A condition caused by excessive secretion of the thyroid glands,
which increases the basal metabolic rate, causing an increased demand
for food to support this metabolic activity.
This condition is not as common as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
A malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring
illnesses. Or it may be hereditary.
Exophthalmic goiter, fine tremor of the extended fingers and tongue,
increased nervousness, weight loss, altered bowel activity, heat intolerance,
insomnia, fatigue, weakness, hair loss,
separation of the nails, excessive sweating, increased heart rate,
and sometimes protuding eyeballs. This condition is sometimes called
thryotoxicosis or Grave's disease.
The body's processes, including digestion speed up with this disorder.
Malabsorption occurs, so a proper diet is important. The pituitary
gland, parathyroid glands, and sex glands all work together and are
influenced by thyroid function. If there is a problem in one place,
they all may be affected.
Treatment is surgical removal of the thyroid gland following proper
medical preparation. Medical treatment is by use of antithyroid drugs.
Multivitamin and mineral complex, taken as directed on the label
(increased vitamins and minerals are needed in this "hyper" metabolic
condition. Vitamin B complex with extra riboflavin
(B2) and thiamine (B1) and B6 (pyridoxine),
taken as directed on the label. Brewer's yeast, 1/3 tbsp.
per day, is rich in many basic nutrients, especially the B vitamins.
Essential fatty acids, taken as directed on the label, is needed for
correct glandular function. Lecithin, taken as directed on the label,
aids in digestion of fats and protects the lining of all cells and
organs. Vitamin C, 3,000-5,000 mg. per day,
is especially important since this is a stressful condition. Vitamin
E, 400 IU per day (do not exceed this dosage,
excessive amounts of vitamin E may stimulate the thyroid
gland, however, a small amount is needed).
- Bayberry bark
- Blue flag
- Clover, red
- Cohosh, black
- Oak, white, bark
Eat plenty of these foods: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower,
kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach,
and turnips. These help to suppress thyroid hormone production. Avoid
dairy products for at least 3 months. Also avoid stimulants,
coffee, tea, nicotine, and soft drinks.
If you haven't already done so, see the doctor as soon as possible.