The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat. It regulates the body temperature by secreting hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. HYPER-thyroidism is the OVER-production of the thyroid hormone.
Chronic fatigue, nervousness, irritability, intolerance to heat, profuse perspiration, insomnia, increased bowel movements, infrequent menstruation, decreased menstrual flow, feeling weak, hair and weight loss, hand tremors, rapid heartbeat, goiter, and bulging eyeballs in severe cases.
If you have many of the above symptoms, do a self test:
Keep a thermometer by your bed. When you awaken in the morning, place the thermometer under your arm for about 10 minutes (with the normal mercury thermometer). Or, get a digital thermometer that beeps when the temperature is ready for reading. Keep a log for five days. If your readings are consistently high at 98.3 degree F or higher, it may be an indication of hyperthyroidism. Some of these symptoms may be mistaken for menopausal symptoms. Consult your health care provider.
Foods to eat in moderation, or avoid:
Eggplants, tomatoes, onions, dairy products, stimulants like coffee, tea, nicotine and soft drinks, gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt. Also avoid processed/refined foods, including white flour and sugar.
Foods to absolutely AVOID:
Chemicals and highly refined foods: Sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners, diet soda, carbonated drinks, diet foods, fat-free foods, pesticide-laden foods, hydrogenated fats such as margarine, white flour, refined sugars and dairy products (except yogurt).
Foods to eat more:
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, dark leafy vegetables like mustard greens and spinach, cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants.
Supplements to take:
Calcium-magnesium at a ratio of 3:1, vitamin B complex, brewer’s yeast, Omega-3, lecithin granules. Each individual’s dosage is different, check with your nutritionist.
Beneficial Juice Recipe:
- 2-3 green apples
- 4-5 leaves of kale
- A handful bunch of cilantro
- ⅙ piece of lemon