Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a health condition caused by overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include rapid heartbeat, enlarged thyroid (goiter), moist skin, trembling or tremors, erratic pulse pressure levels (too high or too low), fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, bulging eyes, excessive sweating, increased appetite, low tolerance to heat, diarrhea, chest pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. In older people with hyperthyroidism, however, the opposite of the above symptoms can occur. Overall, hyperthyroidism is much rare than hypothyroidism (under active thyroid function).

What To Consider

The thyroid is one of your body's "master" glands, meaning that it influences and regulates overall metabolism and the overall health of most of the cells in your body, including helping to form protein RNA (the building blocks of life) for every cell and to increase oxygen consumption by most cells.

Located at the base of the neck, the thyroid gland consists of two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe (trachea).

Note
Hyperthyroidism may be associated with and often is called Graves' disease, a condition characterized by an enlarged thyroid, bulging eyes bulge, rash and swelling in front of the lower leg.

Self-Care Tips

Diet
Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

Nutritional Supplementation
The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

Hydrotherapy
Apply ice packs as needed to reduce thyroid function.

Homeopathy
The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

Juice Therapy
Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice, or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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