears are very helpfulin normalization of the thyroid gland function. The foods that contain vitaminB12, vitamin C, and vitamin E are highly recommended for the people with overactivethyroid because they restore the hormones and enzymes in the body. There arealso some dairy products that should be avoided, as well as, coffee, cigarettesand alcohol, junk foods, and soft drinks. To reduce the symptoms of theexcessive production of thyroid hormones, amino acid called L-Carnation isusually used. Sometimes, to treat hyperthyroidism, acupuncture and acupressureare recommended because with these ways of treating, the levels of thyroidhormones can be normalized.