Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes overactive, producing too much T4 and T3 hormones. Hypothyroidism means there is too little of these hormones.
The most common type of hyperthyroidism is the autoimmune disorder Graves disease. In this disorder, the body makes an antibody (a protein produced by the body to protect against a virus or bacteria) called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) that causes the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone.
Hyperthyroidism also may be caused by a nodular goiter, which are lump in the thyroid gland that cause the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. In addition, inflammation of the thyroid gland, called thyroiditis, results from an attack on the immune system such as a viral infection which may temporarily cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
Another issue is people who consume too much iodine (typically from supplements) or who take medications containing iodine may actually cause a goiter and exacerbate thyroid problems.
Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease Symptoms
The main symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism and Graves disease symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Increased sense of smell
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Thinning hair
- Irregular heartbeat
- Weight changes
Graves Disease Causes
There are several contributing factors to hyperthyroidism but the main causes include:
Here are the best ways to treat hyperthyroidism naturally.
Foods for Hyperthyroidism Diet
When it comes to seeing improvements in thyroid function the best place to start is by improving your diet with these healing foods:
Green juices – Fresh green juices from nutrient dense vegetables such as kale, spinach and spirulina can help provide vital nutrients.
Whole foods – Processed foods should be avoided, so aim for fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.
Anti-inflammatory herbs – Many herbs such as basil, rosemary, and oregano can be anti-inflammatory and help improve thyroid function.
Ginger – Is an anti-inflammatory herb that can help boost immune function.
Bone Broth – Bone broth supports detoxification and aids in healing of leaky gut issues that can make hyperthyroidism worse.
Foods to Avoid
Gluten – A gluten-free diet is beneficial for people with thyroid issues.
Conventional Dairy – People with thyroid problems can also benefit from a A1 casein free diet.
Artificial flavorings or dyes – These can influence thyroid function, therefore it is best to avoid them.
Sugar – Suppresses immune function and contributes to autoimmune disease.
Packaged foods – Can contain GMO foods that have been linked to autoimmune conditions.
Top 5 Ways to Treat Hyperthyroidism Naturally
Here are the top hyperthyroid remedies and natural cures for fast improvements:
#1 Bugleweed (2 mL 3x daily)
Contains acids that can help prevent thyroid damage.
#2 L-carnitine (1000 mg 2-4x daily)
Can help reduce hyperthyroid symptoms.
#3 Lemon balm (2 mL 3x daily)
Will inhibit antibodies from binding to the thyroid gland.
#4 B-complex (50 mg 2x daily)
Can help reduce symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
#5 Plant sterols
Helps balance the immune system, follow directions on the bottle.
Essential Oils for Hyperthyroidism
Certain essential oils like frankincense and myrrh reduce stress on the body and can improve thyroid function. Put 2 drops of frankincense oil daily on the roof of the mouth and apply 2-3 drops Myrrh oil directly to the thyroid area 2x daily.
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