Hyperthyroidism a type of thyrotoxicosis, is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Some people refer to this condition as an overactive thyroid. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune condition called Graves Disease .
The symptoms of an overactive thyroid include unintentional weight loss, anxiety, sweating, frequent bowel movements, difficulty sleeping, and muscle weakness. Hyperthyroidism is much more common in women than in men.
The mineral iodine plays a key role in making thyroid hormones. A low-iodine diet helps to reduce thyroid hormones.
Calcium and vitamin D
Hyperthyroidism causes weak and brittle bones. Bone mass may be restored with treatment. Vitamin D and calcium are necessary for building healthy bones.
Iron is important for many vital bodily functions, including thyroid health. This mineral is needed for blood cells to carry oxygen to every cell in your body.
Selenium-rich foods may help to balance thyroid hormone levels and protect your Thyroid from disease.Selenium helps to prevent cell damage and keep your thyroid and other tissues healthy.
Zinc helps you use food for energy. This mineral also keeps your immune system and thyroid healthy.
Fats that are from whole foods and largely unprocessed may help reduce inflammation. This helps to protect thyroid health and balance thyroid hormones. Nondairy fats are important in a low-iodine diet.
Below are British and American links to organisations which are a useful resource to diet for hyperthyroidism.
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