If you suffer from hyperthyroidism ( an overactive thyroid) ,there isn’t a diet as such that you should follow but there are certainly things that you can take, or not take, to improve your life.Hyperthyroidism is when your body produces too many thyroid hormones-the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 help regulate your body’s metabolism. Having your T3 and T4 and TSH levels tested will tell you if you are hyper/hypo thyroid The thyroid is the gland just at the front of your neck below the voice box. Hyperthyroidism cause many symptoms, which you may not pick up on at first but which can ultimately be life threatening if left untreated – swollen neck, sweating,trembling,watering eyes,skin rashes,hair loss,hear palpitations,short temperedness, insomnia, vision problem,fatigue, unexplained and dramatic weight loss, hunger, joint pain. You may complain from one or more of these and not even realise- I unfortunately had them all before I did.
Some people are fortunate enough to be treated with medicine ( carbimazole, propranolol), while others need an operation- and some may be on medication for life.
Two diseases associated with the thyroid are Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
As hyperthyroidism can cause acute aneamia, it is advised to eat a diet rich in vitamins and iron- your metabolism may be working so fast that you don’t have time to absorb the iron naturally in your food, so you may need to take iron supplements for a while.
- salmon ( yeeeeeah!) contains vitamin D
Above all, avoid fatty, processed and foods high in complex carbs….. ( they’re bad for you anyway! ) smoking also interferes with thyroid medication……so, you might want to give that up too!