Hyperthyroidism is the term used when your thyroid is overly active and is producing too much of the thyroxine hormone. This can lead to drastic weight loss, excessive perspiration, nervousness, fast heartbeat, fatigue, menstrual changes, swelling of the neck, muscle weakness, and difficulty sleeping.
Hyperthyroidism is not uncommon, and is especially more prevalent in women than in men. It can be genetic or can be caused by Graves’ disease, excessive intake of iodine, or inflammation in the thyroid gland.
The main symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Hand tremors
- Muscle weakness
- Skin dryness
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Rapid heartbeat
- Heart palpitations
- Skipping periods or light periods
- Irregular bowel movements
Hyperthyroidism Natural Treatments
Because hyperthyroidism should be treated quickly, below you will find some natural remedies that are effective in treating this condition.
This herb helps reduce the amount of hormone produced by the thyroid. For best results, prepare a bugleweed tea by adding ½ teaspoon (or less) into a cup of boiling water and allowing it to steep for 10-15 minutes; then strain, cool, and drink. You can drink this one time per day. You may also ingest a bugleweed tincture (2-6 ml per day).
Lemom balm helps reduce hormone levels and normalize thyroid activity. It actually blocks the antibodies that stimulate the thyroid, making it an effective remedy even if suffering from hyperthyroidism due to Graves’ disease. Make a lemon balm tea by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon balm to a cup of boiling water; steep, strain, and drink up to three times per day.
There are certain substances within broccoli that prevent the thyroid from producing too much hormone. For the best benefits, try eating raw broccoli rather than cooked. Other cruciferous vegetables that will address hyperthyroidism include cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts, and mustard greens.
Another herbal remedy for hyperthyroidism, motherwort mainly addresses the heart rate and palpitation issues that accompany hyperthyroidism. Steep ½ teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes; strain, cool, and drink no more than three times per day.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s help address hormone imbalances in the body, including those that cause or are a result of hyperthyroidism. You can easily incorporate an omega-3 supplement into your day, or just aim to eat more fatty fish, grass-fed beef, walnuts, and flaxseed.
Cabbage contains dietary goitrogens which help reduce the amount of hormones being produced by the thyroid. For best results, try eating uncooked cabbage as often as possible; make yourself some coleslaw or add cabbage to your salads.
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cherries all contain natural antioxidants that help reduce inflammation of the thyroid, thus addressing hyperthyroidism.
Sea vegetables are a rich source of iodine, which is a common cause of hyperthyroidism. You can usually find sea vegetables in dried form at most grocery stores, and they can be added to many of your dishes such as salads and casseroles.
indian gooseberry helps to reduce the amount of hormones produced by the thyroid. For an easy remedy, combine some Indian gooseberry powder with a spoonful of honey and eat first thing in the morning.
While you should of course seek your doctor’s advice when dealing hyperthyroidism, these natural treatments are effective and pose little to no harmful side effects (unlike many prescription drugs). As with any ailment, it is important to maintain a healthy diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins and to exercise regularly. Be sure to also get enough sleep so that your body has the time to rest and recover.