Contributed by – Aanchal Gaur, Nutritionist
If you experience sudden or unexplained weight loss, nervousness, increased heart rate it can be a matter of concern. You might be suffering from hyperthyroidism, a thyroid disorder where the thyroid glands produces hormones at an accelerated rate which interferes with the normal functioning of the body.
The thyroid gland produces two primary hormones T3 and T4 which controls the cell functioning and monitors how they utilize energy. A sudden or unexplained increase in the production of thyroid hormones is identified as hyperthyroidism. Proper and timely treatment can help control the thyroid levels but as we all know natural ways are the best ways to manage one’s health. No matter what treatment you undergo daily lifestyle choices are the key that decides your health status.
Symptoms Of Hyperthyroidism
A condition when the thyroid gland produces too much or excess of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4 or both). Hyperthyroidism can mimic the symptoms of other diseases but some of really common and obvious symptoms include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Unexplained and sudden weight loss
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Brittle nails
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swelled thyroid known as goiter
- Hair loss
- Trigger depression in some people
Hyperthyroidism can be controlled with the help of some basic and effective changes in our daily lifestyle. Everyone of us must be aware of the foods available around us and how it can affect our health. Similarly there are several food options that can help control thyroid levels substantially and boost the process of healing.
Let us discuss the dietary do’s and don’ts for hyperthyroidism at length.
The Dietary Do’s For Hyperthyroidism
The right kind of foods that can help manage hyperthyroidism, the foods that can help you stay on the track of good health includes:
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, curd must be a part of your diet
- Foods high in vitamin D and omega3 fatty acid content like fish, mushrooms, eggs etc. should be daily source of nutrient
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage help decrease the amount of thyroid hormone produced
- Include the berry family from strawberries, blackberries to raspberries as they are rich source of antioxidant and boosts the immune system
- Ginger has anti inflammatory properties and also strengthens the immune system
The Dietary Don’ts For Hyperthyroidism
It is also important to know what foods to avoid, some food can aggravate the problem and create health issues. The important foods to avoid include:
- Artificial sweeteners are really unhealthy, try to avoid them completely
- Processed and unhealthy foods must be avoided
- Keep a control on your sugar intake
- Daily sodium intake must be monitored closely
- Drink alcohol in moderation
It is important to be aware of our environment and the gifts of nature. Foods are play a crucial role in the making of a healthy person, few thoughtful and wise steps can keep us away from diseases and health problems. It’s upto us to make the right choices, so stop thinking and start acting.